Friday, September 09, 2005

I Wonder If They'll Ever Learn

If you haven't heard about the Louisiana state government BLOCKING the Red Cross from entering New Orleans, I suggest you check out the story. According to Fox News' Major Garrett, the Red Cross was had prepositioned water, food, blankets, and hygiene products for delivery to the Superdome and the Convention Center in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, but was blocked from delivering the goods by the Louisiana state government. The story broke on Brit Hume's show on Fox News Channel on Wednesday, and was immediately followed up by way of an interview on the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show. The transcript of this interview is included with the story I've linked to above.

This story is a crucial one. It gives more hard evidence showing the ineptitude of the Democrat-headed Louisiana state government. It is simply stunning that in a time of crisis when people were desperate for help, the relief they sought was not allowed to reach them. But don't expect the Democrats to shoulder any responsibilty for their actions. Despite these specific instances where the "horrible management of the relief effort" is clearly their own doing, Democrats insist on blaming FEMA and President Bush. Even after the Red Cross story broke, Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer urged people to sign an online petition to fire the director of FEMA.

Meanwhile, the relief effort along the Gulf Coast continues. So while the Democrats are using this natural disaster as a vehicle for political advancement, the Bush administration will continue to work on fixing the damage that Katrina caused.