Friday, September 02, 2005

America's worst hour

A disgrace. That sums it up pretty well. W playing with a guitar and Barney as New Orleans drowned, Condi having a laugh at the Broadway musical comedy Spamalot and Ken Mehlman, RNC Chairman emailing Ohioans on Thursday to call Sen. George Voinovich to get behind the repeal of the estate tax so the heirs of Warren Buffett and Bill Gates can keep their untaxed fortunes forever. All this while people, most heartbreakingly, infants are suffering and sometimes dying because we don't have the political competence to get water and crackers to the New Orleans Convention Center? A disgrace.

The damage and destruction is biblical in the Gulf States but the lack of planning and response is biblical in its own way. Scratch faith-based hurricane relief, it doesn't work. The truth is the Republicans who claimed, "voted for us because we know how to run things," don't. Now their tactic will be to print tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars that someone else will have to pay back 30 years from now and try to be the party that saved New Orleans. A disgrace.

And Democrats aren't blameless in the handling of this disaster either. A small but telling example happened on CNN between Anderson Cooper and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA). She took the opportunity to thank President Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Sen. Frist and Sen. Reid and Cooper interrupted and said excuse me Senator there is a woman dead in the street here being eaten by rats and listening to politicians thanking and congratulating each other is sickening. Watch the video here.

Nearly a week after Katrina hit, babies don't have food or water and tens of thousands of people are suffering, dying and emotionally shattered. And the greatest nation on earth can't help them faster than Fedex can get my sale of X-box video games sold on ebay to Honolulu? The only thing more disgraceful will be the Medals of Freedom W will probably give to the head of FEMA and Homeland Security. Print money, print medals, politicians thanking each other while rats eat bodies of dead Americans in an American city. America's worst hour.

BONUS POSTING: Once again, proof The New York Times plagiarizes from The Daily Curmudgeon. Today's Times editorial entitled "Baghdad and Philadelphia" looks and sounds a lot like "Baghdad is just like Philadelphia" posted by yours truly two days ago.

UPDATE: W just had a photo op with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Alabama Gov. Riley and after a few "we'll fix everything comments" he actually said, "Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house, this guy lost his entire house, there's going to be a fantastic house and I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch." I wish I could say I made this quote up. I didn't.


Blogger Martwork said...

You are my idol.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

an idol worthy of the Medal of Freedom?

10:25 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Just so you don't throw it over the fence. There are a lot of unemployed Swift Boat Veterans looking for something to do.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Martwork said...

If you're reading these comments and you haven't seen the Anderson Cooper video snip, go back and watch it. Un-f-ing believable.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:46 PM  
Blogger scott heiman said...

My father in law and his wife live in New Orleans. They got out before the storm hit. They have no idea if their home is still there. They don't know when they can go back.

Meanwhile, Bush was on vacation until 2 days ago, 3 days after the storm hit. Again he is asleep at the wheel. He can fly back for emergency legislation to "save" a brain dead woman in the name of the "culture of life" but he can't make it back to D.C. and then when he does he and his crew can't do anything to save tens of thousands of mostly black Americans.

Every Republican is to blame for this and some Democrats too. $200 million more in funds may have saved this city. That is the estimate to have shored up the levees that the Army Corps of Engineers requested and not only got denied, but got cut from original levels of funding.

It is all about priorities.

My priority will be to hold everyone of them accountable.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Sangroncito said...

Great post. You express what I'm feeling.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Petunia McGillicuddy said...

thanks curmudgeon.

10:50 AM  
Blogger phinky said...

you're my hero.

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you had ribs and beer with two friends the one sure thing I know is that you didn't pick up the check. You like most of the Demoncratic voters are all looking for a hand out.

2:00 PM  

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