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Where is the Outrage?!

This is a link to an extraordinary website.

It will place over any hometown the layout of the flow of oil from the BP spill.

Go ahead and put in your hometown. See how far out the oil stretches.

From my home in Alexandria, VA, the oil stretches to the north past Harrisburg, PA, nearly 2.5 hours away; to the south about half way to Richmond, so about an hour; and as far west as Cincinnati, OH, 8 hours and 36 minutes away by car…

What I don’t understand is, where is the outrage like we witnessed with Katrina?

Where are the protests and the calls for action?

Where is the congressional finger-pointing?

Most importantly, where is the Administration?

When Katrina struck, President Bush was rightfully panned for taking two days to visit and his Administration was rightly vilified for its lack of swift coordination and response to the disaster.

But we are now 78 days after the spill and there has been no real response from the Administration and no real pressure from Congress on the Administration to do something, anything, about the spill.

Why won’t the Congress hold the same oversight hearings on the failure of the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency that were held regarding Katrina?

Between 2005 and 2006, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held between 10 and 20 hearings regarding Katrina on topics ranging from government waste and abuse, to who was in charge of the levees, to FEMA’s role.

So far, neither the Senate nor the House has held any hearings on such issues related to the BP disaster. Instead, the Congress has focused solely on the oil companies themselves, forgetting that the failures of government regulators to monitor appropriately the BP equipment played a role in the disaster.

Countless lives and livelihoods have been devastated from this avoidable disaster, and yet there is no outrage, no demands for action, no calls for resignations, or criminal investigations of government malfeasance.

Take another look at the link.

Take another look at how many people would be affected if such a disaster struck your hometown.

Then take a look at Congress and the Administration. I wonder how many of them have seen this website and considered how many of their constituents would have been affected by a similar disaster.

Then ask yourself why nothing is being done…

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