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  •  must we refute the "blame La" again? (3+ / 0-)

    But in the case of Hurricane Katrina, there was ample warning of the disastrous consequences several days beforehand, yet thanks to the bumbling mismanagement of the Bush Administration and FEMA, as well as the Ray Nagin and the state of Louisiana, they took action far too late and left thousands of Louisiana residents no option but to ride out the storm and the eventual levee breaks.

    Nagin and Blanco were both lied to by Bush, when they pleaded with Washington for help. Nagin followed the city's evac plan to a T, Blanco asked Bush for everything he had, and Bush screwed them both by promising and not delivering. Rove started the "blame La" ruse as soon as he was put in charge. Blanco testified in Congressional hearings that her biggest mistake was trusting the government to do as it said it would. I have all the references for this, so don't even bother to respond with another half truth.

    The whole destruction of NOLA and St. Bernard Parish is totally Bush's fault, from the stealing of the levee repair money (so he could offset the tax breaks he gave to his rich friends), to failing to put support in place before Katrina, to failing to exert ANY leadership at all (eating cake with McCain), to politicizing the after the flood efforts and funding, and repeatedly lying about "help is on the way".

    Just like 9/11, Bush owns both of them from start to finish.

    Why on earth you want to try to cover for Bush is beyond me

    "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government" T. Jefferson

    by azureblue on Sat Sep 11, 2010 at 12:36:35 PM PDT

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    •  Katrina was way more than that (0+ / 0-)

      It was right in our faces that the lives and communities of poor black people don't count. It was in our faces that the vultures were dreaming of property redevelopment while people were clinging to rooftops waiting for rescuers who never came. It was George Bush, when he finally deigned to even acknowledge the situation, saying - while people were clinging to rooftops - that looting would not be tolerated, the thing he apparently thought most important. It was the former First Lady of the United States saying that things were "working out well" for the people imprisoned in barely tolerable conditions in the Houston Astrodome.

      I thought I was a cynical person before it happened, but I was shocked to my core that this could take place so blatantly. In my soul now there are Before Katrina and After Katrina. I don't see the United States the same way.

      The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. --Bertrand Russell

      by denise b on Sat Sep 11, 2010 at 02:44:59 PM PDT

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      •  Katrina was an exposure in the starkest terms (1+ / 0-)
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        of our dog eat dog mentality in this country.  Have you ever been in a crowd where someone has an attack...most people leave or stand and stare...only a few pitch in and try to help.  It is a matter of who we are at our core...and the verdict for most Americans is just not a good one.

        "When fascism comes to America, it'll be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis

        by lakehillsliberal on Sat Sep 11, 2010 at 03:54:49 PM PDT

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