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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Friday, September 09, 2005

Assessing Governor Blanco....One More Time!

In a report by the Wall Street Journal the Bush administration briefly sought to take control of local law enforcement to quell the violence and get help to victims.
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The administration sent Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco a proposed memorandum of understanding last Friday, raising the possibility that the federal government would take command of the Louisiana National Guard to strengthen law-enforcement efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, according to officials in the Bush administration and the governor's office. In a series of telephone conversations with the White House on Saturday morning, the governor's office refused.
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Gov. Blanco, in a letter to the White House on Saturday morning, said she [Gov.Blanco] would retain control of her state's National Guard troops, and requested the creation a federal joint task force that combined regular military and National Guard units. "Our response was 'no' to federalization, and let's have this instead."
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In a tense meeting with Mr. Bush at the New Orleans airport the same day, Gov. Blanco resisted the idea of federalizing the National Guard. When the president emerged from the meeting, Mr. Bush told New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin that the governor "needed 24 hours to decide," Mr. Nagin said at a later news conference. Ms. Bottcher [Gov. Spokeswoman] agreed that Mr. Bush and Ms. Blanco discussed the federalization of the National Guard.
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Attic Side Note: Governor Blanco is no decision maker but will continue to blame the Fed's for her complete incompetence and failure to act during a major crisis.

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