"No coordinated effort" - John Zarrella, CNN. "An engineering nightmare" - Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco. -- For more than 30 years, Americans of conscience have been forced to watch as a well-heeled and amazingly connected clique has dismantled virtually all of our national responses to national problems. Everything (except funding) has been "left up to" - read: dumped on - our cities and states. The Gulf Coast disaster of Hurricane Katrina is no exception. This must be "states' rights" at their finest - the right to fend for yourself. Most US governors and mayors (who aren't also part of the "laissez faire nation" mentality) must be taking all this as a very, very sober warning.