The Lemonade Party

September 15th, 2005at 05:58pm Posted by Eli

I don’t always get a chance to read it, but Dan Froomkin’s White House Briefing is one of my favorite columns. It’s a great sampling of political articles, opinion pieces, and blog posts, and Froomkin is very refreshingly not-a-Republican-tool. Today he had a couple of truly infuriating posts under the heading “The Not-So-Hidden Agenda.”

Indeed…

John R. Wilkie and Brody Mullins write in the Wall Street Journal: “Congressional Republicans, backed by the White House, say they are using relief measures for the hurricane-ravaged Gulf coast to achieve a broad range of conservative economic and social policies, both in the storm zone and beyond.

“Some new measures are already taking shape. In the past week, the Bush administration has suspended some union-friendly rules that require federal contractors pay prevailing wages, moved to ease tariffs on Canadian lumber, and allowed more foreign sugar imports to calm rising sugar prices. Just yesterday, it waived some affirmative-action rules for employers with federal contracts in the Gulf region.

“Now, Republicans are working on legislation that would limit victims’ right to sue, offer vouchers for displaced school children, lift some environment restrictions on new refineries and create tax-advantaged enterprise zones to maximize private-sector participation in recovery and reconstruction.”

It is just amazing how utterly devoid of shame the Republicans are, and how completely spineless the Democrats. How can they not call the GOP on their exploitation of yet another tragedy for political gain? Heck, the Republicans make out so well from catastrophes that I have to wonder whether they really have any desire to prevent them at all.

In brief, the Republicans are masters at making lemonade out of lemons, while the Democrats could fuck up chocolate. But maybe, just maybe, the Republicans won’t have enough sugar this time. They certainly have more than enough water.

But wait, there’s more! From an LA Times article on the same topic, we get this little gem…

” ‘Bush has a very well defined vision of what government should do and how it should do it,’ said Michael Franc, a vice president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative research organization consulted by the White House. ‘This is a moment to teach or explain to the American people how his values apply to this catastrophic situation.’ “

Um, hello? Heritage Foundation? The president already “taught” the American people how his values apply to this catastrophic situation. That’s why his approval rating is sinking through the floor.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Favorites,Katrina,Politics,Republicans,Wankers


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