Conservatives should be careful of what Newt asks

I wish I could find a transcript or video/audio of Newt Gingrich’s entire CPAC speech to learn the complete context of this remark

How can you have the mess we have in New Orleans, and not have had deep
investigations of the federal government, the state government, the
city government, and the failure of citizenship in the Ninth
Ward, where 22,000 people were so uneducated and so unprepared, they
literally couldn’t get out of the way of a hurricane.

The last part regarding citizenship of 9th Ward residents displays Newt’s ignorance. More on that later.

What is interesting here is Newt asking about investigations and I say Hell Ya Bring It On.

Let’s start a Katrina Commission.

Let’s finally subpoena the White House to turn over Andy Card’s emails. And let’s get Don Rumsfeld’s internal communications which he refused to turn over in defiance of the sole subpoena that had been issued.

Let’s get the complete set of Brownie’s email…you know the White House responses from Chertoff and others that the White House wouldn’t give up.

Let’s fully investigate the chaos that was Homeland Security and FEMA and how Bush’s cuts to FEMA left them unprepared to respond.

Let’s investigate Congress’ pork barrelpolitics and the Army Corps of Engineers going back for years including Newt’s years in Congress. Let’s have a full airing on how those admitted levee design failures occurred which in the end caused the destruction of the city of New Orleans.

Let’s look into the no bid contracts totaling billions of dollars that went out to companies well connected to Bush and the Republican party. Let’s deeply investigate the abuse of 4layers of subcontractors getting their cut… some for doing nothing or shuffling papers.

Let’s investigate why for decades Congress has not adequately funded wetland restoration in Southeast Louisiana and the Bush administration only offered a completely inadequate $1.9 billion two years ago.

Let’s get to the bottom of the role that the oil and gas industries have played in destroying the wetlands. Yes let’s ask if those companies have a responsibility to be good citizens.

Once that is done let’s move to the state and local level. I wonder where those famed school buses will fall in importance then. Let’s really examine if Blanco should have turned over control of the Louisiana Guard… which (under her control)conservatives like to point to as competently having prevented even more of Newt’s so called “unprepared” and “uneducated” blacks from dying…to Bush who had demonstrated his government’s incompetence for a week. Yes let’s talk states right’s when it is real and messy.

By all means investigate. Unless upon further review that seems it could get a wee bit uncomfortable for you and your peeps Newt. In that case fall back on that blaming the victims thing. Oh but you ought to know some people in white working class St. Bernard and upper middle class white Lakeview didn’t get out of the way of the hurricane either. Of course as we now know they should have gotten out of the way of the federal levees. No one prepared them for that though.

Adding one last thought:
Let the chips fall where they may at the state and local level. However remember over 1 million people were efficiently evacuated from the New Orleans metro area. I wonder how many cities and states could do the same even today post Katrina.

7 thoughts on “Conservatives should be careful of what Newt asks

  1. Congrats, Scout. You got through that whole post without explicatives. That’s more than I could have done in response to Newt’s remarks.

  2. Lb0313, we need the Stafford Act lifted so that the appropriated federal dollars can be utilized without the burden of the 10% match on already struggling local governments.
    Aethanae, I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. People need to blame the victim in order to maintain the delusion that nothing so horrible could ever happen to them.
    Great post, Scout. Really fabulous links. It’s unfathomable to me that a failure of this epic proportions that cost so many lives and remains such a disaster hasn’t yet been fully investigated. Thank you so much for continuing to report this.

  3. Really well done. And you are a fairer person than I – but it is indeed important to recognize/admit that comments from anyone deserve their full context.
    Sadly, I don’t think anyone will ‘Bring it on’. If the flood had happened last August, maybe – but no one can get their head around how long this takes or how slow it is. At this point it is indeed a failure of local leadership (and citizenship) of epic proportions. We needed a plan, we needed somone with some guts to lead the way, we needed someone with some faith and experience in the mechanics of government who could have made this work.
    Well, at least hole Newt gave us a headline or two…

  4. Aethenae…that’s why I would like to know what he said just before and after that remark.

  5. I would say what he’s saying there is true, but reductive. It wasn’t just a failure of citizenship in teh 9th Ward.
    It was a failure of citizenship in AMERICA, and it had been going on for years. The hurricane just tore the roof off and exposed us for what we are, and some of us hate the people there now because we hate anyone who makes us look at our scars in that bright a light.
    We’ve been failing as citizens for some time now.

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