Thursday, January 24, 2008

Almost always looking backward

When Hurricane Katrina was looming near the gulf coast, all of us knew something bad was about to happen. We didn’t know how bad it would eventually turn out to be, but we knew it would be bad.

When we saw all the sub prime mortgages being handed out to people who couldn’t afford them, we knew something bad was going to happen. We didn’t know exactly how bad it would be, but we knew it would be bad.

In both the cases above we knew the danger was lurking but apparently the bush administration was either not caring or they were looking the other way. In both situations they did not act until the harm and destruction had been done.

Also in both these situations they noticed too little and too late. Was it incompetence or was it neglect? With Katrina it was incompetence on one level and lack of concern at a higher level. I would suggest the same thing happened with the financial debacle.

I find it strange that for almost seven years this administration has been looking ahead and constantly reminding us that another terror attack could occur as they took frightening measures to prevent such an event, yet they did not take any preventative measures to quickly react to other real and actual catastrophes.

It would seem they are viewing the world through a soda straw and seeing only what might be, instead of diligently seeing the larger and more realistic world of what is real and now.


Blogger Larry said...

The fact that Bush has ignored all these things and still is, indicates a coldness that points to Bush being the real terrorist within.

January 24, 2008 3:25 AM  
Blogger FranIAm said...

What larry said... I just heard a news report about the mood at the big high finance meeting in Davos.

Finance... not so high. Mood even less so.

January 24, 2008 3:34 AM  
Anonymous Joe the Troll said...

"as they took frightening measures to prevent such an event"

Did they? It seems more like they simply did what they wanted to do and used the threat of another attack as a justification. I haven't seen anything - such as a tightening of borders or the searching of incoming cargo - that would imply that they actually care about national security.

January 24, 2008 5:20 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello! Th housing market here is pretty plentiful is are are wanting to buy. Construction as usual here and they are planning to widen a big stretch in downtown later this year so that portion will be closed down for 14 months! blech! Will be awesome when they finish. Downtown is be revitilized as we now have a major movie theater in Market Square and more activities there. Of course, the city just keep expanding more and more. Email me at if you have more ?. ;)

January 24, 2008 5:53 AM  
Blogger Distributorcap said...

nothing this administration does is in a vacuum -- every incompetent and uncaring move is planned -- they are that diabolical.

they are the masters of marketers -- using that fear trump card with their lackies in the media has worked every time

what bush did with Katrina and the fact bush has KEPT saying the economy is robust as every sign pointed the other way -- and still has 25-30% support, (the same as it was before Katrina) -- shows that his message continues to resonate with the people he wants it to

the 70% of the reality based population already know what a complete fuck-up this guy is --- and nothing is gonna convince us to change --- but Bush marches to his message of lies to hold on to the 30%, and dump the problems in the lap of the next one.

this man is a complete travesty to the human race

January 24, 2008 6:47 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

The biggest success the terrorists have, is keeping us afraid. FEAR is their weapon.

And our President is one their biggest supporters in spreading THEIR fear.

The greatest disaster the U.S. has ever seen: President G. W. Bush

January 24, 2008 6:49 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

pop- folks still assume that bushco took this job (literally) out of some desire for public service. they don't care- they used these 2 horrible tragedies as opportunities to consolidate more money and power. it isn't that they didn't see it coming- it's that they looked at both as prime opportunities to take more. when you see things that way- it makes more sense.

January 24, 2008 6:57 AM  
Blogger Candace said...

It will take decades to recover from this administration. And I have a sickening feeling that they'll walk away scot-free.

January 24, 2008 7:40 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Just this morning, I heard Condi talking about how "structurally sound" the American economy is. That's a big load of horse shit, and everyone knows it. As DCap says, they just don't care. They're spending us beyond all possibility of recovery, and they just don't care.

January 24, 2008 8:09 AM  
Anonymous scott said...

Candace, How right you are.

January 24, 2008 8:20 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

They simply did not care about anything except to enrich their friends at the expense of everything else. I wish they had even been looking through a straw, they might have had a glimpse of life as the rest of us live it. There is no straw at all. We are merely incidental to their history, we pay the bills, and they keep filling their pockets. As it always is before a revolution.

January 24, 2008 8:30 AM  
Blogger Weaseldog said...

As long as Condi can buy new shoes, she will have a strong sense of well being.

Our economy can't recover as world oil production has gone flat. It is due to decline soon, meaning our economy must decline with it.

All of our goods and services are produced by consuming energy. Therefore there is a direct relationship between energy available and work that can be done.

Increasing the money supply, when energy is not increasing, simply means more dollars will chase a fixed or declining supply of goods and services. This will drive up prices and cause wages to stagnate or decline.

Putting more dollars into the economy can't stimulate it, unless there is a corresponding increase in resources to be consumed.

This is like expecting your car to drive faster and get better gas mileage if you pay more for the same fuel. A given gallon of gasoline has the same energy in it, no matter how much you pay for it. It's potential to do work doesn't change if you put a different price sticker on it.

January 24, 2008 8:31 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...


"George! Get back to work!"

"But Cops is on! This is the episode where they get the guy with the mullet, heh, heh."

January 24, 2008 8:39 AM  
Blogger Weaseldog said...

Hey Pop!

A friend of mine posted a video of me at the White Elephant in Fort Worth.

January 24, 2008 8:40 AM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

The last stimulus package didn't work and neither will this one. Bush was out yesterday saying we weren't in a recession. If not...why is he giving away free money to people who aren't in the top 3%?

Not to mention....why the hell aren't those in the top 3% spending money to boost our economy? Oh yeah....they're spending money on their European vacations.

January 24, 2008 9:34 AM  
Anonymous Lower Mack said...

Let me get this straight on the mortgage "tragedy"; you lie about your imcome to get a low cost mortgage you'll eventually not be able to afford, and when that day comes, it's Bush's fault?
By the way 96% of mortgages are being paid on time....

January 24, 2008 1:41 PM  
Blogger Squirrel said...

Very good post!

January 24, 2008 3:16 PM  
Blogger Gledwood said...

what the hell is going to happen next hurricane season? and the next one? and the next one...? if they can't handle just one hurricane's aftermath? and about 4 or 5 sizeable hurricanes come every year?

January 24, 2008 3:18 PM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

They are only 2 of the many examples of Bush allowing catastrophes so he can use them for his gain. Katrina was a natural Disaster turned into a Bush Catastrophe! Everyone must notice by now that he allows them to happen then he appears to come to our rescue though it is a facade because in reality he is all moth and full of crap!
Katrina was allowed to do what Politicians had failed to do for years and that is to destroy the eyesore public housing. Amidst much consternation from those that lived in the public housing they tore them down saying they will rebuild them someday like the others they tore down and never have or will rebuild.
When I first did a story as to what happened there, why, and how they would rebuid, people thought I was crazy but it was right on. The wealthy were barely touched and all their money makers are back but the ninth ward will never recover. There will be enough poor allowed back to service the affluent and the tourist industry. Nature was allowed to do what politicians couldn't!

January 24, 2008 3:24 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

Good points, POP. This administration definitely doesn't know how to look ahead, only behind.

January 25, 2008 10:50 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

I'm just happy I had the good sense to rip up the 4,763,492,187,208 credit card offers I received last year. ;-)

January 26, 2008 11:09 AM  
Blogger libhom said...

The Bush regime's lack of action on our country's crumbling infrastructure is another example of what you are talking about. Reinforcing bridges also would stimulate the economy by providing jobs.

January 27, 2008 6:55 AM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

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February 03, 2008 7:17 AM  

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