Wednesday, September 07, 2005
  New Orleans Was Supposed To Have A Plan
Chris Ruddy: New Orleans has long known that such a disaster could take place if a major hurricane hit the city. he municipality even prepared its own "City of New Orleans Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan."

The plan makes it evident that New Orleans knew that evacuation of the civilian population was the primary responsibility of the city – not the federal government.The city plan acknowledges its responsibility in the document:As established by the City of New Orleans Charter, the government has jurisdiction and responsibility in disaster response. City government shall coordinate its efforts through the Office of Emergency Preparedness.

The city document also makes clear that decisions involving a proper and orderly evacuation lie with the governor, mayor and local authorities. Nowhere is the president or federal government even mentioned:

"The authority to order the evacuation of residents threatened by an approaching hurricane is conferred to the Governor by Louisiana Statute. The Governor is granted the power to direct and compel the evacuation of all or part of the population from a stricken or threatened area within the State, if he deems this action necessary for the preservation of life or other disaster mitigation, response or recovery. The same power to order an evacuation conferred upon the Governor is also delegated to each political subdivision of the State by Executive Order. This authority empowers the chief elected official of New Orleans, the Mayor of New Orleans, to order the evacuation of the parish residents threatened by an approaching hurricane."
 
Comments:
James,

This is even more damning evidence that re-iterates the blatant bunk coming from the "blame Bush" crowd.

Of course, no amount of evidence will ever suffice. For the sheep living in the liberal echo chamber:

"it's one, two, three...what are we living for...to blame Bush for everything and nothing more, we keep losing elections and we are really sore!"
 
This won't stop the whining though, because the mindset of the people blaming Bush and the feds is one that doesn't require any reason or logic to reach conclusions.
 
You mean the "plan" from the FEMA scenereo that was played out last year...just prior to Bush cutting the budget that would have saved several thousand lives if implemented?

Just a question.

Do you hold Bush accountable for anything as head of the government? A government with Republicans in control of every branch?

I'm so old, I remember when conservatives considered personal responsibility something of a matter of pride. I wonder what ever became of them.
 
I hold Bush responsible for many things, several of which I've mentioned previously.

He should not be held responsible for the failure of local and state officials to do there job properly.

The federal government is not your wetnurse or your cash cow. Read your Constitution. See how limited the role of the federales was supposed to be.
 
lesseee...first you condemn the governor for not forcefully evacuating several million people BEFORE the disaster, then you say that the government is not allowed to do that anyway that due to the Constitution.

Do you ever get dizzy spinning around like that?

As for wetnurse....well...I imagine that you would want to utilize some of that cash cow that you've spent a good chunk of taxes on for yourself if...oh, say....the city you lived in and everything in the world you owned was completely destroyed.
 
Jay said:

"I'm so old, I remember when conservatives considered personal responsibility something of a matter of pride. I wonder what ever became of them."

You're not much older than I,but you are either growing senile prematurely, or you are being incredibly disingenous to try and get everybody back to your "feeling" that Bush should be blamed, despite all of the evidence demonstrated to you to the contrary. Evidence of which in the end you started deleting from the comments section of your blog because you couldn't take it any more.

Jay said:

"You mean the "plan" from the FEMA scenereo that was played out last year...just prior to Bush cutting the budget that would have saved several thousand lives if implemented?"

Assuming your "Bush cut the mother of all plans" assertion is true, do you really expect us to believe that that cut caused the inaction of both the Mayor of New Orleans and the Governor of Louisiana, (who by the way, now don't agree)?

The Mayor is finally showing some resolve with mandatory evacuation while the Governor, (who stalled in asking for federal government assistance and deployoing her National Guard after the hurricane and looting), is once again stalling to "wait and see" before she agrees with the Mayor.
 
James, you might want to warn your readers that if they plan on commenting on Jay's sight, expect to be deleted if your arguments don't support his liberal viewpoint. Just as a public service announcement so that no one will waste their time trying to reason with the unreasonabl.
 
James said:

"Read your Constitution. See how limited the role of the federales[sic] was supposed to be."

Jay said:

"lesseee...first you condemn the governor for not forcefully evacuating several million people BEFORE the disaster, then you say that the government is not allowed to do that anyway that due to the Constitution.

Do you ever get dizzy spinning around like that? "

Jay, you might want to take a second look at the comment by James that you are responding to.

His comment referred to the federal, I repeat, federal goverment's limited role according to the Constitution. He said nothing about the local or state government.

One gets the impression that you are so "dizzy spinning around" yourself that you don't really have any idea whether you or coming or going in the argument, hence your inability to respond to what has been actually said.
 
First, I didn't condemn the Governor for not "forcefully evacuating." I criticize the Governor for not taking action quickly enough. I criticize the Mayor for trying to do his job from Baton Rouge.

Second, I didn't say that they were constitutionally barred from such an evacuation.

Perhaps you have me confused with someone else.

As to what taxes are used for, I think the income tax should be replaced with a Fair Tax and besides, the Constitution clearly defines the roles and responsibility of the federal government. Anything else is left to the local and state governments.
 
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