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Warning: Bush is “studying” Cat 5 protection

Posted by schroeder915 on November 30, 2005

I have to correct myself. I earlier asked if anyone had heard from Donald Powell, our all-mighty recovery czar. Now I just want to say to Powell, “If you don’t have anything good to say, then shut the eff up!”:

Powell, repeatedly describing his visit as one of “learning” and “discovery,” said he is not sure when an administration decision will be made regarding a Category 5 levee system.

“I think it’s important to study that,” Powell said. “Hopefully, a decision will come sooner than later.” …

Powell said he does not see himself as a chief executive of the recovery effort, but rather a listener and facilitator to carry a message back to Washington.

“My job . . . is to come and to listen and to help convey the message from the local people — I’ll work with people in the towns, parishes, cities and the state — it will be their vision, the local people’s vision, about how to rebuild the Gulf Coast.

Hey man — the local vision is Category 5 storm protection. Every single friggin’ person on the street will tell you that. And they’ll tell you the commitment needs to happen yesterday. And, by the way, when did you think you might get around to “convey the message” to your village idiot boss. I mean, it took you — what? Over two months to get here?!

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