Sunday, July 02, 2006:
In a nutshell, the way the US government has handled New Orleans after hurricane Katrina has been exactly backwards.
Hurricane Katrina offered the opportunity for the collective effort of the whole nation through its government to reach out to remake the lives of the people who had been living in poverty and neglect in New Orleans. However, rather than doing everything possible to empower those people, the nation through its government has used Katrina as an excuse to further enrich the rich and further degrade the poor. It is sin.
There is no other way to view it.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006:
According to Dr. Ivor Van Heerden of Louisiana State University's deputy director for the Center for the Study of Hurricanes, the privatized outfit, Innovative Emergency Management (IEM), contracted by the federal government for five hundred thousand dollars to come up with an emergency plan for New Orleans in the event of a hurricane, the federal plan lack any provisions for dealing with the poor before, during, and after a major hurricane and breaching of the levies. On the other hand, the University had a complete plan and informed the federal government, including the White House, of the likelihood of a breach and flooding, etc., which the government and White House ignored. In fact, Van Heerden says that he was threatened with banning if he revealed this information.
The racism and neglect of the poor is appalling. It is appalling that the common citizens are not concerned the way they were during the heyday civil rights movement. It appears that selfishness is much more deeply embedded in the people now than it was then, and there was plenty of selfishness then. It appears that the people bought into all the lies about the welfare state, claims that the poor are just lazy. They are not. They are oppressed, and often depressed, is what they are. It is amazing that so many are so determined in the face of a lifetime of oppression. It isn't just false pride at work all them either. Many are moved by the Holy Spirit of justice calling out the truth that rightly tests the nation's heart.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Now we learn that the decision has been made to tear down four thousand five hundred perfectly good low-income apartment units in New Orleans. The poor in New Orleans have been begging the powers that be to stop the plan. They have been ignored intentionally.
The lack of action by George W. Bush concerning the dispossessed of New Orleans is on a par with his father's lack of action at the fall of the Berlin Wall 1989-90.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
It turns out that Michael D. Brown was made head of FEMA before Katrina so that the outgoing head, Joe Allbaugh, could privately profit by his relationship with Brown.
It is all about cronyism for campaign donations. People who can bring in money get high position jobs. Good character and capabilities have nothing to do with it. This is why everything in the Bush-43 administration has been handled so poorly. The people at the top don't care about hiring capable people of high character. They only care about lining their pockets.