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Friday, September 16, 2005


Not much time for blogging today. Will say that both the OC and Bush's speech last night [Full Transcript] were disappointing. As far as NOLA is concerned, it sounds like there's going to be a lot of money poured in and that Bush is going to set up one of those controversial tax-free zones around the area so that his corporate buddies can get tax breaks. I don't really think that the poverty-stricken people that are having the hardest time are really helped out by "tax-relief", but I'm sure the trickle-down theory will benefit them like it has been since Reagan....Um... Obviously.
I also liked when he blamed the current situation of poor black people in the area on national policies from 200 years ago, that was sweet. I'm not saying that what happened so long ago hasn't been the cause of untold problems, but I don't think any of his "Tax Cuts For Rich People" programs have been helping with the problem. What did he say again? Oh yeah:

As all of us saw on television, there is also some deep, persistent poverty in this region as well. And that poverty has roots in a history of racial discrimination, which cut off generations from the opportunity of America. We have a duty to confront this poverty with bold action.

So let us restore all that we have cherished from yesterday, and let us rise above the legacy of inequality. When the streets are rebuilt, there should be many new businesses, including minority-owned businesses, along those streets. When the houses are rebuilt, more families should own, not rent, those houses.

When the regional economy revives, local people should be prepared for the jobs being created. Americans want the Gulf Coast not just to survive, but to thrive, not just to cope, but to overcome. We want evacuees to come home, for the best of reasons -- because they have a real chance at a better life in a place they love.

Promises. Promises. I just can't believe that he admitted that "a history of racial discrimination..cut off generations from the opportunity of America". I thought he and the folks that he loves thought that folks were supposed to use their bootstraps and an adequate amount of pulling up on those to get where they need to go. Isn't he trying to cut affirmative action? Since when does he think blaming prior generations for your current situation is ok? Wait... He's from the marriage of two fantastically rich families... He got where he was thanks to prior generations... He's never even had to tug at his bootstraps as he had maids and butlers to do it for him. Maybe he's seen the light.
He also called the storm "cruel and wasteful". That's just ridiculous. Who writes this crap?

Tomorrow is Sabado! Woo-hoo!


Anonymous said...

It was a good speech.

Greg said...

Are you kidding? I could barley keep my eyes open as he just sat there and rattled off a laundry list of things that they were doing to help... a few days/hours/weeks late. It was no 9/11-rubble-with-a-bull-horn-speech, that's for sure. I'd like some examples of greatness, if you please.