Thursday, September 01, 2005

A Living Hell

Digby:

I don't know if all of you have seen the footage today from the convention center in New Orleans, but it is shocking. There are dead bodies lying all over the place. People are waiting for help and the only people who've come in there are news crews and Harry Connick Jr. (And fuck you Michele Malkin.) It's a living hell.

The MSNNC (MSNBC?) reporter just said that he counted 82 buses lined up outside the city waiting to go in to evacuate people from the convention center but they won't go because they've been told it isn't safe.

On 9/11 we had cops and firefighters running into collapsing buildings to rescue people. Today, days after the crisis hit, I'm watching people with little babies desperate for food and water and nobody is coming in to help them.

What in the hell is going on?

Perhaps this comment by Homeland Security chief Chertoff explains the Bush administration's slow motion response:


"The critical thing was to get people out of there before the disaster," he said on NBC's Today program. "Some people chose not to obey that order. That was a mistake on their part."

For Christ's sake the tourists couldn't get out either. All the rental cars were booked and the airport was closed. Lucky for them, most of them were staying in high rise hotels and they rode out the storm. And now they have someplace to go --- home. The locals who didn't have cars aren't quite so lucky, are they?

I think Chertoff's comment says everything we need to know about how this government viewed this catastrophe. "We told 'em to get out; if they refused (or couldn't) they brought this on themselves." That's the Republican philosophy in a nutshell. "You're on your own, losers."

I think Americans expect more of their government than that. That comment should be hung around the necks of these poor planning, corruption spreading, deficit spending, budget slashing, warwmongering, tax cutting assholes like a dead Louisiana pelican.


It will be difficult for the Republicans, who are in charge of the Government, to blame this on Clinton or senate Democrats. Everything that happens or doesn't happen is on the head of the Bush Administration. Everything. Meanwhile:


AmericaBlog:

RNC chair Ken Mehlman literally just sent out a mass email urging the elimination of, as he called it, "the death tax." Gee, just a coincidence that in the middle of the one of the greatest disasters in American history the head of the Republican party is focusing on a partisan political agenda dealing with tax cuts?Here's an idea, Ken. If you're concerned about people paying a tax when they die then call your president and tell him to stop dicking around and do something about the people dying all across the south while you lobby for tax cuts.
Not even a natural disaster can keep the GOP from it's true priorities. Talk about a Leadership Vacuum.

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