Tuesday, September 13, 2005

President Bush Takes Responsibility for Relief Fiasco

President Bush, in a move of political necessity and public appeal, broke with his own White House's tradition today and openly accepted responsibility for the disaster that recovery operations in the Gulf states have been.
"Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government and to the extent the federal government didn't do its job right, I take responsibility," he said, abandoning previous political maneuvers with a touch of honesty and humility that the public has rarely seen from this Administration. Its sincerity has come into question, however, particularly in light of the President's falling approval ratings and the fact that, as recently as yesterday, Bush was deriding all attempts at establishing liability as Democrats and journalists playing, "the blame game."
"I'm not gonna play the blame game!" our Chief Executive has exclaimed on numerous occasions since the hurricane struck. Indeed, the term has become yet another of the Administration's tired catch-phrases, along with "freedom," "fighting the terrorists over there so we don't have to fight them over here," "supporting the Constitutional option," and "appointing judges who won't rule from the bench," among others.
This time, however, the American people are in no mood for empty rhetoric or meaningless platitudes designed to distract attention away from the titanic shortcomings of the current government. The average person will tolerate such evasiveness with regards to an Iraqi war that is taking place thousands of miles away. They will tolerate it with Supreme Court nominees who seem far removed from their every day life. They will tolerate it with regard to Democratic presidential nominees who are supposedly "flip-flopping" but they will not tolerate it when disaster knocks on their front door.
With a large portion of the American South in ruins and thousands dead, the electorate want answers, NOW. On this issue, at least, all of the Administration's traditional tactics and fallbacks are null. Michael Brown's long needed resignation is the first of many. Now, this Administration will have to answer to its own public.


Blogger RightDemocrat said...

I think that Congressman Boyd's comments in the Pensacola News-Journal are right on target. We have tried to fight a war and cut taxes at the same time. Trickle down economics just isn't working.

From Pensacola News Journal 9-22-05

WASHINGTON -- Conservative House Republicans on Wednesday unveiled a laundry list of government programs to cut in order to pay an estimated $200 billion Hurricane Katrina recovery price tag.
Some Florida lawmakers rushed to endorse the ideas, even if it meant embracing cuts to popular programs such as Medicare. However, U.S. Rep. F. Allen Boyd Jr., a Democrat who represents Tallahassee and other Panhandle communities, criticized the Bush administration for past spending policies that have made funding Katrina recovery efforts all the more difficult. "The administration's policy of spend now and pay later is finally catching up with us," Boyd said. "With no regard for fiscal restraint, the administration has led us into a war that we cannot pay for, pushed legislation that we cannot afford, while borrowing billions of dollars from foreign countries at the same time."

Boyd said the Blue Dog Coalition, an informal organization of conservative Democrats that he belongs to, is working on its own set of plans that could help the nation pay for the mounting Gulf Coast recovery costs. "For years, the Blue Dogs have stressed the need for a rainy day fund in the event of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and 9/11," Boyd said. "Unfortunately, this concept, which is adopted by most families and businesses, has eluded many members of Congress and the current administration."

Link to full article http://tinyurl.com/bfxn5

9:42 PM  
Blogger RightDemocrat said...

President Bush has signed an executive order suspending the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon act for the areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The Davis-Bacon act mandates that construction workers on projects for federal contractors are paid the prevailing local wage rather than the minimum wage. This means a wage cut for workers involved in rebuilding New Orleans. These workers would be paid $9 per hour at the prevailing regional wage for the New Orleans metro area, but due to the Bush executive order - they may be paid as little as $5.15 per hour. The action is further proof of the hostility of the Bush Administration to American workers. Bush has stripped overtime pay away from millions of workers and now is giving a wage cut to already hard-hit workers in areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Contact your U.S. Senators and Representatives and demand action to reinstate the Davis-Bacon act prevailing wage provisions.

11:03 AM  

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