January 30, 2007

Republican Values: Katrina Edition

This is your compassionate conservatism in action, emphasis mine:

... "There is not a sense of urgency in this administration to get this done," said [Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)]. "You get a sense that will has been lacking in the last several months."

Obama, the Senate's only African-American member, was in New Orleans for a field hearing on Gulf Coast rebuilding conducted by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

... After Monday's field hearing, the Senate committee took a bus tour of the city's Lower 9th Ward, a low-income black neighborhood where many ruined homes sit empty and bear the painted X-marks used in the chaotic weeks following the hurricane to show which buildings had been searched for survivors.

... The hearing is one of the first that the Homeland Security Committee has scheduled since the Senate passed to Democratic control. No Republican members attended. ...

That's Republicans for you. Like that irritating ex whom you finally realized was a secret Taoist master, applying the principle of optimal least effort to tell you that you were just never a priority to them.

Thanks, guys. We get it now.

Posted by natasha at January 30, 2007 08:09 AM | US Politics | Technorati links |
Comments

Thanks for remembering New Orleans. Obviously, the president has forgotten. I heard him on the radio saying that he sent the money and so now let's move on.

January 2009 can't come fast enough!

Peace,

Tim
Blogging from New Orleans

Posted by: Tim at January 30, 2007 08:07 PM

"The check's in the mail."

Posted by: Michael at January 30, 2007 08:32 PM

Remembering New Orleans.

I've been in and around New Orleans since September, 2nd, 2005. I can tell you many stories about Red Cross, FEMA, Blackwater, National Guard Insurance and bureaucratic responce. It was a natural disaster turned into a economic boom for some private contractors like Halliburton, and Greyhound, and a bust for most everyone else. The everyone else being those that were forced from their homes at gun point by the national guard or Blackwater, or starved out of their communities for lack of water and food by the Red Cross. The two things that the Red Cross and National Guard had been turning away and "attempted" to prevent other relief groups and volunteers like myself from going into New Orleans for over two weeks. I will never forget what the Federal, state, and local officials did to the people they swore an oath to serve. But I will never forgive those that swore a oath to remain independent of governement influence. The Red Cross should stick to securing the blood supply and turn the keys to relief work over to the Department of Peace.

Posted by: Gordon Soderberg at January 31, 2007 07:38 AM