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Posted by GaYellowDawg

It's not about blame. It's about responsibility. Let us not forget that the first of the inalienable rights listed by the Declaration of Independence is the right to life, and it is the primary responsibility of the American government to safeguard American lives. When American lives are in danger, it is the responsibility of government to act, not to cut cakes, strum guitars, buy a house, attend a baseball game, or cut a swath through Manhattan's finest shops.

While George Bush was eating cake with John McCain, rats were eating American corpses in American cities. While George Bush was strumming a dissonant chord with a country singer, a dissonant, desperate cry for help went unheeded from American voices in American cities. While Dick Cheney was closing on a posh new house, floodwaters were closing in on many more American houses, and, even worse, their owners. While Donald Rumsfeld was enjoying a game in an American baseball stadium, American citizens were dying in an American football stadium. While Condoleeza Rice was delightedly prancing through Manhattan shops in search of shoes, American citizens were desperately sloshing through New Orleans buildings in search of drinkable water. The largest natural disaster in modern American history is no time for absentee government, but that's what we got.

Certainly, it's unreasonable to assign responsibility for the hurricane itself. However, it is certainly reasonable to assign responsibility for actions that made this disaster as bad as it was. Who ignored FEMA warnings about both a New York City terrorist attack and a New Orleans hurricane, and then gutted FEMA? The Bush administration. Who assigned another layer of bureaucracy to FEMA? The Bush administration. Who appointed the architect of FEMA's astonishing incompetence? The Bush administration. Who gutted the funds for maintenance and upgrades of the New Orleans levees - which might have withstood this storm otherwise - to fund the war in Iraq? The Bush administration. Who sent a considerable percentage of first responders - the Louisiana National Guard - to Iraq? The Bush administration.

There have already been efforts to shift responsibility for this calamity onto New Orleans and Louisiana officials. There are more spin doctors at work in Washington than there are medical doctors at work in New Orleans. Inevitably, there will be talk about the inefficiency of government. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not about the inefficiency of government. It is about the inefficiency of those who control its vast resources. In short, this is a problem with the administration, not the government. It is a problem with this administration's philosophy concerning disasters: don't bother preventing them. Much better to try to reap support from the overwhelming generous spirit of the American people, claim that the disasters were unforseeable (despite plainly written memos in one case and Discovery Channel specials in another), and spend more time looking to abrogate responsibility than looking for root causes.

Speaking of this administration's philosophy, one of its philosophical forerunners, Grover Norquist, said that he wanted to get government "down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub." Unfortunately, drowning is what we are left with today. American men, women, and children are drowned by floodwaters. A major American city is drowned by crumbling levees and crumbling budgets. And the government's effectiveness is drowning. Not in a bathtub. The United States government is far too big for a bathtub. No, it takes a vast sea of incompetence, inaction, and ambitious ineffectiveness, whipped up by the perfect storm, to drown this government. This particular Category Five hurricane is not named Katrina; it is named George W. Bush.

The Bush administration will, to its last day, scrabble to escape its responsibility for American deaths in Louisiana. And so we see what will become the true legacy of George W. Bush: uncaring, unfeeling, unthinking incompetence accompanied by furious efforts to absolve him of its consequences. These efforts bring responsibility to the American public: it is our responsibility to condemn this administration. It is our responsibility to drown the voices of its patrons and sycophants as thoroughly as the voices of the poor were drowned in New Orleans. It is our responsibility to attack its philosophical foundations as thoroughly as the foundations of the houses were attacked on the Gulf Coast. And it is our most important responsibility to never allow an administration like this into office again.

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Thanks for the post. And I couldn't agree more. But, did you see that poll where only 13% blame bush? I can't believe it. Most everyone I have talked to blames bush. Where did they find the people for this poll. Must have been in the whitehouse.

Maybe they asked if George Bush caused the hurricane. Only crackpots believe that; like the ones who believe that God caused it because of abortion centers. What kind of a nutty God do those people worship?

George Bush and his gang of thieves are responsible for the horrors in New Orleans. George Bush does not care about poor people whatever color they may be. Anyone who makes less than $500,000 per year is poor in his estimation. Barbara thinks they are better off in Texas without anything but charity to live off of. What a wacko!

I quote; "The Constitution" is not to be used as a moral exercize. It is a means of realistic appraisal of human nature and society. As far as American education is concerned, historical experience would teach all citizens that "until the mass retains sufficient control," oppression and the perpetuation of wealth and power in the ruling class will follow. This is a quote from Thomas Jefferson about education.
This is where we are at, this is why we, the masses, will have to keep fighting to get control of this unlawful administration/government back and into the hands of the people of our nation.

The Democrats in Congress need to draw a line in the sand. Bush should get nothing he wants until every survivor has been accounted for and set on the road to recovery. That means no recinding of the estate tax. That means no new Supreme Court nominees, social security reform or anything else that the administration wants to "reform". No temporary tax cut should become permanent, and any that have should be recinded. The bankruptcy "reform" needs to be recinded - or at least the provision which doesn't exempt victims of natural disasters. The Bush administration needs to bring home all National Guard units from Iraq. And they need to give an accounting of all the money they have stolen from the American people claiming it has been used for national security. No new contracts to Haliburton for levee repair until they have been held accountable for their fleecing of the American people. FEMA needs to be investigated, and Michael Brown fired immediately. No more excuses, no more spinning PR. The Congress needs to have two priorities - disaster relief and investigation of this administration. They don't have time to spare for Bush's wish list.

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