Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Hurricane Katrina

Using the law of averages, I am surprised that people are surpised at the disaster response at the local, state, and federal level. It never ceases to amaze me the level of competence that people expect from government agencies. You've got to realize that most of the people that fill civil servant work are the same people who frustrate you in most other levels of customer service work. I'm not saying that the bureacracy is filled with idiots - I am saying that one shouldn't expert anything near perfection from it because it is staffed with the same combination of exceptional, average, and below average folk you meet on a day-to-day basis.

2 Comments:

At September 15, 2005 at 9:41 PM, Blogger josmom78 said...

I totally agree. There was this idiot editor from the OC Weekly that wrote this sappy, sentimental, self-absorbed editor's note that was headlined "Thank God For That Tax Cut!: It's hard to celebrate ten years of the 'Weekly' when you're busy hating the president." She goes on for the entire page criticizing the government on points that no one will OBVIOUSLY dispute her on, like the shotty response and organization of FEMA, etc on the onset of the hurricane. Then, she talks about how she was in the fetal position watching the news for like three days! And she would drift off into poetic prose sidethoughts of "posters on FreeRepublic.com writing about animals and savages who need to be cleansed from the gene pool." It's bitter,unproductive and self-centered. She could have devoted the page to "Top Ten Ways to help Katrina victims or something." It was so infuriating!

 
At February 11, 2006 at 12:04 PM, Blogger budaf16 said...

All you have to do is realize that the people running and manning government are the same people you meet and greet on a daily basis. As an employee of the US goverment, I can assure you that the capabilities and the foibles of society are exemplified in all agencies. If you are expecting perfection from your government... time to wake up.

 

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