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October 30, 2012


If people have to pay for their bad decisions, then it's the climate-change deniers who should be paying for this whole thing.

Rmoney wants the vulture capitalists to make money on disaster. That's their modus operandi. That's why he's previously said that disaster relief ought to be left up to the private sector.

To the Rmoneybot, everything should create profits for his partners in crime.

On the plus side, if Halliburton and Xe start doing disaster relief and rebuilding work, pallets full of cash can disappear in America, too!

Oops, Blackwater is Blackwater again, not Xe or whatever they were called.

The "bad decision" in this case was locating New York City next to the water. I guess Peter Minuit needs to take the fall for that.

They want to win battles, short and long term. They know full well that when/if they succeed with taking out FEMA or Medicaire or whatever safety net, they'll maximize the short term victory, and when the shit hits the fan later, they'll just spin it in such a way to make it look like they were the victims, or they "had" to burn the village to save the village or some such shit.

The biggest part of the problem is not that people want to do this stuff, it's that anyone in public office can say ANYTHING about ANYTHING and get away it because there is enough of a critical mass of idiots in the citizenry who reside in a permeant construct inside which they have lost the capacity to think for themselves and can be convinced of anything. And will, conveniently enough, forget what they've learned at one point and be manipulated into a 180* degree contradiction in six months.

If people have to pay for their bad decisions, then it's the climate-change deniers who should be paying for this whole thing.

Posted by: Hecate | October 30, 2012 at 07:35

Those people (and yes I called them idiots and I think they are) are still our brothers and sisters. We gain nothing by excluding them from humanity and compassion. The guy who is anti-union and votes for the Rs who shut down his factory and is now working two jobs and planning to vote R again is still my brother, and I am still responsible for him.

By law, a corporation must make its decisions (or rather the CEO or board must make decisions) as to maximize profits for the shareholders.

In the case of a disaster do you really want the emergency response to based strictly on the profit/cost ?

And with the tapes of Romney speaking on FEMA in 2011, his showing up in the area would absolutely be perceived as a cynical political ploy. Hopefully the people would boo him. (Christie in NJ has even said that Romney shouldn't come as Christie has his hands full).

I would like to think that Romney could show up and learn / get a dose of compassion. But based on his past lack of ability in this, I don't see this happening. (see dog on roof of car; see him telling folk that his father fired them; see him equating his years in France to a Vet who served in Nam....)

"No, we can't afford it."

Especially in the case of the richest nation on this planet, in its history, talking about taking care of people? Bullshit -- of the most self-serving kind politically.

What can we really NOT afford?
We really can not afford to cut funding for education. We really can not afford to cut funding for disaster relief. We really can not afford to cut funding for planetary science, and space exploration, and research into cancer cures, and ways to make our transportation work better for more people on less fuel.
We really cannot afford to shortchange our future, especially by claiming some moral authority to prevent further borrowing from China, or something, when we're still fighting land wars in Asia and paying our Congressional Representatives $250K plus per head per year.

obama did not have cake. we have a president.

Virgotex - you're getting close to a question of mine.

For years (and I really ran into it over a decade ago for a State Govt Agency), even before they put their mantra into words, they started trying to shrink/ starve / underfund govt functions and agencies so that they could drown them in a bathtub.

Then when the agency had insufficient resources to do its job well, they would go on the offensive about how govt doesn't work. Well of course an underfunded agency doesn't work well. If you want the agency to join the end of the 20th century and work with all the new tools, you're gonna have to invest some money. What would any business look like if it makes insufficient investments in itself ?

How can they do this with any sense of fairness ? How can they escape the fact that they are the ones running govt - so the failure of an agency reflects on their governance ?

Admittedly, I'm talking about fairness and logic in reference to the politicos.

If the private sector handled disaster relief water would be $5 a gallon and plywood would cost $200 a sheet in advance of a hurricane. That's why we have laws against price gouging in an emergency.

"The disaster of Hurricane Katrina"--by which you mean, the response to the flooding. But your phrase is a misnomer, and it was waiting to happen only because the Army Corps of Engineers, which built the "hurricane protection system" for New Orleans, made a four-decade-plus series of spectacular engineering mistakes, miscalculations and misjudgments. Barring those, according to author of one of two independent forensic investigations into the disaster, worst NO would have experienced that year is "wet ankles", and Brownie would still have his job.

@Harry: We at First Draft are aware of what happened in NOLA and the term was used as a short hand. It's pedantic and pompous to insist on a term in a post that so clearly supports proper relief and reconstruction efforts. Stick to sticking it to the un-believers.

Harry have you ever read this blog? I'm thinking not and that is disappointing.

I spent over 3 years writing and doing videos on the federal flood and it's aftermath. We took a group of our blog readers to NOLA to gut a house. We helped raise over $10K for a family trying to rebuild after they lost their home again....to fire.

Please check out our coverage in our archives.

And I am one of the original NOLA bloggers and a co-founder of the Rising Tide Conference. We got the cred, street and otherwise.

It's also a line from the NYT, and not from us, so there's that.


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