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Topic: Barbara Bush Calls Evacuees "Better Off"
Posted By: Ason
Subject: Barbara Bush Calls Evacuees "Better Off"
Date Posted: 07 September 2005 at 1:04pm

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/07/national/nationalspecial/07barbara.html - http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/07/national/nationalspecial/0 7barbara.html

September 7, 2005

Barbara Bush Calls Evacuees Better Off

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 - As President Bush battled criticism over the response to Hurricane Katrina, his mother declared it a success for evacuees who "were underprivileged anyway," saying on Monday that many of the poor people she had seen while touring a Houston relocation site were faring better than before the storm hit.

"What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas," Barbara Bush said in an interview on Monday with the radio program "Marketplace." "Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality."

"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway," she said, "so this is working very well for them."

Mrs. Bush toured the Astrodome complex with her husband, former President George Bush, as part of an administration campaign throughout the Gulf Coast region to counter criticism of the response to the storm. Former President Bush and former President Bill Clinton are helping raise money for the rebuilding effort.

White House officials did not respond on Tuesday to calls for comment on Mrs. Bush's remarks.

 




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Posted By: kenski70
Date Posted: 29 November 2005 at 11:46am
is anyone really surprised by this? shes a rich snob like most politicians and their families.shes also republican.that means her husband and son both cared little about poor anyone anywhere.time and again republicans have found ways cut cut welfare and other aid programs while her husband and son make deals that make her family richer. she probably thinks that the $2000 the US gov. gave to these people was undeserved.

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Sorry about that turn signal,I must have fallen asleep.


Posted By: Suleyman
Date Posted: 29 November 2005 at 12:10pm

Dear Kenski,we use big letters after the dots...

Islamicity English Grammar Council....



Posted By: kenski70
Date Posted: 30 November 2005 at 8:42am
WOW Thanks for the free lesson professor!

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Sorry about that turn signal,I must have fallen asleep.


Posted By: herjihad
Date Posted: 30 November 2005 at 9:51am

Bismillah,

She's a feeble old woman trying to look on the bright side of things.  It's not her position to do that, however.  It's up to the people doing the suffering and recovering.

Snob, republican and rich.  I know some people think these naturally go together, but there are poor republicans.  Not everyone who is republican has an open anti-poor people agenda.  Some people actually believe that trickle down works. Nevermind the rust and asphyxiating affects of the afterwash. 

Suleyman, I'd like to officially apply for membership to the IEGC.  MY OFFICIAL STANCE:  NEVERMIND THE SPELLING; JUST HIT ENTER OFTEN SO THAT WE CAN READ YOUR POSTS.



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Al-Hamdulillah (From a Married Muslimah) La Howla Wa La Quwata Illa BiLLah - There is no Effort or Power except with Allah's Will.


Posted By: Ketchup
Date Posted: 11 February 2006 at 3:40am

Look at the bigger picture..  This guy makes some good points!

An Unnatural Disaster: A Hurricane Exposes the, Man-Made Disaster of the welfare state

Sep 02, 2005
by Robert Tracinski

It has taken four long days for state and federal officials to figure out how to deal with the disaster in New Orleans. I can’t blame them, because it has also taken me four long days to figure out what is going on there. The reason is that the events there make no sense if you think that we are confronting a natural disaster.

If this is just a natural disaster, the response for public officials is obvious: you bring in food, water, and doctors; you send transportation to evacuate refugees to temporary shelters; you send engineers to stop the flooding and rebuild the city’s infrastructure. For journalists, natural disasters also have a familiar pattern: the heroism of ordinary people pulling together to survive; the hard work and dedication of doctors, nurses, and rescue workers; the steps being taken to clean up and rebuild.

Public officials did not expect that the first thing they would have to do is to send thousands of armed troops in armored vehicle, as if they are suppressing an enemy insurgency. And journalists--myself included--did not expect that the story would not be about rain, wind, and flooding, but about rape, murder, and looting.

But this is not a natural disaster. It is a man-made disaster.


The man-made disaster is not an inadequate or incompetent response by federal relief agencies, and it was not directly caused by Hurricane Katrina. This is where just about every newspaper and television
channel has gotten the story wrong.

The man-made disaster we are now witnessing in New Orleans did not happen over the past four days. It happened over the past four decades. Hurricane Katrina merely exposed it to public view.

The man-made disaster is the welfare state.

For the past few days, I have found the news from New Orleans to be confusing. People were not behaving as you would expect them to behave in an emergency--indeed, they were not behaving as they have behaved in other emergencies. That is what has shocked so many people: they have been saying
that this is not what we expect from America. In fact, it is not even what we expect from a Third World country.

When confronted with a disaster, people usually rise to the occasion. They work together to rescue people in danger, and they spontaneously organize to keep order and solve problems. This is especially true in America. We are an enterprising people, used to relying on our own initiative rather than waiting around for the government to take care of us. I have seen this a hundred times, in small examples (a small town whose main traffic light had gone out, causing ordinary citizens to get out of their cars and serve as impromptu traffic cops, directing cars through the intersection) and large ones (the spontaneous response of New Yorkers to
September 11).

So what explains the chaos in New Orleans?

To give you an idea of the magnitude of what is going on, here is a description from a Washington Times story:

“Storm victims are raped and beaten; fights erupt with flying fists, knives and guns; fires are breaking out; corpses litter the streets; and police and rescue helicopters are repeatedly fired on.

“The plea from Mayor C. Ray Nagin came even as National Guardsmen poured in to restore order and stop the looting, carjackings and gunfire....

“Last night, Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco said 300 Iraq-hardened Arkansas National Guard members were inside New Orleans with shoot-to-kill orders.

“ ‘These troops are...under my orders to restore order in the streets,’ she said. ‘They have M-16s, and they are locked and loaded. These troops know how to shoot and kill and they are more than willing to do so if necessary and I expect they will.’ “

The reference to Iraq is eerie. The photo that accompanies this article shows National Guard troops, with rifles and armored vests, riding on an armored vehicle through trash-strewn streets lined by a rabble of squalid, listless people, one of whom appears to be yelling at them. It looks exactly like a scene from Sadr City in Baghdad.

What explains bands of thugs using a natural disaster as an excuse for an orgy of looting, armed robbery, and rape? What causes unruly mobs to storm the very buses that have arrived to evacuate them, causing the drivers to drive away, frightened for their lives? What causes people to attack the doctors trying to treat patients at the Super Dome?

Why are people responding to natural destruction by causing further destruction? Why are they attacking the people who are trying to help them?

My wife, Sherri, figured it out first, and she figured it out on a sense-of-life level. While watching the coverage last night on Fox News Channel, she told me that she was getting a familiar feeling. She studied
architecture at the Illinois Institute of Chicago, which is located in the South Side of Chicago just blocks away from the Robert Taylor Homes, one of the largest high-rise public housing projects in America. “The projects,” as they were known, were infamous for uncontrollable crime and irremediable squalor. (They have since, mercifully, been demolished.)

What Sherri was getting from last night’s television coverage was a whiff of the sense of life of “the projects.” Then the “crawl"--the informational phrases flashed at the bottom of the screen on most news
channels--gave some vital statistics to confirm this sense: 75% of the residents of New Orleans had already evacuated before the hurricane, and of the 300,000 or so who remained, a large number were from the city’s public housing projects. Jack Wakeland then gave me an additional, crucial fact: early reports from CNN and Fox indicated that the city had no plan for evacuating all of the prisoners in the city’s jails--so they just let many of them loose. There is no doubt a significant overlap between these two populations--that is, a large number of people in the jails used to live in the housing projects, and vice versa.

There were many decent, innocent people trapped in New Orleans when the deluge hit--but they were trapped alongside large numbers of people from two groups: criminals--and wards of the welfare state, people selected, over decades, for their lack of initiative and self-induced helplessness. The welfare wards were a mass of sheep--on whom the incompetent administration of New Orleans unleashed a pack of wolves.

All of this is related, incidentally, to the apparent incompetence of the city government, which failed to plan for a total evacuation of the city, despite the knowledge that this might be necessary. But in a city corrupted by the welfare state, the job of city officials is to ensure the flow of handouts to welfare recipients and patronage to political supporters--not to ensure a lawful, orderly evacuation in case of emergency.

No one has really reported this story, as far as I can tell. In fact, some are already actively distorting it, blaming President Bush, for example, for failing to personally ensure that the Mayor of New Orleans had drafted an adequate evacuation plan. The worst example is an execrable piece from the Toronto Globe and Mail, by a supercilious Canadian who blames the chaos on American “individualism.” But the truth is precisely the opposite: the chaos was caused by a system that was the exact opposite of individualism.

What Hurricane Katrina exposed was the psychological consequences of the welfare state. What we consider “normal” behavior in an emergency is behavior that is normal for people who have values and take the responsibility to pursue and protect them. People with values respond to a disaster by fighting against it and doing whatever it takes to overcome the difficulties they face. They don’t sit around and complain that the government hasn’t taken care of them. They don’t use the chaos of a disaster as an opportunity to prey on their fellow men.

But what about criminals and welfare parasites? Do they worry about saving their houses and property? They don’t, because they don’t own anything. Do they worry about what is going to happen to their businesses or how they are going to make a living? They never worried about those things before. Do they worry about crime and looting? But living off of stolen wealth is a way of life for them.

The welfare state--and the brutish, uncivilized mentality it sustains and encourages--is the man-made disaster that explains the moral ugliness that has swamped New Orleans. And that is the story that no one is reporting.

Source: TIA Daily—September 2, 2005



Posted By: herjihad
Date Posted: 11 February 2006 at 7:49am

Bismillah,

people selected, over decades, for their lack of initiative and self-induced helplessness. The welfare wards were a mass of sheep--on whom the incompetent administration of New Orleans unleashed a pack of wolves.

But what about criminals and welfare parasites? Do they worry about saving their houses and property? They don’t, because they don’t own anything. Do they worry about what is going to happen to their businesses or how they are going to make a living? They never worried about those things before. Do they worry about crime and looting? But living off of stolen wealth is a way of life for them.

This is not a republican anti-human site.  Are you lost, buddy?  No-one here wants to hear this malarchy.   I guess you admire the likes of Ken Lay and Abramoff?  Of course you do! 

You don't have ideas, you have justifications for the rich getting richer, and again, we don't want to hear it!  There are some who may enjoy toying with you.  Enjoy, guys. 



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Al-Hamdulillah (From a Married Muslimah) La Howla Wa La Quwata Illa BiLLah - There is no Effort or Power except with Allah's Will.


Posted By: Ketchup
Date Posted: 12 February 2006 at 5:11am

I take it you only read the last two paragraghs..

You missed the whole point of the issue....

What Hurricane Katrina exposed was the psychological consequences of the welfare state...

There will always be rich there will always be poor... social structure and its flaws are the key.



Posted By: herjihad
Date Posted: 13 February 2006 at 7:29am

Bismillah,

Do you take yourself seriously?  No, I took the time to read your racist trash.  You are one of those who doesn't even realize that he is a racist.  Learn for yourself.  Ask Allah, SWT, to guide you to the truth.  Mixing lies with truth is an old technique of propagandists.  I focused on your arrogant, misquided thoughts; why don't you?

It's black history month in America.  Now, the powers that be can not allow real, complete, true history to be taught year after year to our kids, but they allow some of it onto PBS shows once a year.  How nice. 

Great hook, but it has catsup all over it!

Oh, and the evacuees would have been better off if the rich people who left them behind gave a damn about their neighbors.



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Al-Hamdulillah (From a Married Muslimah) La Howla Wa La Quwata Illa BiLLah - There is no Effort or Power except with Allah's Will.


Posted By: Ketchup
Date Posted: 13 February 2006 at 11:06am

Why do you always reach for the race card every time you post against a westerner?

You seem to have this lovely illusion that the US health social service is perfect.. it isn't, poor people lose out due to discrimination.  The article clearly states how the peeps in new orleans have been prejudiced against and why they reacted in the way they did.




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