Describe the government's response to the devastation in Louisiana. New Orleans is 10 feet below sea level. They knew there'd be a big problem if a hurricane hit. The government should have been way more proactive.
Should our resources be focused more on the occupation of Iraq or on growing problems here at home? There's a huge number of underserved people in this country. A lot of our own people can't get a proper meal.
What should happen with New Orleans? Build stronger levees. Clean it up, and rebuild. It's a very historical place.
What have you done to help? Nothing yet, but I'm planning to make a donation to Red Cross.
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Characterize the president's response to Katrina. Worse than pathetic. He took his time and let the poor flounder. He feels no responsibility to the poor. He takes care of the rich.
What about his claim that no one could have foreseen the levee breaking? It's been predicted for years. They ignored the [U.S. Army] Corps of Engineers request for aid in that regard.
Which should be the higher priority: Iraq or infrastructure here at home? The Sunday New York Times reports there's been twice as many terrorist attacks outside of Iraq in the past three years than there were in the three years before the war. Our priority should be on people, on infrastructure, on national health care. And it most definitely shouldn't be on making the rich richer.
How will the devastation in New Orleans affect us all? We may see $4 per gallon of gas six months from now. Hopefully, though, it'll make Americans more attentive to the environment and global warming.
Have you done anything to contribute? My husband and I just made a donation to the Red Cross.
Describe the government's response to Katrina. [The Federal Emergency Management Agency] did a study back in 2001 that predicted this very scenario. I was in New Orleans five years ago, and they were warning about the levee system back then. We had a week of warning Katrina was on the way, and it still took us five days to get in food and water to people who were dying of thirst and starvation.
Does what's happened in New Orleans raise a question about national priorities? Our priorities are backwards. We're pouring huge amounts of money into a war that isn't improving the lot of the Iraqis, that's getting people killed on all sides, and that's creating enemies for the U.S. Meanwhile, we're ignoring programs that help people here who need it desperately.
Have you contributed anything to help? I made a donation to the Red Cross.