September 09, 2005

Blaming Blanco

Republicans in and out of government have been blaming Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco for not declaring a state of emergency in Louisiana in a timely fashion. Reports in newspapers and statements from people like Newt Gingrich have been responsible for repetition of the lie.

Here is the State of Emergency declaration that Governor Blanco signed on Friday, August 26, 2005, three days before Katrina hit.


dante said...

OK- And here's the problem with that, and the problem with leadership in America today. Signing a piece of paper (which i read, thanks for the link) is a formality, it's something lawmakers do, but that doesn't mean their job is done. Democrats like to envision themselves as a grass roots organization. Having a a document signed in Baton rouge does nothing for the people below sea level. Did she make certain that this declaration was made known to the oublic, through public service announcements, or did she use all that money for election ads? Did she ever once sit down with the Mayor of New Orleans and discuss evacuation plans?
She said, on national news, that she had seen other Americans band together in times of crisis and she was hoping that the people of Louisiana would do the same. Hope and faith is what people who are living from paycheck to paycheck have when they are waiting out a storm. The governor should have a little more than hoope and faith, maybe a plan. Maybe some charisma. Maybe some leadership.
If all someone has to do to be a leader is to sign papers in order to cover their ass later - well ig uess this country has gone corporate after all.

Stephen McArthur said...

The point is that by declaring a state of emergency she paved the way for a federal response from hoped-for disaster relief experts. Blanco's performance should be help up to serious scrutiny, as should Nagin's. My point was to correct the lie that she did not officially recognize the potential emergency.