Some European leaders (Herr Schroeder of Germany) were almost giddy in pointing out how civilized Europe takes care of its citizens versus the callous and uncaring Bush administration. It wasn't all that long ago -- two years -- that the thoughtful and caring French let 10,000 grandmothers and invalids die when the only natural disaster was that a heat wave coincided with the French holiday season. The French did not have to face a Category 4/5 hurricane, floodwaters 20 or more feet deep, and the loss of all electrical power followed by the inevitable loss of water and fuel pumping capabilities.
10,000 dead -- more than the death toll from the hurricane that destroyed Galveston in 1900 -- still probably the greatest natural disaster in terms of life lost that has struck the United States. And all the French had to do was have someone check on Mum. To this day, the Europeans yawn when someone trys to say this was a clear example of a system where everyone expects the state to take care of everything.
Let me hear from all the socialist government supporters that think that this is the type of government and leadership we need.