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Friday, September 16, 2005

What did go right at Katrina?

Katrina, What Went Right
By Lou Dolinar, September 15, 2005
With body recovery teams in New Orleans finding far fewer than the expected 10,000 to 25,000 dead, despite the flooding of 80 percent of the city, it is time to ask: What went right?
Largely invisible to the media's radar, a broad-based rescue effort by federal, state and local first responders pulled 25,000 to 50,000 people from harm's way in floodwaters in the city. Ironically, FEMA's role, for good or ill, was essentially non-existent, as was the Governor's and the Mayor's. An ad-hoc distributed network responded on its own. Big Government didn't work. Odds and ends of little government did.

Full story at Real Clear Politics here.

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Blogger Frederic Christie said...

Big Government can't really be said not to have worked if conservatives argue that IT NEVER GOT THE CHANCE because state/local government leaders refused to ask for help. Is this blog just a running script of somewhat rightist responses that actually contradict each other?

And this strategy is not confined here. Paul Krugman has rather convincingly argued that the strategy for neo-cons has been to slash funding in a program then cite the failures post-funding cuts as a reason for more funding cuts.

In fact, state and local authorities engaged in racist and classist acts, and the entire official relief effort was a catastrophe. I strongly urge you to read that retrospective from a survivor as to the working class heroes of NO.

Sat Sep 17, 09:09:00 AM PDT  

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