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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Keith Olbermann comments on government response

Five minute video, in which Keith Olbermann takes a stark and honest look at the partisan-agnostic failure of government due to politicians' choice of rhetoric over duty to their constituents.
Mr. Bush has now twice insisted that 'we are not satisfiedfied' with the response to the manifold tragedies along the Gulf Coast. I wonder which 'we' he think's he's speaking for on this point. Perhaps it's the administration, although, we still don't know where some of them are. Anybody seen the Vice President lately? The man whose message this time last year was, "I'll protect you; the other guy might let you die?" I don't know which 'we' Mr. Bush meant.
OK, that was merely my favorite partisan moment. However, this struck a chord:
... had [the President] only remembered Churchill's quote from the 1930's: "The responsibility of government for the public safety", Churchill said, "is absolute and requires no mandate. It is, in fact, the prime object for which governments come into existence." In forgetting that, the current administration did not merely damage itself, it damaged our confidence in our ability to rely on whoever is in the White House.
I'm reading Freakonomics right now. The difference between morality and economy, according to the book's authors, is that morality represents how one wishes the world were while economy represents how the world actually is. This gives me no confidence whatsoever.

1 comment:

State Street Pete said...

I was watching when he said it on the show Monday night and was, at first, slightly concerned that he was going out on the Limbaugh/Hannity limb by making personal commentary on a news program, but he voiced very eloquently exactly what needed to be said about our government's lame response to Katrina.

A very telling story ran last night (might have been Countdown, I've been watching so much all the reports tend to blend) that described FEMA's very capable response to last year's spate of hurricanes in Florida. It became painfully clear that since last year was an election year and Florida was an key electoral state they got all the help they needed and more and the administration's response was timely and well orchestrated. Bush and the cabinet were there right after the storm passed, and some, like Condi, even handing out supplies for the cameras. There was even talk of making FEMA director Brown the head of DHS since things went so well.

This time Bush was everywhere but the Gulf, playing guitar and eating cake with McCain, Condi was buying shoes and getting booed at Spamalot, Cheney was on vacation and buying a house in Wyoming, even though everyone knew a big storm was coming.

It is now painfully obvious to me that the victims of Katrina are not as important to this administration because their votes no longer matter.