Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Brownie And The Blame Game

In an unanticipated turn of events, former (and I suppose he would take exception to anyone highlighting the "former" in this now meaningless title) FEMA director Michael Brown blames 'Dysfunctional' Louisiana for Katrina response disaster.

I'm sure that, although the AP and/or the Chron used "blame" in the headline, what they meant was "assigns responsibility," since the President and the administration, its minions and supporters, have repeatedly implored us to avoid playing the "blame game."

Brown said his "biggest mistake was not recognizing by Saturday that Louisiana was dysfunctional." So the thing he'll cop to is not recognizing how crappy Louisiana was. Like people whose apologies consist of "I'm sorry you were bothered by my behavior/failure/actions/etc."

Blame has a place is governing - especially when government fails miserably, as it did here. There is also plenty of blame to go around, I'm sure. But I don't expect the administration - members current or former - to accept much of it sincerely. The hallmark of the George W. Bush years has been a lack of emphasis on responsibility. The buck stops somewhere far from this White House. And it's the buck's fault it did so stop.

No responsibility, no sacrifice - it's like all those Christian principles he espouses but without all those Christian principles. Neat!

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