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Duncan Hunter on Katrina
Hope and Recovery Summit | 8-27-07 | Duncan Hunter

Posted on 08/28/2007 6:53:28 AM PDT by llmc1

Two years ago, when I entered New Orleans with Rescue Task Force, the onslaught of flood and destruction dominated this great cit With Andrea Becks, former NFL cornerback Scott Turner, Yuma Mayor Larry Nelson and businessman Roy Tyler, we brought food, water and 1,000 beds to the folks who were in the city and the refugee centers.

With the aid of an airboat driver who could do everything but fly, we were privileged to be a small part of the rescue effort. In those days the headline stories were all about the failure of government – the bureaucracy of FEMA, the difficulty in handling the looting and the snafus of evacuation.

But I saw a different story. It was the story of the great National Guard troops who we found holding the city together, the law enforcement personnel, and the fireman and rescue workers from all over the United States who interrupted their lives to rush to help the people of New Orleans. It was the huge team of volunteers I saw at Houma who were operating the rescue center to clothe, feed and care for people. It was the huge room of clothes stacked so high, with a sign that said, “Please no more clothes are needed.”

Today, $116 billion has been appropriated to remedy the effects of Katrina. The rebuilding effort includes: $17 billion for housing and community development; $8.4 billion for levees and flood control; $10 billion for Small Business Administration loans; and, $3.5 billion for highways and bridges.

But more important than the government programs is the way the citizens of our nation shape and are shaped by this massive hurricane disaster and its aftermath. There are those who portray the people of New Orleans as permanent victims, to whom government owes lifetime entitlements. They view every aspect of Katrina as somehow a reflection of the need for bigger, stronger government, almost to the point to where one wonders if they won’t assign political blame for the winds and waters of the hurricane itself.

I don’t see it that way. I see a great future for New Orleans, based not on what government does for people but because of what free people do for themselves. For every cynic who sees only government as the answer I see people as the answer.

I see optimistic professionals and business people coming to New Orleans to meet the challenge and the opportunity now presented by the rebuilding.

I see young people who might have fallen into a hopeless cycle of dependency on government welfare, now finding fulfillment in the hard work of rebuilding New Orleans.

I see top notch school administrators and educators picking up the challenge of Americans in New Orleans, who have new education dreams for their children, 57% of who attend charter schools.

I see rising from the destruction of Katrina, a new and profound appreciation for freedom. The real story of Katrina and New Orleans is not the inefficiency of government. That is a truth we have always known. The real story of New Orleans and Katrina is the millions of Americans who responded from their hearts, for their fellow citizens who live in this city.

From the senior citizens who gave a part of their fixed income, to the school children who assembled food packages, to the doctors and nurses who volunteered, to the fellow citizens of this state who donated mountains of clothes and food -- every nation of the world has a government that responds to its disasters, but no nation has as many citizens willing to share what they have with their fellow man as this blessed land called America.

In 1812, Andrew Jackson and his frontier militia blocked a small passageway of land between an enemy army and this great city. American determination carried that day and New Orleans survived. Since that day, more than 800,000 Americans have given their lives on battlefields around the world so that we may walk, worship and work in freedom.

We succeeded in protecting our nation because we had faith in God and confidence in the goodness of the American people. If we here in New Orleans ask the question, where is the success of our future; is it in government? The answer is and has always has been; no. The success of our future, my friends, is within us, individual people.

It is within our character, the American character of faith in God, of honesty, of hard work, the willingness to take risks, individual accountability and a heart for our fellow citizens.

New Orleans, based on these values, will stand, always.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: b4dh; duncanhunter; hunter; katrina; neworleans

1 posted on 08/28/2007 6:53:34 AM PDT by llmc1
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To: llmc1

Makes sense.


2 posted on 08/28/2007 6:54:45 AM PDT by apocalypto
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To: llmc1

It’s just going to flood again.


3 posted on 08/28/2007 6:56:20 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: llmc1
Stick that up your arse, Obama.
4 posted on 08/28/2007 7:04:16 AM PDT by stylin19a (Go Bears !)
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To: SeafoodGumbo

Thought this maybe of interest to you.....


5 posted on 08/28/2007 7:14:20 AM PDT by deport (>>>--Keep your powder dry--<<< [ Meanwhile:-- Cue Spooky Music--])
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To: llmc1

Finally someone is challenging the myth that the government’s initial response to Katrina was an unmitigated disaster. Deaths were approximately 3% of pre-storm predictions, and by usual standards that would be considered a tremendous success. It was a massive effort, involving evacuating, feeding, and sheltering 800,000 people in about 48 hours. To expect this to go off without a hitch would be typical of partisan Democrats and their cheerleaders in the media.


6 posted on 08/28/2007 7:17:58 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: llmc1
"I see young people who might have fallen into a hopeless cycle of dependency on government welfare, now finding fulfillment in the hard work of rebuilding New Orleans."

Oh Duncan! Ouch! "Hard work?" You just lost the Katrina Holocaust crowd with that foul comment.

Seriously, he speaks logic and truth instead of pandering to these "victims!" Get up off your butts and build that damn city! You got the money! Now quit crying and work!

7 posted on 08/28/2007 7:21:37 AM PDT by avacado
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To: Steve_Seattle
FR should publish the Katrina Live Thread!

It shows exactly the time-line, the pressers, orders, weather server predictions, statements, phone calls, everything.

And proves the MSM and NO government have been lying, all this time.

8 posted on 08/28/2007 7:23:46 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: llmc1
Duncan Hunter on Katrina
Oh no, not another sex scandal..!

 
9 posted on 08/28/2007 7:25:45 AM PDT by counterpunch ("The Democrats are the party of slavery." - Cindy Sheehan)
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To: avacado
he speaks logic and truth instead of pandering to these "victims!"

Absolutely true. A while back he was the only republican to speak to a pro immigration group in Florida and they respect him despite his strong border control stance. The man does not back down from a fight or pander for votes.
10 posted on 08/28/2007 7:51:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007; pissant

Hunter ping for the Hunterites.


11 posted on 08/28/2007 7:52:57 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: llmc1

..IMO the only way N.O. could be saved is for it to first be destroyed—DH is speaking with hope and optimism—like a President should...


12 posted on 08/28/2007 7:57:08 AM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: cripplecreek

He’s a good man. I wish he was our next President. I could sleep at night with both eyes closed and with my hand not clutching my wallet.


13 posted on 08/28/2007 7:58:53 AM PDT by avacado
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To: counterpunch
Duncan Hunter on Katrina

Oh no, not another sex scandal..!

At least this one would be w/ a female. That would be a refreshing change.

14 posted on 08/28/2007 8:01:56 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: ilgipper
At least this one would be w/ a female.
So will Hillary's...

 
15 posted on 08/28/2007 8:03:54 AM PDT by counterpunch ("The Democrats are the party of slavery." - Cindy Sheehan)
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To: llmc1

Good article, and good points. The main problem now is not $, that has been allocated, it is getting to homeowners. And that is the fault of the “Road Home” program. It’s obviously a hard decision for the federal gov. to administer a program the state gov. should be able to—but that is what should have happened here.


16 posted on 08/28/2007 8:11:28 AM PDT by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the first, second, and fourth Amendments?)
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To: WalterSkinner
For every cynic who sees only government as the answer I see people as the answer.

You know, Hunter is really a good writer. Well, dang, he's good at anything he does.

17 posted on 08/28/2007 8:18:33 AM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: llmc1; cripplecreek

What a breath of fresh air.


18 posted on 08/28/2007 8:43:53 AM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: llmc1; Admin Moderator
No source is included. Here's one.
19 posted on 08/28/2007 10:51:50 AM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Look at all the candidates. Choose who you think is best. Choose wisely in 2008.)
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To: avacado
I remember that city councilman offering $$$$$..I can’t remember the amount exactly, but it was over $100,000.00 to anyone willing to come back and work to fix their homes....he got little response.
20 posted on 08/28/2007 11:14:10 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: Fierce Allegiance; 230FMJ; abigailsmybaby; afnamvet; Afronaut; airborne; alicewonders; Angelas; ...

BTTT for Hunter!

He’s quite eloquent.


21 posted on 08/28/2007 11:53:29 AM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Look at all the candidates. Choose who you think is best. Choose wisely in 2008.)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

And none of the pandering.


22 posted on 08/28/2007 12:01:08 PM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Thanks!


23 posted on 08/28/2007 12:27:04 PM PDT by 007girl
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To: Ultra Sonic 007
He is indeed. And compassionate too, but NOT like the modern day compassionate conservative. Like a true Conservative. This could have been written by Reagan, it is inspiring, as Reagan would have been.
24 posted on 08/28/2007 12:30:18 PM PDT by gidget7 ( Vote for the Arsenal of Democracy, because America RUNS on Duncan!)
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To: llmc1

If the One Year Anniversary of Katrina was any indication, too much of the national media attention this week will be focused on the Lower 9th Ward, and not enough on the rest of the city. This is not to minimize the on-going tragedy that it the L9, but rather to seek a more fair and balanced look at the recovery.

We Photograph, You Decide
The photo galleries on this page are an accurate reflection of what New Orleans looks like right now. The pictures were, with a very few exceptions, taken since this past April.

This first set of galleries are from neighborhoods in Orleans Parish that were not flooded in Katrina. As you might expect these neighborhoods look much like they did before Katrina.

http://www.new995fm.com/cc-common/mainheadlines2.html?feed=209149&article=2502729


25 posted on 08/28/2007 12:50:32 PM PDT by CajunConservative
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To: llmc1
no nation has as many citizens willing to share what they have with their fellow man as this blessed land called America

This should be what the world thinks about when it recalls Katrina. The 'rat leaders and the MSM would prefer they think that Bush is incompetent instead. They love power more than anything, their country included. I really like Duncan Hunter.

26 posted on 08/28/2007 12:53:38 PM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: llmc1
"I see top notch school administrators and educators picking up the challenge of Americans in New Orleans"...

I was okay with it up to this. I had to stop reading before the inevitable "We're from the government and we're here to help you."

I'd rather read Duncan talking about borders, fences, China, trade imbalance, etc.
27 posted on 08/28/2007 12:54:26 PM PDT by George W. Bush (Rudy: tough on terror, scared of Iowa, wets himself over YouTube)
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To: AppyPappy
It’s just going to flood again.

Killjoy.
28 posted on 08/28/2007 12:55:53 PM PDT by George W. Bush (Rudy: tough on terror, scared of Iowa, wets himself over YouTube)
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To: George W. Bush
I take it you missed what was just a few paragraphs before that line:

But more important than the government programs is the way the citizens of our nation shape and are shaped by this massive hurricane disaster and its aftermath. There are those who portray the people of New Orleans as permanent victims, to whom government owes lifetime entitlements. They view every aspect of Katrina as somehow a reflection of the need for bigger, stronger government, almost to the point to where one wonders if they won’t assign political blame for the winds and waters of the hurricane itself.

I don’t see it that way. I see a great future for New Orleans, based not on what government does for people but because of what free people do for themselves. For every cynic who sees only government as the answer I see people as the answer.

29 posted on 08/28/2007 1:02:22 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Look at all the candidates. Choose who you think is best. Choose wisely in 2008.)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

On The Issues....

FAIR & EQUITABLE TRADE

Fair Trade, Not Free Trade = Jobs

China Cheating  on Trade / America is a GREAT Nation

SECOND AMENDMENT

Glen & Helen Show

ECONOMY & TAXES

Address to Fair Tax Rally 05-15-07

Address to CPAC

CONGRESSIONAL RECORD

Iraq Resolution / Hunter vs. Democrats / Surge is Working

Senate Amnesty Bill / Amnesty Fails / Amnesty Fails Again

LEGAL REFORM

Gonzales Firings / Pardon Scooter? / ”Fairness” Doctrine

Border Agents Compean & Ramos / Defending Border Agents

ENDORSEMENTS

Appeal to Conservatives / General Chuck Yeager

Ann Coulter / Magnificent! / Favorite

Announcement – Part 1 & Part 2 / Music Video

On the Road to the Oval Office / The Conservative Case

A Fresh Face / Blog Collection / Constitution Party / Grassroots HQ

EDUCATION

No Child Left Behind

HEALTHCARE

Ronald Reagan Health Care / ‘National’ HealthCare / “One step closer to socialism”

IMMIGRATION

Border Enforcement is Homeland Security / NAFTA

Building a Fence / “Jobs Americans won’t do”?

Enforce the Law / No Amnesty / Party of One / Ted Hayes

SAFETY & SECURITY

Cooking with Hunter / War On Terror / To America’s Critics / JFK Plot

Mark Steyn on 1986 Amnesty / Firefighter’s Forum

FAITH & VALUES

Blogs for Life / Judicial Appointments / Right to Life Rally

Terri Shaivo / Mt. Soledad Cross  - Flyer / Roe vs. Wade / Hate Crimes

INTERVIEWS

Dennis Miller (June 1st – 3rd Hour)

Roger Hedgecock (4/6, 4/24, 4/25, 6/8, 6/29, 7/2, 7/17, 7/19)

Laura Ingraham – Part 1 & Part 2 / Steve Malzberg 06-19-07

Brian Preston – Hot Air / William Gheen - ALIPAC

WRKO Pundit Review Radio / Polipundit Radio

Kevin McCullough – Musclehead Revolution / John Hawkins

NHPR’s Laura Knoy on The Exchange / Irving Baxter

WESH – Orlando (Conversation with the Candidate) / Wolf Blitzer

 Hardball 07-30-2007 / Hardball - Al Sharpton / George Stephanopolis

 Charlie Rangel – Part 1 & Part 2 / Dennis Kucinich – Part 1 & Part 2

Glenn Beck / JD Hayworth 1 & 2 / Tom McLaughlin

DEBATES

Reagan Library 05-03-07 / After Interview

South Carolina 05-15-07 / Fox Interview

New Hampshire 06-05-07 / Spin Room - NH/ Lynne Hunter

Iowa Presidential Candidate Forum 06-30-07

Iowa 08-05-07 / Hunter vs Paul

POLLS

Hunter Beats McCain / Maricopa County, Arizona 01-13-07

Spartanburg, South Carolina 03-01-07

Anderson County, South Carolina 04-17-07 / Free Republic

ADDITIONAL AUDIO & VIDEOS

Young Republicans - Part1 / Part2 / Part3

Core Principles / BIG STORY WEEKEND with Julie Bandaras

Brian & the Judge: 01-10-2007 / 02-08-2007 / 03-12-2007/ Cost of WH Run

The Right Balance hosted by Greg Allen / Still in the Race / Duncan D. Hunter

 


30 posted on 08/28/2007 1:20:12 PM PDT by RasterMaster (Rudy McRomneyson = KENNEDY wing of the Republican Party)
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To: llmc1

Well that’s more like it (what we expect from DH)!

In the Reuters article quoted at this thread

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1887662/posts

Hunter is mentioned thus:

“Hunter, a U.S. representative from California, said Katrina had proven that ‘government is inept.’ “

Arguably worse than not mentioning Hunter at all, it leaves one with the impression that DH is just another politician who thinks the govt needs to do more, cost more, and be a better nanny.


31 posted on 08/28/2007 2:42:17 PM PDT by Graymatter ( bother taglines)
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To: llmc1
He is the man for the job, right now. I fear if we don't elect a Conservative, our streets will run red with blood.
32 posted on 08/28/2007 2:45:31 PM PDT by wastedyears (Alright, hold tight, I'm a highway staaaaaaaaaaaaarrr)
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To: llmc1
But I saw a different story. It was the story of the great National Guard troops who we found holding the city together, the law enforcement personnel, and the fireman and rescue workers from all over the United States who interrupted their lives to rush to help the people of New Orleans. It was the huge team of volunteers I saw at Houma who were operating the rescue center to clothe, feed and care for people. It was the huge room of clothes stacked so high, with a sign that said, “Please no more clothes are needed.”

You mean the media was lying to me ?????? Say it isn't so !!!!

33 posted on 08/28/2007 3:17:13 PM PDT by dfwddr (Duncan Hunter '08 -- the real thing.)
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To: llmc1

Bump for Duncan Hunter!

34 posted on 08/28/2007 8:29:55 PM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: llmc1

An excellent speech, leaving out nothing! Rep Hunter is THE MAN!


35 posted on 08/29/2007 6:57:41 AM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007; Sharon

Thanks for the ping US007..”sharon”, GREAT idea on the publishing of the FR Katrina thread!!!!


36 posted on 08/29/2007 8:50:44 AM PDT by FlashBack (WoundedWarriorProject.Org)
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To: llmc1; pissant

It is now Sunday, Sept. 2, 2:50 p.m. CDT and Hunter just started speaking on C-SPAN @ the Katrina Conference.


37 posted on 09/02/2007 12:53:28 PM PDT by no dems (In the General Election; we must not let America forget that Fidel Castro endorsed Clinton/Obama)
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To: no dems

Thanks for the post. I missed seeing him, though. Did it go well?


38 posted on 09/02/2007 5:13:35 PM PDT by llmc1 ( Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: llmc1

He did extremely well.


39 posted on 09/02/2007 11:42:02 PM PDT by no dems (In the General Election; we must not let America forget that Fidel Castro endorsed Clinton/Obama)
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To: no dems

That’s good. He’s the best!


40 posted on 09/03/2007 6:08:48 AM PDT by llmc1 ( Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: llmc1

Presidential hopeful Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., addresses the hope and recovery summit, hosted by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., in New Orleans, Monday, Aug. 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon)

41 posted on 09/04/2007 7:32:20 AM PDT by RasterMaster (Rudy McRomneyson = KENNEDY wing of the Republican Party)
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