Friday, September 02, 2005

Nontalking head

Unnatural Disaster: How policy decisions doomed New Orleans

Stranded victims of Hurricane Katrina wait outside the Superdome to be evacuated.

White House Press Spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters in response to questions about the devastating havoc wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, “This is not a time for politics.”

But with New Orleans now underwater, hundreds—if not thousands—dead and tens of thousands in desperate need of food, shelter and water, the natural question is: What could the federal government have done to lessen this catastrophe? The answer is all about politics.

The Bush administration, having done its best to realize Grover Norquist’s dream of cutting government “to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub,” for days watched impotently as citizens of New Orleans were drowned. It is a disaster that is largely the consequence of the policy decisions that the White House has made over the past five years.

I don't know that I agree with the notion that BushCo has downsized government; they've just hijacked it to meet their own ends. But anyways, I was already thinking about good old Grover when I ran across this piece. Hasn't done very many cable bits this week, has he? Not that he'd put two and two together, or feel a lick of shame even if he did. Just that the "drowning" thing might not be the best publicity for his scorched earth approach to government right now, particularly since folks seem to be on the verge of re-embracing that old Republican saw about "of the people, by the people, for the people."

Update: Of course, I spoke too soon, although I certainly was right about the lack of shame part. What a soulless fucktard.


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