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  •  The narrative will be written now (4.00)
    Armando, do I really need to paint a picture for you?  This all happened already just four years ago!

    He'll have his staged moment and every Republican will rush to the cameras claiming that we should rally around the president.  This will give the White House and Republican Party the necessary leverage to oppose popular measures by Democratic Congressmen to temporarily raise taxes on the country's richest to pay for the reconstruction of this treasure of American culture.

    The blogosphere must cede no ground in its criticism of the president, and it should begin now!  Let the politicians do all the posturing, that's what they do.  Our job is to highlight the criminal failures of this administration and to channel our outrage into action.  We must shame the politicians - Democratic and Republican into asking the tough questions that lead to substantial responses and measures.

    I've been glued to the TV/radio all day and everyone is asking why.  Everyone affected - black and white in rural and urban areas are asking where the hell is Uncle Sam.  The news media is begging for a big bat like Al Naomi to come out of the destruction to level a Richard Clarke-like criticism of the lack of planning of this foreseeable catastrophe.  They're begging for a Washingtonian like the former FEMA director to come out and criticize the president's gutting of the agency.  None other than the Manchester Union-Leader used their editorial page to call the president aloof.  We cannot allow this opportunity to pass.

    Don't let 9-11 happen again.  Most people didn't learn about "My Pet Goat" or the August 6th PDB for 3 years.  Most people still don't know that NYC never got the $20 billion they were promised.  This isn't 9-11.  Its economic and humanitarian impact is far more widespread.  We can't wait to rebuild.  Our economy can't afford it.  And it's clear from the president's action he just ain't in no real hurry.

    And let me tell you something.  If you think a few hundred thousand displaced African-American refugees are going to hold their tongue about the lack of preparedness to rally around this president you don't know the New Orleans African-American community.  I think part of the reason he looked at the damage from 20,000 feet above the ground is because he would have for the first time in his failed presidency been confronted by people not in awe of his phony presidency and not afraid of calling him out for his negligence.  You might think that we should and can wait a few weeks before calling the bastard out, but they sure as hell won't.  Just watch the interviews.

    It's going to take him until Friday or Saturday to round up enough people in the Big Easy for another staged photo-op.


    by DWCG on Wed Aug 31, 2005 at 08:58:54 PM PDT

    •  I frequently agree with Armando, (none)
      but not this time, and thank you DWCG for so eloquently stating the reasons why this criminal administration must not begiven a reprieve on its moment of accountability.

      --Anne ** ** ** ** ** ** "Hyena crawls on his belly out. The town is safe again tonight." --jms

      by asskicking annie on Wed Aug 31, 2005 at 09:14:36 PM PDT

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    •  Exactly (none)
      Everyone who comes out of there has the same thing to say:

      We need help. Why isn't anyone here? Where is the help? It has been days and nobody has come to our aid - what is happening?

      And that is for exactly one reason - a failure of leadership at every level of government from the top down. There is no excuse for not having had a plan in motion because we KNEW THIS WAS COMING. We had DAYS to prepare people for what was going to happen - this storm sat motionless in the gulf for several days while it gained strength - and the people who should have been marshalling resources beforehand in order to respond as quickly as possible did nothing.

      A total failure of leadership.

    •  Spot on (4.00)
      The deaths and the lack of resources that could have greatly mitigated the damage and saved fucking human lives made it political before the damn storm hit.

      This "now is not he time for politics" is bullshit frankly. and the Dems have bought it hook line and sinker.

      People are fucking dying because of the political machinations of this administration and the GOP controlled Congress.

      End of fucking story.


      Mitch Gore

      Nobody will change America for you, you have to work to make it happen

      by Lestatdelc on Wed Aug 31, 2005 at 10:32:04 PM PDT

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