Katrina anniversary by Mitch E. Perry

08/29/06

Today the liberal advocacy group the Campaign For America’s Future released a report slamming the Government’s response to Hurricane Katrina. The report says a year after the devastating storm ,the Gulf Coast is still suffering from a response that shows how government failed its people.

The report: “Hurricane Katrina – Natural Disaster, Human Catastrophe� was co-written by Robert Borosage.. He said the government’s failure to respond to Katrina plays into the Bush Administration AND the conservative movement’s attitudes towards government (roll tape#1 o.q.�distributed�)

And Borosage says the irony is that some of these same conservatives in Congress now blame the bureaucracy of government in calling for greater emphasis on private sector help (roll tape#2 o.q.�very hard to come back�)

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South Carolina Democratic Congressman James Clyburn says that the Congressional Black Caucus came up with a legislative plan in the immediate aftermath of Katrina Shortly thereafter, Baton Rouge Republican Richard Baker came up with a bigger bill that incorporated much of what the Black Caucus wanted. Baker’s legislation would have created a Louisiana Recovery Corporation that would spent as much as $80 billion to pay off lenders, restore public works, buy huge ruined chunks of the city, clean them up and then sell them back to developers. But it was then dumped by the Bush Administration. (roll tape#3 o.q.�to the folks here�)

Congressman Clyburn says there is much of New Orleans that is still not working. He believes that with the intense media attention this week on a city that has not recovered, it could jump start the Bush Administration to come up with a new plan for the region.

Southern California Democrat Maxine Waters says she sat transfixed with much of the country a year ago watching those suffering inside and out of the New Orleans Convention Center. She said she felt compelled to go to the region to try to help (roll tape#4 o.q.�of this country�)

And Waters – one of the most liberal members of Congress – has no qualms in blasting President Bush for criticism for his response to the storm (roll tape#5 o.q.�real assistance�)

Steven Bradbury is a community organizer with New Orleans ACORN – the Association of Community Organizations. He said as the reconstruction of New Orleans and the Gulf coast began, the battle began between humanity vs. market share. And he says the Bush Administration chosen to go with market share(roll tape#6 o.q.�to come home�)

And ACORN�S Steve Bradbury had nothing good to say about local New Orleans leaders (roll tape#7 o.q.�exacerbated the problem�)

To read the report on the failure of the Federal Government to address the reconstruction of Hurricane Katrina, you can go to the Campaign For America’s Future’s website, at ourfuture.org

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