Monday, May 3, 2010

Can the government handle a string of disasters?

Flooding in Southern New England. An apparently-preventable mine explosion in West Virginia. A gas explosion and horrendous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to deliver the coup de grace to many of Katrina's victims plus a whole fishing industry. Deadly tornadoes in the Ozarks. A bomb that could have killed dozens in Times Square. Bostonians boiling unsafe water after a huge pipe burst in their aqueduct (this would have been near the top of national news if all the other things hadn't happened at the same time.)

Many images of President Obama and Secretary Napolitano running around the country like a fire brigade. More aspects of the unwieldy Homeland Security Department than most of us remember even existed. The President beginning to resemble President Bush, making speech after speech from different places with firm jaw, steely eyes and steady voice promising resolve. But is it enough?

Can the Federal government, the states and local governments handle all this? Or is this adding up to "Obama's Katrina"? Could Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Mitt Romney, John McCain or George W. Bush have done any better? Are the cabinet secretaries, mayors and governors doing their jobs?

What do you think?

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