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Mayor of New Orleans Angry at Lack of Action

Radio interview link below of Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin describing the great failure of aid to New Orleans
Radio interview link below of Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin describing the great failure of aid. Please forward. http://www.ero.com/downloads/WWL-AM_Interview_Nagin.mp3 "It's politics man, and they're playin games. And they're out there spinning. They're spinning for the cameras." "I keep hearing that its comin...It's b.s.: where's the beef?" "These goddam ships that are comin'. I don't see'em!" "its awful down here, man" "Everyday that we delay, people are dying. And they're dying by the hundreds, I'm willing to bet you..."
here's the link 02.Sep.2005 17:44

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sure there's a failure 02.Sep.2005 18:49

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it's hardly as if it's all the fault of the feds and the local and state authorities had nothing to do with it.

despite it being a well-known fact that 20% of n.o. households don't have cars, the local authorities never had any evacuation plan in place except to get in your car and drive away.

look here:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/09/324031.shtml . parked school buses sat, locked and unused, as flood waters rose and ruined them.

louisiana has some of the most lax environmental laws in the nation, which is one of the reasons why so much toxic waste is now leaking into the floodwaters.

the state of louisiana had steadfastly refused to match any wetlands-restoration money from the federal government at more than 25 cents to the dollar. it's common knowledge that the feds only fund such projects matched 1:1. loss of forested wetlands between n.o. and the gulf is one reason the storm surge was high enough to overtop the levees and flood n.o.

sure, there's plenty of federal ineptitude. but the state and local gov't shares blame as well. the rottenness of the bourgeois state runs throughout the system, and local democrats are as much a part of it as national republicans.

portland

BUT the Army Corps of Engineers OWNS THE DIKES 02.Sep.2005 23:57

ne1

Here's one inescapable fact: THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS OWNS THE DIKES THAT COLLAPSED. THAT IS A FEDERAL AGENCY. YOU CAN'T EVEN TOUCH THOSE THINGS IF YOU WANTED TO WITHOUT THEIR APPROVAL. The money to fix those dikes HAD ALREADY BEEN APPROPRIATED BY CONGRESS for a project that was already two thirds completed to SHORE UP those dikes, when it got diverted into the maw of Bush's vicious foreign wars. Local officials pleaded with him to restore the funds. THE PLEAS FELL ON DEAF EARS:
On June 8, 2004, Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; told the Times-Picayune: "It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us."
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090105I.shtml
Yes, there's blame to go around, no doubt. But it's not all equal, that's for DAMNED sure.

Mayor the next day 03.Sep.2005 00:34

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Nagin calm, optimistic after meeting with President

By BRETT MARTEL
Associated Press Writer
September 02. 2005 11:52PM



The cursing had stopped. The tears were gone. Mayor Ray Nagin returned from his meeting with President Bush a picture of calm, leaning back against a railing in a hotel lobby that for the first time in nearly five days was devoid of stranded, sweating, and generally miserable tourists.

"I feel much better. I feel like we've gotten everyone's attention and hopefully they'll continue to do what they're doing," Nagin said Friday night in the storm-damaged downtown Hyatt hotel, where his temporary lodgings and command post have been set up since Hurricane Katrina made life in the Big Easy insufferable.

"I'm cautiously optimistic. I want to see it happen (Saturday). I want to see it happen next week. Then, when I see consistency of delivery, I'll feel like there's a light at the end of the tunnel."

His comments came a day after he was heard on a radio interview erupting in tears and telling the government to "get off your asses and let's do something." By nightfall Friday, his tone had changed.

"Today was a turning point, I think," he said. "My philosophy is never get too high, never get too low. ... I always try to keep my emotions in check and yesterday I kind of went off a little bit. I was worried about that, but it maybe worked out. I don't know. If the CIA slips me something and next week you don't see me, you'll all know what happened."

Nagin said Bush gave him a "hearty" greeting and did not seem at all offended by Nagin's earlier outburst.

"I do think the pleas for help basically got the nation's attention, and the nation's attention got everybody to stop and re-evaluate what was going on, including the president. ... He basically said, 'Look, our response was not what it should have been and we're going to fix it right now.'"

Nagin said evacuation has been hampered by officials' difficulty grasping where state authority ends and federal authority begins and he said he very frankly urged Bush and Gov. Kathleen Blanco to get a clear chain of command straightened out immediately.

And there were already signs of progress in the form of not just tourists but shelter refugees streaming onto buses. Nagin said about 10,000 remained in the Superdome, down from what officials now believe was as high as 30,000.

He said the crowd at the downtown convention center should be leaving soon as well. And he was pleased to see work progressing on the hole in the 17th Street Canal that had been responsible for so much of the flooding.

Nagin asked Bush to focus first on helping New Orleans with law enforcement, finishing the evacuation and draining the flood waters out of the city. He said New Orleans also needs a fleet of crop dusters to spray the city for mosquitos that could spread disease after hatching from the stagnant, sewage and chemical laden flood water that has swamped most of the city since Monday.

Nagin also noted the city has two weeks of cash flow left


Reason for post 03.Sep.2005 12:42

AK

I posted the link to Nagin's interview to make sure there was no doubt that even the bourgeois mayor of New Orleans was loosing it because people were dying this week on a massive scale because of lack of an organized and timely effort to save them. No matter how mainstream press will continue to defend its masters in the comming weeks. We all know what happened this week, don't we? Because we heard from the mayor's mouth.