When government is too small

The anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is upon us and during this time of health care debate and chaotic townhalls where people are screaming about the government, this video from CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 serves to remind us what happens when there is no government intervention. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the local, state and federal governments were too slow to act and people died. People died because resources weren’t made available for those who couldn’t afford it, people rotted in the streets because the government that was left was overwhelmed. In this video posted on Americablog, Anderson Cooper chastises Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu for congratulating the federal government for granting $10 billion dollars in federal aid to the gulf region following Hurricane Katrina. Anderson Cooper seemed to be making the point of asking, where was the government before the hurricane.

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