Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The Blame Game

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it seems that everyone is searching for somewhere to place the blame. Especially Democrats. Many key Democrats have chimed in on the issue, with the majority of their criticisms going against the administration and the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michael Brown. In her perfect 20/20 hindsight, Hillary Clinton was quick to point out that she "would never have appointed such a person." Democratic chairman Howard Dean also made some foundationless comments asserting that race played a role in who was rescued.

The striking thing about all of this is that so many of those making the accusations conveniently overlook their Democratic allies (who are actually more directly involved in the situation than either the president or Brown). It just better serves their purpose to point fingers at Republicans. Meanwhile, people like Lousianna's Governor Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans' Mayor Ray Nagin are avoiding any large amounts of criticism. I hate to point out the obvious, but both Blanco and Nagin are in positions that allow them to do MORE than either the president or Brown. State governments and localized city officials are in charge of initiating evacuations and mobilizing their people in preparation for the arrival of natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina. But this fact is overlooked by Democrats. Perhaps a better grasp of Federalism might help their cause.