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Subject: Re: Why Nagin refused to use his schoolbusses . Date: 9/8/2005 2:34 PM
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Like, respond to disasters in a timely manner. Like, don't spend two, three days on vaction AFTER a disaster strikes. Like, save lives in situations where local and state governments are clearly too overwhelmed to do much of anything.

There you go again. None of this is the responsiblity of the Federal government, not in the first 72 hours following a disaster, anyway, and not when the Governor of the state refuses to turn authority over to the Feds. Not when the state refuses to allow aid in. If the City government was overwhelmed then the state was supposed to step in. In no case are the Feds expected to be first responders, meaning "timely" in your context.

The Federal response was as timely as it was supposed to be. Stop blaming the Feds for doing things they were never supposed to do.

We have constitutional federal republic, and the fact is that the state and city have the primary responsiblity for planning for and responding to these kinds of disasters. That is the way it has always been through Democratic and Republican administrations alike.

The devastation from Hurricane Andrew was very bad but they didn't have a breakdown of the city and state response like occured here. The poor planning and execution of the city's emergency plan was clearly responsible for increasing the loss of life tremendously.



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