Stuck at the airport ,,,,,,,,,held prisoner by CNN on all the monitors and I am struck (no, really) by the leftwing media's sheer joy at the opportunity to trot out the fallacious "Bush killed people KATRINA!" meme. It's bad enough we are all holding our breath waiting for this cat 5 hurricane to hit the gulf coast. I won't even go into the orgasmic glee the Democrats are experiencing at the timing of Gustav during the RNC (Bush has cancelled his appearance as have many form the Gulf states).
The lying leftists, yet again, place the blame of the worst storm in US history squarely at their god, Bush. Bush is most certainly their g-d for he is responsible for all the evil in the world, all the bad things that have ever happened to good people, for all the failures of Democrat administrations.
The fact is ................ the loss of life and destruction of Katrina was most glaring proof of the failed welfare state aka the Democrat statism model. It was a Democrat mayor, a Democrat governor, a Democrat political machine in Louisiana that is responsible for the lack of actions, response and coordination of pre and post Katrina efforts.
Look at every incident in American history. First responders and local government are responsible. Who can forget Mayor Giuliani on and after 9/11.
Nagin failed that city Nagin did not evacuate that city. Nagin left those buses empty. Nagin didn't evacuate nursing homes and hospitals. Now of course, he is evacuating but I suspect the effort has been removed from his jurisdiction. Bush gave him too much credit, too much say pre and post Katrina, I am sure FEMA is the point man now. This will not be left to a corrupt and silly man again and I am sure it will be handled as deftly as possible under these trying circumstances.
The Democrats and the leftwing media enjoy this and will use Katrina to club the American psyche over the head yet again despite the fact that it was an unequivocal leftist failure.
I have little sympathy for a New Orleans that re-elected a completely incompetent Nagin. NONE.How could they possibly consider electing this completely useless, affable, failure of a mayor to another term? . They are certifiably nuts.
The naked truth that Katrina reveals is the failure of the welfare state, the pathetic ineptitude of corrupt elected officials, and the decay of political patronage on democratically elected state and local governments.
The juxta of how the Republicans handled disasters in Texas (and Florida) spoke volumes to management, administration and controlled chaos.
The best evidence is the stark contract of two states experiencing like disasters. The efficiency of Texas and the incapacitation of Louisiana during Rita and Katrina respectively is empirical evidence of the well run versus the well worn.That Louisianians elect and support this kind of government than clearly they have no one to fault but themselves.
Blame Bush, indeed.
UPDATE on Gustav from Mike Allen:
AP latest: 'Hurricane Gustav charged across the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday as residents fled New Orleans and the National Guard prepared to patrol evacuated neighborhoods in a city still recovering three years after Katrina. Gustav dropped from a Category 4 to a Category 3 storm overnight, but forecasters warned it could gain strength from the gulf's warm waters before making landfall as early as Monday. ... A hurricane warning was issued for over 500 miles of Gulf coast from Cameron, La., near the Texas border to the Alabama-Florida state line, meaning hurricane conditions are expected there within 24 hours. Alabama. ... The storm should make landfall somewhere between western Mississippi and East Texas, where evacuations were also under way. It's too early to know whether New Orleans will take another direct hit.'
White House officials announced this morning what Politico reported last night: President Bush is unlikely to attend the Republican National Convention.
ABC's George STEPHANOPOULOS at the top of 'This Week': 'Plans are being made to have him address the delegates and the nation on video tomorrow night.'
McCain is traveling to Jackson, Miss., today with his wife, Cindy, and running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, where they'll be met Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) for a series of briefings. Officials say they'll make final calls about the convention after the senator gets those briefings.
McCain campaign manager Rick Davis has arrived in the Twin Cities. Campaign and convention officials are talking around the clock.
Convention officials still think an appearance by McCain is LIKELY, although a satellite address from the Gulf coast is possible.