With Hurricane Gustav,
All political sides are eager to display that they learned the "lessons" from Katrina.
The White House wants to be seen as doing the proper preparation and coordination
The new Louisiana governor Jindal wants to make sure he doesn't repeat the problems of the former Democratic Governor Blanco.
Mayor Nagin is eager to rehabilitate his reputation.
But what's missing is our insistence that citizens take personal responsibility along with this new dedication by the government on all levels.
People need to know that if they are going to live in an area that is prone to extreme weather, then they are taking risks above and beyond the average American. As such, they should be held responsible. If they won't do it individually, then perhaps through taxes or other mandates. As democrats we should strive to balance what is a societal issue versus one where individuals are held accountable for their choices. It is a shame the Republican Party is so weakened that it is left to Democrats to be both the Conservative and Liberal Parties.