Lake Charles is not New Orleans. Most of the people here are hardworking, tax paying, conservative people. The problem is that a major metropolitan area was severely damaged from Katrina then three weeks later another highly populated area was severely damaged from Rita and there is simply a severe housing shortage.
The only thing they have to compare it to is tornadoes, or (for an imaginative few) maybe the hurricanes that hit Florida and tear up a lot of roofs.
One of the things I found most gratifying about Katrina was that the news personalities from Fox who actually went there, got it. You could see it in their faces.
From that, I infer that most decent people, if they were actually confronted with the facts, would get it, too.
What we have here, on the attack, are the outliers, mostly, the antisocial and the sociopaths who use the Internet as a way of channeling their vitriol. Most Freepers aren't like that, but they don't like to confront the loonies so they just get out of the way.