Skip to comments.Mary Landrieu: School Bus Failure Bush's Fault
Posted on 09/11/2005 8:23:58 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005 10:27 p.m. EDT Mary Landrieu: School Bus Failure Bush's Fault
It was the Bush administration's fault that hundreds of city school buses weren't dispatched to evacuate the hurricane-battered residents of New Orleans two weeks ago before floods swamped the city, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu said Sunday.
Asked on "Fox News Sunday" why New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin failed to follow the city's evacuation plan and press the buses into service, Landrieu blamed Bush administration cuts in mass transit funding.
"Mayor Nagin and most mayors in this country have a hard time getting their people to work on a sunny day, let alone getting them out of the city in front of a hurricane," she said. "And it's because this administration and administrations before them do not understand the difficulties that mayors . . . face." Landrieu then added: "In other words, this administration did not believe in mass transit. They won't even get people to work on a sunny day, let alone getting them out."
Saying she was unwilling to criticize Louisiana officials, the Louisiana Democrat insisted that Mayor Nagin's evacuation efforts had been a smashing success.
"Because the mayor evacuated the city, we had the best evacuation . . . of any evacuation I've seen. I'm 50 years old; I've never seen one any better," Landrieu told FNS.
That prompted FNS host Chris Wallace to remind: "But there were a hundred thousand people left in the city."
Landrieu once again blamed the White House, saying:
"They did [have] a hundred thousand people left in the city because this federal government won't support cities to evacuate people, whether it's from earthquakes, tornadoes, or hurricanes. And that's the truth."
So I immediately went to Google maps to see if I could do it myself. Easy. 100 N Gayoso St, New Orleans, LA to 1500 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA is "1.8 mi (about 3 mins)" by bus.
I thought that, but she means that without mass transit, people can't get to work -- not that the government can't get the drivers of the buses to work.
Given that New Orleans has a great mass transit system, and had a ton of city transit buses sitting around under water just like the school buses, the whole argument is absurd.
BTW, I don't dismiss Nagin's assertion that he didn't drive the rest of the people out because there was no place to take them. I don't see much evidence that there was another place within 100 miles of New Orleans that was prepared to shelter 100,000 more people DURING the hurricane, or in the day or two after.
I realise that was his third excuse, but it does seem that the New orleans evacuation plan counted on other counties to provide thosands of extra spaces as part of THEIR evacuation plans to handle the New Orleans people.
That's the problem with building a city under sea level. You just don't have any good places to build shelters in your own domain. Even the Red Cross refuses to operate shelters in the city because they won't set up a shelter where there might be flooding.
Wow...I never actually checked the "true" milage. As "the crow flies" I suppose it really is a little shorter, but even with what Google told you it's a deplorable blunder.
She really did insult the bus drivers. They could have told them load your family on the bus. Go to the bus stops and pick up as many people as you can. When the bus if full, use the one incoming lane that we have designated for bus evacuation and head to this location. They could have distributed the buses between the available shelters.
But, she is saying that the bus drivers if given the choice would not have chosen to save as many people as they could. Mary, speak for yourself. At least you had the chance to speak in the Governor and Mayor's ears and help these people evacuate the hell out of the city. Just because you and them were too worried about tourist dollars and lawsuits and failed to try and save people doesn't mean the bus drivers would have.
I'm thinking of writing my local supervisors to suggest we put a plan together to provide bus drivers for evacuation drills that aren't the normal school bus drivers.
Of course, our county isn't likely to ever end up under 20 feet of water, because who would be that stupid? But there could be other disasters that prevent us from using our SUVs.
"too afraid to drive the buses."
"I can't remember when I have heard a more patronizing comment...what black women can't drive? But Mary will get a pass on it..."
Ain't that the truth, BUMP!
FR's successful responses in the past in countering the MSM has always been retort. There's a great track record amongst Conservative blogsites in picking apart a lie and forcing a retraction, but that's always long after the lie has been heard when few are still following the story.
The future belongs to 'report', not 'retort'.
I couldn't see the video. The guy I believe has taken it off, unless you want to donate to support his bandwidth.
Well, she IS a liberal Democrat - I guess that's the same thing.
I thought most of South La was Catholic... Them Busses shure look Baptist to me!
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"Of course, our county isn't likely to ever end up under 20 feet of water, because who would be that stupid? But there could be other disasters that prevent us from using our SUVs."
Utilizing the school bus routes already in existence, it should be fairly straightforward (time consuming, perhaps, but not difficult otherwise) to identify willing individuals with a Class C (not required, but at least they've driven large trucks), and set up a plan to get these drivers to the vehicles in an adequate amount of time. There will likely be multiple trips, since the route was set up for students only, and now you have the entire population. But, it would work, provided there was ample fuel and the roads weren't obstructed. Contraflow on multilane roads with a dedicated bus lane out and back in would likely do the trick in larger metros, I'd think.
Maybe the next time "THE PLAN" will be scuba lessons and equipment for all citizens of NO.
Eveidentaqlly Nagin doesn't belive in mass transit either, otherwise he would have used it.
But it is a union racket...
"Maybe the next time "THE PLAN" will be scuba lessons and equipment for all citizens of NO."
An inflatable raft would have come in handy. Water purification tablets, too.
Wonder if the Mayor knows how to get to MapQuest?
She is a Democrat.
The answer should be self evident.
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