Yesterday, the Libertarian Party website finallyon the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Their online press release described how they contacted LP leaders in the effected areas, gave condolences and provided a link to a list of charitable organizations.
The list of charities is on their blog section which allows for comments.a Kara Tyson, who claimed to be from Mobile, provided a list of her thoughts on what organizations came through in their time of need, which were a waste (FEMA & Red Cross) and finished with some suggestions to the institutions and politicians involved. Here are a few snippets from her comments:
ORGANIZATIONS THAT CAME THROUGH
Another organization who was in New Orleans & Biloxi the next day – again, despite the fact that the Red Cross said you couldn’t get into the area. They donated trucks filled with items and hired people on the spot who were left unemployed.
ORGANIZATIONS THAT WERE A WASTE
In Baton Rouge, those who had fled the hurricane in advance were kicked out of a private hotel by FEMA to make room for their own Reps (staying in non air conditioned facilities is apparently beneath them).
OTHER REGULATIONS THAT ARE A HINDRANCE
No Child Left Behind Act. Many of these children are coming from impoverished areas with poorly performing schools. Their standardized testing will follow them. Any school taking in these children will no longer be ‘highly qualified’. Communities will then be punished for helping.
If you want to donate, please consider donating goods vs. money. There is less chance that this type of donation will be ‘diverted’ for other uses. Some legal (going to other projects), some not so legal (such as thugs stealing the donations at gunpoint).
Anyway, I’m baffled as to why it took this long for the national LP to say ANYTHING about this disaster. Then again, maybe their actions say a lot about the national LP.