By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: January 19, 2007 Filed at 11:53 p.m. ET
NEW YORK (AP) -- Party politics played a role in decisions over whether to take federal control of Louisiana and other areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, former FEMA director Michael Brown said Friday.
Some in the White House suggested only Louisiana should be federalized because it was run by a Democrat, Gov. Kathleen Blanco, Brown told a group of graduate students at a lecture on politics and emergency management at Metropolitan College of New York.
Brown said he had recommended to President Bush that all 90,000 square miles along the Gulf Coast affected by the hurricane be federalized, making the federal government in charge of all agencies responding to the disaster.
''Unbeknownst to me, certain people in the White House were thinking 'We had to federalize Louisiana because she's a white, female Democratic governor and we have a chance to rub her nose in it,'' he said.
"Yeah, I'm sure it is old to the thousands of people still homeless."
You have to understand the neocon mindset. Problems always go away within a year, whether solved or not, and any discussion of them afterward is just pointless. Make a point about Bush lying about Iraq, and you'll get a chorus of "Don't you have anything new to say?" Bring up Katrina, and it's "old news". Nevermind that nothing's actually been done to fix these problems, neocons just tire of talking about them.
CyWang and his ilk are so opposed to anything evremotely "liberal" that they've effectively blackballed anything that would require even a hint of empathy, compassion, or forward-thinking.
Just to save yourself time in the future: If the sig-line mentions something about the "politically correct conservative alliance", you can pretty much consider the poster a lost cause.