Monday, September 05, 2005

Politics of Katrina part 2

Those of us on the left who hold this president in contempt for many documented words and deeds will be accused of merely playing politics with our criticism of the lack of federal action last week, and that's too bad. Such wearing of blinders might cause those that hold us in contempt to miss the real story, which is that our government let us down. The fact that Bush's lack of leadership was perfectly consistent with what we've come to expect of someone whose incompetence we see as epic and incontrovertible is unsurprising but, more importantly, it is truly tragic. We did not wish for this, we do not revel in this. We hold our country to a high standard and this president has failed time and time again to rise to that standard. To be honest, most people do lay blame at Bush's feet, on both sides of the political aisle. That's not to say that the left doesn't play politics and put on its own set of blinders from time to time, I just wish I could truly communicate to Bush supporters what Bob Herbert said in his column on Monday:
...this is not about politics. It's about competence.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Todd, in response to this, and your "NY Times Op Ed Page Nails It", post below, all I have to ask is when Bob Herbert, and you for that matter, are going to hold his newspaper responsible for it's April 2005 editorial. The one that decried all the money going to the Corp of Engineers for flood control projects:

Anyone who cares about responsible budgeting and the health of America's rivers and wetlands should pay attention to a bill now before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The bill would shovel $17 billion at the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and other water-related projects. — this at a time when President Bush is asking for major cuts in Medicaid and other important domestic programs.
Among these projects is a $2.7 billion boondoggle on the Mississippi River that has twice flunked inspection by the National Academy of Sciences... [snip]

This is a bad piece of legislation..

So, Todd, you going to keep demonstrating that you are just a bitter, hate-filled partisan (I'd add "hack", but even partisan hacks know to do a bit of cursory fact-checking before they do the knee-jerk parrot thing) with a desire to bash the Republican president, but be an apologist for Democrats?

4:05 PM  

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