Thursday, September 15, 2005

GOP Scuttles Another Comission

Do you remember how Bush shot down the 9/11 commission? Said there was no point to it. Until the families outcry and the nation's agreement was so immense he flip flopped and said they needed to do it? Here they go again. The fear runs deep in their mis-steps:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans on Wednesday scuttled an attempt by Sen. Hillary Clinton to establish an independent, bipartisan panel patterned after the 9/11 Commission to investigate what went wrong with federal, state and local governments' response to Hurricane Katrina.

The New York Democrat's bid to establish the panel - which would have also made recommendations on how to improve the government's disaster response apparatus - failed to win the two-thirds majority needed to overcome procedural hurdles.

"Just as with 9/11, we did not get to the point where we believed we understood what happened until an independent investigation was conducted," Clinton said.

The Senate vote is hardly likely to be the last word on whether to create an independent commission or as an alternative a special congressional committee to investigate Katrina. The 9/11 Commission was established in 2002 after resistance from Republicans and the White House, and opinion polls show the public strongly supports the idea. In a CNN/USA Today Gallup poll taken Sept. 8-11, 70 percent of those surveyed supported an independent panel to investigate the government's response to Katrina. Only 29 percent were opposed.
Bush's presidency will so far be defined by disaster. 9/11, Iraq, a 1.7 trillion deficit which has pretty much bankrupted the government, the burgeoning gas crisis, and Katrina. Though I'm sure revisionist historians are already spinning their writings to defend him against such impossibly bad karma, the reality is, he brought it all on.

His inept, arrogant White House ignored the threats that this own intelligence sent to him (Bin Laden plans to attack U.S. memo), rounds and rounds of tax cuts to the wealthy have cut government income drastically, attacking Iraq as a "preventative measure" has cost us roughly $1billion a day for two and a half years and disrupted the oil flow from the region, taking money away from N.O. repair projects on the levees left them unable to weather the storm, as it were.

His hand is at the forefront of every disaster. It's easy to say it's just bad luck. I think we've all had enough of his bad luck.

Have we had enough yet?


Blogger mal said...

Regardless of the GOP's reasons for dissing Hillarys bully pulpit, I am not sure that another "fact finding" committee is going to add anything of value to pool of knowledge. Seems these committees turn into political band stands of limited value to the citizens.

Pfffffbbbtt!! on em all

3:29 PM, September 15, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

mallory: the 9/11 commission revealed massive intelligence failures which caused an overhaul of an outdated intelligence system and agencies, which will hopefully now work correctly. When Bush himself was put on the spot, he lied and evaded the truth with the classic "if we had known, we would have done something." Well, he got the memo and ignored it in August. (Bin Laden Plans To Attack U.S.). Google it. To let this disaster go without a commission would let all the idiots who f'ed up this time to get away with it in a system Bush created to work more smoothly. Why is that of limited value? Clincton made the FEMA director a cabinet position so that there would be one voice of authority after the disaster of hurricaine Andrew under Bush I and FEMA's lack of response. Under Clinton FEMA became an immediate response organization. Bush removed the position and folded it into Homeland Security. Okay, why not - but it doesn't work. Why not figure out why? In an administration loath to admit any error, a commission is the only way. And to call Hillary's pulpit bullying is fine, but it implies Bush's entire operation isn't - and he's the most vicious bully to take office since Taft, probably, who was vindictive and liked to crush his enemies like Bush does.

10:16 PM, September 15, 2005  

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