Originally Posted by Basosz
Even though you have lousy taste in cars... I'm indeed glad that you survived to discuss cars yet another time.
As for the aftermath of the storm I have to say one thing. Bush is an idiot. Help for the survivors was way, way, WAY too late.
The netherlands is no stranger to flooding or the risk of flooding but we specialise in preventing it. We built very strong dikes (spelling?) and the whole Delta Works project and we're overall pretty prepared for floodings.
The Bush-administration however, cut spending on the maintenance of the waterproofing of the New Orleans area.
I'm quite fond of lots of americans but your government sucks definite ass
*edit* Still glad to see you're ok !!!
Like New Orleans, much of the Netherlands sits below sea level and is proctected by a network of levees or dikes. Unlike New Orleans, the Netherlands isn't likely to be hit by a catagory 4 hurricane. I believe (and you can correct me if I'm wrong) that the dikes in the Netherlands are between 5 and 7 meters tall. The storm surge from Katrina was as high as 10 meters.
It is easy to criticise Bush but I don't see how you can put all this on his shoulders. The levees in New Orleans were originally built in 1718 and have been continually upgraded since. There had been a plan in place to upgrade them to withstand a catagory 4 storm but the upgrade would take 20-25 years. And if that project were started it would have drawn a lot of criticism also."Why are we upgrading something that is working perfectly when the education system is such a mess?" "Why are we spending all this money? The odds of New Orleans getting hit by a cat. 4 storm are extremely low." Plus, to make the levees higher you need to make them wider. That means confiscating private land.
As for response, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is not like a natural disaster SWAT team ready to swoop down on any emergency. They are there to provide aid and relief WHEN ASKED TO. The States did not ask for assistance until it was too late. If the Federal Government had taken a more aggressive role in this and the storm hadn't been as bad as it was, the government would have been criticised for interference and infringing on State's rights.
As for the American government and the President. For everything they do, millions of people will criticise it. George Bush could sneeze, wipe his nose with a tissue and people will come out of the woodwork saying how he's killing the rain forests by his blatent misuse of paper products. If he uses a cloth handkerchief to wipe his nose people will say he doesn't support the paper industry and he's putting thousands of Americans out of work.