Tuesday, September 06, 2005

We're With the Government, We're Here To Help You.

Is there a lesson in all that we’ve seen, in the acts and deeds of the Federal Government of late? Is there a clear and resounding message coming from the Bush administration and all levels of the Federal Government?

I think there is. From the Supreme Court’s recent eminent domain decision, to the new draconian bankruptcy laws, to thousands dead in New Orleans, and numerous other anti-citizen decisions, the message is clear.

And the message is, give us your money, the sweat of your brow, your lives, your love, your faith, your patriotism and don’t you dare ask for anything in return.

Through this crisis, we’ve learned that our Federal Government has slashed many more programs than many American could possibly be aware of. And yet, our taxes are relatively unchanged and the government is letting the deficit soar. Bush gave the middle class a what? $500/tax break while giving many substantial tax breaks, to the wealthiest Americans. Billions in subsidies to Exxon for instance.

Whether this trend is incompetence, negligence, indifferent neglect or an active movement to destroy the American way of life really doesn’t matter. What we need to understand is that the US government is done with returning value to its citizens, for our sacrifice in tax dollars. And doesn’t it make sense? The federal government likely earns more money through deficit spending, than it does from any other source. It’s a self sufficient entity that feeds on itself for sustenance.

And what does that mean for us, what should we do? Hell if I know. Waco and Ruby Ridge tell us that the Government is in no way going to let citizens stand up to it. So I guess all we can do is give the government money, while the government slashes reinvestment in the things that keep the US humming. If we get in trouble, then the message from the federal government is to, ‘Just Die’.

And I suppose with the specter of peak oil and the end of growth knocking on the door, this is the logical progression for a nation to take. In just a few short years, natural gas is going to make a dramatic decline in the US. With that, our ability to manufacture concrete will diminish with it. Construction all over the US will wind down to nothing. Many of our freeways will lie unfinished. What will the apologists and blamers of victims, be saying then? That our lack of faith in the Free Market, killed our God?

And finally it’s late, so I don’t know the answer and I’m hitting the hay rather than research it. But on which Presidential watches have more Americans died from war, disease or natural disasters, than on President Bush’s? Would Abraham Lincoln have that distinction? Let’s pray that Bush doesn’t beat him out over the next three years.

The latest rumor pertaining to Homeland Security, they are expecting 40,000 dead from Katrina.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

FEMA Drops The Ball. Many Thousands Die

Without Further Comment...


Emergency Aid Authorized For Hurricane Katrina Emergency Response In Louisiana

Release Date: August 27, 2005
Release Number: HQ-05-169

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, today announced that Federal resources are being allocated to support emergency protective response efforts response efforts in the parishes located in the path of Hurricane Katrina.

Brown said President Bush authorized the aid under an emergency disaster declaration issued following a review of FEMA's analysis of the state's request for federal assistance. FEMA will mobilize equipment and resources necessary to protect public health and safety by assisting law enforcement with evacuations, establishing shelters, supporting emergency medical needs, meeting immediate lifesaving and life-sustaining human needs and protecting property, in addition to other emergency protective measures.

The parishes of Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Claiborne, Catahoula, Concordia, De Soto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Helena, St. Landry, Tensas, Union, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll, West Feliciana, and Winn were designated eligible for assistance. In addition, federal funds will be available for public safety debris removal and emergency protective measures at 75 percent of approved costs.

Brown named William Lokey of FEMA to coordinate the federal relief effort. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.

Friday, September 02, 2005

The Death President

I have to say up front, I'm still overwhelmed with the events that occurring, just one state away in Louisiana. On a number of occasions, the pictures and the stories have brought tears to my eyes. I’m feeling overwhelmed by it all.

But the incompetence of the current administration has my blood boiling. The time it took for Bush to peak out of his turtle shell, and accept that during this event, he needs to do his damn job rather than spend weeks of ‘me time’ on the ranch told us everything about how this rescue effort would proceed.

Our leader doesn’t want to lead. He had to be dragged away from his vacation to do the job he was elected to do and from all accounts, was very unhappy about being bothered with this. I guess he’s especially annoyed that not only will he be known as “The War President”, he’ll also be known as the “President that Botched The Biggest Natural Disaster the US has Ever Seen.” Bush must be pissed at Jesus for making him go through such a tragedy. He’s probably wondering why Jesus wasn’t happy with just the killing part of his job. Now he has to save lives too?

But as we’ve seen, he hasn’t the capability to actually save lives. He lacks coordination and organizational skills, and thus is unable to marshal the forces under his command. And what we see as a result, is a half-hearted and belated rescue effort that Bush doesn’t really care one whit about.

Until someone with authority and the skills to organize the rescue effort, is allowed to step up to the plate, we’re going to continue to see this situation deteriorate. As this administration has never allowed anyone to do their job properly, I expect that Bush will sabotage any meaningful effort to ameliorate this crisis. That’s been his MO all along.

This disaster means that support for his war in Iraq will wane. It also means that support for Bush from all levels of the government will decline, as the public continues to watch people die on live television. And unlike the Iraqi war, Bush has no authority to tell the refugees to keep their ordeal secret. They are going to fan out all over the nation and tell everyone they come to know, how Bush bungled the worst natural crisis that the US has ever faced.

Bush is showing us that he is a failure. He’s a loser. He’s not a ‘War President’. He’s a ‘Death President.’