Benny's World

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

In Memory of Katrina

And NOLA, and the Gulf Coast.

My favorite line by our noble President, who flew around for days and didn't sit foot for a long time:

Heck of a job, Brownie.
Glad Edwards is considering more means for better leadership and managers from this press release:

Former Sen. John Edwards earlier outlined a six-point plan to spur the recovery of New Orleans.

A crowd of about 200 people cheered the former North Carolina senator's most provocative proposal, a "Brownie's Law" that would ensure that federal political appointees are qualified for their jobs.

The reference is to former FEMA Director Michael Brown, who resigned amid outcry toward his agency's response to the disaster. President Bush publicly told the director "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" even as evacuees remained trapped in the Louisiana Superdome and bodies bloated in the streets.

"It was a tragedy to have people that are essentially political hacks" occupying critical governmental positions, Edwards said.

Edwards' plan also calls for federal funding for 500 new police officers, full scholarships for nurses who commit to working in New Orleans and increased funding to the state's stalled Road Home housing program. He said he will also appoint a chief recovery officer to fast-track rebuilding as well as a special Gulf Coast inspector general to ensure funds are spent properly.

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