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The border crisis isn’t
Obama’s Katrina – it’s worse

Hot Air, by Noah Rothman

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 7/14/2014 5:49:44 AM

Many have parsed what President Barack Obama’s critics mean when they charge that the handling of the crisis on America’s southern border is “Obama’s Katrina.” The president’s supporters are quick to note that this comparison is misleading and unfair. Hurricane Katrina drowned an entire urban center. American citizens died waiting for federal and state aid. Thousands of Americans, mostly of meager means, were trapped in a dying city. Some of them did not make it out alive waiting for their countrymen to save them. In that sobering moment, much of the promise of the United States was betrayed. It is

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Policom, 7/14/2014 6:14:24 AM     (No. 9923274)

Talk about Hot Air! Hey Mr.Rothman how about you start by asking Ray Nagin why he turned down Government assistance or why 200 buses were left empty before Katrina hit. Katrina was not a man made disaster like the border crisis. I´m tired of Bush being beat up by people like you. The Border crisis is a simple fix..Enforce the Immigration Laws.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 7/14/2014 6:18:12 AM     (No. 9923276)

Bush´s response to Katrina was lightning speed compared to anything Obama has done. They authorized $58 billion for Sandy relief and two years later people are sleeping in their backyards while bureaucrats dither er on the redesign of the area,rather than just replacing what was there.It doesn´t matter who the president is,the bureaucracy is going to move at a glacial pace,no matter the urgency of the situation.

I´m surprised gov´t workers haven´t revolted against going into these disease ridden areas the ilegals are creating.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: clayusmcret, 7/14/2014 6:18:24 AM     (No. 9923277)

Katrina was a natural disaster that ran headlong into a welfare state and Bush was caught in the undertow. The border crisis is a man-made disaster unfolding exactly how it was intended.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Udanja99, 7/14/2014 7:43:57 AM     (No. 9923337)

Just a reminder on "slow responses"... It took two months for zippy to even glance at the Gulf of Mexico after the oil rig fiasco. Then he banned deep water drilling. Then the courts overturned his ban. But guess what? That ban is STILL in effect in defiance of the courts. Just in case you´re wondering why gas is over $4 in a lot of the US.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: OhMy, 7/14/2014 9:08:03 AM     (No. 9923465)

There is no comparison between Bush/Katrina and Obama/Open Border crisis. Katrina was a natural disaster which Bush declared as such making all Federal Aid available BEFORE the storm hit. The delays in relief efforts were from local authorities playing politics. The Border crisis was manufactured by Obama and used throughout for his own political purposes. The "solution" is just more money for Obama to continue with his priorities which will not solve the problem but amount to another amnesty. Bush´s only mistake was publishing the picture of himself looking out the aircraft window which was exploited by enemies skillful at manipulating "optics" while Obama was shrewd enough to not allow any such visual of his role in the open border crisis. It is all a difference of appearances and reality. Bush handled the reality right while Obama handles the appearances right!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: eoddad, 7/14/2014 9:08:36 AM     (No. 9923466)

USCG sent me to NOLA for two weeks in the aftermath of Katrina. I have also worked in what the government calls the ICS System. It is a bottom up system. When the locals reach their breaking point they request assistance from the state, when the state reaches its breaking point it request assistance from the feds. NOLA and the state of LA. was run by democrats who failed to request assistance because of politics turning the situation into a bigger disaster than caused by a breached levy and the Media created a scandal against Bush. The media did the same thing to Bush Sr. over Hurricane Andrew. Disasters are used as a weapon against Republicans and used to resuscitate falling Democrats i.e. Hurricane Sandy and the Christie love feast. .

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Reply 7 - Posted by: bighambone, 7/14/2014 9:20:19 AM     (No. 9923487)

When the USA President speaks people all over the world listen. When Obama decided on his own that illegal aliens up to 30 years old will be exempted from deportation, and can stay with US work permits, if they claim they first came to the USA before age 16, people all over the world took note, especially in the mostly third world countries that are sending huge numbers of illegal aliens to the USA. In addition Obama has been pushing a massive liberal Democrat designed amnesty under the guise of "comprehensive" immigration reform, and has welcomed and praised illegal aliens in the White House.

All that adds up to a President who has no intention of effectively enforcing the immigration laws, so the word in the banana republics is that if you are prospective young illegal alien, there is no better time to go to the USA. Illegal alien friends and relatives already in the USA have reinforced that thought with information send back to the banana republics that if you are caught crossing the USA border that the border patrol will give you a permission slip (permiso) and will release you so that you can continue to travel into the interior of the USA where you can disappear and await amnesty. Unless Obama changes his policies that disparage and undermine the immigration laws things will be getting a lot worse along the borderline. No one is even saying anything about the huge numbers of aliens who have come to the USA with tourist visas and border crossing cards who have just stayed illegally awaiting amnesty.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: silencedogood, 7/14/2014 9:36:07 AM     (No. 9923523)

FTA: "Some of them did not make it out alive waiting for their countrymen to save them."

This is exactly what Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Ty Woods and Glen Doherty were thinking in Benghazi.

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