Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Parse This

We're having a NYT run lately, we know - but here's something else from their homepage:

Bush and Congress Announce Inquiries on Government Response
President Bush continued to try to counter the impression that his administration was late in reacting to the hurricane.


Was the administration not late in reacting? Is there a question?

Read the article and see what you think. In the first few grafs, the question of whether Bush was late at all again is raised but isn't refuted - making it a pregnant sort of paralepsised statement confirming the administrations failure - yet lacking the huevos to say "Bush tries to cover ass in wake of delayed Kartina response."

At what point should we hold this guy accountable?

Now might be nice.

And how about this:

"It's very important for us to understand the relationship between the federal government and the state government and the local government when it comes to a major catastrophe," he said.
Keep an eye on this narrative string. As we pointed out yesterday, Bush is semi-subtly tearing down federal responsibility even as he promises we'll be all the stronger for weathering this storm.

And keep in mind everything the administration has asked us to give up since 9/11. Civil liberties. A sense of security in the face of constant "look out look out!" (yet we've never been asked to actually sacrifice anything, a la WWII era rationing, etc). Now we learn that we can give up rights, accept meager amounts of federal funding misapportioned among the states in exchange for zero guarantee that the federal government will aid us in our hours of need.

Anyone want to tackle this equation?

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