[percy-l] Countdown to a Meltdown

Karey karey at kareyperkins.com
Sat Sep 10 15:03:08 EDT 2005

>From snopes.com (which, you may know, is the authoritative source for de-bunking "urban legends"):

a.. On Friday (26 August), Governor Blanco did indeed declare a state of emergency for the state of Louisiana in advance of Katrina's making landfall in the Gulf Coast. 

a.. On Saturday (27 August), Governor Blanco asked President Bush to declare a state of emergency at the federal level for the state of Louisiana. 

a.. The White House responded to Governor Blanco's request that same day (Saturday) by declaring the emergency and authorizing FEMA "to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency." 

More at:  http://www.snopes.com/politics/katrina/nagin.asp

FEMA had the authorization to move in.  The city did not have the resources to address the problem which was far greater than a hurricane (and that should have been addressed at the federal level years earlier).

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Tommy Armstrong 
  To: 'Percy-L: Literary and Philosophical Discussion' 
  Sent: Saturday, September 10, 2005 2:27 PM
  Subject: Re: [percy-l] Countdown to a Meltdown

  OK -- It obviously seems that we have a major difference of opinion on the
  structure of the United States and the responsibilities of the various
  levels of government. This has been an historical argument since before the
  union was formed. It seems an irreconcilable rift in philosophies between
  two points of view. That being said, I really do respect the arguments of
  the other side, I just respectfully disagree, as the cliché goes. 

  And, I for one am going to look forward instead of backward--and hope that
  from this fiasco, a good deal of good will come out. I know the pumps and
  levees will be fixed. That there will be intense scrutiny to rebuild a city
  with new values. I just heard an interview on NPR of two evacuees that were
  dispersed to other places in the US and they said they had no intention of
  going back to that crime and drug laden city. The city had done nothing for
  them. At least for them, it was a positive, and their lives will probably
  much better off as a result--at least they think that their lives will be. 

  Americans of all persuasions are notorious for taking action, but only after
  a crisis forces that action. There is an incredible lack of a "preventative
  maintenance" mentality across all segments of society, and especially
  government at ALL levels. Perhaps, this event was large enough to help
  change that philosophy. 

  Ken says:
  "Those with the most power and the huge resources needed to step up, dump
  the rules, and move immediately."

  Scary, very scary. Dumping rules is almost always scary. Especially ones set
  up to protect the chimps from the gorillas. 

  I do not want some darn gorilla telling me how to live and making the
  decision of what is in my best interest. I might accept their advice on how
  I might be able to do things better, but will not just coming in and forcing
  me to do it their way. 

  Tommy Armstrong
  PO Box 484 
  Lillington, NC   27546
  ...with the method of science one beholds what is generally true about
  individuals, but art beholds what is uniquely true.
  Walker Percy
  Signposts in a Strange Land


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