All kidding aside, you can read the report if you want but I'm sure you won't find it enlightening. What you may find dis-enlightening, however, is the report's conclusion... that the government is incapable of responding to disasters and therefore FEMA should be replaced by Wal-Mart. Ummm... what?
I've written about this type of cynical assumption before - that conservatives in power purposefully wreck the government then turn around and point at the wreckage as proof the government doesn't work. Horwitz's paper does exactly that. It celebrates the Wal-Mart response as proof the private sector should be allowed to run everything and that the government should step aside.
It's typical that Dr. Horwitz, a conservative professor who has previously blamed the entire financial crisis on Fannie/Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act (both of which are debunked Republican talking points), would leave no room in his conclusion for managing FEMA properly. He doesn't care that governments in other countries work just fine or that the government's response to 9/11 worked well. As a free market champion Dr. Horwitz's response to any governmental failure is proof the government doesn't work rather than proof this government doesn't work. So his concluding proposal is for future administrations to seriously consider more outsourcing to private companies rather than for future administrations to fix the wreckage Bush created.
Strangely, what's missing from Horwitz's report is the examination of the millions the Bush administration doled out to private companies like Bechtel, Halliburton and Gulf Stream Coach, all tasked with rebuilding New Orleans. Where, I wonder, is the report on the private sector's efficiency regarding the rebuilding effort? Well, perhaps Horwitz is happy to see free market efficiency at it's finest -- after all, what's more profitable or efficient than for Bechtel to take piles of money without actually y'know doing anything with it? That's the absolute pinnacle of profitability. That's a free lunch. Money for nothing. Arbitrage. All hail the efficiency of the private sector...
...in the meantime, please just look the other way on accountability, since none of these private companies will be held accountable for not actually doing anything with taxpayer money.