I sit here, not believing the images on the television, unable to fathom the words I hear on the radio. Where is the federal response?
I understand that some people didn't want to evacuate. I also know that a lot of people couldn't. They are too poor, or physically unable to get out of town. I can relate to that. If not for my wife, I wouldn't be able to evacuate my town. I'm poor and handicapped.
What I want to know is, where is the federal response? Waiting until the hurricane hit is too late. Ships arriving in several days is a crock. The ships could have been deployed sooner and actually followed the storm in. They would have been on the scene immediately, not several days from now.
It costs very little to put our ships to sea, compared to what it costs to have them sit in port. Yes, they may respond and not be needed. They could also be there just in time. Doing search and rescue. Ferrying much needed supplies such as food and water. Putting marines and sailors on the beach to maintain law and order.
What happened at the dome and convention center? The lawlessness is unacceptable. There were people in charge when the people were placed there. Where did they go? Where are the people in charge?
During the Cold War we had shelters to go to in case of attack by the Russians. These shelters were stocked with food and water. They were located throughout the country. In Oklahoma and Kansas we used them for tornado shelters as well. Why don't we have them today? If nothing else they would prevent people going hungry and eating out of the trash. They would provide the populace with potable water.
Why were the levees not maintained? For years the Corps of Engineers has been begging for money to do just that. The amount of money they needed would of amounted to less than a day of funding the war in Iraq.