Friday, September 09, 2005

Completely Unprepared

In its handling of the hurricane disaster, the entire federal government has proven itself disastrously ill-equipped to manage any sort of large-scale crisis. The President, while not personally responsible, bears a bit more blame than we here at ConservativeDemocratNews (and Americans in general) initially thought. The problem lies with Michael Brown, the man who Mr. Bush nominated to be the head of FEMA in 2003. In what seems to have become a disturbing trend in the Administration, many high level government positions are filled with people who are either unqualified or unscrupulous, while anyone with even an ounce of all-around credibility and talent is discarded (Colin Powell). Michael Brown is not the first, but he is certainly among the worst Bush appointees, among whom are included:
*Alberto Gonzales, Attorney General of the United States, who has advocating torturing terrorist detainees
*Karl Rove, the President’s chief political adviser, who leaked the name of an undercover CIA agent to the press
*John Ashcroft, former Attorney General of the United States and a key architect of the Patriot Act
*Michael Chertoff, the Homeland Security Chief, whose response to Hurricane Katrina had been pitifully inadequate
*Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, who has been accused of ignoring the recommendations of military commanders in favor of politicking

Brown, however, is now coming under more scrutiny than anyone else in the Administration (excluding, of course, the President himself) for apparently falsifying records on his resumé, exaggerating previously held positions and in some cases even outright lying about what his qualifications are. That the fact Brown had essentially none of the experience needed to run an agency like FEMA is just coming out now is indicative of the general state of incompetence and chaos in which this Administration finds itself. Mr. Brown’s fabrications should have been detected long before he ever came before the Senate for a confirmation hearing, not after the worst natural disaster in our country’s history. Indeed, when one takes even a cursory glance over everything that Brown did not do, one wonders why in the world President Bush would have nominated him in the first place.


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Blogger RightDemocrat said...

There is a great post on titled "Compassionate Conservatism among the casualities of Katrina."
As a Democrat who favors an activist role by government and is conservative on social issues, I am one of the real and original real compassionate conservatives. Bush Republicans are neither compassionate or conservative.

Bush has taken away overtime pay from millions of American workers and cut a variety of programs which aid the poor. At the same time, Bush has pursued a misguided intervention in Iraq combined with tax cuts which have created a record deficit.

Republicans have lost all credibility in handling of the economy, Iraq and Katrina. Democrats could easily take advantage of the situation if they were not shackeled by politically correct party activists who are out of touch with mainstream Middle American values. To become a governing majority party, Democrats need to return to mainstream values on the family, the sanctity of life and the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.

As a party, Democrats have to make it clear that they stand for a strong national defense and will take the necessary measures to protect our nation from terrorism such as securing the borders. Just bashing an incompetent lame-duck President will not create a Democratic majority.

11:12 AM  
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11:18 AM  
Blogger RightDemocrat said...

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11:33 AM  
Blogger Daniel Beckelman said...

Thanks for your post on my blog.
I agree the GOP doesn't have real credibility, they have not accomplished their social objectives, they have not led on the economy and the war is not going in the right direction. If only the far-left would stop shoving gay marriage and political correctness down Middle America's throat, WE'D be in the majority.

8:25 PM  

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