September 30, 2005


Think Locally On Relief (Jeb Bush, September 30, 2005, Washington Post)

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Americans are looking to their leaders for answers to the tragedy and reassurances that the mistakes made in the response will not be repeated in their own communities. Congressional hearings on the successes and failures of the relief effort are underway.

As the governor of a state that has been hit by seven hurricanes and two tropical storms in the past 13 months, I can say with certainty that federalizing emergency response to catastrophic events would be a disaster as bad as Hurricane Katrina.

Just as all politics are local, so are all disasters. The most effective response is one that starts at the local level and grows with the support of surrounding communities, the state and then the federal government. The bottom-up approach yields the best and quickest results -- saving lives, protecting property and getting life back to normal as soon as possible. Furthermore, when local and state governments understand and follow emergency plans appropriately, less taxpayer money is needed from the federal government for relief.

He's going to be the best president of the three.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 30, 2005 1:46 PM

He would have been President in 2000 if he had won his first try at the FL Gov. As it is, he'll probably never be.

Posted by: b at September 30, 2005 1:56 PM
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