September 05, 2005

Federal, State and Local Responsibilities

by PG

One potentially worthwhile discussion, currently a little obscured by the politicized Katrina blame game, is which aspects of emergency response are the province of which level of government. With a certain degree of consistency, Bush's defenders insist that local government ought to have known best how to deal with a local problem, while the president's detractors see the coordination of a massive disaster relief effort that spanned over more than one state to be the duty of the feds. The preparation and deployment of the National Guard, mobilization of transportation out of the city, upkeep of levees and regulation of building in unsafe areas, etc. all should be undertaken by government, but I don't pretend to have any knowledge about which action should be taken by whom.

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