Skip to comments.Linda McQuaig says right may have met its match in hurricane crisis (BARF ALERT!!!)
Posted on 09/11/2005 11:04:02 AM PDT by Heartofsong83
Linda McQuaig says right may have met its match in hurricane crisis
When terrorists struck the World Trade Center, George W. Bush and his handlers quickly adopted a muscular approach to the crisis. Not so with Katrina.
While 9/11 prompted the administration to unleash the full resources of America in response, the deadly Katrina crisis had trouble catching Bush's attention. But then 9/11 was quickly spotted as the perfect justification for what Republicans wanted to do anyway: mobilize the U.S. for war and enhance the power of the military-industrial complex.
The Katrina disaster offers no such opportunities. On the contrary, it cries out for massive aid that threatens to drain resources from Republican pet causes like war-making and tax-cutting for the rich.
Indeed, Katrina has the potential to finally alert the American people to the dangers of the right's ideology an ideology that rejects the notion of the "common good" and instead promotes an unbridled free market where everyone looks out for himself.
For decades the right has been pumping money into think tanks where this "every man for himself" ideology is gussied up and presented as a beneficial force that will lift all mankind to the state of prosperity depicted on TV.
But the Katrina fiasco shows us what "every man for himself" really creates: a society of such rampant inequality that, even as a devastating hurricane rushes in from the sea and the affluent depart, tens of thousands who are too poor, too sick or too old are simply abandoned and left stranded on rooftops as water rises around them.
This immense tragedy has been years in the making, as the right's ideology implemented with particular gusto by the Bush administration has redirected national wealth to the rich, leaving public programs, infrastructure and millions of people badly in need.
Its imprint is clearly visible in the Katrina saga. Despite the well-documented danger of a major hurricane hitting low-lying New Orleans, the White House slashed federal funding for preventative flood control and lifted a ban on developers destroying the wetlands protecting city. It also downsized and privatized the federal disaster management agency, FEMA, handing it over to inexperienced cronies who cut funding for a nationwide program aimed at reducing the impact of disasters by properly preparing for them.
So minimal was FEMA's preparation for Katrina that, despite two days warning, the agency had developed no real plan for helping those trapped in New Orleans. As CNN's Anderson Cooper reported, 15,000 desperate people who fled to the convention centre were cared for for days by a single doctor who showed up on his own, equipped only with a stethoscope and some medicine he'd looted from a pharmacy on his way over. Who needs planning?
This could be a turning point just as the Walkerton tragedy finally alerted the people of Ontario to the dangers of the program-slashing, right-wing ideology of the Mike Harris government.
In Katrina and its awesome horrors, the right may have finally met its match.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Linda McQuaig is a Toronto-based author and commentator. firstname.lastname@example.org.
"So minimal was FEMA's preparation for Katrina that, despite two days warning, the agency had developed no real plan for helping those trapped in New Orleans."
Bold faced lie.
While I certainly do not give FEMA top marks, that is going waaaaayyyy too far...
My turn to write allegations unsubstantiated by fact:
"Linda McQuaig, obviously suffering from Syphillis acquired from trolling truckers at rest stops, writes yet another mentally ill MSM propaganda piece. There is a growing perception that her editors feed her crack to keep her lucid".
She's well known to be on the far left of even Canadian media...
Explain to me why our foolish GOP leaders in Washington are letting the media conduct the only "independent" investigation of this situation. We need a panel of independent NONPOLITICIAN/NON-DCSTAFFER investigators to look at this IMMEDIATELY, before the damage is done by the leftwing media.
I suggest that the panelists should be former military, private auditors, consultants, and engineers with no apparent political affiliation.
Here's a clue for our Commie "friends" to the North... You take care of your problems and let us take care of ours.
If she believes this crap she just spewed, she needs
to check herself into the hospital that has doctors
tha5t treat people like Bob Jones, Kazinski, & Charles
So...we should give the federal governent even more power and authority, thus leaving the states and people with less responsibility...and resources, over their own lives? Isn't this part of problem, already?
Although I would not believe a word Anderson Pooper reports, was this Doctor a government employee, or a good American concerned about his fellow citizens?
Bush is only incidental.
I have a match for Linda Quaig .
Barney Frank ...
Karl Marx, Mao Tse Tung and Fidel Castro couldn't have put it any better Linda! Good job! Flatulence is a terrible thing to waste.
She links the two together as well...typical socialist. She's on the left wing of even the liberal mainstream media - in Canada!
You know what linda? We have enough skunks in our own ratmedia to be insulted by and lied about, so just shut up.
She'a a true communist believer not even close to liberal.
Very true. She considers the Liberal Party of Canada "right-wing"! What do you expect from a card-carrying NDP (socialist) member???
Linda McQuaig has absolutely no idea what she's talking about.
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