Contracting scandals, incompetence and a pace on par with geological time are just part of the reasons that the rebuilding on the Gulf Coast one year after Katrina has made few advances.
A fine review of the past year can be found at Facing South - thanks to Knox Views for indicating the report. From the summary:
"Despite promises from national leaders to 'do what it takes' to rebuild the Gulf, the region's recovery has been left to move at a snail's pace, with tragic results,' says Chris Kromm, co-author of the report and director of the Institute. 'Without a revived national commitment, the Gulf and its people won't come back'."
This fisaco on the Gulf is the most prominent example of how much the U.S. lacks leadership in critical areas. Just imagine that the towns torn to tatters and left to wallow in bureaucratic nonsense was your home town, or in your state. What reactions other than shock and disgust would you have? The families left to fend for themselves and the towns left to stumble through debris perhaps might be expected in a third world nation, but in the Superpower Bastion of Freedom and Democracy?
Shame aplenty can be served all around. Even more staggering are the numerous acheivements of private groups and individuals who have provided aid throughout the Gulf. And all this while those in charge clucked their tounges at what a tragedy the storm and its aftermath were.