Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Blogging Katrina

Tonight, it's difficult to think of anything other than the victims of Katrina. Of course, thoughts of Katrina don't have to come at the expense of politics.

Daily Kos:

Unfortunately, the citizens of the state of Louisiana are about to face the full force of Katrina without the benefit of their National Guard troops to protect them. This is a direct consequence of President Bush's bad decision to invade Iraq. Bush's decision to fight terrorism by taking the battle "over there" is about to hit home.

Will Bunch, of the Philadelphia Daily News:
The president told us that we needed to fight in Iraq to save lives here at home, and yet -- after moving billions of domestic dollars to the Persian Gulf -- there are bodies floating through the streets of Louisiana. What does George W. Bush have to say for himself now?

And, from the gang over at Atrios:

Stop! Yeah, it would be wrong to point out changes in national funding for relief, or ignoring global warming, or ignoring calls to change the situation in New Orleans. We should just ignore the root causes / exacerbating factors, or the decisions made now that cause more suffering. Just ignore them! It is just partisan bickering!

Compassionate Conservativism: tax cuts for the rich, handouts for the corporations, Red Cross for the needy. If someone drained the gasoline from your town's ambulance and firetrucks (FEMA), and you had an emergency, you'd certainly want to just ignore the vandal (president). It would just be partisan.

For a while, I have suspected that respectable right-0f-center blogs outnumber respectable left-of-center blogs. I have searched for evidence to the contrary. Before posting about the shortage of respectable left-of-center blogs, I want to be sure that the shortage exists. Posts like those quoted above do nothing to persuade me otherwise.

UPDATE: MoJo Blog lobbies to be removed from consideration as a respectable left-wing blog:
Though reading The Pet Goat while the country was under attack may have made Bush look inept, partying at an oceanside resort while Americans are losing their homes, their sources of income, and their lives is, at the very least, an example of shockingly poor taste, not to mention an abandonment of leadership. New Orleans is in a state of absolute chaos, despite the presence of a competent mayor and a competent governor. Hurricane Katrina has created a national disaster. Bush has done everything in his power to prevent the restoration of Louisiana's coast, and he has severely cut funding for hurricane protection. It is no surprise that he doesn't want to look Governor Blanco in the eye. But whooping it up at a resort while Gulf Coast states endure a living hell is a new low.

Empahsis added.


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