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Dems Assail White House on Katrina Effort
Sep 07 12:52 PM US/Eastern
By JENNIFER LOVEN and DAVID ESPO
Associated Press Writers
WASHINGTON

(Editor's note: "Deny and Lie" seems to be this administrations motto. Deny Iraq is heading towards Civil War; Deny the incompetent war planning; and deny incompetent rescue operations in New Orleans. Then lie, lie, lie--weapons of mass destruction, "last throes of insurgency..." and now: "Those that stayed in New Orleans chose to stay and FEMA did nothing wrong.")

Congress' top two Democrats furiously criticized the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina on Wednesday, with Sen. Harry Reid demanding to know whether President Bush's Texas vacation impeded relief efforts and Rep. Nancy Pelosi assailing the chief executive as "oblivious, in denial" about the difficulties.

With much of New Orleans still under water _ and likely to stay that way for weeks _ Bush readied a request for about $52 billion for relief and recovery along the Gulf Coast, and the White House indicated millions more would be needed later. Congressional officials said they expected to approve the next installment as early as Thursday, to keep the money flowing without interruption.

There was no formal announcement of the details contained in the request, although the Associated Press learned that the government plans to distribute debit cards worth $2,000 each to adult victims of the hurricane.

"They are going to start issuing debit cards, $2,000 per adult, today at the Astrodome," said Kathy Walt, a spokeswoman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

The cards could be used to buy food, transportation, gas and other essentials that displaced people need, according to a state official who was on the call and requested anonymity because the program has not been publicly announced.

GOP congressional leaders met privately to plan their next step, possibly including an unusual joint House-Senate committee to investigate what went wrong in the government's response and what can be fixed. Establishment of a joint panel would presumably eliminate overlapping investigations that might otherwise spring up as individual committees looked into the natural disaster and its aftermath.

In a letter to the Senate's Homeland Security Committee chairwoman, Reid, the Senate Democratic leader, pressed for a wide-ranging investigation and answers to several questions, including: "How much time did the president spend dealing with this emerging crisis while he was on vacation? Did the fact that he was outside of Washington, D.C., have any effect on the federal government's response?"

At a news conference, Pelosi, D-Calif., said Bush's choice for head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency had "absolutely no credentials."

She related that she urged Bush at the White House on Tuesday to fire Brown.

"He said 'Why would I do that?'" Pelosi said.

"'I said because of all that went wrong, of all that didn't go right last week.' And he said 'What didn't go right?'"

"Oblivious, in denial, dangerous," she added.
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Does this mean the Wee Georgie is inviting Nancy Pelosi to conduct the inquiry into what went wrong that he promised himself? Considering her apparent support so far for his other big fiasco in Iraq, she might not be such a bad choice for obliviousness herself.

You can expect that this investigation will be barred from looking into how Iraqi policies and deployment of National Guard and Reserve troops impacted response to Katrina as well as barring looking into the White House involvement in the Katrina failures.

ANOTHER COVER UP IN THE MAKING!

U.S. agency blocks photos of New Orleans dead

Bush cannot get away with his "out of sight out of mind" operation. This is not about saving Americans from seeing grisly pictures. It's about saving him from the wrath of Americans once Americans register what he's done. And Americans need to see the pictures to know/feel what he's done. He ( Rove) knows this. Read article below from Rueters.

U.S. agency blocks photos of New Orleans dead
07 Sep 2005 00:56:29 GMT
Source: Reuters
NEW ORLEANS, Sept 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. government agency leading the rescue efforts after Hurricane Katrina said on Tuesday it does not want the news media to take photographs of the dead as they are recovered from the flooded New Orleans area.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, heavily criticized for its slow response to the devastation caused by the hurricane, rejected requests from journalists to accompany rescue boats as they went out to search for storm victims.
An agency spokeswoman said space was needed on the rescue boats and that "the recovery of the victims is being treated with dignity and the utmost respect."
"We have requested that no photographs of the deceased be made by the media," the spokeswoman said in an e-mailed response to a Reuters inquiry.
The Bush administration also has prevented the news media from photographing flag-draped caskets of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, which has sparked criticism that the government is trying to block images that put the war in a bad light.
The White House is under fire for its handling of the relief effort, which many officials have charged was slow and bureacratic, contributing to the death and mayhem in New Orleans after the storm struck on Aug. 29. (Additional reporting by Deborah Charles)

Mrs. Clinton released a statement. She flew to Houston yesterday. She flew down to Houston; she turned right back, goes back to Washington then introduces this: (Story) "Clinton unveils legislation to restore FEMA to independent cabinet level status and launch Katrina commission to investigate hurricane recovery efforts. On the heels of her visit with victims of Hurricane Katrina in Houston yesterday, Senator Hillary Rodham is introducing legislation to restore FEMA to cabinet-level independent federal agency status to ensure that it has the authority it needs to effectively manage recovery efforts." So what are they saying, they're saying two things here. Mrs. Clinton is saying FEMA is no good because it's part of homeland security. Homeland security is no good because FEMA is part of homeland security. We've got to get FEMA back out of homeland security. Well, who the hell's idea was homeland security? Joe Lieberman's. Joe Lieberman and the Democrats advanced the notion that we need a homeland security department. Bush originally opposed it. He didn't want to grow the bureaucracy, but he "reached out," Dan Balz. He "reached out." He attempted to be "bipartisan." So we created this massive new bureaucracy -- which I opposed, and I want to go on record again as reminding you. Homeland security, we put FEMA in it. Now, turns out that Mrs. Clinton voted for all of this. Mrs. Clinton voted for all of this. So maybe we need to ask Mrs. Clinton, "Are you now admitting a mistake?" See, what these people in Congress want to get away with, folks -- and I'll tell you something that really bothers me about this. You got a disaster here, right, and so we're pointing fingers at the mayor and we're pointing fingers at a governor down there and a lot of people are pointing fingers at President Bush. But guess who gets to participate here as innocent bystanders? The United States Congress, the House and the Senate.

Why, they had nothing to do with this! No, they only allocate the money. They only write the laws in this country. That's all they do, and yet they then get to sit around as innocent bystanders as though they had no role whatsoever, and they get to conduct hearings where they get to examine everybody else's actions and then seek out the people they want to destroy, all the while with immunity, with practical immunity, as though they had nothing to do with any of this. They're the ones that set this up! If FEMA, being part of homeland security, is a boondoggle and failure, let's go to the people whose idea it was, and let's maybe conduct hearings and ask them some questions. It's just mind-boggling to me. But this is really a bold move, isn't it? We're going to move FEMA and we're going to change the director. Wow! Wow, that's really going to make a huge difference. We're not going to get rid of FEMA. We're just going to pull it out of where it is -- a really bold move, Mrs. Clinton. I've got a good idea. Why don't we do this: the Louisiana state legislature ought to remove the governor and maybe take over the city! That might actually be a good start. This is a local problem down there. Of course it's not mentioned at all, you can't do that, and the reason you can't do that is because you're going to blame it on FEMA. FEMA sucks. FEMA sucks and FEMA rules at the same time. So we're going to focus here totally on FEMA. This is what the liberal Democrats do: they go to what appears the weakest point in the chain, exploit it and blame it on whoever all the while exempting their own role in setting it up this very way. Why shouldn't heads in Congress roll, too?

If heads are going to roll here, we've had some pretty dumb moves by Congress' own admission, but FEMA in homeland security, creating homeland security is a dumb move. Who did it? Who writes the legislation? They set up this system. No one seems to understand their role in this. Somehow it all gets blamed on executives: the governors or mayors or presidents, or heads of these departments. But somehow these members of Congress get total exemption from this. You know, 9/11 happens. They create the homeland security department. Katrina hits and they want to deconstruct it. Stop and think of what's happening. Put it in a timeline. We have 9/11. "We need a Department of Homeland Security," say the liberal Democrats. Bush goes along with it. "Yep, we need a homeland security department and we're going to put FEMA in it." The Democrats were all in favor of this, leading the charge. Now Katrina happened. "We need to take FEMA out of homeland security. It's just not working!" Well, whose idea was it? I'm sorry to sound so energized here, folks, but why is it these people get a pass? The Coast Guard's done a great job down there. They're part of the department. We focus on one guy, Mike Brown, that nobody thinks is doing a good job and so he's the weakest link in the chain, bammo! We head in there and in the process we ignore all the things that are working because we want to make the point that nothing is working because Bush is in charge of it all, and that's not playing in Peoria or anywhere else. Thanks for the bold move, Mrs. Clinton, pretending you had no role in setting up these bureaucracies, and you had no role in setting up and making these spending priorities, act like the homeland security department just popped out from thin air, when they're the ones that set it up. They act like moving around the pieces of bureaucracy is some kind of a bold move. I don't want to hear from them right now. Their posturing is sickening to me.

Richie "The Right Wing Kook" Rich

Richie,

If Kerry was in office you'd be singing a different tune, because all you have is hate, hate, hate.

The problems with "libs" is that we're too darn compassionate towards others, so if Kerry had been as corruptly negligent as YOUR IDIOT IN CHIEF then we'd be asking for accountablity too.

Right wingers..only want accountablitity and truth if it involves a little blue dress and a night of fun.

But if people actually die...then "God Bless America--shut up and take it like a man...Ain't America a Grrrrreeeeeaaat place!!!" you righties and false Christians think!

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