I am not in any way trying to compare the devastation between Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Sandy. They were both devastating in their own ways.
I’m trying to bring to your attention that something is drastically wrong with our countries infrastructure. How can we be in the 21 century and not have power back to theses people. It’s been two weeks. Now they have to deal with freezing temperatures and snow.
What is the Federal Governments role in all of this? FEMA. How broken is this agency? Two weeks after the storm and they only have around 30 facilities with heat and electricity for people to go too. That’s outlandish.
Someone has to find a way to update our electrical grids. It’s a travesty that a country as great as the United States is letting its people sit in the dark, and for so long. It’s like we have taken a step back into the stone ages.
Now you want people to have licensed contractors to come in and inspect before you turn the electric back on? What the hell is that all about? I can’t see how there are possibly enough of these contractors to go around. How long are people supposed to suffer?
I’ve seen the images of Katrina and Sandy, and it breaks my heart that we neglect our own. This is not an issue about black and white. This is an issue about Americans.
Katrina…Sandy…Louisiana….New York/New Jersey. Look past the class of both cities folks. It’s not about class. It’s about getting Americans back on their feet. Getting people in need what will get them fed and keeping them warm.
Why isn’t anyone talking about fixing infrastructure. Why is it only looked at as a divide between the economics of a certain geographical area. Take the blinders off folks. We’re all being oppressed. If you’re not part of the 1%, you don’t matter. It sickens me.
We need to insist that something be done about this problem. Natural disasters should not cripple any American city in this country for weeks. At most, a city hit by this kind of disaster should have electric restored in, two, three days tops.
That kind of thing happens to underdeveloped countries. Not here on our shores. We’re supposed to be the powerhouse of the world and we can’t even keep our own lights on. We have people living in the dark for weeks because of inferior power grids. A basic necessity.
If we fixed our bridges, roads and electrical grids. Wouldn’t this get people back to work?
This is not a new problem. We had rolling blackouts in the 80’s. Shouldn’t that have been a wakeup call? Or was it just ignored like so many other things have been in this country for so long?
How do we turn this around in our country? How do we fix a broken government, with broken politicians, with broken agencies? Agencies designed to help people in need.
Has it come down to putting money before humanity? We are a sorry lot for letting it come to this.
In closing I just have to say again. It’s absurd, a country like ours. With the wealth that we have in this country, that we let its people live in the dark. I just don’t understand.
I ask myself, how did we end up here as a nation?