Michael Thu Sep 1 17:56:47 2005|
USA well on track to third-world status
Thank you, George Bush.
Tens of thousands of refugees are now walking out of a New Orleans which will apparently be uninhabited for months while they attempt to drain it. Why were they not evacuated? Why were the levees left unfinished?
Two reasons: the money was needed in Iraq and for tax cuts for the wealthy, and FEMA has been redefined by the Bush administration as an agency which is run by their buddies and vaguely supports anti-terrorism efforts.
In the event of any real terrorist attack, of course, an evacuation would be necessary. Yet the federal government appears to have expended literally *zero* effort in building such a system, if New Orleans is any indication.
Now, we have walking, starving, honest-to-God refugees in Louisiana. The U of Louisiana in Baton Rouge has barred its doors to protect its students and staff while the *refugees* walk past. No joke.
Where is the National Guard? In Iraq, getting killed due to lack of war preparation. Hey, good planning there!
Where is *anything* the Bush administration said it would do? Absent. They can't even drop any drinking water into New Orleans. They just don't give a shit.
Send some money to the Red Cross. They've already raised $21 million dollars, but it will be a drop in the bucket. Remember the tsunami in Asia? The storm surge from Katrina was HIGHER, reaching as far as SIX MILES inland in Mississippi and Georgia.
People are dying -- starving -- in the United States of America, because our government thought it was more important to enrich the wealthy and the oil corporations. Even a banana republic can do better than that.
Remember -- this month it's New Orleans. But Bush and his gang don't care about *your* neighborhood, either.
Impeach the bastard before you're next. But first -- donate to the Red Cross, because your country needs it, badly.