My friends in Fly Over Country have been doing a great job keeping tabs on how Chet Culver is handing Iowa’s flood recovery. If you ask me the state hasn’t done a damn thing to help its citizens, instead Governor Chet Culver has leaned on the federal government to provide assistance.
I guess this should be expected in the post Katrina world. People, especially Democrats, like to sit back and play the blame game instead of being part of the solution. There is no doubt that FEMA is everybody’s favorite scapegoat, but we need to remember that every state and local government has a responsibility to provide for its citizens, not just the federal government.
Now I’ll admit that I haven’t followed the Iowa Floods as closely as I probably should have, but what exactly has Governor Culver done? Let’s see, he has created a new government agency, hired some lobbyists, and has made demands of the federal government. A moron could do that, wait….
Anyway, last week Culver said that he would not call special session of the legislature. The reason behind his decision is because the state is absolutely broke, and can’t afford to use their rainy day funds, because they need them to balance the books for the next fiscal year.
There is a lot of chatter out there that Culver is reminding people of Kathleen Blanco, the FORMER Governor of Louisiana. Like Blanco, Culver has done absolutely nothing to help the people affected. He’s good at pointing fingers at the Federal Government, but he needs to be putting pressure on local municipalities and counties to be getting the Feds the information they need so that those dollars can flow.
I don’t think the Federal Government asking for a recovery plan before they allocate funds is out of line, yet all Culver wants is a big ole pot of money, and when he doesn’t get it he cries to the media, and then calls out leaders of the minority party for playing politics because they want a special session.
Culver is out of his league; let’s send him down to the minors in 2010.