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Republicans in Congress

In the last 25 years, we've had 17 years of republican presidents: Reagan, Bush 1, Bush 2. Even during Clinton's democratic terms, congress was packed with republicans, and their "Contract onwith America", and harrying him with trivia about sex, while they systematically dismantled the funding for America's essential infrastructure and emergency services, calling it "waste". They "overhauled" the welfare system, so the poor got poorer, and sicker, and had fewer resources, less and less safety net.

What we are seeing in NOLA is the fruits of their efforts, and probably the real goal. Let the poor die off. The ultimate form of economic darwinism by people who profess to believe in "inteligent design" and a merciful god. The irony and hypocrisy burn.

I have nothing but hatred for the neoconservative "movement", the "Religious Right" and the "Reagan revolution".

When Reagan ran for re-election, he asked "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" My answer was a resounding "NO", and I voted against him. But others were content in the illusion that they were better off, because credit was easier to get, and debt didn't seem to matter.

I guess it doesn't matter if the poor die, because they are all "saved" by the churches that are the only ones who will feed them. This may be the real goal of the "faith based" initiative: to convert the poor before they are neglected to death. If they are "saved", they won't care if they have nothing here and now, and are abandoned to the forces of the "market" and nature.

I want to kill someone for this crime, but I have no gun and no clear target.



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Sep. 3rd, 2005 05:59 am (UTC)
lapislaz just handed me this userpic and told me to pass it along. Seems like an appropriate moment.
Sep. 3rd, 2005 11:31 am (UTC)
Sep. 3rd, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC)

So. Now you have a raise.

On Sept 24th there will be a huge antiwar rally in Washington DC.

I'm going. Will you join me?

You can crash in my hotel room if you do. Just pay for airfare.
Sep. 3rd, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
I don't have the vacation time, damnit, and I'm still a bit overextended.

I have a volunteer commitment in October (an SF convention that's a fundraiser for the local diabetes society). I'm probably moving in October/November also.

I am looking for the best place to make a hurricane relief donation out of the first paycheck with the raise in it (9/15). I won't deal with the Red Cross, they have a recent history of charging people for help and other such abuses (high admin costs, etc).

Any recommendations for charities? Preferably something that helps people get stuff and housing. I'm leaning toward SecondHarvest or Habitat for Humanity.
Sep. 3rd, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
I threw my "relief for humans" money to Habitats. I decided to also put some toward animal relief via Noah's Wish.
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Sep. 3rd, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)

So I should wash out the Neo-Cons mouths with soap?
Sep. 6th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
Well, Kid, there is blame to go all around on this one, from Bush clear down to and, in my not so humble opinion, mainly to the local emergency management folk who didn't plan properly for an evacuation of New Orleans. For what it is worth, most of them are Southern Democrats who still harbor the delusion that the roads are adequate to handle an evacution and that large shelters will work. It just isn't so.

The only intelligent comment that I have heard from a politician so far is the one from a black congresswoman, I believe she is from California, who said, quite rightly, that a big part of the problem was that Katrina hit on the 29th of the month when most poorer people had no money with which to finance an evacuation and the mayor forgot to provide public transportation out of the city. DUH! The problem is that what is needed is a planned public transportation exodus to small to medium sized shelters located on high ground built to withstand a catagory 5 storm and protected against tree damage with enough food, water, basic medicines and insulin as well as meals etc to house everyone. There also need to be lots of special needs shelters for people like grandma and Bill all over and they need to be sure to be on high ground, not like the one we were in last year where flooding was a real possibility had there been even one more day of rain, or one more inch or even a few miles closer to the storm.

Religion, partisan politics, race, economic status et al need to be eliminated from the equation when it comes to saving lives and surviving a hurricane. We, as people living in hurricane areas, also need to plan a bit for how to leave as well as how to live without our creature comforts for w while should we have to stay. Sometimes you just cannot leave. Had Katrina swung our way, we wouldn't have been able to leave this time. We had not enough money and people too ill to make the trip safely, though I might have tried had Bill been home from the hospital even one day earlier. He came home the night of the 28th, so we were stuck, though I thought of gathering Gma with me, sheltering our pets and bunking over at Shands had Katrina even looked like she was heading this way.

When you want to shoot someone, I suggest you start with the looters who were raping and taking other than food, water and basic clothing necessities. Those are the people who created an atmosphere of fear which helped to keep the relief from reaching those who needed it. Shooting and robbing the messengers ended up stopping all of the messages. One of the first rules of any emergency rescue is to remain part of the solution instead of becoming part of the problem, i.e. a victim of the emergency. Shooting at one helicopter stopped all of the helicopters. Robbing one truck driver stopped all of the trucks. As I said, there is plenty of blame to go around from Bush right down to the people who refused to believe the hurricane could or would hit their area.

What galls me is seeing and hearing all of the northerners criticizing the South for supposedly ignoring the blacks in the projects. While the criticism may be justified, the truth is that the same thing could and would happen in any large city in this country. All of them have larg populations of poor black people who wouldn't be able to afford to evacuate in any disaster situation. Have they made better plans? Somehow I don't think so.
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