The Disaster We Missed

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Monday, January 15, 2007

The Disaster We Missed

January 15, 2007

Everybody remembers Katrina and the grief the Bush administration took for not responding quickly enough. Never mind the failures of state and local governments. The media and liberal democrats blamed the administration.

Now comes another category five disaster. This time, it wasn’t the result of a hurricane. And it wasn’t in a heavily democratic state. This time, it was a blizzard in North Dakota.

Someone sent the following to me, reportedly from a county emergency manager in western North Dakota: it was a historic blizzard with up to 44 inches of snow and winds to 90 miles per hour that broke trees in half, knocked down utility poles, stranded hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed all roads, isolated scores of communities and cut power to thousands.

George Bush did not come; FEMA did nothing, no one blamed the government, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton didn’t visit, the governor didn’t blame the Bush administration. In short, the North Dakotans helped themselves, rescuing people and rebuilding the damage. The media couldn’t play race politics and that’s why you probably knew nothing about the storm until I told you.


Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.