Archive for 'Politics'

The same old thing

September 19th, 2005 – 8:19 pm
Tagged as: Politics

Today’s issue of The Progress Report included an excellent analysis of how Bush and his pals want to use Hurricane Katrina as yet another excuse for pushing the same old economic policies. How does a nation with record deficits responsibly finance “one of the largest reconstruction efforts the world has ever seen”? Already, President Bush […]


September 18th, 2005 – 8:39 pm
Tagged as: Health,Politics

If G.W. Bush and his crew can’t handle a hurricane hitting the Gulf coast, how are they going to handle this? Bird flu, which originated in China and South-east Asia, is being spread by migrating wildfowl, infecting domestic poultry. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation warned this month that it will reach every continent. Last […]

GYWO: Katrina

September 14th, 2005 – 7:32 pm
Tagged as: Politics

It’s the Hurricane Katrina edition of Get Your War On. Some of them are funny, some of them are angry, and the last one is just poignantly sad.

The future of New Orleans?

September 13th, 2005 – 10:17 pm
Tagged as: Economics,Politics

Witness the priorities of the rich. Remember Hurricane will be used to drive out the black poor? Well, the Wall Street Journal has news for you: The power elite of New Orleans — whether they are still in the city or have moved temporarily to enclaves such as Destin, Fla., and Vail, Colo. — insist […]

Four years later

September 11th, 2005 – 1:27 pm

Juan Cole on this fourth anniversary of 9/11. Bush has given us the worst of all possible worlds– a half-finished job against al-Qaeda, an Iraqi imbroglio that could still explode into civil or even regional war– and which serves as an al-Qaeda recruiting tool–, a government starved for funds, an enormous windfall for the rich […]

The woman who raised G.W. Bush

September 6th, 2005 – 7:38 pm
Tagged as: Politics

I guess we know who to blame for at least some of President Bush’s callous indifference when it comes to the lives of the poor. His Mom had this to say while touring the Astrodome in Houston yesterday: What I’m hearing which is sort of scary is that they all want to stay in Texas. […]

Dealing with things the Rove way

September 5th, 2005 – 8:48 am
Tagged as: Politics

To the Bush administration, the important thing isn’t fixing the hurricane damage, it’s fixing the political damage caused by their incompetence. Under the command of President Bush’s two senior political advisers, the White House rolled out a plan this weekend to contain the political damage from the administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina. It orchestrated visits […]

For god’s sakes, just shut up and send us somebody.

September 4th, 2005 – 1:55 pm
Tagged as: Politics

Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard this morning on Meet the Press: Sir, they were told like me. Every single day. The cavalry is coming. On the federal level. The cavalry is coming. The cavalry is coming. The cavalry is coming. I have just begun to hear the hooves of the cavalry. The cavalry is still […]

A Katrina news and opinion roundup

September 4th, 2005 – 1:50 pm
Tagged as: Media,Politics

I’ve been accumulating links to stories about (and commentary on) the total screwup that the relief efforts for New Orleans have been since the hurricane struck, but now I see that Julia of Sisyphus Shrugged has posted an extra-long Hurricane Katrina edition of her always informative link dumps, so I’ll just point people over there […]

Republican priorities

September 3rd, 2005 – 10:27 am
Tagged as: Politics

In another fine example of just what the Republicans think is important, they’re pushing ahead with plans to try and repeal the estate tax next week. Senate Finance Committee members were informed this morning that Sen. Bill Frist will move forward with a vote to permanently repeal the estate tax next week, likely on Tuesday, […]