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Monday, September 19, 2005


The Sanctimonious President

Another day, another snow job
When you gotta go you gotta go (President at the UN)
National Prayer Day, September 17th. Props in place---survivors in the front rows; VIPs sitting with suitably somber faces, looking pious. They have had a lot of practice with putting on faces. Scratch the surface you won't find an ounce of humility in the lot. The president has a built-in smirk that cannot be hidden.

Then there was the president's post 9/11 speech from Baton Rouge on September 15th . The surprise was that his speechwriters did not add the usual verbiage about terrorism, patriotism, and national security. Perhaps they realized that the refrain was beginning to sound like a damaged phonograph record with needle caught in a groove.

So the president spoke of grand reconstruction plans, aids to the displaced, and promised to work with the people of the area ravaged by Katrina. What all that will boil down to is something else. The usual suspects will get richer; the new New Orleans will bear no resemblance to the fabled old city. The black residents? In the rebuilt city there will be fewer of them.

And how are going to pay for the cost? The Republicans have already stated their support for the Bush tax cuts for the people at the very high end to be made permanent.

Expect cuts in services and domestic programs. The prescription drug plan for Medicare recipients is already one of the targets. Going by records of this rapacious administration and the members of Congress, the burden will fall on those who can least afford it.

Perhaps they will recommend piety, more prayers by all to compensate for lack of necessities?

Excerpts from an article by Clifford J. Levy, NY Times 9/18/05.

NY Times - Post Katrina Bricks and Mortals

When You Gotta Go

If you missed the telephoto shot of the president's note during his attendance at UN's Summit Meeting on September 15th, go to:

Bush 'caught short' at UN summit (BBC)

When you take into account the Louisiana Senator's comment about God doing what some had been trying to do for years, and the actions of a lot of greedy folks, one can't help but think that they're seeing this as a "golden" opportunity. Already there are folks offering quick claim deeds for pennies on the dollar. It's so sad that people would take advantage of another when they're in a desperate situation. They certainly plan to rebuild but I doubt it will be the same Gulf Coast we know today... with much fewer brown people.

As for Bush's little note... I thought it was interesting that he phrased it in the form of a question! He's the leader of the free world, for goodness sakes! He should atleast be in control of when he gets to go to the potty!
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