Katrina, George Bush, John McCain and Cake

Haven't been around MyDD for a long time. Not sure why. Oddly, MyDD dissing on Daily Kos reminded me of you guys. So I decided to come back here for a bit, time permitting.

My main goal is hitting McCain...and hitting him hard. Another of my main issues is the neglect of America by Republicans, as exemplified by Hurricane Katrina. Although I have done versions of this before, this particular version was inspired by a Daily Kos Diary. Katrina, Bush, McCain...and cake.

This is what happened Monday, Aug. 29, 2005...the day Katrina hit, John McCain's 69th birthday...the day America realized that Republicans don't give a shit about Americans.

Hurricane Katrina:

I remember the radar images from the weather channel the night before landfall. I remember distincly watching it and thinking, "My god...that's going to be bad." I also remember thinking that the government had better be ready to get people out and to deal with the situation.

I was right...it was going to be really, really bad. I mean THIS bad:

While Mississippi and Louisiana were getting slammed by Hurricane Katrina and Americans were dying, THIS is what Bush and McCain were doing:

From CurrentTV comes this amazing footage from WITHIN Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans:

And what were George Bush and John McCain doing while New Orleans was being destroyed and Americans were dying:

Meanwhile, New Orleans was underwater:

And my friend from Mississippi tells me that Mississippi was hit even worse. Years later she was telling me her mother was still in shock from what happened in Mississippi...probably full blown post-traumatic stress syndrome, with minimal help from either insurance companies or the government.

These were the scenes in New Orleans for days after the hurricane: (graphic)

And Bush and McCain were doing this when Louisiana and Mississippi were struggling:

Meanwhile Al Gore, on his own initiative and at his own expense, was helping airlift some 270 Katrina evacuees:

And Barack Obama was equally active as a Senator trying to get aid to the victims and support the recovery.

And Jimmy Carter has been a leader in rebuilding housing for low income residents of New Orleans through Habitat for Humanity:

Why do Republicans hate America? Oh yeah...it is part of their philosophy to drown America in a bathtub. This is how Republican guru Grover Norquist put it:

"Cutting the government in half in one generation is both an ambitious and reasonable goal," Norquist stated in May 2000. "If we work hard we will accomplish this and more by 2025. Then the conservative movement can set a new goal. I have a recommendation: To cut government in half again by 2050"

The death toll of Hurricane Katrina is a direct result of this Republican philosophy of drowning America in a bathtub. Many Americans drowned that day...and George Bush and John McCain at cake while those Americans died.

And the neglect by Republicans continued. Eleven Repbublicans in the House of Representatives, the Katrina 11, who had no problem giving Halliburton no bid contracts despite incompetence and corruption, voted against aid to Katrina victims. I have been fighting to defeat the Katrina 11 and turn their districts blue ever since. Joe Barton in particular is a nasty, anti-science scrooge of a Republican.

And the neglect by Republicans continued. Even two years after Katrina, my friend from Mississippi wrote this about the situation victims found themselves in:

Most of the people who DID receive money from the insurance companies received only a fraction of what it would cost to replace what they lost. There was the on going battle of wind vs water issue. That even Trent Lott had to deal with. He sued state farm and they settle out of court kind of quietly... However, when Bush visited the coast he promised Trent that he would rebuild his waterfront house. I think it would be interesting to look into what really happened in that case. No one I talked to was happy with the insurance settlements that they received. Now premiums are so high that many people can only afford the basic coverage. Insurance companies were boasting at how much money they gained last year, mainly because they didn't pay the proper amount of money to the people who lost their homes in the disaster. Also, many people have not had the money to fix or rebuild their house and today is the 2 year anniversary.

And George Bush and John McCain did nothing...except eat cake:

Tags: Drowning America, George Bush, Grover Norquist, Hurricane Katrina, Joe Barton, John McCain, Republican failures, Republican Scandals (all tags)

Comments

6 Comments

Fuck McCain!!

n/t

by hootie4170 2008-05-13 04:35PM | 0 recs
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Wow.

by freedom78 2008-05-13 04:36PM | 0 recs
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And Condi Rice went shopping for boots.  

I hope they all burn in hell.

by JustJennifer 2008-05-13 04:37PM | 0 recs
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Forgot that one...and she was here in NYC doing it.

by mole333 2008-05-13 05:12PM | 0 recs
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My Aunt lived 2 blocks from the Gulf of Mexico in Mississippi. The day before Katrina, my mother and I were on the phone getting my Aunt and her children to come to where we live. They did. Good thing. My aunt's house was destroyed. On the Monday morning that Katrina hit, I spent it almost entirely praying and sick to my stomach. We knew, my family and I, what that graphic on the tv screen meant. It meant the same as it did almost 40 years previous when we spent the night with Hurricane Camile. It meant three words,"It's gone." We knew it because we had lived through a massive storm ourselves. Even with this. I don't think that Republican's hated the folks in Mississippi. I don't because Republican folks helped the victims of this hurricaine just the same as Democrats did. Republican governors saw that folks were evacuated from Alabama and Mississippi. And saw to them afterward. As did folk of all kinds who came to help later. Just like Democrats did.

I'm  a survivor of Hurricane Camile. The last catagory 5 hurricane to hit the coast before Katrina.

There was alot of stupidity surounding this hurricane. I even have said here on myDD that it would factor into the general election vote in 2008. AND that it was one of the reasons why there may have been an high turn out for the Democrats in Mississippi.

But even with all that. I don't hate the Republican party nor do I think they hated the folks on the coast. I could have. So could the family members that survived. I just don't.

Ya'll will never know just how bad things can get until you've seen a natural disaster and the after math. To this day I can tell you what 200 mph winds sound and look like. I can tell you what marshall law looks like. I can tell you what the words,"It's gone." means. It means that people and buildings that were there 18 hours previously are literally gone. Nothing there. Just gone. I can tell you because I saw it.

The things that happened in the Katrina aftermath are not a Republican or Democrat issue. It is an American issue for us all. United.

Those huricanes happened to all not just one side or another.

Help them with love. Help them united.

Please.

by 12 dogs and a blog 2008-05-13 05:15PM | 0 recs
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An unpleasant reminder of a horrible tragedy...and the utterly despicable and half-hearted response by this administration.  And their Friends.

by rlamoureux 2008-05-13 05:47PM | 0 recs

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