I think we now must admit that our government has utterly failed us. 1. The flooding of New Orleans was preventable. The governmental leaders have known for decades that what has just happened was possible. And they knew it could be engineered to prevent it. Yet they failed to do so and instead tried to get by on the cheap and rely on luck. Now we have a major American city that is dead. This didn't have to happen. It was preventable. 2. We have had no rational energy policy in this country. We haven't increased the CAFE standards to better our gas mileage but instead have allowed them to be eased so people could basically drive "tanks" that guzzle gasoline. We haven't allowed drilling in places rich with oil and gas in this country. We haven't built new refineries because of environmental restriction and the Not-In-My-Back-Yard(NIMBY) attitude. We haven't enacted a common sense energy plan such as http://www.setamericafree.org/blueprint.pdf . Now we are having gasoline and natural gas and heating oil prices go up, up, up and up. This didn't have to happen. It was preventable. This cuts across party lines. This cuts across all levels of government. Frankly, I think it's time to throw ideology out the window. I think the Democrat and Republican Parties are the responsible parties in this. And the minor parties are too narrowly based ideologically to save the day. What we need is a political movement that is practical in its orientation. I wish a leader would arise that would be a true problem solver instead of merely looking toward the next election, next political contribution, and rewarding his political friends. Both of the major political parties are guilty of this in spades. Therefore, we can all keep debating each other over our ideologies and continue to see things deteriorate by arguing over who gets to sit in the deck chairs while the ship goes down, or we can dump our ideologies and get to building America and working to solve our problems. I choose to do the latter. I am optimistic that other people will do the same once they realize the gravity of the situation.