Friday, September 02, 2005

Things I'll Never Understand

Why is it that Bush was playing the guitar on Wednesday immediately after one of the worst disasters in the country's history and then Friday states that the relief results are unacceptable? If that were the case where the hell have you been? Why have you waited until today to fly down and examine the damage?

Why is it that every picture I see of the carnage in New Orleans always includes nothing but black people? Do you think the relief results Bush talks about being unacceptable would have been different if it was Texas or if it was mostly white people suffering? I'm not suggesting he's a racist but one has to wonder why these people have been treated like savages in a third world country and not Americans in the 21 century.

Why is it that the stories I hear about on the news are about Brett Favre's family, Marshall Faulk's family and every other athlete or celebrity who happens to have family in the area of the destruction? Why can't we show concern for those people and in addition to the poor families of these famous people? They are all in this together.

Why is it that it takes Congress 5 days since the hurricane hit to call of their recess to approve Billions of dollars in aid that was needed 4 days ago?


Blogger Gold Nugget said...

Not only that, but why do poeple have to wait for something like this to think about "well we need to put a new pump system"
The problem could have been minized had people heed the warnings of the possible damage. The pump system New Orleans has should've been replaced years ago. When poeple were told to evacuate, they should've evacuated (i'm not refering to the poor who didn't have a way to go anywere but hide somewhere) Like Brett Favre's mom, you mean to tell me that she didnt have the resources to leave? and now help was waited on people like that to be evacuated when the people that really need help are still waiting for it. Finally why does the government have to wait for a disaster to happen to do something.

I think the asnwer to the latter is that this country has become so arrogant of what they have and think that nothing bad could happen to it. Government has decided to put their feet up, rest their arms, collect the big ass checks they get and get fat in their wealth and let others suffer.

This can go on and on so i'll leave it at that.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Janelle Renee said...

Right on, Rican. Remember when the FL hurricane hit, and Bush was personally handing out water to the victims? I guess he cared way back then (last year?) because his brother was/is governor, and it was election year. Then again, all I saw were white people getting the water.

1:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Could the President have acted sooner or "done more." Probably. However, it is ironic how people who normally seem to believe the Commander In Chief is a worthless dolt, now expect the man to single-handedly evacuate, feed and clost 250k people. The cold reality is that this is a tragic disaster and almost unbelievable human tragedy that NO response could ever have been adequate in the days immediatly following.

2. The news shows predominantly black people because New Orleans is/was predominantly black - something like 60%. Combine that with the fact that, in the South at least, race is linked to class, and the upper and middle classes had the ability to leave on their own, there was unfortunately a lot of black people who suffered through the last few days. Its reality, not racism.

3. The news does stories on people with recognizable names because they have 24 hours of airtime to fill. This is not "real news" per se. While tragic, it is but filler. This is why I, personally, do not like 24 hours news channels.

4. Again, could Congress have acted sooner? Maybe. Would it have done any good? Probably not. FEMA has sufficient authority and funds to manage the first few days. Congress's act 5 days later was to replenish these funds.

If we are asking WHY, my question goes to the New Orleans mayor. Why did he let 100's of school buses sit in a a parking lot (which later flooded) when thousands of people were trying to evacuate (i.e. those in the Superdome) and had no transportation?

10:24 PM  
Blogger Janelle Renee said...

Why is it when people disagree with other's opinions, they usually do so anonymously? I personally think these people are cowards.

Next, why is it that they come across haughty, and do so without facts?

Being a business owner, I know what it takes to be the one in charge. Leadership. The ability to delegate. Bush is failing miserably. Unfortunately it isn't just costing his friends some investment money like in his other ventures. The whole world is paying one human life at a time.

"The buck stop here." Or so says the good leader.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it when you disagree with someone, you resort to name-calling?
I agree with anonymous.

8:43 AM  
Blogger FreakinRican said...

I, obviously, do not agree with either of the anonymous comments but I like open discussion so please keep them coming. However, I prefer if you are going to leave a comment you should do so with your name and not hide behind the anonymous label.

I don't think that Bush could single-handedly feed and save all those people in N.O BUT I thought he could have shown up sooner for mental and emotional support like he did last year in FL. If you looked at people's reactions when he got there, it wasn't that he brought the help, it was that he cared enough to walk around and talk to the people who are suffering. Whether you agree with his politics or not, his presense at the scene of a disaster such as this one, helps heal emotional wounds.

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't like anonymous comments, then change your blog settings, Sherlock!

2:58 PM  

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