Common Sense

Oct 19, 2005 by

It is a crying shame that while natives and residents of the Gulf Coast struggle to rebuild their lives in the wake of Katrina / Rita the current administration continues to bungle their custodianship of the nation. Years ago Republican was a word that was syonymous with fiscal conservativism, with the advent of the neocon radicals currently in charge that has become a thing of the past.

No matter what your political leanings the idea of cutting public programs already in existence when so many in the nation have lost their homes, savings, and other assets to the Storms rather than repealing the tax cuts enacted for the top 3.7 percent of households that have incomes over $200,000 a year should be counterintuitive. Unfortunately it seems that this is exactly the course we are on. (View the AFL-CIO’s commentary on this situation here.)

Politics is no longer an abstract for New Orleanians and other Gulf Coast residents, and it should not be for Americans who care about their country either. We have now seen the cronyism and incompetence of Louisiana government mirrored on the federal level, at the cost of thousands of lives. As we prepare to return to NOLA it infuriates me that we should be forced to prepare to fight these political battles while all our energies should be focussed on preserving the cultural legacy of the Big (Un)Easy.

Benjamin Franklin and George Washington are spinning in their graves at a respectable 45rpms…

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