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September 14, 2005

Bush takes the low road...joins the Liberal semantics game

From the Washington Post...

President Bush yesterday said he takes personal responsibility for the federal government's stumbling response to Hurricane Katrina, as his White House worked on several fronts to move beyond the improvisation of the first days of the crisis and set a long-term course on a problem that aides now believe will shadow the balance of Bush's second term.

"Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government," Bush said at a White House news conference with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. "And to the extent that the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility. I want to know what went right and what went wrong."

Bill Clinton did the same thing with Waco. Did it mean anything then? Absolutely not. Saying you take responsibility is an old trick to get people to shut up. In this case the problem is the vast majority of the blame falls on the shoulders of the local mayors and governors who ran from their duty, held the recovery hostage to their power games and turned the whole mess into a finger pointing party that's helped no one. The White House and FEMA were doing their job, but were hamstrung but incompetent Democrat politicians on the local level which demanded illegal control of Federal resources before they would cooperate, if they even bothered to notify the Federal government.

Bush's “admission” is nothing more than a “shut up so we can help people” ploy. Well meaning though it may be, it nonetheless legitimizes a dishonest tactic, and allows the Liberals a victory (more Pyrrhic than not) when they should have been roundly condemned for politicizing the suffering of millions of people.

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Posted by Danny Carlton at September 14, 2005 06:30 AM

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I don't think so, Bush is telling the truth as he sees it. Cheney and Frist were very critical of FEMA and Michael Brown. Brown is the "duct tape" genius. He did NOT do a good job in Florida, there was rampant fraud and abuse of FEMA money and he was called on it and did nothing, to include Alabama.

I think Bush is taking the high road (Thank you God) and I give him a big thumbs up for admitting the chaos our federal government is in. It is more than just a move to get the left to shut up, it is with great concern and he sees the big problems this country is faced with and hopes to fix it. (Good Luck, Mr. President) Bush surprised me with his "the buck stops here". Dick Cheney wanted Brown gone, apparent in his statements when he was down in NO. I knew he was a goner after I heard Cheney speak in NO. (I want Dick Cheney gone)

Nagin, the Major of NO, proves what a moron he is with each passing day. He sends his cops to Vegas for R&R with dead people floating in the water, now he says New Orleans is bankrupt. Doesn't the Feds have a responsibilty to step in when they see wreckless endangerment of the welfare of the state of the people?

As a former Republican, it amazes me at the locked in the box loyalty to incompetence in the name of the party line. No offense. Some people need to wake up and smell the coffee. Brown, was not and never would have been, prepared or informed and his comments after Katrina were incorrigible and arrogantly insensitive and out of touch. Brown is a total idiot and Bush is fully aware of that now. Hope he works on his staff and gets better informed in the future.

Michael Brown's work in Florida is currently being investigated by authorties.

Critics say strict oversight is a necessity now that FEMA has been infused with billions of dollars for relief projects.
“Good God, we could end up dumping billions in people’s laps that aren’t entitled to it,” said Rep. Mark Foley R-Fla., in a phone interview Monday. Foley has dealt with FEMA on an almost daily basis since four hurricanes ravaged his state in 2004, and he said he is worried about whether FEMA will effectively apply the lessons from last year’s hurricane season.

“You have fraud and abuse running rampant, and you’ve got to have better checks and balances,” he said. The congressman said FEMA Director Michael D. Brown — who announced his resignation Monday — ignored his concerns about massive fraud in Miami-Dade County, where newspapers reported that FEMA handed out about $30 million worth of furniture, clothes, appliances and other relief to residents who sustained minimal hurricane damage.

FEMA also awarded more than $29 million in flood relief to residents of Mobile, Ala., despite calls and letters from local emergency officials saying the county suffered no damage, according to media reports.[Brown] said it didn’t occur, and I said, ‘It did occur; [the newspapers] had documentation,’ ” Foley said. “This just really rankled us because we needed to pay back counties . . . and we’re paying for people we don’t believe are legitimate.”The OIG now is investigating the Miami-Dade matter, and members of Congress from various states have called for inquiries into the larger allegations.

http://www.cq.com/public/20050912_homeland.html

Posted by: SherlockRWBShoes at September 14, 2005 09:20 AM

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