Katrina: One Year Later

Recognizing the anniversary Bush would like us to forget
President Bush has warned against paying attention to the first anniversary of Katrina, because of course it not only reminds people about his administration's catastrophically inept response, but also highlights how fall short reconstruction efforts have fallen. The job of clearing debris still hasn't been finished a year later. Tens of thousands of families still live in "temporary" housing (and are displaced around the country) a year later. Decisions about rebuilding and improving flood defenses have not been made a year later. And all Bush can do is make speeches and visit NOLA for photo-ops, while offering up "bureaucratic hurdles" and exclusively blaming local and state officials as excuses for why things are still such a mess a year later.

The administration would like nothing more than just to get through to the fifth anniversary of September 11, which they'll turn into a celebration of their supposed stupendous successes against terrorism, and blow right by the first anniversary of Katrina. In the hope of turning a bunch of flashlights into a spotlight, King Cranky suggested a blogswarm to recognize the first anniversary of Katrina, and I made the call. Over 100 bloggers have participated, delivering a collection of posts that are personal, political, passionate, angry, hopeful, image-rich, eloquent, and above all determined to not grant Bush his wish of forgetting his grand failure.

Click on through to the round-up for a PEEK into the best of the blogosphere.
Melissa McEwan writes and edits the blog Shakespeare's Sister.
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