When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans the Mayor and residents were ill prepared to deal with a disaster. Mired in government sponsored dependency they were either unable or unwilling to take the steps necessary for recovery. The only evidence of physical exertion was the endless finger pointing that emanated from Liberals.
The person most blamed was President George Bush and the agency most blamed was FEMA. There was absolutely no blame assigned to the people of New Orleans. In spite of being told days in advance of the approaching hurricane they stayed behind and put individuals unnecessarily at risk to rescue them.
They then complained that help was coming too slowly, that their accommodations were not satisfactory, and that the Bush administration was uncaring and heartless. The New Orleans populace, accustomed to cradle to grave entitlement programs, were unable or unwilling to care for themselves.
When tornados struck in Joplin and Branson Missouri residents did not wait for the government to solve their problems. They immediately began to clear the rubble, shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, console those who had suffered losses, raise private funds for rebuilding, and volunteer their time for the task ahead.
When we see the response to the tragedy in New Orleans versus the response to the tragedies in Joplin and Branson what we really see is A Case for Conservatism.