JABbering Stooge

Saturday, September 17, 2005

The other shoe is dropping.

Remember how I said earlier that there had to be something more to Bush accepting responsibility for the snafu that was the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina? Here it is.

According to an article in the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, MS, Torture Czar Alberto Gonzales' minions at the Justice Department are trying to pin the blame for the hurricane's destructive force on "enviro-wackos."

Just like how the PATRIOT Act is only being used against liberals and "swarthy males," this latest effort by the Bush administration to pass the buck elsewhere as quickly as possible can only hurt our country.

Consider: Forty years ago, Hurricane Betsy, a Cat. 4 just like Katrina, made a direct hit on New Orleans. Unlike Katrina, however, there were "only" 76 deaths and $8.5 billion (in constant 2000 dollars) in damage. What was different, other than a FEMA gutted by the appointment of partisan hacks? For starters, the wetlands hadn't yet been bulldozed to put in the next dozen bars.

Think about it. Wetlands absorb the water, wind and storm surge from approaching hurricanes. That energy is absorbed, weakening the hurricane, thus reducing loss of life and damage in the target area. Take those wetlands away, and the whole suffers. Too bad this concept is too difficult for the right wing to understand.

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