January 01, 2005

Happy New Year

Here's wishing you all a peaceful New Year.

Sometimes I have a hard time finding anything that I think our President does right. But today is an exception. I'm grateful that our government pledged an amount worthy of the tragedy in the Indian Ocean. The magnitude of this event really should transcend politics.

Posted by Mary at January 1, 2005 12:00 AM | Random Mumblings | Technorati links |

Call me skeptical, but I suspect the millions of dollars in aid the Bush administration is offering may have strings attached, as if it were more like a line of credit, or a bargaining chip in a trade negotiation. All we're hearing is a monetary figure. Will we see the details? And why is Bush's aid not distributed through UN authorities? Is that a political manuever in a time of tragedy?

Posted by: Artie at January 1, 2005 02:10 PM

Dumbass promised New York $20 billion after 9/11 and failed to deliver. What on earth makes you think this lying sack of shit has any intention of following through with delivering $350 million?

Posted by: anonymous at January 1, 2005 08:18 PM

Except that our President politicized this tragic occasion to lift his brother's national political profile by sending him with Colin Powell as an emissary to the tsunami-torn regions.

But yes, this should transcend politics. The funds and support coming from the US federal government finally seem appropriate.

Posted by: Deborah White at January 1, 2005 09:20 PM

I still believe that the administration is squirming as it tries to figure out how not to impact one pet project, special program or another while coming up with the funds. While one cannot easily point to a specific number of dollars that would be enough (because there is such a need everywhere) I won't feel this government has yet stepped up to the plate until it has pledged at least $1 billion.

How about Bush also sacrifice his $40 million "pat on the back" inauguration? We should demand it, or protest the event by not showing up along the streets.

Posted by: Daniel K at January 2, 2005 12:22 AM

I'll wager that much of the $350 million will be funneled to crony contractors. Pork cannot be ruled out. Reconstruction will be expensive, of course, but will the contractors be held to high standards? The Bush regime's favored contractors have greatly profitted while disregarding performance of their contracts. Don't forget Bush's fundamental agenda to bankrupt the federal government, by such means.

All this media fawning over Muhnee is suspicious. It's like discerning the behind-closed-doors manipulation of the stock market. When we're told the market is good, we can expect profit-takings occuring.

Posted by: Artie at January 2, 2005 11:45 AM

All numbers are imaginary until food and water gets into bellies, garbage and dead bodies are properly disposed of, medicine and shelter are made available, and services are restored.

That Texas Butt-Pimple plays to the populace, nothing more. After the pounding his Goonyness took for his delayed response, he was prepared to do whatever it took to get back into the limelight.

$350 million?
I hear a quote coming...
What did Cuba Gooding Jr. make Tom Cruise say in that movie?

Posted by: David Aquarius at January 3, 2005 01:01 AM

To Bush and Rove, nothing transcends politics.

Posted by: Richard Bellikoff at January 3, 2005 05:43 PM