Thursday, October 27, 2005

The De-volution of Winger Bulls&*t

The Republican "War on Brains" hit a snag as the planned coronation for the Brothers Dim was put on hold by Wilma. It seems that the praises heaped on Jeb in the days prior to Wilma were to be short lived.

From the October 21, 2005 Bradenton Herald:

This is the critical time - now, in the days before a hurricane gets close, to prepare for a strike. Gov. Jeb Bush is giving a good example of a prepared leader making the most of the warning period. Other states and citizens in general: Take notice....

....Bush made the best of the breather, declaring a state of emergency that cleared the way for activation of the National Guard and coordination of evacuation plans and food, water and fuel distribution. Bush, who has ample experience directing emergency response efforts to hurricane strikes, didn't make the mistake that governors in Louisiana and Mississippi did, sitting around waiting to begin marshaling resources in the days before Katrina struck in late August.

Yes Republicans plan better, is that the memo coming from Ken Melhman's rump? Well it seems that Jeb's partner the ancient Chinese warrior Chang failed when the chips were down:

From the October 26, 2005 Bradenton Herald

Gasoline plentiful as power outages keep pumps closed Associated Press
Patience thinned and frustration mounted Tuesday in long lines at the few open gas stations in southern Florida that had power and were pumping fuel following Hurricane Wilma.
From the October 27, 2005 Bradenton Herald
Gas lines forming again in Florida, but fuel port opens again Associated Press

Many Floridians began another day of struggling to find food, water and fuel after Hurricane Wilma on Thursday, with lines of people and cars forming around home improvement stores and gas stations....

....A day earlier, Gov. Jeb Bush took responsibility for frustrating relief delays in a state all too familiar with powerful storms.

"We did not perform to where we want to be," the governor said at a news conference in Tallahassee, adding that criticism of the federal response was misdirected. "This is our responsibility."

Bush's comments came amid finger-pointing by local and county officials upset with aid efforts, and criticism of the Federal Emergency Management Agency reminiscent of the anger unleashed following Hurricane Katrina.

"This is like the Third World," said Claudia Shaw, who spent several hours in a gas line. "We live in a state where we suffer from these storms every year. "Where is the planning?"

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez called the relief distribution system "flawed." Nine of the 11 sites in his county ran out of supplies, according to its Web site.

But at another South Florida distribution site, ice sat melting Wednesday night, with officials issuing a plea on television stations: Come get it before it goes to waste.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who oversees FEMA, asked victims
to have patience as he surveyed crumpled boats, shattered mobile homes and
snaking lines of cars at fuel stations along the storm's path.

Wow! Doesn't this sound familiar.

They will bypass the fact that once again FEMA failed in its duties, once again incompetence, poor planning, and budget cuts have led to people suffering unnecessarily. They will bypass the fact that Jeb was not as prepared as was first implied. I guess Jeb released his Chang to early.

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