Quote from Bill Maher: Read
On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two trade centers, a piece of the Pentagon and the City of New Orleans. Maybe you're just not lucky. I'm not saying you don't love this country. I'm just wondering how much worse it could be if you were on the other side.
The irony in the Bush poll numbers is that it was a national crisis that propelled him and it seems that it is a crisis that is leading to his demise. I believe he knows this and that is the reason the President "took responsibility" for the slow response of the Federal Government to Hurricane Katrina. At some point the President will have to qualify his statement and explain what and how the feds dropped the ball. He will address the nation tomorrow. It will be interesting to see how a man that has never taken responsibility for anything and is not even responsible for his own political rise (he thank Daddy for that) finally swallows that bitter pill.
Mayor Nagin Too Optimistic
I was listening to Mayor Nagin address reporters and he stated that part of New Orleans could be up and running by Monday. This seems a little optimistic to me. Only part of the city has power and the water is contaminated still. The Mayor has still not addressed the issue of moving dislocated citizens back. For businesses to operate some type of infrastructure needs to be in place and those businesses will need people. Those people will need places to live. From one report, New Orleans will have to raze more than 25,000 homes. That number may rise considering the water damage and the contamination that will infest many homes. I think he may want to slow down a bit.
Has anyone come up with a good idea to deal with the displaced citizens of New Orleans? I'm sure it will take years to rebuild homes and it is possible some homes may never get rebuilt. What are they doing to get families back together. I know a lot of charitable people are opening up their homes to the evacuees, but at some point we have to get these families back together. The idea of building a tent city in northern Louisiana is a bad idea. Just asking.
Don't Pay Them A Fair Wage
President Bush signed a bill that suspended the federal law governing the wages the government pays for contracts. Doesn't that seem backwards? Here we have families that have lost everything and the President decides that it is best that these people should not get the protection of the federal government when it comes to their wages. So instead of a welder getting paid $18 per hour, the government is going to pay them $9 per hour. How can someone who has lost everything rebuild his or her life on $9 per hour? I just don't get it.