Tuesday, September 27, 2005

LESSONS IN THE WIND

WOW!!! AFTER FOUR WEEKS OF HURRICANES I FEEL LIKE THERE IS ONE SPINNING AROUND IN MY HEAD. THERE HAS BEEN MANY ACCUSATIONS, MUCH MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACKING AND A LOT OF POLITICAL JOCKEYING.

MUCH TALK HAS CENTERED AROUND WHAT WENT WRONG, THINGS LIKE
1. WHY DIDN'T BUSH FORTIFY THE LEVEE SYSTEM OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS
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2. WHY DIDN'T BUSH IMMEDIATELY HAVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TAKE OVER THE SITUATION .

3.BUSH'S TAX CUTS TO THE RICH CAUSED THE POVERTY IN NEW ORLEANS WHICH MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR THOUSANDS TO GET OUT.

4. BUSH SIMPLY DOSE NOT LIKE BLACK PEOPLE.

5. BUSH CAUSED GLOBAL WARMING CREATING THE HURRICANES IN THE FIRST PLACE.

6.A WEATHER MACHINE OWNED BY THE RUSSIANS CAUSED THE STORMS.

7.THE MAYOR OF NEW ORLEANS IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE.

8. GOD IS PUNISHING AMERICA..


LOOK PAST IDEAOLOGS AND NUT CASES AND DRAW YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS. IF WE DON'T LEARN FROM THESE TERRIBLE STORMS WE WILL NEVER LEARN. HERE'S A LITTLE OF WHAT I HAVE LEARNED.

1.TRUSTING IN GOVERNMENT(NO MATTER WHO'S IN CHARGE) IS NOT A SAFE BET.
ALL LEVELS FAILED. THE CITY, STATE AND YES THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION.
THIS CRISIS DISPLAYED HOW TOTALLY INEPT GOVERNMENT REALLY IS. I CAN'T BELIEVE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WANT TO TURN EVEN MORE OF OUR LIVES OVER TO IT. THESE DISASTERS SHOWED HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BE AS SELF SUFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE. IT DEMONSTRATED THAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE MEANS TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF YOU NEED TO GET INVOLVED WITH NEIGHBORS, CHURCH OR CIVIC GROUPS THAT WILL BE ABLE TO HELP YOU. DO NOT DEPEND ON GOVERNMENT.

2. IF NECESSARY, WELL RUN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE THE BEST BET TO GET THINGS DONE. CITIES SUCH AS DALLAS, HOUSTON, FORNEY ,GARLAND AND MANY OTHERS ALL DID REMARKABLE JOBS HANDLING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE .

3.FREE SOCIETIES GIVES PEOPLE THE CHOICE TO MAKE BAD CHOICES. I'M A FIRM BELIEVER IN THE FREEDOMS WE ENJOY. I BELIEVE THESE FREEDOMS ARE WHAT MAKE US SO PROSPEROUS AND SO ENVIED AROUND THE WORLD. FREEDOMS ALSO GIVE PEOPLE THE CHANCE TO FAIL OR IN RECENT HISTORY DIE BECAUSE OF POOR DECISIONS. AS THE FLOOD WATERS RECEDED HUNDREDS OF CARS WERE REVEALED. WE WERE LED TO BELIEVE THAT ALL THE PEOPLE STRANDED IN NEW ORLEANS HAD NO WAY OF ESCAPING. NOT ALL BUT,MAYBE NOT EVEN MOST BUT MANY PEOPLE CHOSE TO STAY EXERCISING THEIR RIGHT TO MAKE BAD CHOICES.

4. SO MANY PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE LIVING ALONG OUR GULF COAST. I DON'T KNOW WHAT ATTRACTS SO MANY PEOPLE TO HIGH TEMPERATURES, SALT WATER, SAND AND THE SMELL OF DEAD FISH BUT IT DOSE. ENTHUSIASTICALLY REBUILDING NEEDS TO BE EXAMINED. WE SHOULD NOT PUT HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS, NURSING HOMES AND VITAL INDUSTRIAL INFRASTRUCTURE IN SUCH DANGEROUS PLACES. I'M ALL FOR FREEDOM BUT NOT TOTAL FREEDOM. PEOPLE CAN'T LIVE ANYWHERE THEY CHOSE AND EXPECT THE REST OF US TO SAVE THEM AND REBUILD THEIR LIVES. LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CAN'T CARELESSLY ALLOW THEIR CITIES TO EXPAND IN AREAS THAT POSE SO MUCH DANGER. I UNDERSTAND THERE IS RISK EVERYWHERE BUT IT'S HARD TO HAVE OUR OIL REFINERY INDUSTRY DESTROYED BY A HURRICANE IN WEST TEXAS.

5.WE MUST DEVELOP OUR CAPACITY TO PRODUCE OIL AND REFINE GASOLINE WHILE WE COME UP WITH ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES. WE ALL DEPEND ON FUEL. NEW REFINERIES MUST BE FUNDED AND BUILT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AWAY FROM THE GULF COAST. CRISIS LIKE THESE LEAVE US TOO DEPENDENT ON OIL PRODUCING COUNTRIES, SOME OF WHICH CARE VERY LITTLE FOR US.

6. WE NEED TO REALLY START CONSERVING. CAR POOLING, CUT DOWN UNNECESSARY TRAVEL, TAKE A LOOK AT LARGE VEHICLES. PRESIDENT BUSH NEEDS TO START A CAMPAIGN OF CONSERVATION. NOW IS A GREAT TIME BECAUSE SO MANY ARE FOCUSED ON THE ISSUE. THIS WILL BE AN ISSUE IN 2008 SO HE SHOULD TAKE THE LEAD NOW. ANY MEANINGFUL SOLUTIONS WILL TAKE TIME TO TAKE EFFECT. BUSH NEEDS TO LEAD NOW!

7.TO MANY ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE MORE INTERESTED IN GAINING OR MAINTAINING POWER THAN TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS . THEIR CONDUCT REINFORCES MY BELIEF IN THE NEED FOR TERM LIMITS .. MANY CAREER "PUBLIC SERVANTS" HAVE NO IDEA WHAT LIFE IN AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT. THEY HAVE SPENT THEIR ENTIRE ADULT LIFE RAISING MONEY , SHAKING HANDS AND PLANNING FOR THEIR NEXT ELECTION. WE NEED PEOPLE TO COME AND SERVE AND THEN GO BACK TO PRIVATE LIFE.

8.. FINALLY, HAVING TO EVACUATE A LARGE METRO AREA QUICKLY IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE. MANY NEWS TYPES HAVE POSED THE QUESTION "ARE WE READY TO EVACUATE A LARGE CITY IN CASE OF A LARGE ATTACK?" ALL THAT HAVE BEEN ASKED THIS QUESTION HAVE AVOIDED THE ANSWER. THEY AVOID IT BECAUSE THE ANSWER IS NO AND NO ONE WANTS TO HERE THAT. THIS REALITY GOES BACK TO MY FIRST LESSON. CONTRARY TO WHAT MANY PEOPLE SAY GOVERNMENT CAN'T COMPLETELY TAKE CARE OF US AND DOSE NOT HAVE A PLAN FOR EVERYTHING.
ANY POLITICIAN THAT SAYS GOVERNMENT CAN ,ESPECIALLY IF THEIR IN OFFICE IS A LIAR.

MAYBE FARE MINDED PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO DEBATE AND BEGIN TO SOLVE THESE DIFFICULT ISSUES . I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO OTHER OPINIONS AND HOPE THAT WE ALL MIGHT BE PART OF THE SOLUTION.

2 Comments:

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At 9:38 AM, Anonymous william said...

it is probably a combination of all those things listed. bush shouldn't be solely responsible, but he is who everyone looks to. that is just the way it works.

it is also the product of a very long cycle of bad decisions. build a huge city in a bowl= bad decision. allow poverty to take hold of so much of our nation=bad decisions. not having a very precise plan of action for evacuating new orleans= bad decision. hopefully we will learn from these bad decisions and take some good out of this mess.

 

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