Thursday, September 08, 2005

Now Is The Time To Blame

by Michael Gregory Steele and Herman B. Hayes

Many conservatives have warned all of us, and especially the press, not to play the "blame game," when talking about the delayed response to Hurricane Katrina. Trying to cast blame is certainly not appropriate when those who could potentially be blamed might be destracted from their work. Well, with rescue efforts well under way, and with FEMA finally getting the opportunity to do their job, it's now time to blame.

I'm sure many of you have read newspapers and articles trying to understand who is responsible for the inept response to humanitarian crisis on the Gulf Coast. Who was supposed to do what and who didn't do their job? What's the chain of command, and who answers to who? There's no need to make things so complicated though; I'll explain everything.

You see, FEMA, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency is responsible at the federal level for coordinating disaster relief and recovery. But who does FEMA report to? Well, the FEMA director used to be a cabinet level official who answered directly to the President, but not anymore. President Bush wisely downgraded this organization to be included in the Department of Homeland Security after 9/11. He figured this was as good a time as any to try and wean the country off the teat of big government.

So FEMA's current director, Mike Brown, does not ultimately answer to the President even if he was appointed by him. In fact Brown has to run everything past one man and one man only: New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin. In the days leading up to the tragedy, the infinitely qualified Brown worked furiously to get ready for the relief efforts. But until he got the final go ahead from Nagin, all his tireless work was for naught. Brown frantically tried to get in touch with the mayor -- begging and pleading with his staff -- but to no avail. The mayor simply refused to return his calls. Nagin's excuse for not doing his job: cocaine binge.

Panicked, Brown finally called President Bush who ended his vacation early to take charge of the situation. We know that this was not a failure of government on all levels, because that's not how the blame game is played. When you play the blame game you must find one person to point the finger at and assign culpability. That's pretty much the only rule when playing the blame game. For those of you who might be playing at home, I'll give you a hint: the person who is responsible for FEMA and who spent most of last week on a hotel room floor is the one to blame. Shame, Ray Nagin, shame on you!

11 Comments:

At September 08, 2005 8:45 PM, Blogger scribe said...

you waited 70 minutes before deciding it was OK to blame??? ROFLMAO!!!!

I love it!

 
At September 08, 2005 8:49 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

scribe: Actually, I waited a day and 70 minutes. I think enough time has passed that I can really rip into Nagin for his incompetence.

 
At September 08, 2005 8:51 PM, Blogger scribe said...

Hmm, good point-don't forget the role of president monkey-boy as well. O that's right, he had no role. Proceed.

 
At September 08, 2005 10:30 PM, Blogger Island Republican said...

Blame should start with not following your diaster plan and ignoring all warnings from other governmental organization. The major did not cause the storm or the flood, but he sure made matters worse for those left behind.

Of course, scribe believes we should elect Mayor Ray as the next president!

 
At September 09, 2005 4:10 PM, Blogger TheMoney&TheFame said...

No, it's not now that "rescue efforts (are) well under way, and with FEMA finally getting the opportunity to do their job"- it's actually now that the majority of people have been rescued and we are not sitting around looking at them suffer, wondering why someone can't bring them food and water and at least rescue the children and elderly. It's actually now that we can kinda forget those images and we are not feeling like jumping in the tv to help OURSELVES and now that we've made our peace with the idea that part of our nation- Louisiana- might be gone forever, NOW its time to start playing the Plame Game. Sorry that was last week's scandal. Now it's time to "start" playing the Don't Blame Bush Game.
While I'm sure that if the mayor had just put the whole city on those two hunderd buses none of this would have happened- although two nights ago, while watching Sean Hannity beat the shit out Alan Colmes, a little FoxNews blurg said the ROADS WERE JAMMED for miles since the 28th, and the storm didnt hit land till the 29, which would have made it even harder to people to leave the city and might have caused more deaths- there's a PDF files dated 8/28 which is a letter from Mayor Blanco requesting disaster relief.What's up with that?

"the infinitely qualified Brown"- muuuuuuaaaaahhhh hahaha. That's kinda like "the outstandingly incorrupt Bernard Kerik" or "the Spledorifously alert Bush". ROTFLMAO.

 
At September 09, 2005 4:16 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

scribe: monkey-boy? Surely you are not referring to the President of the United States as monkey boy. You idiot liberals are incredible.

island republican: scribe is an idiot who think we should give Navin some sort of cushy position just because he's a Democrat. That kind of cronyism has no place in this country.

 
At September 09, 2005 4:19 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

themoney&thefame: You don't expect me to read all that nonsense you've written do you? Clearly you don't understand how these things work. Bush wanted to badly to help those people but Nagin stood in the way at every pass.

 
At September 10, 2005 10:12 AM, Blogger scribe said...

Actually, you gaggle of simpletons, I beleive that useless ass of a mayor and that useless chimp of a president should be held up before a firing squad with their legs in a pool of acid. Does that sound liberal to you?

 
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