Hurricane Katrina will be the ultimate rusty nail in the coffin--in a perfect society. The oil pimp buffoon that currently inhabits the White House would implode. The gangsters and incompetents that surround this "make-believe" president would be either in jail or in permanent exile. Darfur, Sudan would be the place I'd recommend. Refuge camps can always use water carriers.
The free-market idealogues and their assorted camp followers would become community jesters, required to live in the poorest parts of America for the remainder of their lives. Religious fascists, because Americans are a generous people, would receive a year of free psychiatric help. Those that are unable to overcome their debilitating illness would be institutionalized within the best facilities in the United States.
Special attention would be given to developers, chemical and oil company executives, as well as key politicians that aided and abetted these cretins. They would be required to perform manual labor at the current minimum wage repairing the coastal wetlands and the assorted environmental damage they have caused. Their needs would be basic because they'd live in detention camps--modeled after Guantanemo or Abu Grav naturally--at the worksite. We are not a cruel people; these criminals would be eligible for parole in 2015.
Quite obviously, the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans would pay a parasite tax for the rebuilding of America.
All of this will of course require an organized political opposition and an informed citizenry. Oh well.... In the meantime we must be generous to those who have lost so much in the hurricane.
Anyone interested in an organization that rescues animals in disaster situations can go to www.noahswish.org/
This organization is called Noah's Wish.