Katrina and Sandy
If you haven’t connected the dots, the vast difference between the competent response to Hurricane Sandy and the incompetent response to Katrina was not a coincidence. It’s not that George W. Bush didn’t care about black people. By the time a hurricane strikes, it doesn’t much matter who the President cares for. The only question is whether an organized and efficient emergency response infrastructure is in place.
Getting that infrastructure in place requires appointing people who believe that it’s possible to have an organized and efficient government response. Across the board, Obama appointed smart, passionate people who believe in what they’re doing. Bush appointed people who believed that government should do as little as possible. It’s hardly surprising that his appointees were asleep at the switch for both Katrina and the recession.
Do you remember when the BP Oil Spill was supposed to be “Obama’s Katrina”? As it turns out, the response was, while not perfect, pretty good, considering the magnitude of the disaster. Nothing turned out like Katrina on Obama’s watch because he led a competent government.
I don’t know why anybody would want to vote for a guy like Romney who can’t even imagine—let alone lead—a competent government.