Local Officials need to share the blame for Katrina

It has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that FEMA, now that it is under the auspices of Homeland Security, is completely and utterly inept. There is no reason, even under the dire circumstances left in KAtrina's wake, for relief to take as long as it did. Ineptitude, though is not racism, and all those making accusations (re: Ambassador Andrew Young, rapper Kanye West, et cetera) need to take a moment to reflect on the truth of the matter.

That truth is this: the local and state politicians, especially in New Orleans, failed miserably. They did not take seriously their responsibility to the people who elected them. In a federal democracy, the local and state governments hold primary responsiblity for disaster relief, and the Crescent City, below sea level before the hurricane, forgot this fact.