The Original American Malcontent

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Katrina Shines the Light on the Compassionate Conservative

Greg PalastNew Orleans - Reminding the residents of Gulf Coast that, if can they can find their missing loved ones, they will qualify for the new higher exemption on inheritance taxes. "Don't think of them as lost, think of them as floating tax deductions!"

Hurricane Katrina and its Aftermath:
A Crisis Papers Special Edition
Hurricane Katrina was The Perfect Storm, predicted and predictable, and yet the Federal response to the victims of this Category Five hurricane was chillingly and perhaps criminally lackadaisical, unfeeling, late and insufficient. Not surprising, actually, as this is George Bush's usual days-late-and-a-dollar-short response to tragedies. He is solipsism personified.

Bush's Second Gulf Disaster
Terry Lynn Karl
President Bush has asked that Americans not “play politics” at this moment of terrible national disaster. But asking hard questions of our nation’s leaders is exactly what democracy demands when the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina is widely viewed as “a national disgrace.”

New Orleans: A Geopolitical Prize By George FriedmanSeptember 01, 2005 22 30 GMT -- The American political system was founded in Philadelphia, but the American nation was built on the vast farmlands that stretch from the Alleghenies to the Rockies. That farmland produced the wealth that funded American industrialization: It permitted the formation of a class of small landholders who, amazingly, could produce more than they could consume. They could sell their excess crops in the east and in Europe and save that money, which eventually became the founding capital of American industry


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