Noah, yes, indeed, points well taken...but, as corrupt as this nation is, it will take much more then attack any one candidate for President including our present commander in cheif. As some of you may know, it takes action to make changes...and our purpose, responsibility to our nation, it's people, does not stop upon voting...but making certain these guys do their jobs they've been hired for and stop the bull...lining their pockets with our money...pork barrel spending...etc. Catering only to the whims of political groups who fund their campaigns. If it doesn't stop, well, we take away vital needs of everyone...every decission and action has a direct ripple effect on all of us. Yanno, I don't care if our leaders wear 700.00 suits, or have some elaborate parties in our Whitehouse, using company plains, helecopters, and the tax payers money for vacations and high end furniture, fashion, etc....costing thousands and thousands of tax payers dollars?...what I care about is getting the job done! Hiring people who are humble and considerate, loyal not to political byoffs by corporations and lobiests, for campaigns...but loyal to the people of this country. And I'm very tired of political correctness...hypocrates who protect murderes, theives, lobyists, judges who instead of throwing rediculous law suits out of court, paid off by corrupt attorneys spending our tax dollars to get these criminals off the hook?
This corruption remains deep and alive within the American culture...
and Sharon, you are absolutely right in your comment...I've calmed down some...thanks to you my friend...as I thought about your comment last evening. Thank you!
I suppose my point in this thread, although very angry about how those people in New Orleans were treated, proved to be a perfect example of the so called PLANS our government and president claim are securly tact. They're not, and the monies for Homeland Security is being given to locals in each state...for instance...a garbage company asked Homeland Security for money for new trucks, claiming if there is a disaster, they would need garbage trucks to clean up the bodies...and I kid you not...so, money was given to this particular trash collection company, and they purchased all new trucks, and that's just one example???? Adding, this was not about race...this was about, our leaders standing there, full well knowing people were in trouble and didn't know what to do with their positions to get things done. It's not about one person, but all those leaders starting from the top and working down to state leaders. They didn't do they're jobs b/c they didn't know how! So, no matter who would have been living there, it would have happened anyway. It is not about race, of that I'm certain. We point blankly didn't have the knowledge, the plan, or the communication to get in there immediately and get things done. We didn't have a leaders confident enough to say...lets get going and start organizing!
What happened regarding Katrina is over, but...it should prove a vital example of how we do NOT have ANY PLANS IN PLACE...IF A COUNTRY CANNOT TAKE CARE OF IT'S OWN? These guys are sitting around with their thumbs in their mouths...not able to perform they're jobs..period.
We've got so so many projects and problems here, starting with our infostructure. Our county is falling apart, stealing from it's own people in price gouging, taking money and robbing Peter to Pay Paul. The erosion of moral ethics of the people of this country actually believing they deserve to recieve a paycheck when they are incapable of doing they're jobs. Bad behavior and work ethics are being rewarded, companies are wasting hords of money b/c they can't do they're jobs and spend millions of dollars on consultants to come in and tell them what to do?
We continue to fail to get people off of dependencies of welfare, drugs, alcohol, our homeless, by instituting educational systems across the board for these people. We've got the technologies, knowledge and resources to do so...except, everyone thinks they deserve more and more money...our prisons are so full, they allow murderers, rapists and child molesters back on the streets? And when a government is corrupt, so to will your people be. We do not have the means of correcting these issues, b/c people have been divided by political parties, and stoop to buying votes to win...so what do we win? Corruption and the inability to care and rebuild infosttructure, both in resources and people.
so, I let this rest, and hopefully the hurricane victims will survive, with time, help from us, government assistance, and counseling...
Our country is growing...population explossion due to immigration which isn't controlled. We've got to stop allowing people to think just because they come over here to live, they don't have to be a working member of society, and give them everything for free. That builds and stagnates growth and care for being a team member of society...we've got to once again bring work/jobs back into the US...instead of being so gready, that everything is made in other countries. We've become a very weak nation, both in our military, moral ethics, and individuality...it's not working this way, and if we let it continue, we are in for ruin and threat of more and more terrorists attacks, more brutal then anyone can imagine, b/c the rich get richer and the poor become thrown aside and forgotten.
Our work has taken up a collection of soap, tooth paste, tooth brushes, hand towels, washcloths, mouth wash, shampoo and cream rinse, deordarents, diapers, baby clothes, and other clothing items, which is going to be trucked down to New Orleans and surrounding areas by one of our companies employee's husband's 18 wheeler.
Sharon, it brings releaf to my heart, to see all the collections in progress around my area up here in PA...and Philadelphia, as well as, other cities have opened their doors to the homeless, hopefully giving them new homes, apartments, small houses...fully furnished...so as to enable them a new start. There are so so many of those people who want to relocate and work...
Also, another purpose for this thread, was to enlighten folks to demand, that severe codes be enforced, when building a home along a coastal areas.
If we're going to rebuild these cities, spending our tax dollars, after they've been demolished by hurricans, then we'd better come up with a plan, to ensure better structures and utility operations to withstand hurricans.
On the islands, they build they're homes with concrete cinder blocks and they are beautiful...one home I visited, survived hurricane Floyde...with the exception of it's roof, the rest of the home was still standing with only salt water damage.
It was build by an American, who used round stones from the property and concrete, and was located 150 to 200 feet from the ocean. So I ask you, what better proof? If and when a hurricane hits, at least the homes and communication wires might withstand powerful storms with minimal damages...no more coastal frame homes...and start installing underground wires instead of telephone poles and rebuilding something that isn't working? It's ludicris to do so, isn't it?
Just think of the long run effects, and not immediate gratifications...meaning, if we build houses this way, then in the long run, the ripple effect will be to our advantage, meaning less damages, less monies insurance companies would have to pay, which should ensure, in the long run, a better cost effective relief, all the way around...
good things are happening now...and it will indeed take years to recover...as it did 9/11...but, for once in our lives, can we please learn from history? I hope so, I pray so.
Many thanks to all of you for bearing with me, for reading and for allowing my foolish rant...I'll shut up now
thanks be to Ron for this forum and to all of you for your patience, kindness and for allowing an old fool to add her input.
[This message has been edited by LeeJ (09-07-2005 08:30 AM).]