If you can manage to avoid earthquakes, wildfires, floods, mudslides, tornadoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, droughts, heat waves, avalanches, famines and locusts, the Republican Party just might be the party for you.
Because of a rigid ideological commitment to "get Washington off the public's back," House of Representative Republicans tend to have a counter productive, narrow view of the appropriate role for federal government.
The federal government's studied indifference to Katrina victims would be a national shame even if it had no culpability. It is all the more disgraceful since the epic levee failure -- costing 1,400 lives and $100 billion in property damage -- was its fault.
You're not a First Responder like a fire department or paramedic unit; you're not FEMA; and, do not command the vast logistical resources of an entire government... What would SMART Aid consist of in this situation?