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Saturday, September 10, 2005

More on Katrina (and Federalism)

I just read on CNN that a general says that the Louisiana and Missippi National Guard were in Iraq, and this delayed the cleanup and rescue in those states. I do not agree with him.

I have read on another website that 40 percent of those National guardmen were over in Iraq.

That leaves 60 percent still at home in those states.

While the areas affected by Katrina were several, they were still only a small area if you consider all the acreage in those states.

I think 60 percent of the National Guard could have handled that. That point however is moot.

The real reason the cleanup effort after hurricane Katrina was delayed is ..the US constitution.

When the Constitution was written the delegates from each state had a fear of a federal government with too much power, so they created not only checks and balances within the federal government, but also limited the things the federal government could do without the states permission.

One of these things is send out the state's National Guard forces.

I read the transcript of a interview of the Mayor of New Orleans Nagin.

He mentioned that George Bush asked the Louisiana governor for 'something, I don't know what' to use his words.

She replied to President Bush that she needed 24 more hours.

Constitutionally she was within her right to do so, morally is another story.

If there were another 1000 troops available for her to utilize it wouldn't have changed anything in her response time. The problem is in the Constitution, and the Governor's choice for a slow response - not the National Guard.