September 25, 2005

NO WONDER THE LEFT THINKS HE'S A GOD:

Katrina's harsh lessons make Bush all the wiser (Bill Sammon, 9/25/05, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Last night, the president issued a statement declaring major disasters in Louisiana and Texas.

The declaration makes both states, local governments and some private nonprofit groups eligible for federal assistance, including grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other disaster relief.

In Washington, officials said Rita, which made landfall near the Texas-Louisiana state line around 3 a.m. yesterday, was not nearly as devastating as Katrina, which struck Louisiana and Mississippi on Aug. 29.

"The damage is not as serious as we had expected it to be," R. David Paulison, acting director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told reporters. "The evacuations worked."

So it seems the lesson learned here is that: had he engaged in these cheap theatrics last time, the President could have reduced the intensity of Katrina and changed its course.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 25, 2005 9:42 AM
Comments

You're talking about people who can't stop making any leader into a personality cult figure even if they hate and despise him. Perhaps the people who argue that it's the liberal's form of religion are right.

Bush might do well to produce short cartoons in which he's the superhero to sell his initiatives instead of just making speeches the media immediately pull apart.

Posted by: erp at September 25, 2005 10:09 AM

Far Southeast Texas always has been one of the more solidly Democratic areas of the state, even as it trended Republican, and cetainly moreso than the area around Houston. So they just feinted as though the storm was going to hit all those Republicans in suburban Harris county, then turned the dial slightly to have it veer towards Beaumont and Port Arthur, whose voters need to be punished and brought into line.

(BTW -- The anti-Iraq war protestors on Saturday are also blaming Bush for delays on the D.C. Metro, so apparently they do believe he has the power to make the trains run on time.)

Posted by: John at September 25, 2005 12:13 PM

In another universe....

The impeachment proceedings against George W. Bush proceeded apace today, with the President issuing a strong defense of his decision to send Federal troops into New Orleans in advance of Hurricane Katrina, despite the objections of Louisiana Governor Blanco (D).

Said Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, "It appears the weather service was already predicting that Katrina would downgrade to a Cat-3 and veer into Alabama, which it did, yet this President, all to in line with his fascist tendencies, just had to show how tough he was by sending his own troops into the largely African-American areas of New Orleans. Troops that we all know served no real purpose once the Hurricane veered away, just like last years Hurricane Rita veered away from Houston."

"The violations of federal law, starting with the Posse Comititus Act, itself sacrosanct law for over a century, are too numerous to mention here", Leahy went on. "But they will be listed in the House articles and the Senate trial, mark my words."

While Democrats could barely contain their ecstasy, Republicans remained largely silent over the issue. Said one Republican Senator who would not be named, "The horrible truth is, they've got him (the President) on this. I don't see how we can stop it."

Barring resignation, President Bush appears to be the first President legally removed from office, on charges of blatant violations of federal law on the use of the US military on US soil.

Posted by: Andrew X at September 25, 2005 5:29 PM

So this is the famous X Files I've been hearing so much about. I can't wait for the moonbats to attack the army. When will this program be on TV and what channel will it be on?

Posted by: erp at September 25, 2005 10:45 PM

It is very sad that the only alternative you see to Bush's mishandling of the crisis and the stocking of FEMA with incompetent people is some over the top invasion.

As for me, I'd like an alternate reality where there was a little bit more coordination between the services, where Bush put qualified people in charge of FEMA instead of cronies with large bank accounts, and didn't delay repair/improvement of the levees and other protection. None of which - I'm fairly sure - is an unconstitutional act of tyranny.

There is plenty of blame to go around. But the need to excuse the Bush administration failure simply because "he's our guy" is very depressing.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at September 26, 2005 12:30 PM

I'm not excusing Bush. He has nothing to apologize for. Federal authorities aren't a first response and they haven't ever been, not in our four hurricanes last year, nor in the flurry so far this year, not in any previous years since records have been kept.

I'd like to point out what we've learned after the fact and that is that NO officials were already under indictment for "mishandling" funds, and that the many multi-millions that were designated for repair and maintenance of the levees have also gone missing.

Katrina would have done no more damage than the similar Rita did last week had the authorities kept their levees in good repair, taken the precaution of evacuating their citizens and/or providing provisions and order in the superdome. The pictures tell the tale. Buses full of evacuees moving away from danger instead of buses standing in neat rows in the middle of a lake.

The more the moonbats try to pin this disaster to Bush, the more the real culprits will be exposed and they won't like the results.

Posted by: erp at September 26, 2005 1:26 PM

I'm not excusing Bush. He has nothing to apologize for. Federal authorities aren't a first response and they haven't ever been, not in our four hurricanes last year, nor in the flurry so far this year, not in any previous years since records have been kept.

I'd like to point out what we've learned after the fact and that is that NO officials were already under indictment for "mishandling" funds, and that the many multi-millions that were designated for repair and maintenance of the levees have also gone missing.

Katrina would have done no more damage than the similar Rita did last week had the authorities kept their levees in good repair, taken the precaution of evacuating their citizens and/or providing provisions and order in the superdome. The pictures tell the tale. Buses full of evacuees moving away from danger instead of buses standing in neat rows in the middle of a lake.

The more the moonbats try to pin this disaster to Bush, the more the real culprits will be exposed and they won't like the results.

Posted by: erp at September 26, 2005 1:30 PM

Chris:

Which day do you think the levees became in need of repair?

Posted by: oj at September 26, 2005 1:30 PM
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