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Thursday, October 27, 2005


Great Question

Here is a really good question from post-hurricane Florida:

"This is like the Third World," said Claudia Shaw, who spent several hours in a gas line. "We live in a state where we suffer from these storms every year. Where is the planning?"
Well Ms. Shaw, let's see what your good governor has to say on the matter.

Mr. Bush, is it FEMA's fault?

"Don't blame FEMA. This is our responsibility," [Jeb] Bush said at a news conference in Tallahassee with federal Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who oversees the agency.
Guess not.

Was it the state's fault, perhaps?

"We did not perform to where we want to be," Bush said.
Fair enough, but does the state bear sole responsibility?

The governor added, however, that people seeking relief should have done more to prepare for the storm.

"People had ample time to prepare. It isn't that hard to get 72 hours worth of food and water," said Bush, repeating the advice that officials had given days before Wilma hit.
Dang Jeb, I like your attitude on this one.

You act like a leader (i.e., not passing the buck to the feds (are you listening Blanco?)). Admitting that the state could have been better prepared and then talkin' the truth that individual people in the state of Florida: 1) know dang well they live in the hurricane belt and 2) had plenty of time to prepare.

I guarantee that for every unprepared, whining Floridian waiting in a 5-hour line for gas there is at least one prepared, non-whining Floridian kickin' back at the homestead with a cold one in one hand, an MRE in the other and a generator humming away outside.


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