Skip to comments.The border crisis isnít Obamaís Katrina Ė itís worse
Posted on 07/13/2014 1:32:16 PM PDT by Hojczyk
Cannon recalled how Bushs critics erupted in indignation when the White House published a photograph of the president surveying the devastation from Air Force One. Entertainers like Michael Moore and Kanye West accused the president of racism and callousness. Bushs Democratic adversaries in Congress, including then Senator Obama, were no kinder.
In hindsight, little of this seems fair. What Bush saw as he flew over the battered region shocked him. The next day, he publicly pledged $10.5 billion in federal aid, enlisted his father and Bill Clinton to help in recovery efforts, and spoke about the tragedy from the Rose Garden. The next day, he headed down there, where he literally put his arms around shell-shocked survivors, many of them black people. Bush returned again in mid-September and made a nationally televised address from Jackson Square in New Orleans.
When he ran for president, then-Sen. Barack Obama seemed to forget all that. All he cared to recall was the flyover, which is more than hes done on the Texas border this year.
Bushs approach to Katrina was criticized by his allies and opponents alike, and some of that criticism was deserved, but he never treated the situation in New Orleans as though it was a political opportunity. That is a grotesque abuse of the public trust, but this seems to be the calculation the president and his advisors made.
Although Obama probably doesnt have to go to the border personally to be an effective leader, he may owe George W. Bush an apology, Cannon concluded.
Like Katrina, Obamas successors will likely study his response to the situation on the border as a case study in how not to address a crisis. The border disaster is, however, not Obamas Katrina. The presidents refusal to perform the responsibilities associated with his role as the nations chief executive makes this episode far worse.
Every word is subject to interpretation.
President Bush put a DemocRAT, Michael Browne, in charge of FEMA.
If Ubama put a Republican in charge of ICE, and then this happened, you might have a fair comparison.
Even Katrina wasn’t really Bush’s scandal. They were effective in making it out to be his and there was never any push-back.
The DNC machine in Louisiana failed completely to function and left millions of people at the mercy of the storm. The federal entities by and large worked as intended. And the rescue started once it was federalized. Nothing like that happened in the neighboring states because they weren’t run by Nagin and Blanco.
Even in Louisiana, nothing like that has happened in hurricanes since because, again, Nagin Blanco and the DNC weren’t in charge.
Bush didn’t create a hurricane and ship violent gang members in to NO.
The border crisis is worse because it is the effect of a direct dereliction of duty, while Katrina was a dereliction of duty on the part of the Governor of Louisiana, and the Mayor of New Orleans.
Bush did the right thing - waited until his help was requested before acting on Katrina.
Obama, per usual, is doing exactly the wrong thing by refusing to enforce a valid law. His treachery is a plague on the land.
Besides, it didn't help that Bush refused to defend himself.
Bush didn’t CAUSE the hurricane. ..
It’s Rick Perry’s Katrina as he watches any Presidential aspirations he might have had blow away in the wind.
Obama is the Chief Executive. He is responsible to the people of The United States. The people of The United States deserve a report from our Chief Executive on this and what he’s doing to help. But, instead, he plays pool and goes to parties. That is irresponsibility never before displayed by an American President. He is displaying a “I don’t give a s**t!” attitude that wouldn’t be tolerated from the fry guy at McDonalds.
There is no possible excuse for his behavior. He begged for this job.....twice. Now, he wants to party instead of work? How in the hell can anyone possibly defend his actions in this matter? Everyone knows he should be fired. If this is supposed to be some kind of challenge from the Democrats, then I say pick up the gauntlet and beat the snot out of them with it. Even the Democrat voters know you’re not supposed to be partying when you’re supposed to be working.
In the event of a natural disaster the role of the federal government is to provide assistance to the state and local governments. During Katrina the two main idiots in charge of foundering areas were the Governor of Louisiana and the Mayor of New Orleans. Neither of those two demonstrated any capability to handle the problem. It was not in the President's normal powers to take over those functions without the request of the state and local officials. That handover takes time.
The problem in the RGV is completely the federal government's responsibility. The fact that Texas DPS is running heavily armed riverine craft and helicopters on the border demonstrates that the federal government is failing to do its duty. Having worked for a small organization within DHS, I can say that the leadership in the RGV is failing. The administration is failing. It is failing on purpose. You can't tell me that it isn't cheaper to move a couple hundred BP agents to McAllen on a temporary basis than it is to fly thousands of illegals out. If the problem is immigration judges, then swear in some more and send them down there. One stop shopping. Illegal kid gets caught. Put him in the system, get him checked over for medical problems, take him to the judge, take him to the airport for a chartered airplane ride home.
GWBush didn’t make job postings and hire people to create the hurricane
These aren’t Oklahomans invading Texas. These are foreign nationals invading one of our states. That’s a federal responsibility. This is Obama’s baby.
GWBush didnt make job postings and hire people to create the hurricane...Six months before it happened.
Bush, staying away from the ground was, in my opinion, the right thing to do. So many people, police, fire people, emt’s, etc etc have to be solely at the care and well being of the president......N.O. had NONE to spare to baby sit an executive, they were taking care of people who needed care....
No doubt! Baby Barackdoc is a cat 5 disaster on the whole country.
And if Obama is not taking care of it and Rick Perry sees it lying along the side of the road, it becomes Rick Perry's baby --
How about the real reason for “0blamo the Useless” not going to the border?... He knows the illegals are fraught with contagious diseases, scabies, and lice. Its OK with him to let that flow everywhere in America except he is not going anywhere near it !!!
It is so easy to make tough statements on a internet board
but a state can’t countermand the fed.
you know it . I am as angry at anyone. I love in Texas.
I would love to get rid of them all
but facts and reality can’t be ignored
there is nothing a state governor can do to stop the feds from doing what that POS BO wants done
Do you think a gov can order a state guardsman to shoot an illegal or a fed agent?
would you really ask a member of a state gueard to shoot another America?
or an illegal?
If you would shoot either then there are civilian militias down on the border. Take your gun and join them. You’d have as much authority to shoot a federal agent as a member of a state guard
I agree basically with your approach but apply it to all, not just illegal kids. The
real problem we have is that the US/TX southern border is basically the middle of
the Rio Grande river. Once they cross that line they are in the US, state of Texas.
The approach now is to apparently take them in, register them, give them papers to report
at a later date and then turn them loose within the USA. The approach needs to be
changed to where they aren’t turned loose but deported back to the orginal place of
origin. Give them immigration papers with instructions to fill them out, submit
and await their turn.
If we had a border barrier, coast to coast then the process of entering wouldn’t be
that easy for them. Build that barrier and if they can’t get across it then they
can’t easily walk up to someone and turn themselves in. There are a limited number
of legal border crossing locations. Force them to those locations and without
papers turn them around.
It was not the hurricane the levy system failed from poor design Mississippi got killed by the hurricane
Every “expert” talks as if the American
people are, this time, going to wake up
and start to notice the damage the Left
Kimye the electorate knows.
Border crisis, not so much.
The Governor of Texas can file a lawsuit against the POTUS.
And he has even threatened to do so —
Has he done it yet???
first you want Perry to order the state guard to interfere with federal actions
and now you want Perry to file a lawsuit?
What would that accomplish as thousands are streaming in
AND being flown all around the country to every state.
Bo is making sure they are too spread out to be rounded up and sent back
I bet some have been flown to your state
what state are you in?
Rick Perry together with his Senators are in the best position to do something about this and you have the audacity to whine at me for demanding that he get some backbone and do something like the lawsuit that he said he was going to do.
What are you — his mommy???
Government relief efforts, federal and state, after Katrina was the largest most successful relief effort in the history of the world. Why are most people so sorry about that?
I should have said “were the largest,” not was.
This is a disaster planned, created and implemented by Obama.
Katrina was a natural disaster, made even worse because thousands of criminals and morons refused to leave NOLA.
Democrats and our attorney general once favored the forcible return of alien minors to their country of origin, but that was when the country was Castro’s Cuba and the horrible condition they fled was communism....
And with his compromised immune system, who can blame him?
Why would you leave if you are criminal? Loot the hell out of it. Ummmm. OK
(then lets blame Jorge Bush on just how stupid we are)
You make no sense
what good would a lawsuit do?
and in case you missed it the US Senate is Dem majority so anything my senators could bring up would never see the light of day.
The one good thing for Texas is these illegals are not staying in my state. BO is shipping them all over.
What about your state? What are you and your Gov doing about the illegals being sent there?
Have you called for your Gov to send the state guard to the airport and stop any planes from disgorging illegals?
Ask Rick Perry -- he said it.
All the legal minds that Perry is surrounded by and he can't figure out a way to challenge an Obama Executive Order that is causing havoc.
And in case you don't know the source of that havoc is south Texas --
He is still governor down there isn't he???
The sludge flowing into our state and all the others is coming from your state -- yours.
So deal with it and go whine at your governor not me or others who point that out to you.
There are basically 4 types,of illegals caught at the border.
The first is group is Mexicans without a modern track record of illegal crossings. Those people have their prints and data put into an electronic system that has been around for quite a while. They are usually offered "voluntary return" within a few hours of getting caught.
The second is criminal aliens regardless of nationality. They are taken to a detention facility and held until a decision is made on prosecution.
Other than Mexicans is where the problems begin. We aren't allowed to push them back across the bridge into Mexico and currently that means they get a notice to appear, which they won't ever show up for.
The last group is unaccompanied minors. Many of these kids are coming to join their parents who are here illegally. It is not the responsibility of the US to worry about what crimes have been committed against these kids during their journey. It is our responsibility to look after their basic needs until they can be sent back to their country. The faster we do this, the quicker the word get around.
Now the administration is trying to confuse the matter talking about "due process." If due process means an immigration hearing, then instead of spending money on HHS, housing, and flying people all over the country, we should spend money on immigration judges. When you have a process and there is a choke point slowing things down, apply resources to remove the constraint.
You do understand the border there is NOT just a state border?
I think you can grasp basic facts. It is our national border
so when will your governor sue BO? or call put your state guard to go down to the national border and shoot a federal agent or illegal>
Will you be the first to volunteer?
It is my opinion that thanks to the MSM (including FNC), the meme for the crisis has now become humanitarian rather than illegality. The old routine of if a lie is repeated often enough, it becomes perceived as the truth. Any politician (conservative) who advocates a hard line approach on this issue will be made into a barbarian by the MSM. Just another Alinsky tactic by the left to keep control of the Senate and possibly retake the House.
BUSH DIDN’T CAUSE KATRINA!
I listen to Michael quite a bit on his Denver radio program. If he is a dem you'd never guess it. Some of the best radio on the air.
I’m not mistaken that Perry gave the ‘dreamers’ the same tuition as citizens of Texas?
I think the Guard is a good idea. If I was the Governor I would request MPs, supply types, some Lakotas with cameras, and maybe some engineers to throw up some temp barriers to create some tactical (extremely local) choke points. Maybe if we mobilized some JAG corps types who could be sworn in as immigration judges and then process the OTMs for immediate deportation. Between JAG corp and rehiring some retired judges we could probably speed thing a up quite a bit. The objective of this is to not move any illegals out of the area where they were captured other than a jet plane home.
Yep, a total media creation.
Im not mistaken that Perry gave the dreamers the same tuition as citizens of Texas?
The foot hold has been gained.
Currently, at least 18 states have provisions allowing in-state tution rates for undocumented
students. Fourteen states provide these provisions through state legislationCalifornia,
Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico,
New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Two statesOklahoma
and Rhode Island allow in-state tuition rates to undocumented students through
Board of Regents decisions.
California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas and Washingtoncurrently allow undocumented
students to receive state financial aid.
Maybe they considered him a DINO.
The same. Great show.
That border was part of Texas before it was ever a part of the US — that makes it Perry’s legal and physical responsibility as much as Obama’s.
The whole idea is to contain it in south Texas and then export them from there.
That’s why Obama is quickly dispersing this riff raff from Texas to around the country.
Excuse me, but I don't think Michael Brown was a Democrat.
My recollection is that he was from Oklahoma, where he ran for office as a Republican.