This will be the last Katrina post.
Not because I'm not thinking about it, but because it's getting on time to stop talking about it and start doing something about it.
From an email conversation with hernewshoes
How can they possibly think this is OK? are they going to get away with it?me:
We have to not let them get away with it.
This needs to be a breaking point.
Write a letter to your congresscritter.ETA this is why you need to raise your voice.
And there it is. If you've given what you can in in terms of time and blood and money, and you still feel helpless, there is one more thing you can do.
Write to your local newspaper. Write to your congresspersons. If you feel the disaster was handled well, you can find somebody to single out for praise. If you feel it was a travesty, there are specific demands you can make.
Demand that the DHS regurgitate FEMA, thank you, and put it back nice where it found it. Demand that FEMA be reinstated as an independent entity with a cabinet-level position for the head.
Demand the impeachment, resignation, prosecution, and/or firing of whichever bureaucrats and/or elected representatives you feel deserving of the whip.
Demand that programs be put in place for the assistance of those displaced by the storm, and mention that you are willing to pay taxes to support those programs.
Complain to the people you
pay to do something about it. Demand that they listen. Be loud. Write paper letters: they get more attention than emails.
And come next November, base your votes on their actions rather their rhetoric.
And don't even get me started on the wisdom of pumping the puddle of toxic sludge that New Orleans is currently sitting in untreated into Lake Pontchartrain. We'll be paying for that one later.
But I frankly can't see what else they're going to do about it....