Friday, September 09, 2005

Probably My Last Katrina Post

Well, maybe.

I am opposed to the government forcing people to leave, although I realize there is precedent. I am also opposed to people who refuse to leave later blaming the government for their misfortune. Don't want to leave? Fine. Just don't whine later. And don't expect food or water, either.

Here is an excerpt from lengthy article with some Lessons Learned from Katrina.
* The federal government should provide support and assistance only in those situations that are beyond the capabilities of state and local government and the private sector. State and local governments must retain their crucial role as first responders to disasters. The federal government should avoid federalizing state and local first response agencies and activities.
* Federal financial aid, when necessary, should be provided in a manner that promotes accountability, flexibility, and creativity. In general, tools such as tax credits and voucher programs, which allow individuals and families to direct funds, should be utilized to encourage private sector innovation and sensitivity to individual needs and preferences.
* Consistent with genuine health and safety needs, red tape should be reduced or eliminated to speed up private sector investment and initiative in the rebuilding of facilities and the restoration of businesses. Regulations that are barriers to putting people back to work should be streamlined or suspended.

And here is an excerpt from a fine piece by the esteemed Bill Whittle:
Now this next point is so obvious, so simple and so self-evident that there is no way the deep thinkers of the far left will possibly be able to see it.

Let’s not talk about Black and White tribes… I know too many pathetic, hateful, racists and more decent, capable and kind people of both colors for that to make any sense at all. Do you not? Do you not know corrupt, ignorant, violent people, both black and white, to cure you of this elementary idiocy? Have you not met and talked and laughed with people who were funny, decent, upright, honest and honorable of every shade so that the very idea of racial politics should just seem like a desperate and divisive and just plain evil tactic to hold power?

If such a thing is not self-evident to you, please get off my property. Right now. I should tell you I own a gun and I know how to use it. I assure you that the pleasure I would take in shooting you would be temporary, minimal, and deeply regretted later.


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camojack said...

Like I said here previously...I take it all back about the word verification option.