Hi Mike, I will admit, I don't like Bush, he and Kerry both scared me...but what scares me more, is the people he puts in charge, not to mention those who have resigned governmental positions.
Mike, please if you will, allow me to explain. I hate the fact that the US has only two strong parties, it has not only divided this country...but...has made people extreme left wing, or right wing...meaning, that depending on the party your registered as, regardless of right or wrong or corrupt, b/c that is your party, your vote, you will obviously defend bad behavior...b/c saying this person made a mistake, would mean, you made a mistake, would be an admit ion that your might have been wrong...and due to that human concept...that stubbornness, that fear of being wrong, has allowed political powers to excel.
Mike, I'm registered independent...cuz I tried both parties...and both parties are corrupt in once way or another, no matter how you cut it...some of these guys in politics are not in it for what they can give, but what they can get, and don't give a hoot about their jobs...as long as they receive their pay checks.
This botch up with Katrina was a perfect example of how prepared this country and its leaders are...
This was a miscommunication on the part of all involved...and in my way of thinking....Bush cut his 28 day vacation short, the day after Katrina had left.
Now to me, the governor and mayor surely made mistakes, but...Bush should have been on the phone immediately discussing evacuation plans with these people, before he left for vacation, or during?
And by the way, how the heck many vacations does this President have to take?
My point in the thread I created was to point out...that if Bush has all those Plans in Place that he so loosely uses...then he would have taken the initiative to call both the governor, mayor, while people were in fact evacuating and talked about what might happen.
God forbid if the super dome would have collapsed, which was a constant on my mind, did anyone else worry about the devastation and the lives lost if that would have happened?
This was a blatant miscommunication problem, along with a lamed attitude in job performance and responsibility, not to mention, the ability to take charge and make decision without having to be handfed.
How the heck can the head of FEMA perform strategic evacuation plans, when in fact the only experience he's had was as an Arabian Horse Show Judge? I mean, at least choose a fireman, or police officer, or retired military officer for this very vital position?
And I mean no insult to any of these men, just simply saying, they are not men that fit into the hats of that requires expertise in those areas.
And yes, Deer, I'm very angry, and took those deaths very personal...so perhaps I pointed fingers without thinking things thru...but it also makes me very angry when the NWAACP gets up and starts screaming racism????? I'm so sick and tired of them excusing bad behavior as well...and I have many Friends who are African American who also say, Polize Jessie, give it a rest and stop rewarding BAD BEHAVIOR.
This situation, to me would have happened regardless of whom was living in this area, be it rich, poor, black, white, or in-between. It was a case of not being prepared...not paying attention...and a perfect example of what is happening in this country today...way to many people are in positions of leadership, who should not be there, b/c they cannot perform they're jobs and need someone else to tell them what to do, even if that means hiring consultants to do so...who only care about the paycheck and not the entire success of the whole....not just themselves.
Deer, I'm sorry and apologize if I sounded like an unleashed wolf on a human being...but I won't apologize for my opinions of this country today...and/or what we the people have allowed to happen, cuz we're more concerned about being right then the result and ripple effect...
In the end, they will pick a scope goat, which will likely be Michael Brown, he'll loose his job and be replaced with some other local yokels who don’t know a darn thing about evacuation, and people will forget.
Just like, they're going to rebuild these entire cities with frame houses again...above ground wiring...and hope that in our lifetime we don't have to deal with another hurricane or deal with rebuilding and so, let the next generation worry about it. instead of putting good money into better buildings and safer utility lines...please read my Katrina thread...my last comment...
anyway, we all have good Points and bad points but...my greatest concern is hiring men who can do the job and immediately respond, making rational decisions...when it comes to the safety of our nations people.
To me, this was a dry run of what would happen if we had another terrorist attack. Mike, we are not ready and we are no safer then we were before 9/11.
How can we be with all these people in this country unaccounted for, who have training camps right here, cells right here...and nobody but nobody cares????
But hey, we have homeland security???? Which has been called a joke by their own members....
See, Mike, money was allocated for Homeland Security, but there were no specifics, so each politician who was handed this money, spent that money anyway they could...and that's a fact jack. Much money for Homeland Security is gone...
Mike, things have desperately changed since you and I were in school, and today, the entire culture relies on instant gratification...there is no longer concern for tomorrow, it's the concept, heck, why not live for today, cuz tomorrow another generation can worry about the problem. You wouldn't believe the corporate world today, and the stuff that goes on...and how backs are scratched and pacified.
I don't care if these guys have Harvard Degrees; they are not suitable for their positions...
Deer, The H. Norman Schwarzkopf’s of the world are gone...those military men who could make a decision without fear of that decision being unpopular...they do not react on impulse but rather with strategic thoroughness with saving lives being first and foremost and least of all, they do not worry about if they're actions are going to gain them votes or not.
Sorry to say, again and again, if our government is corrupt, so to will be it's people, and that's where we've come to...President Bush has the nerve to threaten anyone who price gouges, and yet, his oil company raised they're prices along with everyone else? Bad Behavior is now days acceptable, and the heck with job description, responsibilities to the people, and this country...decision is made today, solely by...what's in it for me....and that's how people get killed or die.
I'm sorry, hope you don't hate me for my opinion...these are things I would have said about our present administration anyway...
and as far as Clinton, I didn't like the guy either, but...he was literally a genius, and when he left office, we were not in debt.
Certainly not like now, and I feel very bad for the next administration when Bush walks out, not to mention, it literally scars me to think, who else is going to be voted in, simply b/c they claim to be against abortion...or against stem cell research....
yanno, those things will go on regardless of whose in there, has since the beginning of time...
anyway...Deer...respectively and honestly
Hope you understand & find it in your heart to still somewhat like me, if you can , but Yes, I'm finger pointing
cuz I'm damn mad....