When Mick and Keith sang, "We all need someone we can lean on," they were just little off the mark. Judging by people's behaviour after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina they would have been far more accurate to sing, "We all need someone we can blame on." - not as poetic perhaps, but a good deal more accurate.
Municipal officials blame the state, and the state blames the feds. The people on the ground blame everyone from the governor to the president. If you read the op ed sections of newspapers or a random sampling of blogs you'll find everything from foreign and economic policies to political partisanship under fire.
The only thing that anyone seems to have stopped short of doing is blaming anyone specifically for causing the hurricane. Even an apocalyptic Christian site has warned that comments about Katrina being justice served would not be tolerated. For that, I suppose, we should be grateful, even if it falls under the heading of small mercies.
Hurricane Katrina was horrible and the aftereffects are even worse. There are legitimate questions that need to be asked regarding response times to the crises and the condition that the levees were in prior to the storm. But is it fair to lay the blame for all of that at the feet of George Bush and his administration?
Mr. Bush has long espoused the current conservative mantra of less government is better. From the moment he threw his hat into the ring for his first run at the presidency everyone knew where he stood: tax cuts at the expense of government programming.
In the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Centre in New York, when Mr. Bush announced his intentions of beginning his War on Terror, did people not wonder where the money would come from? Or have they never asked how much does it cost to maintain two standing armies in the field in Afghanistan and Iraq?