“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Gov. Kathleen Blanco-Dem., on Sunday ordered a mandatory evacuation following a personal appeal from President Bush.
However, Governor Blanco, who had the sole authority, not President Bush, did not then call up the Louisiana National Guard.
About the need to evacuate residents stranded in the city, Democratic Louisiana state Rep. Karen Carter said: “Give me buses and gas.” However, photos of the flooding show hundreds of city buses and school buses that should have been used for evacuation were instead left parked in areas vulnerable to flooding and are useless.
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, in a foul-mouthed rant, blamed President Bush for not doing more. If Nagin would have followed the hurricane annex of his own City of New Orleans Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, President Bush would not have to do as much now.
Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Do the Governor and Mayor think their jobs are just ceremonial? Most of the suffering in New Orleans was avoidable, if they would have done their jobs in the first place.