....Not the tax policy you want....to paraphrase from Rummy.
The ravages from Hurricane Katrina are like no disaster we've ever seen, but not for one second can we forget that it has been made far worse by our own government. Our own government! What is the federal government supposed to do if not respond to something on this scale? But conservatives for years have been firing people up with crap that the government shouldn't spend your money. Well, I think this disaster has blown up that argument.
Individuals can not respond to this like a coordinated, fully funded, efficient, organized government effort. I have given money, offered housing. I am not a doctor. I do not own a truck, plane or boat. If I had these things I would be on the road bringing food and water to the victims. But I am just a social worker in Maine.
I want a tax policy that allows our country to respond to people in need. I want a tax policy that puts the grown-ups in charge. I want a tax policy that addresses the inequities and racial disparities in our country. I want a tax policy that doesn't leave the poor, sick and brown to fend for themselves. I want a tax policy that funds cities and addresses real known risks to our citizens.
Now is the time to demand this. The insanity has gone on long enough. Individuals like me and others can not respond like a funded and organized government effort. Now if you'll excuse me, I may have to go and hunt down Grover Norquist and drown HIM in my bath tub.