to your underlined sentences. i am wondering if that is not what the leaders of these areas think. what can be the excuse for not planning when you know the risk to your area? i am not suggesting that the deaths are justified, only that the pols are negligent.
What I was saying is crises of the magnitude of Haiti need government help, you agree?
i did not say that Haiti did not need help. it Haiti had a functioning government and infrastructure, they probably would not need as much help. why do they not? we have pumped tons of money into Haiti. the UN has been there for years. what did they do with the money and aid? it is one of the poorest countries in our part of the word and that is their own doing.
i applaud our efforts in this disaster. i have no idea what Haiti has to do with the domestic disasters we have had.
i am not sure what point you are trying to make, but apparently i have not been clear in mine. i'll try one more time :-)
our system is set up so that we work from the bottom up. local, state, then as a last resort, federal. local and state are the ones who identify risk and make plans. they have a multitude of tools to do their job. 1st responders, national guard, and federal money (unfortunately). they also have tremendous community resources.
the federal government is supposed to have a very limited roll in our lives. it is not allowed to march into states and "help". it has to be invited in. we can not use our active duty military domestically, although that law has been skirted in the past. that's on of the reasons the coast guard is not part of the DOD.
the feds can come in to states under some very limited instances. i won't give you a long and boring lesson on our constitution....but a hurricane is not one of those instances. they would have happily helped if the governor had gotten her head out of her backside and asked for it.
my sister came up with a way to explain this to you guys. think of the EU as our united states. if you had a big storm in england, would you expect Germany to pop in and rescue you? would you want them popping in uninvited just because they thought maybe you were not up to the job? surly they would be glad to help if you asked, but i doubt your welcome an invasion.
it is not an exact analogy, but i hope it helps.