The Governor of California is a man known for hyperbole. He is known for doing ridiculous things, like wielding a huge knife when talking about slashing the budget. He has a pathological problem with taking any blame for anything (when he was found guilty of campaign finance issues, and was ordered to pay huge fines his response was "it's fantastic!") and has been generally a pretty ineffective and crappy governor. An embarrassment really.
His State of the State speech (his final one, thankfully) did not help. In general it was pablum, but one line struck a jarring note. He blithely referred to the economic crisis as "our Katrina."
Really? As much as I would love to make some joke along the lines of "one was a massive disaster that destroyed infrastructure and was met with incompetent governmental response and the other was a hurricane", it just doesn't feel appropriate. Katrina left a city shattered (to this day), created modern day gypsies as families scrambled across the country to find places to stay, killed thousands of people and exposed the massive inequities in our social system.
I'm not exactly objective in this, since I lived in New Orleans and taught at a school that was wiped out by Katrina. I reconnected with two of my former students recently, and was amazed at the stories they had to tell. I still wonder if any of my kids were victims of the hurricane.
So, Governator, the financial crisis is terrible, sure, but let's slow down on comparing it to real disasters.
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