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September 19, 2005

Clinton's glass house

Chicago 1995 — during the Clinton years...

Chicago felt tropical, like Fiji or Guam but with an added layer of polluted city air trapping the heat. On the first day of the heat wave, Thursday, July 13, the temperature hit 106 degrees, and the heat index—a combination of heat and humidity that measures the temperature a typical person would feel—rose above 120. For a week, the heat persisted, running between the 90s and low 100s. The night temperatures, in the low to mid-80s, were unusually high and didn't provide much relief. Chicago's houses and apartment buildings baked like ovens. Air-conditioning helped, of course, if you were fortunate enough to have it. But many people only had fans and open windows, which just recirculated the hot air....

...739 Chicagoans above the norm died during the week of 14 to 20 July...

The death toll was the result of distinct dangers in Chicago's social environment: an increased population of isolated seniors who live and die alone; the culture of fear that makes city dwellers reluctant to trust their neighbors or, sometimes, even leave their houses; the abandonment of neighborhoods by businesses, service providers, and most residents, leaving only the most precarious behind; and the isolation and insecurity of single room occupancy dwellings and other last-ditch low-income housing.

While Clinton was President a heatwave in Chicago killed an estimated 739 people, mostly poor, elderly and minorities. Was it Clinton's fault?

New Orleans 2005 — during the Bush² years.

Former President Bill Clinton, asked by President Bush to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, offered harsh criticism of the administration's disaster-relief effort on Sunday, saying "you can't have an emergency plan that works if it only affects middle-class people up."...

Mr. Clinton argued that lower-income Americans had done better under the economic policies of his administration than they are doing now, saying the storm highlighted class divisions in the country that often played out along racial lines....

While not using the name of Michael D. Brown, the FEMA director who resigned last Monday after criticism of his performance in the Katrina disaster, Mr. Clinton praised the performance of his FEMA director, James Lee Witt, and said Mr. Witt had been especially sensitive to the needs of low-income people because "both of us came out of environments with a disproportionate number of poor people."

Before Clinton shoots his mouth off again, he needs to explain those 739 dead Chicagoans who he claims to have cared so much about.

Coverage: PoliPundit.com, The Anchoress, Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, The Right Place, The Moderate Voice, Donklephant, This Blog Is Full Of Crap, Riehl World View, Southern Appeal, »«TBogg»«, Big Lizards, PoliPundit.com, RIGHTWINGSPARKLE

Posted by Danny Carlton at September 19, 2005 07:46 AM

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