Wednesday, September 14, 2005

More on Bush's and Republican Party's Negligence

From Thomas Friedman in today's New York Times :
We let the families of the victims of 9/11 redesign our intelligence organizations, and our president and Congress held a midnight session about the health care of one woman, Terri Schiavo, while ignoring the health crisis of 40 million uninsured. Our economy seems to be fueled lately by either suing each other or selling each other houses. Our government launched a war in Iraq without any real plan for the morning after, and it cut taxes in the middle of that war, ensuring that future generations would get the bill.
Bush can stay up late to order a federal court to intercede in a state matter with the clear intent that the court keep a brain-dead alive just so he can score points with his fundamentalist base, but when New Orleans is drowning and the Governor of Louisiana asks him to send everything he can --to in effect do everything he can-- he goes to bed.

This is leadership? This is compassion?

Bush on signing the Schiavo bill:
In cases like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws, and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life. This presumption is especially critical for those like Terri Schiavo who live at the mercy of others
And what was going on in New Orleans? What happened to his "presumption in favor of life"? He slept on it and tip-toed around states' rights niceties, niceties that didn't matter a whit when he tried to save an already dead woman.

Hmm. Maybe now we're seeing photo-ops of Bush in action because there are enough dead people to be saved.

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