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September 1, 2005

The news from New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast is simply unbelievable.

The president has pledged "vast assistance" but where is it? These people need help NOW, not tomorrow, not sometime next week. How is it that the wealthiest, most powerful and resource rich country in the world can't deal with this?

People are dying in the streets, looters are stealing everything and anything with impunity, and it seems like all we hear is people talking about what a disaster it is, but nothing about what the hell they're going to do about it.

And Bush, well, this may just be the most shameful and despicable moment of his already epically disastrous presidency.


Previous Comments

"Politicizing Mother Nature
The mayor of New Orleans is a Democrat. The governor of Louisiana is a Democrat. Both houses of the state legislature are controlled by Democrats. Despite these facts, I have not heard a single Republican blame the disastrous situation in New Orleans on the opposition party.

The president of the United States is a Republican. His adversaries are having a field day casting stones at him. Robert Kennedy blamed President George W. Bush and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour for the tragedy, singling out their opposition to the Kyoto Treaty. The victims of Hurricane Katrina, Kennedy notes, "reap the whirlwind of fossil fuel dependence which Barbour and his cronies have encouraged." "In 2004, the Bush administration cut funding requested by the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for holding back the waters of Lake Pontchartrain by more than 80 percent," Clinton lackey Sidney Blumenthal writes. "The Bush administration's policy of turning over wetlands to developers almost certainly also contributed to the heightened level of the storm surge." Liberal bloggers point to a perceived aloofness emanating from the president. "I just wish that the president gave a damn about what's happenend," reads the Daily Kos.

Why do Democrats play politics with Hurricane Katrina while Republicans shy away from blaming anyone save Mother Nature? Perhaps it is because people of Sidney Blumenthal's ilk are a few rungs lower on the decency ladder. Another explanation seems more relevant. Liberal Democrats see every problem as government caused and government solved. Conservative Republicans see government as limited in its benefits and as one among many spheres that constitute society. That liberals would politicize a natural disaster of the type that predates even politics shows the limitations on their outlook."

The above is not mine. But maybe yo should take a look anyway.

Or, maybe the reason the president is being criticized is because he is handling this badly. And his policies diverted funds specifically intended to deal with a situation such as this.

It is not simply "political" to lay criticism where it is due. Calling it political, though, and refusing to acknowledge that one's own side may be handling the situation poorly, well, that strikes me as the real politicization.

If the criticisms are not accurate, then by all means refute them. Is it true or not? Crying "political" is not a valid argument and is just a diversionary tactic.

halliburton will get there when it's good and ready. simmer down, now.