Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) had this to say about who should take responsibility for problems with Louisiana's flood protection:
"We [Congress] haven't done the job ... that we should have been doing in terms of our funding of the Army Corps of Engineers in dealing with some of the problems that we have in this country. We have been penny-wise and pound-foolish in terms of our human capital and our physical capital needs of this agency, and quite frankly a bunch of other agencies."At the same hearing, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) apparently said that we (Louisianians, AKA Americans) were failed by every level of government.
I am encouraged that a couple of Republicans (a couple of folks with the party that runs everything in DC right now) are saying this kind of thing. Americans, not just Louisianians, should be doing a lot of self-criticism right now. Institutions just aren't working. Leadership positions seem filled with people whose job is to have the job, rather than to get things done.
A World Class City like New Orleans deserves leaders who want results that benefit citizens, starting with the worst off and working our way up. Period. I am enough of a Hegelian to believe that this crisis will force us to find new leaders who want to get the job done.