Friday, September 16, 2005

Monkeyhead, God, Lies and Yes, A Good Idea.

I didn't bother to watch the Bush speech last night, but I read what Monkeyhead had to say to pick up the lowlights.

He invoked "a faith in God no storm can take away,", never acknowledging that the storm is one of those things commonly referred to as "an act of God." So it's unclear which side of this issue God is on, but it's probably the opposite of whatever side I'm on.

Bushie didn't bother with a coat and tie, I guess to make us think that he'd been doing some recovery work right before he hopped in front of the camera.

Here's some B.S. for you:

"As all of us saw on television," Bush said, "there is also some deep, persistent poverty in this region as well. That poverty has roots in a history of racial discrimination, which cut off generations from the opportunity of America. We have a duty to confront this poverty with bold action."

I will give my left lung if this president does one fooking thing to confront poverty with bold action. I will run naked through the streets. I will call Rush Limbaugh and beg to give him oral sex.

To make it all happen, Bush is going to spend more on the Katrina zones than has been spent on the whole Iraq war so far. (Too bad we have the Iraq war to pay for at the same time. Where's my tax cut?) As much as I detest President Monkeyhead, I take issue with this next Washington Post paragraph's insinuation:

Even as he embraced a spending program the scale of which few Democratic presidents ever advanced, Bush signaled that he would shape its contours with policy ideas long sought by conservative thinkers. He proposed creation of a "Gulf Opportunity Zone" that would grant new and existing businesses tax breaks, loans and loan guarantees through 2007. And in documents released before the speech, Bush called for displaced families that send children to private schools, including religious ones, to be eligible for federal money.

I'm not one for coddling up to business, but New Orleans is going to need economic activity and if it means taking it easy on their business taxes for a while, I can go with that. And if getting kids to school means paying for them to go to religious schools, so be it. I know we have separation of church and state, but I'd rather get these kids in class than worry about the nuances of what's appropriate under the Constitution. Even a blind Chimpo finds a nut once in a while.

Unfortunately, my feeling is that the current administration, finally losing the free ride they've been enjoying since September 11th, 2001, are just hoping that this all blows over and that people move on with their lives and forget New Orleans ever existed.

As much as I'd like to think people won't forget, I know they will.

@ PowerPundit: "The president was animated and upbeat, projecting the optimism about rebuilding the highly damaged areas that Americans expect from the chief executive at a time like this."

@ spatula city bbs, Lord Spatula is unhappy with John Kerry's response to Bush's speech, at least I think that's what is going on when he says: "Then have a heaping helping of STFU, John-boy Fucking Qetchup-ass, roll up your sleeves and get to work. And don't let T'Raisin get within so much as half a mile of the French Quarter, is that clear? Stupid-assed elitist fuck..." Not sure what that means, but I like the creative language, abbreviations and spelling choices.

@ Conservababes: "President Bush delivered with his speech last night. He took all of the criticisms flung his way and shoved them back down the throats of his attackers. Did he do this with insults and harsh, polarizing rhetoric --a la Democrats towards him of late? (Well, not "of late" --since about 2000, if memory serves.) No. He will never sink to their level."

@ Common Sense: "The job he's done so far in proving he's competent is... less than encouraging."

@ The Mahablog: "So, the Gubmint is about to borrow $200-bleeping-billion for the "reconstruction" (possibly not a good word to use in the South) of the Gulf Coast. And you know that when the dust settles or the water drains, as the case may be, those billions will be in the pockets of Bush cronies and K street lobbyists and the po' folks will be worse off than they were before the hurricane. And you and several generations of your descendents will be stuck paying for it all. God bless America."