September 1, 2005
New Orleans: blame the poor
Beltway reality vs. reality:
“The critical thing was to get people out of there before the disaster,” [Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff] said on NBC’s “Today” program. “Some people chose not to obey that order. That was a mistake on their part.”
Well, it sure was a mistake being poor when your government couldn’t be bothered to implement a full-scale evacuation plan for a hurricane that everyone saw coming days ahead of time:
[A]t least 100,000 people lack the transportation to get out of town. Nagin said the Superdome might be used as a shelter of last resort for people who have no cars, with city bus pickup points around New Orleans.
“I know they’re saying, ‘Get out of town,’ but I don’t have any way to get out,” said Hattie Johns, 74. “If you don’t have no money, you can’t go.”
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