Wall Street Journal debunks myth that tax cuts caused Levees to fail

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The Wall Street Journal editorial clearly outlines and debunks the myth that tax cuts somehow contributed to the levees failing during Hurricane Katrina.

We aren’t referring here to the storm surge of recrimination blaming post-Katrina problems on everything from Iraq, to tax cuts, to his refusal to endorse the Kyoto Protocol. The American public knows this was an epic natural disaster and won’t fall for political opportunism.

The New Zealand public knows this as well, yet Mrs Peter Davis in a crass display of political opportunism played on the suffering of the people of New Orleans for her own political gain. Shame on you, Prime Minister, shame on you.

Notably, the New Orleans mess improved only after the Pentagon got involved. Though the military is normally barred from domestic law enforcement by the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, Defense officials have been doing a lot of creative thinking about what they can do and what the public now expects post-September 11. The press corps might even want to report on that thinking, which is contained in a June 2005 report, “Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support.” If he ever fires anyone, Mr. Bush could do worse than find a few more Donald Rumsfelds as replacements.

This explains for all the dumb-ass lefties out there quite clearly how a Federal system is supposed to work.

Mr. Bush will also need to guide the rebuilding choices for New Orleans and the Mississippi delta. We’re hearing a lot these days about the need to restore barrier marshlands, often from the same people who have long hated the Army Corps of Engineers that would help restore them. But clearly there is an issue of how much federal money to pour into a city that is below sea-level and would still be vulnerable to another Category Four or Five storm.

Another excellent point, when do you stop and think, Mmmm building a city below sea-level/lake level is really a dumb idea. So dumb in fact you would think it was a socialist who thought it up…oh wait it was the French…knew we could blame them somewhere along the line.

Economic leadership also means instructing Americans on the link between tax cutting and the economic vitality needed to fund both Katrina relief and the war on terror. Predictably, the Bush tax cuts are under attack for denying revenue to the government and because they don’t require “sacrifice” in wartime. But the truth is that federal revenues are rising by an estimated $262 billion–or roughly 14%–this year thanks to the growth that followed the 2003 tax cuts. Republicans have been far too defensive on tax cuts, and Katrina is an opening to explain their necessity and to push for making them permanent.

Ex-fucking-actly…stick that in your crass opportunistic mouth Prime Minister.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.