“Unhelpful”

Oyster at Your Right Hand Thief has a great post on Bush’s delaying of restoring the wetlands of South Louisiana and rebuilding better levees in New Orleans. As Oyster says, Bush is just running out the clock…

Just over a year ago, a conservative Republican who attends my church took out a quarter page ad in the Times Picayune,
and published an open letter to the people of New Orleans. He urged
everyone to vote in favor of consolidating the levee boards. He said he
was convinced “in his heart” that if New Orleanians demonstrated their
willingness to reform the levee boards, then President Bush would start
supporting Category 5 flood protection.


Yes, friends, he really
believed that would happen. Of course, that was back when people down
here thought there was a chance in hell of getting Category 5
protection. Little did they know that the Bush administration had told
officials like Senator Vitter that they didn’t even like the term Category 5. The Bushies found it “unhelpful”. Mind you, the term wasn’t “unhelpful” because the Bushies thought it was scientifically fuzzy, or anything like that. Hell no. The Bushies didn’t fancy “Category 5” because the term itself framed the issue of flood control in a disadvantageous way.
It conjured up thoughts of maximum protection, and they didn’t want it
associated with Louisiana. Either they didn’t want to pay for Category
5 protections, or they didn’t want Louisiana to have them. So they
instructed the Army Corps of Engineers to study it to death, and leave the problem to some other President.


Oyster has more.

7 thoughts on ““Unhelpful”

  1. pansypoo says:

    who else is hoping for few hurricanes to fuck up texass this year? the pissyness of this upper class twit knows no bounds.
    only by feeling something personally, would this imbecile ‘get it’. his parents house must be destroyed.
    off to have some tourette’s/primal scream therapy now. !#$@#$%$%^&^*^)&!@#)(_^&%#@

  2. virgotex says:

    thanks pansypoo. Very progressive of you.

  3. oyster says:

    I understand pansypoo’s outrage, but hurting coastal Texans is not the way to go. (Although I did once joke that Hurricane Rita caused $38,000 worth of improvements to a little town called Vidor, TX that’s been soft on racists for some time now.)
    Political pressure is all the Bushies respond to. Period. The rest of the country needs to join us in demanding Category 5 protection for S. Louisiana (a region which services $100 billion worth of oil/gas infrastructure).
    Thanks to Scout for the link, and her endless dedication to the cause.

  4. TheaLogie says:

    “Political pressure is all the Bushies respond to. Period. The rest of the country needs to join us in demanding Category 5 protection for S. Louisiana (a region which services $100 billion worth of oil/gas infrastructure).”
    Regrettable that NOLA has to be defended in terms of its value as an economic asset and not as a human one, but whatever it takes to ensure that it bounces back – there are few or no valid excuses for not investing the requisite in it. And one is definitely not “oh, we don’t find the term ‘category 5’ helpful”. Grief.

  5. MapleStreet says:

    He was convinced in his heart that if the boards consolidated then Shrub would see the obelisk orbiting Jupiter …oops wrong story delayed to 2010…and build cat 5 protection.
    Did he at least get collaboration from the Easter Bunny?

  6. pansypoo says:

    who thinks a progressive answer will work on georgie.
    shit, i don’t even think texas being destroyed would work on the chimperor.
    sigh. i guess NOLA has to wait for 1. 20. 09. or impeachment.

  7. virgotex says:

    who thinks a progressive answer will work on georgie.
    who thinks that wishing death and destruction on thousands of people will work on him?
    Everyone in this country is connected to each other.

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