The New Yorker's editor savages Bush by simply telling the truth -- something Bush and his junta have consistently failed to do for five years.
...In an era of tax cuts for the wealthy, Bush consistently slashed the Army Corps of Engineers’ funding requests to improve the levees holding back Lake Pontchartrain. This year, he asked for $3.9 million, $23 million less than the Corps requested. In the end, Bush reluctantly agreed to $5.7 million, delaying seven contracts, including one to enlarge the New Orleans levees. Former Republican congressman Michael Parker was forced out as the head of the Corps by Bush in 2002 when he dared to protest the lack of proper funding.
Similarly, the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project, which is supposed to improve drainage and pumping systems in the New Orleans area, recently asked for $62.5 million; the White House proposed $10.5 million.
...In the ABC interview, he said, “I don’t think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees.” Even the most cursory review shows that there have been comprehensive and chilling warnings of a potential calamity on the Gulf Coast for years. The most telling, but hardly the only, example was a five-part series in 2002 by John McQuaid and Mark Schleifstein in the New Orleans Times-Picayune...
Don't expect the Radical Right to accept these facts.
The same wingnuts who have said incessantly that the federal government can't do anything right and that, therefore, more power should be given to state and city governments are now fiercely defending the feds and shifting the blame for Katrina-related problems onto the state and city governments of Louisiana.
Once again, the extreme right-wing has decided that down is up and black is the new white, and subsequently shown cognitive dissonance to be alive and well on its side of the political aisle.
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