Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Fool me twice

Anyone remember the 2004 election? The one where Bush-Cheney portrayed themselves as international superheroes who would keep you safe? The one where Democratic policies would lead to the destruction of the nuclear family by either nuclear terrorism or same-sex marriage? "Under W everything will be fine. Under Kerry, gay jihadists will burn your house to the ground." (A nod goes out to Saturday Night Live). Talk about breaking campaign promises.

Is it impossible to get enough qualified people at senior levels of government to make things work right? Why don't we try it once and find out. FEMA director Michael Brown, himself deluged by a hurricane of criticism of his background and qualifications, or lack thereof, got support from W when he came down to Mississippi and said, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." Now that could be parsed to mean you're doing a heck of a bad job but Brownie is still employed. Michael Chertoff, Homeland Security director said of the uncounted dead, "It's going to be an unhappy number." Unhappy? An unhappy number is my property taxes. This may turn out to be a multiple 9/11 death toll. Chertoff, another tough guy on camera but failure when real work needs to get down is still there and no doubt is well on his way to even higher levels of government service.

A lot of us knew how bad it would be with these stuffed shirts in charge. A profanity laced rant saying we told you so is worth reading again here. The only way this gets worse is if some former hairdresser of Laura Bush, now promoted to Undersecretary of Karl Rove, uses "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina & the Waves for some political ad. Given the intellectually lazy and politically insensitive track record of these people I wouldn't put it past them.

BONUS POSTING: Three Duke students pass themselves off as AP reporters and rescue people FEMA and DHS said couldn't be rescued just yet. After these students replace Brownie and Chertoff maybe the third can take over for Rumsfeld. (Nod to Andrew Sullivan)


Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Track records are set on tracks. While Laura and George for that matter, have police records, as far as I know they were acquired on the street, not on the track.

10:56 AM  
Blogger d.K. said...

I'd forgotten about "I'm walkin' on Sunshine"... thanks for the chuckle in an otherwise spot on serious post.

1:31 PM  

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