Sunday, September 04, 2005

Welfare Kills

An Unnatural Disaster: A Hurricane Exposes the Man-Made Disaster of the Welfare State

by Robert Tracinski

It has taken four long days for state and federal officials to figure out how to deal with the disaster in New Orleans. I can't blame them, because it has also taken me four long days to figure out what is going on there. The reason is that the events there make no sense if you think that we are confronting a natural disaster.

If this is just a natural disaster, the response for public officials is obvious: you bring in food, water, and doctors; you send transportation to evacuate refugees to temporary shelters; you send engineers to stop the flooding and rebuild the city's infrastructure. For journalists, natural disasters also have a familiar pattern: the heroism of ordinary people pulling together to survive; the hard work and dedication of doctors, nurses, and rescue workers; the steps being taken to clean up and rebuild.

Public officials did not expect that the first thing they would have to do is to send thousands of armed troops in armored vehicle, as if they are suppressing an enemy insurgency. And journalists--myself included--did not expect that the story would not be about rain, wind, and flooding, but about rape, murder, and looting.

But this is not a natural disaster. It is a man-made disaster. - More @ The Intellectual Activist



Blogger Larry Birkbeck said...

You are dead on. A flaky Governor should shoulder most of the blame for not realizing she was in over her head and that federal management of this crisis was necessary from the outset. People died unnecessarily in the aftermath of Katrina. As a footnote to my comments I ask this simple question: Why was a city ever built below sea level in the first place and why should it be rebuilt there as I expect it will? Further, if you dared to live below sea level in hurricane ally, why would you not have a life jacket hanging on the wall and a dingy under your bed?

11:52 AM  
Blogger UncleMeat said...

I don't think the city was under sea level when built. But with the construction of levees the delta has degraded as the silt is now being directed out to sea.

10:22 PM  

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