Let's start this entry on this basis: Those that had something to lose in Hurricane Katrina have long since moved on. They've picked up the tattered and torn pieces of their lives and reassembled them, either back in New Orleans or in a new location. Those who had little to nothing to lose, who were already destitute and yes, living off of our tax dollars, are the only
ones still complaining about the lack of help, about the lack of current opportunities and still
living in government paid for housing (ie: FEMA trailers still set up in the area.)
Five months after Katrina, in February of 2006, there was outrage when FEMA began phasing out paid-for hotel rooms for 4,400 New Orleans residents & 12,000 around the nation. FIVE months of living in a hotel, of not paying a dime, of not needing money for rent or utilities. FIVE months. These 'victims' weren't just thrown out on the street though, oh no. They were given $1,800 for rent or housing
as they left their already paid for hotels. Of the 12,000 people whose benefit ended Monday, 10,500 have received rental assistance or a trailer, said Libby Turner, head of the Hurricane Katrina/Rita Transitional Housing Unit at FEMA.
Let's stop right here for a moment. WHAT IN THE HELL???? Why is a natural disaster the fault or responsibility of the government? Why do our tax dollars pay for such nonsense? A horrible event to occur, no doubt. Nothing has been done since the beginning but finger-pointing and blaming of the government in this situation. The Army built poor leeves. The government didn't bus people out. The government didn't move into the area fast enough. First of all, New Orleans is ridiculous in its pursuit of money ($77 BILLION)
from the Army Corps of Engineers for, 'faulty construction'. What did the city do to maintain these decades old leeves? The government didn't bus people out? What? Why didn't the city of New Orleans bus them out? Why did the city wait around on the federal
government? These same people whining about not getting bussed out sat on their lazy asses for at least five days while they watched the reports of the incoming storm. Don't have a car? TAKE A BUS or WALK. Basically, stop placing blame. The government didn't move in fast enough after? I don't even know what to say to this except, "waaah waaah waaah ."
So after five months of paid housing and checks in hand, what's the issue? People have no place to go. Well, after five months, why not? Is the government supposed to locate your next home for you too? Go in, sign the lease, sign for the keys, move in furnishings, stock your fridge and then carry you in with waving palm leaves? Has there been any gratitude for what has been so generously given? Not that I've seen. In fact, some of the people, when forced to leave the hotels, threatened hotel employees and armed guards had to be brought in. Get off your lazy fucking ass, the world owes you nothing, I owe you nothing!
Just this week, American Idol
featured a piece on charity work. Randy Jackson visited New Orleans and families still living in FEMA trailers
. Apparently these permanent
residents of the FEMA park missed that the housing was supposed to be temporary
(let's not forget to place adequate blame on FEMA for continuing to allow people to live there.) My interest in the plight of these people stops right there. NINETEEN months after Katrina, people are still living in FEMA trailers. If this fact is supposed to bring out sympathy in me, it doesn't. It brings out anger. What has happened to personal responsibility? What has happened to taking pride in working hard to provide things for yourself and for your children? It is lost because our government has made being lazy and irresponsible too easy.
Ray Naggin, go hang your head in shame. The only thing you've done is set the standard and example for people to whine and extort money out of whomever they can. You've set zero standard for picking up your life and moving on. At every turn, all I've seen from you is blame and anger. Blame that more wasn't done for your community before the hurricane, blame that after, not only was too little done but it was done too slowly. Anger that FEMA wasn't giving enough aid, anger that FEMA was cutting off aid too quickly. Anger and complaining that rebuilding efforts aren't being conducted quickly enough.
Here's a hint: The majority of New Orleans lies approximately 6 feet
below sea level. The city is in a hurricane-prone area. Hurricanes have occurred there before, they will happen there again. The city has been aware for decade after decade that one day, the, 'big one' would hit. New Orleans, before Katrina, was run down, nasty, full of poverty and yes, full of welfare recipients. The crime rate in New Orleans has long been discussed and known as an issue. Katrina displaced and the government paid for the moving of these denizens into Texas (and other states, but a large part were sent to Texas). The violent
crime rate in the areas where Katrina 'victims' were sent in Texas has gone up as much as 30%. I'm sure Texas thanks you. These violent offenders, that our tax dollars are paying for, are the same ones whining about the assistance, or lack thereof in their opinion, that they are being given
Let's emphasize the 'given' part because the housing, the money, the benefits aren't a loan that must repaid. 'Given' is exactly the right word because it seems the majority of the ungrateful aren't even doing anything productive with what they've been GIVEN. They aren't out taking any job they can get, they aren't out looking for further training to better their lives, they aren't out looking for better housing. What a slap in the face! Someone gives you the tools to rebuild your life and what do you do? You bitch about what you've been given, you bitch about what you don't have and then, you shit on what has been generously given. I would feel at least a little better about the billions that has been poured into the 'victims' if: a)they had been hard-working in the first place and suffered great loss b)they were hard working now c)they were showing signs of gratitude by making a massive effort not only rebuild their lives but better their lives. Why do we continue to give to what is the equivalent of bratty, spoiled children? When a child is undeserving, you don't continue to reward them. You don't continue to encourage their behavior.
I return to my original point. Those who had something to lose, even if it wasn't property or a home ownership, have moved on. Even those that were left behind by the government, not bussed out, not rescued and towed out immediately after, the ones that had something, have moved on. The people that had pride, a strong work ethic, a desire to make their own way in the world and not be dependent, they began moving on the next day. Those that took the minimum amount of assistance they needed or no help at all, those that relied on their own will and fight to survive, those that wanted a rebuilt life, their new life started as soon as the skies cleared. Those that were already lazy, thieving, criminals, those that were already leeching off the government and every system they could, those drains on society that aren't worth or time or efforts, they are the only ones still looking for more, still waiting for a ship to come rescue them and make their lives better.
When will people realize that they are the only ones responsible for their misfortunes, even when it comes in the form of a natural disaster? When the government stops any and all social assistance, that's when. When personal responsibility once again becomes personal and not governmental.