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  •  He'd be down there (9+ / 0-)

    shaking hands, kissing babies, cutting ribbons on the new houses in the 9th Ward. He'd eat a big meal at a local Cajun restaraunt that had just re-opened, in front of TV crews and bring in more business to that place than any advertising would. He'd do the same in Waveland and Biloxi and .......
    a girl can still dream, can't she?

    •  I've got this picture of Clinton sitting... (4+ / 0-)
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      fabooj, hhex65, saucy monkey, sbdenmon the Oval Office, and something like Katrina happens.  No excuses.  He's on the phone to his experts (who, unlike Bush's, actually seemed to know how to get things done...Bob Rubin...Wes Clark...James Lee Witt) immediately, saying "how do we fix this?"  Within 30 minutes, he's got a plan of action, and the people who have to put it into action are already rolling.

      Then, I have the picture of Dubya from F9/11, sitting there, stunned, continuing to read The Pet Goat.

      God, we miss you, Bill.

      Four hundred years ago, we were all illegal aliens according to the Comanche.

      by DC Pol Sci on Thu May 11, 2006 at 08:14:08 PM PDT

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      •  I'm no big John Kerry fan (1+ / 0-)
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        but John Kerry wouldn't have fucked it up like this, either.

        Gonna be a judgment, that's a fact. A righteous train rollin' down this track . . . -- Bruce Springsteen

        by saucy monkey on Thu May 11, 2006 at 08:54:14 PM PDT

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        •  Kerry was just in New Orleans on May 6 (1+ / 0-)
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          From the Times-Pic:

          Kerry pledges to rebuke the SBA
          Many local firms say they're getting no help

          Saturday, May 06, 2006
          By Bruce Nolan

          Staff writer

          Small-business owners struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina told Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry on Friday that their companies are about to go under for want of help from the Small Business Administration, prompting the senator to vow "to raise the roof" when he returns to the U.S. Capitol, where he is the ranking Democrat on a Senate committee devoted to helping small businesses.

          In a seven-hour tour guided by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., Kerry talked with business owners operating amid piles of debris in eastern New Orleans near the Industrial Canal. He visited Our Lady Queen of Vietnam Catholic Church, a center for revitalization in the east, and listened to the testimony of several dozen bankers and small-business owners at a forum at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church.

          The day's common theme: The Small Business Administration is overwhelmed and not nearly flexible enough to deal rapidly with thousands of loan applications from cash-starved businesses, some quickly draining their owners' personal savings.

          "The record is obviously disastrous," Kerry told small-business owners. "The government ought to be working spontaneously, willfully and effectively for people, not slowly and begrudgingly and reluctantly.

          "It's that simple. And it's not the impression I've gotten from anybody I've talked to today."

          According to SBA figures released by Landrieu's office, by May 3 the agency had denied about 11,500 Louisiana loan applications and approved about 11,400, but to date it had actually distributed only 4,200 checks.

          "We're dying," said Linda Friedlander, the owner of a Magazine Street shop and member of Second Wind, a post-Katrina advocacy group that has about 500 small-business members.

          A Second Wind report said only about 21 percent of small businesses have received assistance.

          Business owners told Kerry different SBA employees had told them to meet different loan requirements or to provide records destroyed in the flood.


          Kerry concluded his remarks by showing his support for rebuilding all of New Orleans. "I don't think New Orleans has a hurricane problem. I think New Orleans has a levee problem," he said. The city needs "a plan that doesn't say we'll wipe out whole parts of the city because it floods there occasionally, or we had this accident that has shown that it can.

          "We've got to make it so it doesn't (flood), and rebuild the city in an appropriate way."

          On the matter of federal help to small businesses, he promised "renewed energy and passion" on behalf of struggling small companies in the flood zone.

          "You watch next week when I get back to the Senate with Mary," he said before the forum. "I'm going to talk about this in the caucus. I'm going to talk about this on the Senate floor."

    •  and he'd be playing... (0+ / 0-)

      ...the sax in a bar in the french quarter....

      ah, the good old days...

      The radical invents views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them. - Mark Twain

      by FemiNazi on Thu May 11, 2006 at 10:08:42 PM PDT

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