Footnote Four

A collection of thoughts on Law and Politics and how small, seemingly unimportant things (like footnotes) can become large and important vehicles for historical transformation (like the infamous Footnote Four).

Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Forgotten Americans




The citizens of New Orleans and the surrounding areas really are the most forgotten souls in America. It seems horrible that six months after Katrina we don't really hear about it any more. Were it not for the fact that my parent's house was destroyed in Katrina, I wouldn't know of or hear about it anymore since the major news outlets have largely left it behind.

In Bush's State of the Union, only 165 of his 5300 words (or just over 3%) were directed to hurricane recovery and the word "Katrina" was not used at all. It seems horrible that the largest natural disaster in 100 years is only six months behind us and we've forgotten all about it. There are still people living in tents hoping to get a FEMA trailer some time soon with no real end in sight.

It's time for the U.S. to allocate more of their resources for improving the lives of their citizens at home instead of abroad. I don't have the total count, but I can say with certainty that the words "Iraq", "Homeland" and "Terror" constituted more than 3% of the speech.

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