My first instinct is to rip the Obama administration for its absolutely ridiculous response to the Gulf oil spill. They were slow and then began the blame game that they have resorted to in every situtation that they've confronted. But you see, I think there's a bigger issue here. This is proof positive of the complete ineptitude of the federal government in responding to any crisis quickly other than those of a military nature. Of course, sometimes those are botched also, civilian leadership being what it is, what with politics and all.
For those of you willing to throw your lot in with the federal government when it comes to serving you, I say watch and learn. The federal government response to Katrina, contrary to MSM and leftie statements, was not racially motivated, it was an inevitable consequence of federal government ineptness. The federal government is too large of a leviathan to do anything quickly and once put into action it is incapable of doing anything with precision. The federal government simply doesn't know the turf.
I for one, am not comfortable placing my safety and welfare in the hands of the federal government. The police and fire are local entities and as such they understand intimately the communities they serve. When the federal government gets involved confusion reigns. Again, I trust the military to do its duty, but the civilian leadership, while necessary, should in an emergency get out of the way and let the military do what it's trained to do.
In the last two major crises the state and local governments were paralyzed by the fact that they had to wait on the federal government for money. The mayor of NO and the governor of Louisiana failed miserably because they abdicated their responsibility to the federal government. The local and state government are capable of responding well and should do so. Load the busses, Ray!
The bombing in NY this weekend was handled early on by the NYPD and FDNY. They performed admirably and took care of the citizens who pay them. They responded quickly and professionally and took care of the situation. Local government is better because it localized and small. The federal government is unresponsive. State and local governments that abdicate to the federal government are not serving their taxpayers.
How many times does the federal government have to fail before the people say enough is enough? When will it become apparent why the founding fathers distrusted the federal government? The framers purposely set up the constitution to be a document that checked federal power and left the majority of the power with local and state governments. What did they know that we didn't? Where did we go wrong?