OK, there are a lot of reasons one can “blame Bush” for how bad things are in the New Orleans flood. Levee funds were specifically slashed, specifically to free up funds for Iraq and “Homeland Security.” Mike Parker, former head of the Army Corps of Engineers, was forced to retire for questioning the reduction of flood control funding, etc, etc.
But you know, I don’t think anything that amounts to “this proves Bush is a horrible president and the people who voted for him are stupid” is not going to help anyone. It will put Republicans on the defensive (understandably enough) and it will be a battle of spin.
I’d like it if this sort of thing was taken as a reason to concentrate our funds on planning to take care of people in the event of trouble, and taking the long view and preventing future problems, and helping the poorest of America to the point where we don’t have a city full of people living paycheck to paycheck and therefore unable to evacuate. Or modifying the American infrastructure to a point where it provides for people without respect for their economic status — good public transportation on a national scale, which is pressed into service in emergencies for evacuations and the like.
That’s what I’d like to see.