The Levee And Bush

The left is still pursuing the meme that the dead have only Bush to blame. Just call him grim reaper in chief. But, in a New York Times article lamenting the fact that the 2004 budget cut funds for levee repairs and subtly casting blame at the Bush administration, there is this nugget.

No one expected that weak spot to be on a canal that, if anything, had received more attention and shoring up than many other spots in the region. It did not have broad berms, but it did have strong concrete walls.

Shea Penland, director of the Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of New Orleans, said that was particularly surprising because the break was “along a section that was just upgraded.”

“It did not have an earthen levee,” Dr. Penland said. “It had a vertical concrete wall several feel thick.”

So, the levee that was breached was a new concrete levee. The levee had recently benefited from an upgrade. The upgrade was complete. Therefore Bush is to blame.

Lefty logic like this makes you wonder how they lost in 2000, 2002, and 2004.

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  • The 17th St breech was in a wall. I think at least one of the other two were in the levees themselves.

    Of course that leftist logic is flawed anyway. We could have spent the money on NO, and not spent it on port security, and they would be blaming Bush when a port was bombed. or not spent it in iraq, and blamed him when a suitcase nuke went off in LA.

    Eitherway the left is going to blame Bush. It is more inevitable than death and taxes.

  • There are three things that always amaze me about you right-wing hacks: 1) you always settle for less out of politicians and 2) you’re always whining about being victimized by the evil left-wing deceivers 3) and almost every thing you say is a lie or half-truth (I haven’t yet figured out if its because y’all are stupid or because y’all are willing to mislead people to win an argument)

    If you had quoted the passage from the article in good faith you would have included the part that read “In an interview last night, Mr. Naomi said the cuts had made it impossible to complete contracts for vital upgrades that were part of the long-term plan to renovate the system. This week, amid news of the widening breach in the 17th Street Canal, he realized that the decades long string of near misses had ended.”

    What a fair-minded person would have concluded was that the system of levees was in trouble and updating small segments amounted to applying bandaids to the problem.

    Stop complaining about left-wing distortions and acknowledge that our government (yes, including the Bush administration) has been negligent. Stop trying to distract Americans from demanding a change in policy for its own good because of your own selfish partisan hack leanings. Get over the fact that in a democracy there is such a thing as accountability, which means that when the president’s decisions are implicated in a catastrophe, the people can, and should, BLAME HIM.

    Have a good night.

    Lefty Logician

  • Dear Lefty Logican,

    Why don’t you get off your soap box and join the National Guard? I have had enough of people like you, and if you do not like the United States why don’t you go to France!

    This place that was once New Orleans was only 25% white, and what we had going on was racial genocide, as Geraldo called it like “Dante’s Inforno” or like “Hell on Earth.” This is the United States that liberals like you have created with pockets of Third World Countries in our once beautiful coastlines! Why don’t you open your home for some of these mob members (politically correct term for black gang members)that are without a City to siege right now?

    I hope you have the stomach for crack smokers and heroin addicts because these are what makes up this Mob! I hope you believe in the 2nd Amendment because they like assault weapons, too. Yeah, I bet you could really have a grand old time partying with these terrorists!

  • Shame on you, Linda. I thought you were a Christian. Don’t tell me you’re a Pat Robertson “Christian,” are you? You know, the kind that goes to church just to make yourself feel annointed, but inside, you’re really seething with bubbling hatred and vile, disgusting rage against things you cannot understand? For shame.

    Mr. Logic made some excellent points worth examing very closely, and look what you’ve done. Instead of acknowledging that he may have made some pertinent points, you’ve done exactly what he was pointing out about the rabid wingnuts. You people are simply incapable of digesting the truth, aren’t you? You simply lack the genetic makeup to carry on logical, critical thought processes altogether, so you lash out against those who do possess those abilities. How sad.

    Just for the record, Linda (not as if you’re going to actually consider it, since it is a fact, and therefore will undoubtedly escape you entirely), what happened in NOLA is precisely what you get when you let Reaganesque, neocon, trickle on economics destroy a city. Poverty rages throughout, infrastructure is gutted and destroyed, and human suffering and death is catastrophic. This is a microchosm of what the US is going to look like after the neocon death merchants are through “drowning the government (i.e., the people) in the bathtub.”

    Just to add a bit of salt into your obviously wide, festering wound, Bill Clinton fully engaged the Army Corps of Engineers to build a levee that would prevent a cat 5 hurricane from causing massive flooding of the city. That levee was 80% complete by 2003, when your boy, President Mercilessdeath, gutted the funding and prevented the levee from being completed at all. Witness the result. Yet more blood on the filty, blood-soaked hands of your completely failed, morally bankrupt, ethically challenged, thoroughly incompetent pretendident.

    Remember when all we had to worry about was a president who received oral gratification from an intern? My, how those days seem long, long gone, don’t they? What I wouldn’t give for 8 years of peace and prosperity after the abysmal failure of this highly corrupt, completely inept administration.

    Linda, I would highly recommend you crack open your bible and begin to pray for forgiveness for your vicious, unAmerican, unholy attacks on the truth. I strongly urge you to seek peace within yourself. Please, turn off the hatemongering wingnuts in the rightwing media, get some fresh air once in a while, stop immersing yourself in the utter lies and dark deceptions of the rightwing, and pray that you can find joy and the light of truth within yourself. You really don’t have to suffer through the misery that you clearly are mired in. I truly pity you.