Tuesday, January 24, 2006

It is not the government's job to take care of you

ABC News: Documents Show Katrina Warnings Ignored. If you sit and watch a category 5 storm heading for you - Katrina was downgraded hours before landfall, and only turned to the east at about the same time - who is as fault that you have to deal with consequences.

Katrina was heading for NOLA for 3 or 4 days as a cat 5 storm. In 2 days over flat ground, a reasonably healthy adult can walk at least 50 miles. You only need shoes, water and a little food. This would not have been open country hiking - there are (or were) roads in that part of LA.

Even after the storm hit, people could have walked out of the disaster.

This would have left the city, county, state and FEMA to deal with the sick, the infirm and the elderly. But the number should have been much smaller than 100,000 who did nothing to prepare, and did nothing after the fact.

The government in not your mother; it is not the job of the government to take care of you.

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