Michael: Rice Defends Bush Against Racism ChargesCondoleeza Rice asserted as she toured Alabama that the Administration's lacksidaisical response to Katrina was not due to racism. I agree. I don't think that Bush or anyone in his Administration are overtly racist. The reason for their dereliction of duty and incompetence is not that the victims of Katrina are overwhelmingly black; it is because they are poor, powerless, tend not to vote (and when they do, they vote Democrat), and Bush isn't facing an election. They failed becuase that's what this Administration does - fail - at everything they do besides suck-up and coddle the most wealthy and special intersts. It didn't hurt that there wasn't anyone who was a Bush Pioneer on the phone demanding that Bush put down his guitar and get FEMA and the Guard in gear.
The response to the hurricane that hit Florida just prior to the 2004 election was exemplary, swift, and generous. Not so this time. Those who actually care about the suffering of average Americans might want to keep that dichotomy in mind come the 2006 elections. You may not be able to punish Bush, but you can stick it to his Congress-cronies, who as we speak are lining up a vote to permanantly repeal the Estate Tax next week.
That's right. In a time when hundreds of thousands of Americans are becoming refugees in their own country, Bush and the Bushtards are angling to give billions in tax breaks to America's wealthiest families. Is that your order of priorities?