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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Heads up finger pointers, bloggers are fighting back

David Frum has some advice for letter writers who want to point fingers in the blame game, at National Review Online. See David’s Diary here.
Is there not something bizarre about their [critics] willingness to fire off accusation after accusation, each contradicting the last? The disaster was caused by the Bush administration's failure to protect the environment from global warming .... no, no, it was caused by the administration's refusal to manipulate the environment by funding more levees to control the Mississippi River .... it's Iraq, no it's budget cuts, no it's wetlands, and on and on and on.

Good God, what is wrong with these people? Will they ever learn to see somebody else's misfortune as something more than their political opportunity?
Let's hope TheUnion’s letter writers do not become political opportunist.

Read the whole article, it included some links to refute most of the worst finger pointing.

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Blogger Frederic Christie said...

Wait a second. David Frum, for one thing, has shown himself to be incapable of a rational or evidentiarily-supported argument (I humbly inform the reader to see Frum v. Chomsky everytime it happens, including one clip in Manufacturing Consent). But none of these things are mutually exclusive, and in fact I propose all simultaneously to see the full social confluence of natural disaster and human decision-making. Global warming increased the potentialities for a deadly hurricane; development and consumption weakened New Orleans' proverbial immune system; racial politics forced blacks disproportionately into urban areas and poverty prevented them (and poor whites) from leaving earlier than affluent whites, or indeed at all; government unwillingness to assist cost hundreds of lives, compared to Cuba's ability to deal with a 1.3 million person-affecting hurricane; Bush cut levee money... On point after point, the priorities are all wrong. for more.

Sun Sep 04, 11:26:00 PM PDT  
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Sun Sep 04, 11:27:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Russ Steele said...

As for who cout the levee money, see More Blame Game Below, and you will find the Clinton Asministration cut the levee money starting in 1995. They also took the position that the levee were a local responsibility.

See the post here for the details;

Mon Sep 05, 09:44:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Frederic Christie said...

Re: Clinton: Absolutely, Russ. Take Clinton to task. I'm not being flippant; I'm asking you to. In case you haven't guessed yet, I'm of the far left, the group that argues that it is not the current manager of the executive branch of the US empire who matters, but the general priorities of the imperial system. Clinton's free market priorities are as disgusting as Bush's. But even if I was a party line Democratic liberal, this would only prove that Clinton was a jerk too.

Whether it's a local responsibility or not, a matter on which you, I and Steve Calabresi could probably meaningfully debate (as I am a forthright advocate of federation), is largely irrelevant to a) the real motives behind Bush cutting disaster aid, particularly to Louisiana and b) the fact that Bush did so right before a major storm. However, previous legislative mandates have set up federal disaster assistance monies, so Bush and his cronies in Congress in essence were deciding a constitutional question for themselves. It is frequently noted that cost-shifting to local and state governments is in fact a very reliable way to squeeze the poor, and is in fact one of the reasons why many folks say we still have a regressive tax system.

Mon Sep 05, 10:57:00 PM PDT  

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