Katrina: Where to point the fingers

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

Contrary to Jim Anderton, the Greens and Mrs Peter Davis the finger clearly cannot be pointed at the three current favorites: (1) global warming, (2) the war in Iraq and (3) tax cuts. Katrina hits and the unholy trinity is immediately invoked to damn sinner-in-chief George W. Bush.

Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post has an excellant article where exactly to point the finger….and lo and behold we find that the ones most to blame are the Democrats.

He outlines why the the unholy trinity cannot be clamed in just one clear succinct paragraph.

This kind of stupidity merits no attention whatsoever, but I’ll give it a paragraph. There is no relationship between global warming and the frequency and intensity of Atlantic hurricanes. Period. The problem with the evacuation of New Orleans is not that National Guardsmen in Iraq could not get to New Orleans but that National Guardsmen in Louisiana did not get to New Orleans. As for the Bush tax cuts, administration budget requests for New Orleans flood control during the five Bush years exceed those of the five preceding Clinton years. The notion that the allegedly missing revenue would have been spent wisely by Congress, targeted precisely to the levees of New Orleans, and that the reconstruction would have been completed in time, is a threefold fallacy. The argument ends when you realize that, as The Post noted, “the levees that failed were already completed projects.”

Here endeth the lesson.

 


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