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People in New Orleans were ordered to evacuate.

People that attempted to walk out were shot at by police, and ordered to return to the city.

Food and water was not delivered to the Superdome or Convention Center for four days.

The Federal Government did not respond to the disaster at all until several days after it was in progress, and only then to send back help from outside, block the delivery of food, water, and medical supplies - and denied knowledge of people in the Convention Center at all. Never the less, the director of this fiasco was told he was doing a great job.

This is "limited government" in action, folks - where government is limited to war abroad and corporate handouts to Halliburton. "Limited government" is (in addition to god, guns, and gays) the cornerstone of the Republican party.

Can we please now vote out every Republican, everywhere, and let them know that their service to their country is appreciated, but no longer needed? We picked the wrong parts of the government to limit - and now thousands of Americans at home and abroad are dying.


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Sep. 8th, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
This is not limited government. Who stopped private relief from being delivered to the Superdome? The state. Martial law, shooting refugees, etc. is the very opposite of limited government.

Limited government is just a principle the GOP pays lipservice to and disregards completely.
Sep. 8th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
FEMA stopped deliveries to the Superdome. The local government had pre-positioned supplies near the area - FEMA ordered it kept out of New Orleans in order to discourage people from remaining there.

Which is not to say that local governments are blameless, either - the sheriff's department of Gretna fired on people attempting to evacuate on foot, rather than let them get over the bridge and into Gretna. That's pretty outrageous.

But still - disaster relief was more hindered than helped by FEMA. Why was FEMA so feckless? Because it had been reduced from a cabinet level position, diverted to fight terrorism rather than natural disasters, and turned into a nepotism-ridden sinecure for cronies, rather than an agency staffed and managed by experts. Also, its budget had been drastically reduced - because, of course, of "limited government".
Sep. 8th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
"Every republican, everywhere" is not responsible for this.

Please don't turn this tragedy into a launching point for a baseless partisan attack. Place blame where blame is due, at the individuals responsible.
Sep. 8th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
Those individuals were just enacting the philosophy that informs the party's platform.

The problem isn't the individuals (though they have to go, too) the problem is with conservativism. It's crony-capitalist neo-con conservativism that has to go - and when it does, Bush and his other incompetent lackies will go with it.

But if you mistakenly only hold Bush responsible, you'll have elimiinated the fruit of a poison tree... but left the poison tree in the orchard.
Sep. 8th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
Calling what's going on "conservatism" is inaccurate and offensive to real conservatives. If you want to purge government of incompetent cronies and corrupt pork-barrel politics, be my guest. But there are plenty of people in the party doing good work with the most honorable of intentions.
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Sep. 8th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
FEMA was once an effective, well-managed cabinet-level agency with adequate funding, and staff that was professinally qualified to do the job to which it was appointed.

President Bush set out to reduce the Federal government, and devolve responsibility and accountability (but not funding!) to state and local governments. In doing so, he reduced FEMA to a sub-set of the equally incompetent and stupid Department of Homeland Security, and made the directorship a political sinecure rather than a post with legitimate authority. Cronyism is rampant in both parties - there's no denying that. But only one party wants to eliminate the government's responsiblity to the people, while increasing it's debt to Big Business.

That's the Republicans, and they have to go. Root and branch, they have to go. Classical conservatives have to go, too - laissez faire capitalists would have done the same thing that Bush and the neo-cons did. Conservativism killed people in New Orleans that didn't have to die. Incompetence and nepotism did, too - but they're just hanging on the coat-tails of the "reduce government" movement which is the heart of conservativism.
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Sep. 8th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
The government is making me sick. Bush is making me sick.
The news said the levies were expected to break before the storm even hit. They knew what was going to happen before it happened. So why did so many people have to go without food, water and medicine? Why did so many overwhelmed and exhausted police officers quit? Why did 2 of them kill themselves? Why did a 20 year old girl die from an asthma attack at the superdome while 15 national guardsmen stood around nearby doing nothing to help? Why? Because of poor organization, bad leadership and lack of troops/ government support but mostly because our leaders are assholes.

The link below goes to a recent clip from Tim Russert. Russert was interviewing Broussard who is in charge of Jefferson Parish in Louisiana.
I think his final words say it all.


I saw this interview and I started crying.

I read this letter and I wanted to hit someone.


Bush is making me sick. He now wants someone to blame for New Orleans and is putting together an inquisition. Look in the F ing mirror Mr. Bush!
He is taking us all to hell in a handbasket.

Sep. 8th, 2005 07:58 pm (UTC)
dude, you don't understand. we tricked the poor into electing us. then we sent them off to die in war and drown in the swamps. when our leader is finished, there will be only the rich left! the rest of you tree huggers will be extinct, along with the snail darter!

Sep. 8th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)
only funny 'cause it's true.
Sep. 9th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
I have a sneaky feeling that the situation is much worse than the news is allowed to report. Not just because I'm a paranoid doomsayer (which I am), but things are not adding up here. There is video circulating of bars on burbon street, still perfectly operational. And I was suprised to see Laura Bush's slip-up naming the hurricane in question "hurricane corrina" conveniently miss tonight's edition of the evening news. (I would have thought at least Leno would've covered it.) The mayor orders 25K body bags, however the death tolls are currently only in the single thousands? There are current groups surfacing that want to take in stranded animals, animals that have been wading through waters tainted with sewage, recently uprooted dead bodies, and recently dead, and I'm seeing the makings of an even greater national disaster here.

I remember my old apartment complex used to flood out every two years or so. The grounds now are now condemnned because after every flood there was an upsurge of fleas, mosquitos, and disease. I can only imagine what will happen once the waters are drained in New Orleans.

And then, what about the businesses, loss of income, loss of property, the global financial ramifications?

Honestly, yes, I think we were ill-prepared for a situation of this magnatude. I think it would be very difficult for any nation to be prepared for something that will be this disasterous.

But I think the recent "spin" of government incompetence is doing its job very well to distract our nation from the true severity of the situation.
Sep. 9th, 2005 10:36 am (UTC)
Yags and Aggie are having too much fun, methinks. :)
Sep. 9th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
It looks staged to me. No two people could be that obtuse, could they? : )
Sep. 10th, 2005 08:11 am (UTC)
Attention whores. :)
Sep. 9th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
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