So tell me, is government still the problem?


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Is government still the problem?

You aren't the only one who thinks so. A few quotes from the Jim Leher Newshour Online Focus

DAVID BROOKS: *** This is -- first of all it is a national humiliation to see bodies floating in a river for five days in a major American city. But second, you have to remember, this was really a de-legitimization of institutions.

Our institutions completely failed us and it is not as if it is the first in the past three years -- this follows Abu Ghraib, the failure of planning in Iraq, the intelligence failures, the corporate scandals, the media scandals.

We have had over the past four or five years a whole series of scandals that soured the public mood. You've seen a rise in feeling the country is headed in the wrong direction. ***

TOM OLIPHANT: *** but the fact of the matter is in allowing public policy to serve private interest as opposed to the public interest, there is no partisan responsibility. ***

Robin Lee's picture
Posted by Robin Lee on 5 September 2005 - 6:42am
Reagan Mythology

It is so very sad and tragic it had to come to this - that it took the death of thousands and the destruction of a city to expose the Reagan philosophy of government for what it is - pardon my French, but the word is "bull shit."

I have said it before, that Reagan turned Marxism on its side. Marx said that capitalists create nothing - the workers do. Reagan simply swapped out the word "capitalists" and replaced it with "government."

I will write more on this as a separate post, but Robin Lee, I saw the same interview. Did you see the Bob Schrieffer interview"

We have come through what may have been one of the worst weeks in America's history, a week in which government at every level failed the people it was created to serve. There is no purpose for government except to improve the lives of its citizens. Yet as scenes of horror that seemed to be coming from some Third World country flashed before us, official Washington was like a dog watching television. It saw the lights and images, but did not seem to comprehend their meaning or see any link to reality . . . As the floodwaters rose, local officials in New Orleans ordered the city evacuated. They might as well have told their citizens to fly to the moon. How do you evacuate when you don't have a car? No hint of intelligent design in any of this. This was just survival of the richest.

Thank you Stephanie from who sent many to the site that has so much footage and commentary. Especially painful was Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard who is quoted,

...the guy who runs this building I'm in, Emergency Management, he's responsible for everything. His mother was trapped in St. Bernard nursing home and every day she called him and said, "Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?" and he said, "Yeah, Mama, somebody's coming to get you." Somebody's coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Thursday. Somebody's coming to get you on Friday, and she drowned Friday night. She drowned Friday night! [Sobbing] Nobody's coming to get us. Nobody's coming to get us.

It's hard enough to read his words without feeling the anguish. Hearing him was more that I could take without breaking down.

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Posted by Matsu on 5 September 2005 - 7:53am
Regonomics and the Trickle Down Policy

Matsu, I agree. We all know what runs downhill. I have always been surprised the American public bought into it then, and reupped for more with the two Bushes.

No I hadn't seen the Bob Schrieffer interview.

And people are still blamming the victims for not evacuating. Did they see the victims on news casts?

Everyone, hold onto your pennies. This economy is going to tank while profiteers get rich. Grain goes down the Mississippi to the Port of New Orleans for export. Harvest time in now. And that's just one product for the busiest commercial river in the U.S.

Robin Lee's picture
Posted by Robin Lee on 5 September 2005 - 4:35pm
There's video of this
media girl's picture
Posted by media girl on 5 September 2005 - 9:31am
Yeah, that really worked!

I can see the neighbors helping each other now ... with their sniper skills.

media girl's picture
Posted by media girl on 3 September 2005 - 11:39pm
See this is how it works for

See this is how it works for the right. The government isn't supposed to help people. Neighbors are supposed to help people. Rather than tax people and use that money to prepare, we simply wait for something to happen and then have tele-fundraisers to pity or guilt people to donate. It's effective but it take time. In the interim, you have prayer.

"Is this the 19th century, that I'm watching on TV?"

-Billy Bragg

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Posted by Rev. Norquist (not verified) on 3 September 2005 - 10:08pm