Romney to visit storm-damaged Louisiana

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  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 8:08 a.m.


    Were you in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? Well, I was. I was deployed to help set up network services between government agencies - over a week after the storm. The scope of the disaster was more than "LOCAL authorities" could ever hope to handle. I personally handed out my own MREs to people we came across as we did our work. We always had cases of water in our trucks for our own use that we gave away.

    When an entire city is under water, how are they supposed to "get to work and clean themselves up?" There are times when the scope of a disaster can't be managed at a local level. Even the beloved local Utah leaders could not have managed that disaster alone. I speak from a first-hand account from ground zero of the disaster. We should have been sent in within a day of the hurricane, not five days later. The way the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was handled by FEMA was an embarrassment to this great country. There comes a time when dog-eat-dog shouldn't apply.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 31, 2012 6:56 p.m.

    Self reliance is always better than dependency! Dependency is just another form of slavery and robs individuals of productivity, achievement and purpose!

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 1:46 p.m.

    Mtnman, So that's your Idea of the American Dream, survival of the fittest, every man is an Island, I built that, attitude. This is why the republicans are known for their compassion. So according to you the elderly and ill should learn to swim, the poor who own no cars should wait at the bus stop for a bus that doesn't come. Why would Bush appoint a horse breeders as head of FEMA? Leadership or payback?

    Yes, by all means pull yourself up by your bootstraps, if you own boots.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 31, 2012 11:47 a.m.

    Happy Valley Heretic. I remember Katrina very well and in fact I have relatives in Mississippi. They didn’t sit on their backsides and wait for the government to come in and rescue them, they got to work and cleaned up themselves! GWB believed LOCAL authorities should lead, not the Feds. An excellent example of the contrast between liberals and conservatives; conservatives take care of themselves, liberals sit on their backsides and wait to be taken care of! The left mocks people trying to take care of themselves and in fact do not want people to even try! The simple effort to be successful and self reliant is demeaned by liberals!

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 11:34 a.m.

    Mtnman, that's funny, but I think Louisiana remember how the republican administration helped them during Katrina.

    CRAWFORD, TX: Day 30 of ranch vacation (29 days at ranch)
    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Bush ends his ranch vacation two days early,
    departing about 1010am

    AF-1. On the way back to DC, AF-1 flies over New Orleans, Gulfport, Biloxi and Mobile, giving Mr. Bush an aerial view of some of the flooding and destruction. He spents 35 minutes looking out the left side of the aircraft.

    "Brownie, you've done a heck of a job."

    Yep, They should totally trust the republicans again.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 31, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    Obama did declare it an emergency situation there. Not sure if Obama meant the hurricane damage or the fact that Louisiana will vote for Romney!