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Friday, September 09, 2005

The real first evacuee

As the first Under Secretary of Emergency Preparedness and Response, the official title of the FEMA chief in it's Homeland Security-submissive place in the federal government, Michael Brown makes $149,200 annually, according to a 2005 Congressional Research Service break-down of federal pay. His predecessor, and college roommate, Joe Allbaugh, earned $180,100 for doing the same thing, benefiting from his cabinet level status in those pre-DHS days of yore.

If W was looking to have FEMA led by a puppet dancing at the end of a string, he could've saved us some dough by giving the job to someone who doesn't give blockheads a bad name - and who can be had for an infinitesimal fraction of Brown's salary. Instead, we get helluva-job Brownie -- who is now being evacuated from New Orleans with the kind of brute efficiency we wish the city's residents could have enjoyed a week ago.

Brown is the first person the Administration has truly, with all of its effort and focus, delivered from the mess of New Orleans. The problem is this evacuee was supposed to deliver New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast from tragedy.

CHB Update: The crass of these guys knows no bounds. In his radio address tomorrow, Bush will actually conflate 9-11 with Katrina. Wow.

...And in the days and weeks that followed, America answered history's call to bring justice to our enemies and to ensure the survival and success of liberty. And that mission continues today. Four years later, Americans remember the fears and uncertainty and confusion of that terrible morning. But above all, we remember the resolve of our nation to defend our freedom, rebuild a wounded city, and care for our neighbors in need. Today, America is confronting another disaster that has caused destruction and loss of life. This time the devastation resulted not from the malice of evil men, but from the fury of water and wind...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will Bush point out that Saddam had Weather of Mass Destruction program aspirations that were nipped in the bud?

9/09/2005 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like Katrina, Bush blows. Hard.

9/09/2005 5:34 PM  
Blogger Ereshkigal said...

Hey, I can conflate 9-11 with Katrina, too. Get this to a speechwriter, quickly:

First, set out the underlying commonalities:

1. A vision of America where the meritocracy (as measured by accumulated wealth, bolstered by priggish morality, and secured by an authoritarian religion) rules absolutely;

2. Willful determination to promote that vision, regardless of evidence that the elements of the vision are defective;

3. The ability to distort national history, legal heritage, and moral tradition to build a sham foundation on which to realize the vision; and

4. A callous and cynical disregard for the real consequences of the enacted vision.

Second, make it simple.

The general speech would follow a format something like this:

"We, the Right People, want more (power, money, time with Jesus, whatever).

"To get more, you-- the wrong people-- will have to get less. That's the American way, just as written in the Declaration of Independence and posted on the Ten Commandments monument here at the courthouse.

"You'll be better off by giving us more. You'll be Owners.

"Owning is a sign that God loves us. Those who don't own do not share in God's love, and we are right to fear and hate them. They hate America. We can let them die naturally, if they don't get in our way, or we can kill them if we really hate them.

"If, by disaster or your own unworthiness, you find that you are Owned, faith-based organizations will restore your soul.

"If you are unrestored, it's entirely your own fault, and indicates that you are a terrorist; a criminal; a Democrat; an unconverted (i.e., non-Republican) member of a religious, racial, or ethnic minority; an atheist; gay; or French.

"God bless America."

9/11/2005 12:33 AM  
Anonymous bu$h ate my baby said...

Looking forward to your post haranguing Howard Dean for uttering the following: "In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina we have a clear, moral responsibility to do a better job of ensuring social and economic justice for every American, and there is still far too much that we don't know about John Roberts' record and beliefs on these critical issues."

9/13/2005 3:36 PM  

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