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An Open Letter
self | 9-3-2005 | Petruchio

Posted on 09/03/2005 3:15:51 PM PDT by Petruchio

An Open Letter to Congressman Danny Davis and the Congressional Black Caucus.

I am ashamed that you are my Representative in Congress. I am an independent, and there are a lot of things I disagree with the current Administration over. But, Hurricane Relief is not one of them. The efforts of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Democrat Party to spin relief efforts into political gain is deplorable.

Lets look at the facts and all possible relief senerios, shall we? There are only five possible ways for Federal intervention in a disaster.

1- The President could have walked out on the waters of the Gulf and commanded Hurricane Katrina to turn back into the open sea. If he had, the Democrat Party would have rushed to the microphones to accuse Bush of grandstanding for political gain! I guess we can scratch this one off the list.

2- The President could have just marched in and taken over. This is illegal and would have resulted in demands for his impeachment along with his head on a platter. Scratch two.

3- The President could have declared that the State and Local Governments no longer exist in any meaningful way and that FEMA had to take over in order to protect the citizens. Yeah, right. As if the Congressional Black Caucus would let him get away with that! Scratch three.

4- The President could have declared War on the State of Louisiana. This was tried once. A little over 140 years ago a Republican declared War on the Southern States. As I remember from school, a whole lot of folks got in a snit over that one. Scratch four.

5- The Mayor of New Orleans informs the Governor of Louisiana that aid is needed, and the Governor calls the President and asks for help. This finally happened four days after the fact.

Think about it. On Saturday, two days before the storm, The Director of the Hurricane Center called Mayer Nagin and Gov.. Blanco pleading with them to evacuate. Nothing. The President personally called and strongly urged Mayor Nagin and Gov. Blanco to order evacuations. Finally, on Sunday, less than one day before the storm hit, evacuations were called for.

However, The Mayor and the Governor failed to provide any form of transportation for the poor and the needy. There are hundreds of school buses in the New Orleans Metro area that could have been put into use. Instead those buses sit under water, destroyed. And the good citizens of New Orleans were left to fend for themselves while the Mayor hid in another city.

After the storm passed, Mayor Nagin was clueless as to what was happening in New Orleans. Why? Because he was sitting in Baton Rouge, not in New Orleans where he should have been. You cannot lead disaster recovery from out of town. From the time the storm left the area on Monday night until Thursday afternoon, Mayor Nagin stood in another City and complained that he was not getting any assistance when he never asked for it in the first place! Once Mayor Nagin and Gov. Blanco asked for Federal Assistance, that assistance was set in motion within an hour.

FEMA had pre-positioned equipment and personnel before the storm hit. FEMA could not legally act without being asked. The majority of the Gulf Coast was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Gulfport and Biloxi are cleaning up. Emergency Services are being restored. The difference between Gulfport and Biloxi and New Orleans is that the Mayors and the Governor of Mississippi reacted properly and asked for aid right away. In New Orleans, the elected Officials failed to act in the Public Interest, before, during, and after the storm.

You can't blame the Federal Government for the failures of the Local and State elected Officials. There is no excuse for Gov. Blanco not ordering the LA NG into the afflicted areas on Monday evening to provide aid and security. That responsibility falls on the Governor's shoulders and no where else. The failure to mobilize the school buses to evacuate those without transportation falls on Mayor Nagin and nowhere else.

Congressman Davis, it is not your fault that Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Nor is it President Bush's fault. Storms happen. Cleanup, Rebuild, and move on. Don't whine and cry.

Perhaps I should blame you for the high price of gasoline. After all, you did not sponsor a Bill mandating that before a refinery can close, a new refinery with greater capacity must be built to replace it. If you had pushed through such a Bill we would not have shortages now.


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Sent to Congresscritter Danny Davis

with copies submitted as a LTE to: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Sun-Times
Illinois Leader

1 posted on 09/03/2005 3:15:51 PM PDT by Petruchio
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To: Petruchio

It's a great letter - pity that it's wasted on the Dims. They would rather attack President Bush than save human lives.


2 posted on 09/03/2005 3:21:07 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Even Tom Cruise would recommend that Cindy Sheehan take a Paxil." --PBRSTREETGANG)
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To: Petruchio

Excellent letter! I hope it is printed, and spread widely. I will die of shock if Davis responds.


3 posted on 09/03/2005 3:21:19 PM PDT by Rollee
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To: Petruchio

Good job.


4 posted on 09/03/2005 3:23:05 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: Petruchio

Good for you!!!!!!!!!!


5 posted on 09/03/2005 3:23:09 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, Over there, we will be there until it is Over there.")
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To: Petruchio

To:(name your favorite MSM "journalists)

I am just curious is any of you "objective" journalists have bother to note that the City of New Orleans is responsible for the evacuation plan. You can read it on their website. You know, the city being run by the Democrat Mayor who is current screaming loudest. Couldn't be he is screaming so loud because he dropped the ball and knows it? Maybe you "journalists" might want to look into the reasons why the City of New Orleans plan failed so dramatically. Why doesn't the City of New Orleans have pre-positions stockpiles of food and water to get people over the 3 day hump that the Dept of Homeland Security tells them it will take for the Feds to ride to the rescue? Democrat leaders who are zealous to make a race issue out of this might want to consider what is going to happen when the American People start to ask themselves "Just what did all those millions of Homeland Security dollars given to cities like New Orleans in the aftermath of 9-11 BUY us? This has a very real potential to turn right around and bite the Democrat leadership very hard in a very sensitive place.


6 posted on 09/03/2005 3:23:26 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (If you try to be smarter, I will try to be nicer.)
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To: Petruchio
I am an independent

You Are ??? ;-)

7 posted on 09/03/2005 3:24:17 PM PDT by Deetes (God Bless the Troops and their Families)
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To: Petruchio

Most excellent, Petruchio.


8 posted on 09/03/2005 3:25:48 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Deetes

No.

But why tell him that? [grin]


9 posted on 09/03/2005 3:29:03 PM PDT by Petruchio ( ... .--. .- -.-- / .- -. -.. / -. . ..- - . .-. / .. .-.. .-.. . --. .- .-.. / .- .-.. .. . -. ...)
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To: Bahbah

How wretched these liberals are for turning this horror into a political and racial episode.

I was pleased that at tonight's vigil mass the priest said, among other things, that he did not agree with people saying the slow response to the flood was motivated by racism. "It was just the magnitude of the disaster." I'm glad someone gets it.


10 posted on 09/03/2005 3:30:11 PM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: Rollee

Any response or publication I will note on this thread.

I agree, I doubt he will say anything.


11 posted on 09/03/2005 3:30:12 PM PDT by Petruchio ( ... .--. .- -.-- / .- -. -.. / -. . ..- - . .-. / .. .-.. .-.. . --. .- .-.. / .- .-.. .. . -. ...)
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To: Petruchio

I just heard an official from one of the Parrishes stating that everyone is so busy playing the race card that the parrishes are being forgotten. White neighborhoods need help also and none is available to them. He said we will be seeing many dead white people on rooftops waiting for help that never came.


12 posted on 09/03/2005 3:31:36 PM PDT by imskylark
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To: Petruchio

BTTT


13 posted on 09/03/2005 3:31:38 PM PDT by The SISU kid (Politicians are like Slinkies. Good for nothing. But you smile when you push them down the stairs)
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To: Petruchio
I know that they are both from the more liberal element of the Republican party but can anyone picture Rudy,stamping his feet,wailing for federal aid or Governor Pataki crying in front of the TV cameras on 9/11.I believe Mayor Guilani was closed to being killed in a makeshift command center set up virtually under one of the towers was`nt he?
14 posted on 09/03/2005 3:36:52 PM PDT by carlr
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To: Petruchio
ROTFLOL

I knew that !!!

It does add a little extra to the letter .

15 posted on 09/03/2005 3:38:47 PM PDT by Deetes (God Bless the Troops and their Families)
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To: Petruchio

Stupendous letter. Will you let us know if he responds??
susie


16 posted on 09/03/2005 3:39:54 PM PDT by brytlea (All you need as ID to vote in FL is your Costco card...)
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To: Petruchio
The failure belongs to everyone. State, local, and federal as well as those who chose not to leave but could.

How in the world can you tell people to go to a dome or convention center when it would be widely known that electricity would be nonexistant. Then how would water be pumped to fountains and toilets. This was simply short sited. Potable water needed to be on site and dispensed. Porta Johns should have been plentiful. Rations should have been shipped in before the storm hit. National Guards and Federal troops along with their equipment should have been waiting on the northern borders of those soon to be affected states ready to roll. Local law enforcement officials should have necessary fuel, water and rations. Hospitals should have been set up with back up generators for the back up generators. It was widely known this was going to be a very severe storm. 24-48 hours before it hit the Gulf Coast it was reported to be a cat 5 storm.

New Orleans is a zoo even on the best of days. The people who live on the margin everyday were given a situation that would have made even the most level headed to fall apart. Throw 10,000 Freepers in such a situation for almost a week without food or water and watch them turn on each other. Just watch how we sometimes treat other on threads, then throw us together without food and water and then add the heat and humidity of New Orleans and not knowing what, where or when things would get better.

18 posted on 09/03/2005 3:50:29 PM PDT by joesbucks
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To: Petruchio

Excellent letter. I saw a representative from the Congressional Black Caucus (and, just as an aside, how many people would go absolutely nuts if there were a "Congressional White Caucus"?) whining and moaning about the "slowness" of the federal response. What about state and local response? Where were they? It's all just whining.


19 posted on 09/03/2005 3:54:36 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Petruchio

Good points. Let us know if it gets published.


20 posted on 09/03/2005 4:07:54 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: Petruchio

Very good job.

I was astounded the Black Caucus did not take to the microphones to request calm and condemn the shooting by gangsters of relief workers.


21 posted on 09/03/2005 4:09:58 PM PDT by Peach (South Carolina is praying for our Gulf coast citizens.)
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To: joesbucks

Throw 10,000 Freepers in such a situation for almost a week without food or water
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Sorry joesbucks, but 10,000 FReepers would have been heading North when Katrinia was a CAT 3 and 200 miles South of NO.

There would have been no need for all that equipment. FReepers are resourceful, self sufficient and not stupid.

sp


22 posted on 09/03/2005 4:21:10 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Newbie, PhD. Tenure allows you to stay put - NOT evict others.)
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To: Petruchio

Be sure to send a copy of this to the Congressional White Caucus.............wait.. never mind.


23 posted on 09/03/2005 4:22:21 PM PDT by Mark (Proven scientific experiment: The NY Times flushes easily down the standard toilet.)
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To: joesbucks
Supplies were ready and set up, staging areas were ready and set up. The Military CANNOT just go in. The National Guard units were ready. Unfortunately the Governor didn't have enough, because the Governor didn't call enough up, the mayor was off in another city, and lastly neither was reachable. What more can the Feds do? They declared a disaster BEFORE it happened so they could put the necessary equipment and supplies in place BEFORE the disaster....those things were there. But, they CAN'T go in without a request from the Governor.

So, find out where the Governor and Mayor were! Hmm, would that be in some meeting with lawyers and consultants figuring out how to cover their individual arses.

24 posted on 09/03/2005 4:24:01 PM PDT by Ruth C (learn to analyze rationally and extrapolate consequences ... you might become a conservative)
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To: hsalaw

I swear that I did not see your post before I posted. I swear!


25 posted on 09/03/2005 4:25:00 PM PDT by Mark (Proven scientific experiment: The NY Times flushes easily down the standard toilet.)
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To: Petruchio

THIS TELLS IT ALL...

26 posted on 09/03/2005 4:25:15 PM PDT by Hunble (is)
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To: carlr

I cannot believe that Nagin was wearing that d*amn DESIRE (restaurant) T- shirt to meet the President. If he was trying to make it appear that he was as desperate as the residents of New Orleans - it sure didn't work

sp


27 posted on 09/03/2005 4:28:32 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Newbie, PhD. Tenure allows you to stay put - NOT evict others.)
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To: Hunble

GREAT LETTER!Iam sick of this nitwits.


28 posted on 09/03/2005 4:34:00 PM PDT by phuzman (n)
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To: Peach

exactly, Peach. The black Caucus should have been out quickly calling for calm and trying to find ways to help the people rather than criticizing the President. And, perhaps, before criticizing the President for a slow response, they should explain why they only came out on Thursday...and, then, only to criticize not to help.


29 posted on 09/03/2005 4:39:03 PM PDT by 4integrity
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To: 4integrity

The Mayor of New Orleans was on CNN a few hours ago and says the CIA may take him out because he's criticized the federal government.

The guy is either a crackhead or has had a nervous breakdown.

Turning into a strange, macabre show now. Blame continues, spiraling out of control. Sad. It even raised CNN's eyebrows a bit.(5:57 p.m. Eastern/4:57 p.m. Central)

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1476641/posts



30 posted on 09/03/2005 4:41:51 PM PDT by Peach (South Carolina is praying for our Gulf coast citizens.)
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To: sodpoodle

And they would not be relying on VOODOO to get them out!


31 posted on 09/03/2005 4:47:41 PM PDT by just truth please
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To: sodpoodle

In a situation such as this, especially when they were told to go to certain areas, maybe not as bad, but Freepers would have been eating their own.


32 posted on 09/03/2005 4:52:30 PM PDT by joesbucks
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To: Ruth C

So the feds had to be asked. Excuse me. Your house is burning but the fire truck driving by has to wait for the truck assigned to that community to respond first and ask for help. Yep, I know their are laws, but when human life of that magnatude is on the line the feds can and have intervened in the past. This was poorly coordinated from all political levels.


33 posted on 09/03/2005 4:56:35 PM PDT by joesbucks
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To: Mark

Great minds and all!


34 posted on 09/03/2005 5:26:10 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: sodpoodle

"FReepers are resourceful, self sufficient and not stupid."

And the one thing FReepers would NOT do is sit around sucking their thumbs and waiting for the government to "rescue" them!


35 posted on 09/03/2005 5:28:45 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Petruchio


Excellent! However, a major point regarding item #4. The seceeding states declared war on the United States of America
by firing upon Ft Sumpter. The item makes it appear that a
Republican president initiated the war. This is simply not true.

-.-


36 posted on 09/03/2005 5:29:55 PM PDT by USN-SPARKS
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To: USN-SPARKS

Literary License

if the dummocraps can spin everything, why can't I?


37 posted on 09/03/2005 5:43:15 PM PDT by Petruchio ( ... .--. .- -.-- / .- -. -.. / -. . ..- - . .-. / .. .-.. .-.. . --. .- .-.. / .- .-.. .. . -. ...)
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To: Petruchio

AMEN


38 posted on 09/03/2005 5:45:03 PM PDT by proudCArepublican
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To: RedWing9; NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

*Ping*


39 posted on 09/03/2005 5:59:41 PM PDT by Petruchio ( ... .--. .- -.-- / .- -. -.. / -. . ..- - . .-. / .. .-.. .-.. . --. .- .-.. / .- .-.. .. . -. ...)
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To: Petruchio

That is an awesome letter!


40 posted on 09/03/2005 6:08:11 PM PDT by GloriaJane (http://music.download.com/gloriajane "Seems Like Our Press Has Turned Against Our Country")
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To: Petruchio

The Republicans have enough problems as it is these days
without adding more crap to the Lie-berals bags of hatrid.

That's all.


-.-


41 posted on 09/03/2005 6:29:28 PM PDT by USN-SPARKS
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To: Petruchio

Great letter. Where did you get the information about when Blanco officially asked for FEMA help?


42 posted on 09/03/2005 6:41:06 PM PDT by mwfsu84
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To: joesbucks

Oh, so now you want to toss out the Constitution? The Posse Comitatus act.

You are advocating establishing a police state just because a big city mayor and a governor couldn't figure out how to make the system work. These were the duly elected leaders of their people, why shouldn't their decision making be respected and years of emergency management process be followed? I believe the last time that the Federal government used the military 'when lives were on the line' was at Waco.

To me it looks like President Bush did approach the limits of Federal power by declaring a disaster before the Governor (I remember wondering what was going on when he did that). The governor also admitted that Presdent Bush was imploring them to evacuate.


43 posted on 09/03/2005 8:58:07 PM PDT by sgtyork
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To: Petruchio

When was the last time the Feds entered a state with military force without an invite by the state? The Civil War? During the Civil Rights movement?


44 posted on 09/03/2005 9:00:43 PM PDT by HitmanLV
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"5- The Mayor of New Orleans informs the Governor of Louisiana that aid is needed, and the Governor calls the President and asks for help. This finally happened four days after the fact."

I'm debating a liberal based on the information you gave, and he came up with a letter posted on the State of Louisina's website written by the governor requesting FEMA's help. It's dated August 28, well before the mayor had his breakdown. So I'm confused.

At the risk of sounding stupid, please clarify what kind of help was requested four days after the fact. And where is your source.

Thanks.




45 posted on 09/03/2005 9:48:31 PM PDT by mwfsu84
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To: mwfsu84
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1475411/posts

. . . and the governor declared war on looters who have made the city a menacing landscape of disorder and fear.

"They have M-16s and they're locked and loaded," Gov. Kathleen Blanco said of 300 National Guard troops who landed in New Orleans fresh from duty in Iraq. "These troops know how to shoot and kill, and they are more than willing to do so, and I expect they will."

There are other threads, search in the 9-11 dates, late afternoon. Before this time all the Gov. was doing is complain, not issue orders.

46 posted on 09/03/2005 10:56:26 PM PDT by Petruchio ( ... .--. .- -.-- / .- -. -.. / -. . ..- - . .-. / .. .-.. .-.. . --. .- .-.. / .- .-.. .. . -. ...)
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To: sgtyork
Oh, so now you want to toss out the Constitution? The Posse Comitatus act.

Not as you describe, however, the office does have certain emergency powers that could have expedited action.

47 posted on 09/04/2005 3:25:59 AM PDT by joesbucks
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To: mwfsu84
At the risk of sounding stupid, please clarify what kind of help was requested four days after the fact. And where is your source.

Source is FR threads.

LA NG is under the Governor's command. LA NG was not sent in until Thursday late afternoon. Before this point in the timeline all the Governor did was whine and complain. After this point on the timeline it was like flipping on a lightswitch. Suddenly the Guard was sent with orders to shoot.

48 posted on 09/04/2005 6:53:56 AM PDT by Petruchio ( ... .--. .- -.-- / .- -. -.. / -. . ..- - . .-. / .. .-.. .-.. . --. .- .-.. / .- .-.. .. . -. ...)
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To: joesbucks

And there are specific emergency planning actions that should have been taken by the mayor and the governor. And there are specific intra-governmental emergency procedures that have been followed during other natural disasters.

If its the Federal government's fault, why didn't the same failures appear last year when four hurricaned devastated Florida? -- Because local authorities did things right.


49 posted on 09/04/2005 7:06:30 AM PDT by sgtyork
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To: sgtyork

More to the point:
If it was a Federal failure, why is it only New Orleans and not any of the other cities?


50 posted on 09/04/2005 9:31:45 AM PDT by Petruchio ( ... .--. .- -.-- / .- -. -.. / -. . ..- - . .-. / .. .-.. .-.. . --. .- .-.. / .- .-.. .. . -. ...)
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