Saturday, September 10, 2005
Do the Democrats really want an investigation of what went wrong in New Orleans?
George W. Bush is the luckiest man in the history of the republic. Why? His enemies are liberal Democrats. They usually overreach. They can't shut up. Last but not least, they hate Bush so much that they are irrational.
The Democrat leadership is screaming for an investigation. They want an independent counsel. They want a 9-11 type commission.
I agree. Let's put the truth on the table.
Will we see it? No way.
The Democrats do not want to touch this hot potato. They will play the race card, the blame game and then go into hiding.
Cal Thomas has reminded us of something that was published a year ago. You can read his full article at: http://www.townhall.com/columnists/calthomas/printct20050908.shtml
According to Thomas:
"The City of New Orleans knew it was vulnerable. As recently as last October, National Geographic magazine published an article titled "Gone with the Water." It reads like a biblical prophecy foretelling disaster. The scenario laid out by the magazine was fulfilled last week."(http://www3.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0410/feature5/index.html)
Thomas also recalls a moment from the city's corrupt past:
"In a May 21, 2001, article for the Louisiana Weekly newspaper, Amanda Furness quoted Stanley Riley, a plaintiff in a suit against the Orleans Levee District (OLD).
Riley and his uncle, Harry Jones, have had a long-running legal battle with the OLD over some disputed land they say is theirs, but the OLD claims for itself.
Riley alleges in the Furness story that the OLD literally gambled away a lot of money -funds that might have been used to shore-up the levee system and prevent the disaster caused by Katrina:
"The levee board spent $20 million on (a) casino," Riley alleges.
"Now they say they can't pay it back 'cause it's going to break them? That's not our problem." There have also been allegations of cronyism by board members who allegedly have diverted levee funds to friends and relatives."
Let's go ahead with the investigation.
For years, the city of New Orleans was a disaster waiting to happen. So let's have an investigation. For more info, check out "The Case for a Cover-Up"
By JOHN TIERNEY
Let's show black Americans who left them vulnerable to this disaster. ("Blacks fault lack of local leadership"
By Brian DeBose)
Did the Iraq War hurt funding? It did not. You could have brought all of the 140,000 and stationed them in New Orleans. It would not have stopped the flooding. The levee broke because the local and state governments were careless. Check out this article from The Washington Post:
"But overall, the Bush administration's funding requests for the key New Orleans flood-control projects for the past five years were slightly higher than the Clinton administration's for its past five years.
Lt. Gen. Carl Strock, the chief of the Corps, has said that in any event, more money would not have prevented the drowning of the city, since its levees were designed to protect against a Category 3 storm, and the levees that failed were already completed projects.
Strock has also said that the marsh-restoration project would not have done much to diminish Katrina's storm surge, which passed east of the coastal wetlands." (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/07/AR2005090702462_pf.html)
From day one, I have argued that the partisans need to shut up and let the cleaning up go on. We don't need finger pointing. But liberals can't help it. They can't control their hatred of Bush.
It's time for everyone to shut up and help the victims of Louisiana.
We are doing that in Texas.
Posted by Silvio Canto, Jr. Post Link ---> 5:40 AM
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