we just keep reassuring ourselves that it won't happen this time. it won't happen to us.
people say i'm a pessimist and that it's a bad thing, but i find it leaves me pleasantly surprised when things go right and comfortably assured in my contingency plans when they don't.
it upsets me that people think they victims are not getting help because they're poor. that is the issue, but not in the way that the outcry is swinging. rich and powerful people know they'd never get away with just leaving a bunch of poor people for dead. the problem is, rich and powerful people just don't see or comprehend the issues that the poor were/are facing.
they didn't think about people living paycheck to paycheck (or off government stipends(?)) depleting their funds at the end of the month. or about how people had more family members than seats in a car (if they even owned a car) and state troopers were punishing people for seat belt violations, etc. they didn't think about people who couldn't afford bus tickets and hotel rooms to get out before the storm hit. (they say people refused to leave, when, in reality, they simply didn't have the means!)
there should have been a mandatory, free and complete evacuation because katrina was coming in at category 5 and those levees were built for a category 3 and had only gotten weaker as lake levels rose over the years.
i mean... i know hindsight is 20/20. but a year ago someone predicted this and they still didn't have a plan in place. a week ago they thought it was going to be as bad as they come, but they didn't get the people out.
it makes me so sick. so sad.
amd, really, who's idea was it to center a million-plus metropolitan area in a bowl below sea level, sandwiched between a big ass lake, the mississippi river and the freaking gulf of mexico?! yeah, i get that it's a port and there's oil in the gulf and there's history and culture, but it seems so stupid to heavily populate such a hazard-prone area in an age of men where we don't need to be so closely tied, physically speaking, to our means of industry.
i'm sorry i'm ranting.