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Get your fucking thumb out of your ass George!

Posted by schroeder915 on December 21, 2005

As the sobering recognition set in that New Orleans’ levee system was criminally inadequate to handle even a fast-moving Category 3 storm, people began calling for heads to roll, and for the levees to be improved. I first made that call on August 31st — two days after Katrina, only delayed by the fact that I couldn’t write the post sooner.

While New Orleanians laid awake at night Monday and Tuesday wondering what was happening to their homes, and how deep the water would be, the chickenhawk in chief remained on vacation in Crawford — biking, or chopping wood, or maybe just rolling around in the tumbleweeds like a dumb ranch dog. We don’t know, because he didn’t have anything to say about the disaster until at least two days later.

Since then, our worst fears have unfolded like layers of an onion, and with each layer removed, our expectations and hopes have been dashed to smithereens.

One of those fears was that the federal response would be so slow that people wouldn’t even know how to rebuild their homes. Now that fear too has become reality:

New flood elevation maps won’t be ready until the end of February or early March.

Without knowing that lowest-allowable building level, homeowners and businesses that want to rebuild in southeast Louisiana parishes inundated by Katrina cannot make informed decisions.

The flood maps will also determine how much property owners pay for flood insurance. …

Part of that process is waiting for federal funding decisions to be made on how levees will be rebuilt and improved.

Why didn’t that shit-for-brains chickenhawk stand before the American people and Congress on August 30th to declare that he was in control, and to emphatically proclaim that New Orleans would never flood again? Why are we now, almost four months later, still waiting for a commitment about how strong the levee system will be?

On September 1st, while New Orleanians remained helplessly waiting for a federal response, I wrote the following:

Please people – speak up so the world hears our voices. We are taking it day by day, trying to figure out what tomorrow will bring, but nobody making the decisions that are impacting our lives in very serious ways seems to get it.

So now, on December 21st, why are we still waiting for a simple decision to be made by the executive office of the United States of America, the most powerful office in the world, in charge of the largest pot of money anywhere, to make a simple decision about how strong to make the levees?

What the fuck is going on here!

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2 Responses to “Get your fucking thumb out of your ass George!”

  1. Michael said

    Actually, if I remember right, the chickenhawk in chief was taking a vacation from his vacation (vacationing being such hard work for him). Shrub wasn’t even in rough proximity to the Gulf Coast–Cindy Sheehan chased him away–but was out west strummin’ a ghee-tar and yukking it up (literally) over a cake with John McCain.

    That alone should be enough to chase him out of office…when you add in Chimpy McFlightsuit, “bring ’em on,” “Mission Accomplished,” the WMD jokes at the black-tie dinner, etc…I don’t know–it just gets too damned depressing…

  2. Polimom said

    It looks to me like the “Ignore it, and maybe it’ll go away” theory.

    The longer everything is put off, the less $, ultimately, rebuilding will cost. People just won’t be able to wait forever and if the government stalls long enough, fewer will come home.

    Stay on ’em, Schroeder!

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