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Mary, Mary, Quite (To The) Contrary
InvestorsBusinessDaily ^ | 9-9-05

Posted on 09/10/2005 9:09:47 AM PDT by STARWISE

Politics: Louisiana's senior senator, whose brother is lieutenant governor and whose father was New Orleans' mayor, is blaming President Bush for "the staggering incompetence of the federal government." Come again?

It's understandable that on the Sept. 4 edition of ABC's "This Week," Mary Landrieu said of President Bush, "I might likely have to punch him — literally" if he or members of his administration made any more disparaging remarks about local authorities and their pre- and post-Katrina efforts. Some are and were family.

Brother Mitch Landrieu is lieutenant governor of Louisiana. Father "Moon" Landrieu was not only mayor of New Orleans, but also later became secretary of housing and urban development under President Carter.

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Despite Landrieu's complaints of budget cuts and paltry funding, the fact is that over the five years of the Bush administration, Louisiana has received more money — $1.9 billion — for Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects than any other state, and more than under any other administration over a similar period. California is a distant second with less than $1.4 billion despite a population more than seven times as large.

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The problem was at the local level. The ambitious plan fell apart when the state suspended the Levee Board's ability to refinance old bonds and issue new ones. As the Times-Picayune reported, Legislative Auditor Dan Kyle "repeatedly faulted the Levee Board for the way it awards contracts, spends money and ignores no-bid contract laws." Blocked by the state from raising local money, the federal matching funds went unspent. By 1998, Louisiana's state government had a $2 billion construction budget, but less than one-tenth of one percent, or $1.98 million, was dedicated to New Orleans levee improvements. By contrast, $22 million was spent that year to renovate a home for the Louisiana Supreme Court.

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"Where did all the money go? Again, the Times-Picayune says much of the money went not to flood control, but to lawmakers' pet projects, from a $750 million for a new canal lock to a $2.5 million Mardi Gras fountain project that ran $600,000 over budget.

Nine months before Katrina, three top Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness officials were indicted by a federal grand jury in Shreveport and charged, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Louisiana, "with offenses related to the obstruction of an audit of the use of federal funds for flood mitigation opportunities throughout Louisiana."

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What a snakepit ... Mary Landrieu and her LA buddies need an excorcism.

1 posted on 09/10/2005 9:09:49 AM PDT by STARWISE
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To: Peach; Mo1; kcvl; MJY1288; ohioWfan; snugs; GretchenM; JustaCowgirl; MeekOneGOP; LUV W; Dog

WitchMary Ping!


2 posted on 09/10/2005 9:10:54 AM PDT by STARWISE (GITMO IS TOO GOOD FOR THE 911 TRAITORS -- SEND THEM ALL TO EGYPT FOR QUESTIONING.)
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To: STARWISE
Snake pit?

Now it's a mosquito pit, toxic pit, dung hole.....third world pit hole.
The Big Easy? The big pit hole.
It will only improve after this.

3 posted on 09/10/2005 9:12:13 AM PDT by starfish923
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To: STARWISE

People are only offended by the truth


4 posted on 09/10/2005 9:13:55 AM PDT by Kimmers
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To: STARWISE

HELLO?!?!?!

What's this ... a reporter actually reporting the facts???


5 posted on 09/10/2005 9:14:20 AM PDT by Mo1
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I thought it was all FEMAs fault ?


6 posted on 09/10/2005 9:14:41 AM PDT by falcon1966
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To: falcon1966
I thought it was all FEMAs fault ?

No silly ... it's Bush's fault

Get your DNC talking points straight, will ya ;0)

7 posted on 09/10/2005 9:15:56 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: Kimmers

This is a good article. I think this may have legs, it ought to but in the democratic din it won't be unless it gets spread around.


8 posted on 09/10/2005 9:17:41 AM PDT by cajungirl (no)
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To: All
Should be interesting to See the Shrill Cries From the Daughter of "Moon" Tomorrow on All the Talk Shows


9 posted on 09/10/2005 9:19:17 AM PDT by STARWISE (GITMO IS TOO GOOD FOR THE 911 TRAITORS -- SEND THEM ALL TO EGYPT FOR QUESTIONING.)
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To: AFPhys; prairiebreeze; onyx; Texasforever; CyberAnt; BigSkyFreeper; Tamzee; mrs tiggywinkle; ...

Ping


10 posted on 09/10/2005 9:20:57 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: STARWISE
Mismanagement and corruption at the state and local level are responsible for the lion's share of this disaster.

And I wonder how many people's lives were endangered when New Orleans Chief of Homeland Security, Terry Ebbert, said this to the AP about the levee breach in the early days of the disaster

"It's a very slow rise, and it will remain so until we plug that breach.

I think we can get [the breach] stabilized in a few hours"

The words "false sense of security" come to mind.
11 posted on 09/10/2005 9:22:06 AM PDT by syriacus (I think we can get [the breach] stabilized in a few hours - Terry Ebbert, NO Homeland Sec., Aug31)
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To: Mo1
Wait .. don't forget HALLIBURTON has received a recovery contract in NO, so the Rats are preparing those stalking points as we speak.

Oooops, sorry -- it's already started HERE

12 posted on 09/10/2005 9:22:57 AM PDT by STARWISE (GITMO IS TOO GOOD FOR THE 911 TRAITORS -- SEND THEM ALL TO EGYPT FOR QUESTIONING.)
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To: cajungirl

This is a very good article....I do think this type of information is going to come out eventually.... according to Rush now even the Dem. Senators are backing away from an investigation...why? maybe it is because of information like this....


13 posted on 09/10/2005 9:24:55 AM PDT by Kimmers
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To: Mo1

*relapses into young skate punk circa late 80's speak*

Dag!
Where'd all the loot get Bogarted to?


14 posted on 09/10/2005 9:24:57 AM PDT by Darksheare (There is a Possum in the works.)
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To: Mo1; kcvl; Howlin; ohioWfan; MJY1288; Peach; snugs; All
And the war room is in full operation

with conspiracies and stupidity abounding:

"The big question that all of us need to ask ourselves is: Would this have happened and would the aftermath have been so bad if New Orleans was actually New England? And it's pretty clear that the answer to that is “no.” In fact, we know how the administration responded to these kinds of disasters when we look at how Bush handled Florida and the hurricane there when his brother was governor."

15 posted on 09/10/2005 9:26:57 AM PDT by STARWISE (GITMO IS TOO GOOD FOR THE 911 TRAITORS -- SEND THEM ALL TO EGYPT FOR QUESTIONING.)
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To: STARWISE

I've been wondering how the States Homeland Security Officials are chosen?


16 posted on 09/10/2005 9:27:30 AM PDT by katagious (Katagious)
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To: STARWISE

Good Ammo for a smackdown of an uneducated lefty.

BTTT


17 posted on 09/10/2005 9:28:43 AM PDT by A message (Not in the mood for the MSM, Democrats, Communists and Socialists. Somebody take out the garbage.)
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To: STARWISE

The levee that has been holding back the truth of Louisiana politics is breaking and the politicians from the Governor down will be naked.


18 posted on 09/10/2005 9:30:11 AM PDT by daybreakcoming (May God bless those who enter the valley of the shadow of death so that we may see the light of day.)
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To: Mo1

Douglas Brinkley was on t.v. last nite. I forget what channel and he was slamming LA officials so bad I couldn't believe it. He talked about the corrupt politics in LA and the corrupt levee boards. I didn't see him attack the Federal Govt. at all. I was totally shocked.


19 posted on 09/10/2005 9:34:39 AM PDT by hipaatwo
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To: STARWISE

Big bump. The truth hurts, eh Senator Landrieu?


20 posted on 09/10/2005 9:36:09 AM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("...there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda." - Thomas Kean, chairman, 9/11 Commission)
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To: STARWISE
[ What a snakepit ... Mary Landrieu and her LA buddies need an excorcism. ]

An exorcism!.. LoL... by Count Von Bushula and the Bushbats..
Dream on...

21 posted on 09/10/2005 9:37:20 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been ok'ed by me to included some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: Kimmers

Can't wait for the "hearings"...


22 posted on 09/10/2005 9:40:12 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Troubled by NOLA looting ? You ain't seen nothing yet.)
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To: STARWISE

Landrieu may even be more culpable than Blanco.


23 posted on 09/10/2005 9:42:46 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: STARWISE

I see an indictment in her future.


24 posted on 09/10/2005 9:44:26 AM PDT by claudiustg (Vote for one Democrat, vote for them all...)
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To: STARWISE
I wish someone in the LA government gets sick of seeing the obstruction,incompetence and politicization that has gone on in the last 7-10 days and comes forward and says enough is enough.
It would be interesting to see what the first messages from the DNC to the Governors office said and when they were sent.
25 posted on 09/10/2005 9:44:46 AM PDT by carlr
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To: NautiNurse; All
Would this have happened and would the aftermath have been so bad if New Orleans was actually New England?

Ophelia could make this guy eat his slimeball words this week ..ya never know .. God does work in mysterious ways.

26 posted on 09/10/2005 9:48:16 AM PDT by STARWISE (GITMO IS TOO GOOD FOR THE 911 TRAITORS -- SEND THEM ALL TO EGYPT FOR QUESTIONING.)
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To: carlr

27 posted on 09/10/2005 9:55:01 AM PDT by STARWISE (GITMO IS TOO GOOD FOR THE 911 TRAITORS -- SEND THEM ALL TO EGYPT FOR QUESTIONING.)
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To: carlr

I believe that's why the Left/MSM "blame Bush" spin machine is in full force. The Democrat incompetence at the local level was so blatant they have to come out swinging to obfuscate the truth. It's called "damage control".


28 posted on 09/10/2005 9:56:03 AM PDT by manwiththehands
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To: STARWISE

And idiots still vote for the Dems.


30 posted on 09/10/2005 9:57:45 AM PDT by pankot
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To: STARWISE
Nine months before Katrina, three top Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness officials were indicted by a federal grand jury in Shreveport and charged, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Louisiana, "with offenses related to the obstruction of an audit of the use of federal funds for flood mitigation opportunities throughout Louisiana."

The suspicious ModelBreaker thinks that this is the reason the state didn't want the feds to take over the recovery effort. There's too much corruption in NO and Blanco and Nagin were scared that if the feds got control, they might just look into the corruption more closely. There were records to shred, hard drives to erase and so on before the feds could be allowed in.

It's hard to explain Blanco's actions any other way (except of course the incompetant deer caught in headlights explanation, which, in less suspicious moments, is my preferred explanation).

31 posted on 09/10/2005 10:01:07 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: STARWISE

Then there's Aunt Phyllis Landrieu...

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4200/is_20050124/ai_n10176385

New Orleans School Board works to boost Superintendent Amato's salary
New Orleans CityBusiness, Jan 24, 2005 by Deon Roberts


New Orleans Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Amato is close to receiving his first raise in nearly two years on the job.

Recently inaugurated School Board members are urgently working to boost Amato's $200,000 salary to compete with job offerings reportedly being made by other school systems.

Phyllis Landrieu, the new District 5 Board member, wrote to state Attorney General Charles Foti in November asking whether an outside individual or entity can contribute to the financial package for the superintendent.

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http://www.bestofneworleans.com/dispatch/2004-09-14/news_scut.html

SCUTTLEBUTT 09 14 04

Endorsement Ruckus

By Allen Johnson Jr

Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, state Attorney General Charles Foti, and Orleans Parish District Attorney Eddie Jordan -- and other elected officials -- apparently violated a state law banning elected officials from endorsing Orleans Parish School Board members, local attorney C.B. Forgotston says.

Spokespersons for Landrieu, Foti and Jordan all say the law is unconstitutional and should not be enforced; Forgotston says the law should either be enforced or repealed.

Foti, Jordan and Landrieu all appear in campaign ads endorsing School Board District 5 candidate Phyllis Landrieu in the Sept. 18 primary election. ...

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http://www.publicintegrity.org/lobby/profile-pf.aspx?act=industries&year=2003&in=48

384) Phyllis Landrieu Landrieu Public Relations LLC

http://www.publicintegrity.org/lobby/profile.aspx?act=firms&year=2003&lo=L002036

Lobbying Firm
Landrieu Public Relations LLC
Rank: 1287th
Lobbying 1998-2004: $1,580,000


32 posted on 09/10/2005 10:06:19 AM PDT by maggief (No 'luffs)
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To: STARWISE

Louisiana politicians are above criticism? I'm sure Mary and her cohorts would love to blame it all on Bush. I sent Mary an e-mail reminding her that she helped put Blanco in office.


33 posted on 09/10/2005 10:07:36 AM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: ModelBreaker
Actually IMO New Orleans was becoming a better city under Mayor Nagin's leadership. In perspective he is the least corrupt mayor in a long long time  
34 posted on 09/10/2005 10:09:24 AM PDT by sinclair (It's probably a good thing I'm not in charge of stuff.)
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To: STARWISE

The Dems are just totally incapable of figuring out that the Governor is incompetent. And that is the major difference between Louisiana and other States.


35 posted on 09/10/2005 10:09:44 AM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: STARWISE
With all the money pouring in from every where, who is going to oversee these quick-withdraw thugs? This is just amazing.....Nine months before Katrina, three top Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness officials were indicted by a federal grand jury in Shreveport and charged, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Louisiana, "with offenses related to the obstruction of an audit of the use of federal funds for flood mitigation opportunities throughout Louisiana."

Mayor Nagin told whoever would listen and the MSM did, that at least 10,000 people had lost their lives - "the authorities" ordered 25,000 body bags on Nagin's word. I wouldn't take his word for directions to the nearest bathroom!

Blanco, Landrieu, their fathers, brothers and cousins – nepotism is the name of the game in Louisiana – run by the Democratic Party for over 40 years and no one wants a change…why would they with all the gravy these political despots keep handing their less than thoroughbred constituents. What makes the President or the congress think that pouring billions of dollars into those city coffers will fix canals, levees or build affordable housing for people on welfare…are they going to build some more “keep-‘em-on-the-plantation” housing projects for the same hapless people? Is a new and better Superdome in the works? If these citizens of New Orleans have no intention of firing Mayor Nagin for his completely bungled job before, during, and after Katrina….if these people like the way law, order and politics are run in their town and do nothing about cleaning up the corruption and patronage, then I think the money allocated for homes should be first after bulldozing and burning the wreckage. To do anything other than that is money down the Louisiana black hole where untold millions and millions have been disappearing for years and there is no actual accounting as to where an astonishing amount of U.S. taxpayer money really went.

I am a little testy with the attitude of "oh, that's just how things are done in Louisiana".

36 posted on 09/10/2005 10:10:47 AM PDT by yoe
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To: popdonnelly
Silly rabbit! What you describe as incompetence is actually viewed by the dems as an attribute. The more they believe the government will steal from the "evil rich" (that means anybody actually earning their money) and give to them the better their chances of being elected here or anywhere else for that matter..   
37 posted on 09/10/2005 10:17:44 AM PDT by sinclair (It's probably a good thing I'm not in charge of stuff.)
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To: hosepipe
I am always curious as to how the mind of a person works who, in the face of the evil deeds of the left, can only think about his own (erroneously) perceived wrongdoing of those who are good.

How does your mind twist and turn like this, hosepipe?

I mean, that you can see this evidence of graft and corruption of the Dems, and still manage to bash the President with it?

38 posted on 09/10/2005 10:28:46 AM PDT by ohioWfan (If my people which are called by my name will humble themselves and pray......)
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To: sinclair
In perspective he is the least corrupt mayor in a long long time

That's quite a distinction for him. :)

39 posted on 09/10/2005 10:29:49 AM PDT by ohioWfan (If my people which are called by my name will humble themselves and pray......)
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To: sinclair
Actually IMO New Orleans was becoming a better city under Mayor Nagin's leadership. In perspective he is the least corrupt mayor in a long long time

I've heard that. I was actually talking about Blanco's decisions more than Nagin's. I am told by those who ought to know that the NOPD is the most corrupt big city police dept in the country. I'm sure it is a huge contributor to rats throughout LA. If the graft and protection schemes are made impossible by the presence of troops that answer to the DoD rather than Blanco during recovery, how much does that cost the LA rats? I'm thinking a lot of money. And that's just the police.

I still suspect that removing incriminating stuff was the real reason Blanco delayed the feds by several days.

40 posted on 09/10/2005 10:35:14 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: starfish923

I heard there's a lot of levee boards and other political entities governing the levees. Many levees with many boards. It's a patchwork of agencies making for tons of jobs for hacks and friends and family of hacks. Hacks love this gawd awful mess.

I'll bet white Democrats dominate these levee board jobs by a long shot


41 posted on 09/10/2005 10:37:01 AM PDT by dennisw (***)
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To: STARWISE
Nine months before Katrina, three top Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness officials were indicted by a federal grand jury in Shreveport and charged, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Louisiana, "with offenses related to the obstruction of an audit of the use of federal funds for flood mitigation opportunities throughout Louisiana."

Whoa.

Hadn't heard about that.

42 posted on 09/10/2005 10:45:54 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: maggief
Talk about we are family.

RICO, anyone?

43 posted on 09/10/2005 10:46:51 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Kimmers
"People are only offended by the truth.

Most people never hear the truth.

44 posted on 09/10/2005 10:52:32 AM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: dennisw

"I'll bet white Democrats dominate these levee board jobs by a long shot"

You just know that's the truth. Why black americans continue to support the democratic party is beyond me.


45 posted on 09/10/2005 10:52:51 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: STARWISE

Hey that was my line, Mary Mary Quite Contrary, somebody is reading FR.


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1479180/posts?page=287#287 post #293


46 posted on 09/10/2005 10:53:04 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Just mythoughts

Investors business daily is a great paper


47 posted on 09/10/2005 10:55:49 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Polls = Proof that when the MSM want your opinion they will give it to you.)
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To: stocksthatgoup

Yep, do not disagree, but it is startling to see ones own thinking used by smart people.


48 posted on 09/10/2005 10:57:58 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: STARWISE
"What are they doing in New Orleans? What is the Bush administration and FEMA up to, which the world is being kept from seeing? How many more Americans in New Orleans will die?"

A better question might be: How long will so-called journalists abuse their freedom of speech with distortions and blatant lies with no apparent purpose but to harm everyone and every effort that is not part of the anti-American socialists' game plan?

49 posted on 09/10/2005 11:01:21 AM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: STARWISE
Would this have happened and would the aftermath have been so bad if New Orleans was actually New England? And it's pretty clear that the answer to that is “no.”

And they know this-- HOW?

In fact, we know how the administration responded to these kinds of disasters when we look at how Bush handled Florida and the hurricane there when his brother was governor."

It's more like Jeb Bush is a governor who knows how to handle hurricane emergencies, regardless of who the president is.

50 posted on 09/10/2005 11:05:25 AM PDT by Fudd Fan (God bless President Bush!)
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