Howard Dean had this to say in a DNC email. It bears attention:
An important fact has to be remembered as we recall the victims of last year’s devastating storms:
Almost half of all children in New Orleans lived in poverty — before Hurricane Katrina.
The callous and inept federal response to Hurricane Katrina revealed that, when faced with a crisis that experts had actually predicted, the Republican administration was utterly unprepared and unresponsive.
Meanwhile, the shameful foot-dragging since the storm on reconstruction and help to families shows the same lack of interest in solving real problems and saving lives. So far, the administration has gotten around to spending barely half of what Congress authorized.
The Republican administration’s failures before and after the storms are linked by a common approach to the solemn responsibilities of government. Simply put: they aren’t interested.
This Republican leadership’s philosophy means that our government simply will not meet the needs of our people.
Not because it’s impossible — but because they don’t believe it should.
More, plus some things you can do at http://www.democrats.org/katrinaanniversary