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  •  The Hospital I work in (none)
    won't know whether to shit or shine our shoes.  We're too busy with the bottom line & such.  Not even a drill, I'm tellin' ya.

    The future ain't what it used to be. Yogi Berra

    by x on Fri Feb 03, 2006 at 05:40:49 AM PST

    •  I hear ya. (4.00)
      But when Leavitt visits your state, your hospital CEO, COO and CFO will be told to get his/her head out of his ass and start planning.

      Davos heard the same thing.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Fri Feb 03, 2006 at 05:44:43 AM PST

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      •  DS - question for you (none)
        Did you hear anything about the administration coming out with some kind of legal talk, executive order or legislation that basically put the emergency and financial components of an emergency back on the states?  

        I know I heard it, but can't find it on google.  That means they're doing the CYA so they don't have another Katrina boo boo.  That's scary because they must know something is going to happen... any thoughts?

        •  Look, I'm only gonna say this once (4.00)
          This administration, and many members of congress, DON'T WANT GOVERNMENT TO BE PREPARED OR EFFICIENT in dealing with crises, because what would that do to their argument that the public sector cannot be trusted with anything?

          Imagine what would happen to the lobbyists and the corporate collaborators and the whole greedy pro-business-is-best brigade's insistence on privatizing everything from national parks to federal lands to the postal service, if it turned out that the government, any government, whether fed or local, actually did a GOOD JOB!!

          Imagine how hard it would be to blame government for every single little ill in people's lives, and to continue braying about how tax-and-spend Democrats are good for nothing except robbing your hard-earned money out of your paycheck?  If, in fact, government conducted an effective, well-planned, thought out and properly financed public health (or natural disaster protection and relief) effort, that vast middle class of America may suddenly get snapped out of its anti-government stupor and say:  "hang on - government does all right by me, and I don't mind paying taxes knowing that they've got my back in a crisis."  

          When Bush said, "Brownie, you've done a heckuva job" we all groaned and shook our heads in amazement and made him the butt of late night jokes.  But do you think the anti-government, pro-privatization folks were reacting the same way?  Hell no!  I'm guessing they were breaking out the champers and fighting to be first in line to award Brownie the "anti-government hero of the decade medal of honor," because not in their wildest dreams had they imagined such a complete and utter government f-up ever being so successfully mounted.  Not even if they had actually sat down over a three-martini lunch and PLANNED it!  

          If we want a government that is prepared, responsible, efficient and competent, we aren't gonna get it from any of these CEO-hugging sycophants in Congress or in the WH, who seem to think you can run a country of 300 million people based on a 2-year MBA.  

           

          Reality addict - can't get enough of seeing it all clearly

          by writeout on Fri Feb 03, 2006 at 08:47:28 AM PST

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