by Carol Wolman
The wickedness of George W. Bush has been laid bare now. Even his staunchest supporters, those who are not totally corrupt themselves, must be shaking their heads over his callousness and cruelty toward the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Reviewing the record, it almost seems as if Bush set this disaster up on purpose. The 2004 energy bill contained a provision for extra funding to build up the New Orleans coastline. In June, the Bush administration took the unusual step of sending a letter to House and Senate negotiators advising them to kill the revenue- sharing plan in the final version of the energy bill. They did.
FEMA and Homeland Security knew several days in advance that Katrina was heading straight for New Orleans. Yet they did not even set up a command and control center. FEMA refrained, for 4 days afterwards, to give the military the necessary order to drop food and water and start rescue operations, even though the army was ready to help the first day of the disaster. This is worse than incompetence, or even negligence; it is deliberate cruelty.
We Americans now know that Bush has no concern whatsoever for our security and safety. The anger in this country is rising like the flood waters of Katrina, and will surely sweep him and his crew out of office.
Is there such a thing as a federal recall election? Such gross incompetence and criminal negligence on the part of the CEO is no longer tolerable.