As we have seen and studied about this great nation since its founding, there's always been strife between State vs Federal. Too little State creates a Dictatorial. Too little Federal creates Socialism. It's a very careful balance, always being tested and weighed. Due to the Checks and Balances, there's some things the Feds can do without the consent of the States, and things the States can do without the consent of the Feds. By the same token, there are things on both sides with NEED consent.
Katrina was a major hurricane, and ushered damage from the Gulf Coast up through Ohio. The Feds requested juristiction in Louisiana and were denied. State vs Federal again. Actions have consequences, which I've stated many times before, and that one will have far reaching ones. Sadly, most will be played out on the Federal level, though I'm sure some news will be devoted to the next state governor and New Orleans mayorial elections, not to mention other elected officials. I'm certain NO has a City Council, and do find it strange that there's been no peep nor mention about them. In the coming months, we'll see the even more of the Blame Game, massive reviews, a smorgasborg of CYA, defensive and offensive measure to grow a larger political base, and even more stupidity.
The local DSH officials in LA should own up, as should the Mayor and Governor. As mentioned in another thread, I hold Mayor Nagin a little less accountible due to his political inexperience. If allowed to stay, I'm sure he'll definately learn from this and will become a much better Mayor from it. However, putting visiting hotel evacuees at the head of the bus line before displaced residents may very well cost him. The main stream media might forget, but not his constituents.
I do find it incongruous that the Republican Mayors and Governors aren't nearly causing the amount of stink and backpeddeling as the Democratic Mayors and Governors in the Gulf Region. I would say 'I wonder why that is?', but I already know the answer. Fear of relinquishing power for societal betterment to the opposition party. Crying shame that.