Deroy Murdock, writing in National Review pretty much spreads the blame for NO all over, Multi-Layered Failures. One giant example of FUBAR. George Will in A poverty of thought: The idea that Hurricane Katrina would change the only thing that matters — thinking — perished even more quickly, at about the time Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, a suitable symbol of congressional narcissism, dramatized the severity of the tragedy by taking a television interviewer on a helicopter flight over her destroyed beach house. “Washington rolled the dice and Louisiana lost,” she said in a speech on the Senate floor that moved some senators to tears. You can no more embarrass a senator than you can a sofa, so the tears were not accompanied by blushing about having just passed a transportation bill whose 6,371 pork projects cost $24 billion, about 10 times more than the price of the levee New Orleans needed. Louisiana’s congressional delegation larded the bill with $540,580,200 worth of earmarks, one-fifth the price of a capable levee. It was Congress, in obesience to recommendations from the 9/11 Commission, that thought making FEMA part of Homeland Security was a good idea, and the President did sign the Homeland Security Act which sealed the deal. Oh well. I guess the Katrina Commission will solve that problem. I never really thought the Department of Homeland Security was a good idea. Just one big bureaucracy. I tend to oppose bureaucracies on all levels.


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