After Katrina Fiasco, Time for Bush to Go

Gordon Adams, former senior W.H. budget official for national security in the Clinton administration, writes in today’s Baltimore Sun, “The disastrous federal response to Katrina exposes a record of incompetence, misjudgment and ideological blinders that should lead to serious doubts that the Bush administration should be allowed to continue in office.”

It just gets better from there, as Adams counts the reasons why, it’s time for Bush to go. Here’s a few quips…

When rescue and medical squads are sitting in Manassas and elsewhere in northern Virginia and foreign assistance waits at airports because the government can’t figure out how to insure the workers, how to use the assistance or which jurisdiction should be in charge, it is time for the administration to leave town.

When President Bush stays on vacation and attends social functions for two days in the face of disaster before finally understanding that people are starving, crying out and dying, it is time for him to go.

When Mr. Bush states publicly that “nobody could anticipate a breach of the levee” while New Orleans journalists, Scientific American, National Geographic, academic researchers and Louisiana politicians had been doing precisely that for decades, right up through last year and even as Hurricane Katrina passed over, he should be laughed out of town as an impostor.

When repeated studies of New Orleans make it clear that tens of thousands of people would be unable to evacuate the city in case of a flood, lacking both money and transportation, but FEMA makes no effort before the storm to commandeer buses and move them to safety, it is time for someone to be given his walking papers.

We have a president who is apparently ill-informed, lackadaisical and narrow-minded, surrounded by oil baron cronies, religious fundamentalist crazies and right-wing extremists and ideologues. He has appointed officials who give incompetence new meaning, who replace the positive role of government with expensive baloney.

They rode into office in a highly contested election, spouting a message of bipartisanship but determined to undermine the federal government in every way but defense (and, after 9/11, one presumed, homeland security). One with Grover Norquist, they were determined to shrink Washington until it was “small enough to drown in a bathtub.” Katrina has stripped the veil from this mean-spirited strategy, exposing the greed, mindlessness and sheer profiteering behind it.

The the entire OP/ED here.

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16 Responses to After Katrina Fiasco, Time for Bush to Go

  1. Grace says:

    I am reading things on this blog I can’t find anywhere else. This is an important article and should be read by everyone concerned about the state of our government.

    My question is how do we get Bush to resign? He will never be impeached. It is also as important to get rid of Cheny as it is to get rid of Bush.

    Maybe a concerted effort led by a prominent American such as Colin Powell would work. I don’t like petitions even though I sign many of them. Would hand written letters to our so-called elected officials help?

    I am so depressed . I don’t see any way out of this mess. Does anyone else have any ideas?

  2. Hi Grace

    Welcome to Dem Daily. We’re trying hard to offer stuff here that other blogs are not, and use a commonsense approach as much as possible. I’m glad to know you’re finding stuff here you are not finding elsewhere and that it is useful. Pass the word.

    We’ll need to keep the pressure on, emails, phone calls, letters. Call your Congress members, demand impeachment. Impeachment of both Bush and Cheney, absolutely. This is the straw… the final straw.

    It’s hard not to be depressed in the midst of all of this. We’ll all try to come up with some ideas here together.

  3. Ginny in Co says:

    Grace,

    Glad you found us. Pam and Ron do an awesome job of getting the most up to date, important news to us – especially the things the echo machine doesn’t run.

    You are not alone. We all have an emotional rollercoaster that goes from cynicism, anger, cold fury, cautious hope, depression. It makes you queasy, a little daft and sleeping quite a challenge some nights.

    There are a lot of ideas and a lot of efforts to get out from under this ASAP. The big effort that will get a huge boost from Katrina is the 2006 elections. Retaking the Senate was a minimum goal. The House was on the plan – whatever we can do, take off the cautious approach and run Dem candidates even if it’s a GOP stronghold and they have a slim chance. If nothing else, we need to get the message out there – if it doesn’t get that candidate elected in ’06, it may pave the way for someone to squeeze in ’08.

    Katrina and the exposure of Norquest’s/neocon “starve the beast’ strategy and it’s side effects should wake up a significant percentage of voters.
    Democratic leaders are working hard to rebuild the party infrastructure in every state. New liberal think tanks are going to be funded by a group called The Democracy Alliance. Better ways to say and get out the Democratic message are a big focus.

    The change in the media with this disaster are encouraging. If they continue to question the administration press releases and challenging their performance, we will have more time at the microphone in the main stream media (MSM).

    It does take a lot to build up the country desire for change. We all need to contribute by speaking up. Write letters to the editor(s) contact anchors and show hosts. Send copies of op-ed pieces above to your local papers so it gets more distribution.

    Positive thoughts: if we can get this picture more fully focused, keep it in the minds of American voters through 11/06 and retake Congress, there will be a move from there to impeach. Nancy Pelosi will be Speaker of the House. If Bush and Cheney are removed, we will have President Pelosi until ’08 🙂 🙂

    As far as leaders helping this cause, it is actually quite heartening how many Republicans are getting fed up with BushCo and realize the party is likely to have a big set back – worse than Nixon, if they don’t do something.

    We are here to share knowledge, ideas, vent our anger, raise our spirits, hopes and energy. Come back and share.

  4. Grace says:

    I write many letter to my local newspapers, my congress people and senators. I tried to get Op-Ed pieces published in our local newspaper, but was told they are copyrighted and impossible to re-print. I don’t buy that, but am powerless to object. Most of the letters I write are published, but it seems the more you write, the less seriously you are taken. They label you as a left-wing nut and just publish to get some angry replies. If you were against the war, you also are un-patriotic.

    I have many Republican friends who do not act at all like this gang of thieves. THey are good and decent Americans, but they still voted for Bush. It is really hard to get them to see what is really happening here.

    I am really worried for our country. I really had hope when I worked hard for Howard Dean who I feel spoke the truth about the administration and the government in general. He got railroaded out of the nomination and the DLC ran the same tired old campaign. I have no heart to go through that again.

    As for taking back congress, the big money will talk again just as always, and I don’t know if there will really be any big changes even if the Democrats win. They won’t win unless they get the media to stop being stenographers for the administration and the Republicans in congress and the senate. Even so, 1.5 years is a long time to wait to get rid of an incompetent liar. How many more will die as a result? I don’t think we have the luxury of time here.

  5. Grace

    We’re all worried about our country. Most of us here worked very hard for the Kerry campaign from very early in the primaries. John Kerry spoke the truth about the Bush administration, too and still does, just as Howard Dean still does. We may have a different perspective on what happened but regardless, there’s work to be done now to change things. We have some momentum, we need to build on that. Now is the time for Dems to all come together and stick together. There are a lot of good Dems in DC, it’s not about the DLC, or the DNC or factions of the party at this point, it’s about standing behind/beside them as they stand up for us now.

    Much of the media has seen the folly of their ways. We’re at a turning point. I feel that in my bones.

  6. Grace says:

    I hope you are right, Pam. But I do get discouraged. The media is fickle and follow each other blindly. They could turn on a dime. Anything for a story, true or not. They stopped looking for truth during the Reagan administration.

  7. Grace

    Have you read this yet – http://www.thedemocraticdaily.com/the_disinformation_society.pdf

    The Disinformation Society, by Robert F Kennedy Jr. It was during the Reagan administration that the Fairness Doctrine was eliminated (in the article). The media was given a free pass not to look for the truth when the Fairness Doctrine was eliminated. That was something they lobbyied for a long time. Meanwhile, they’ve been working while we’ve been squabbling, among other things. We’ve got to pull together.

  8. Grace

    I get discouraged too. The past few days I have vascilated between knowing that I am helping people to learn the truth here and wanting to hide under the covers. Silly as it may sound, I still keep uttering the Kerry slogan… “Hope is on the Way” and I see John Kerry standing his ground telling us that, I still believe it is on the way. We’re the hope.

  9. Kudo’s to Gordon Adams. Very nice! Well done, concise indictment of this horrible excuse for a President, Administration and humans. He did kind of give him a pass on 9/11 itself but the rest is very good. Of course, if we had a media that was even half way competent, when not outright biased right, even the average clueless American could have figured this out years ago…

    Welcome Grace,
    I agree it’s VERY hard not to get discouraged at times. With the current media we are stuck with, it makes it extremely difficult to open the eyes of the average American, who doesn’t really pay much attention to politics, the Bush admin’s decisions and consequences or GOP’s polices and their efffects much. They just catch bits and pieces of sound bytes, spin and what the right-wing echo chamber. and therefore MSM conventional wisdom. parrots…

    Keep the faith…
    Dave

  10. Grace says:

    I have not read the Disinformation Society, but I will. Thanks for the info. I worked hard for Kerry too. He did not use the ammunition handed to him to his advantage in 2004. I think he is a good man, but just did not have the “strong leader quality” America was looking for in that election. Judging from what happened in Ohio, he may have had the electoral votes to win, but again did not push for the investigation.

    I am waiting for someone to emerge who will really be a LEADER! As of now, I can’t think of anyone who fits the bill.

  11. Marjorie G says:

    Grace, welcome.

    Many of us saw the media spin discourage voters on Kerry, Democrat and GOP. Hard to be seen as strong if told constantly someone is the opposite. Noisy is different than strong. And as Ginny says, time at the mic, at all, is important to create imporession. We were always at varying stages of readiness for patches of the misinformed public to listen.

    That said, wonder of wonders, we probably won. And if there were any way to win offically with that stacked Ohio court, still not allowing discovery on those machines, just maybe…Kerry is a prosecutor, and pretty good for taking down a Boston mob and the complicated, defining BCCI. He needed proof, a whistleblower, to challenge an election.

    The public was in manipulated fear, and as much as some of us disagreed with the campaign at times, all worked beyond very hard, and they were, after all, one candidate and one campaign. Next time, the blue states need to vote, stop holding back for the pure, perfect candidate. With a popular win, we get bragging rights.

    More than anything, we need election reform. Dems still aren’t doing enough. And for many of us still on the emotional roller coaster, like me, lose the weight I gained since November.

    Let’s bolster each other, and give advice on what works.

  12. Ginny in CO says:

    Grace,

    Good work and be glad you get published! I only send them ideas because in the 11 years I have been writing LTE to the Denver Post NONE have been published. Before that I had at least a 66% publication rate. The Post is considered the LIBERAL paper here – even after they endorsed W both elections.

    Just because your letters attract the right wing responses, that may help your arguments with people who aren’t aligned and still think. When you write an intelligent, well reasoned letter and the only attacks are labeling you a liberal, etc, there are readers who see the difference and, hopefully open their minds a little more.

    The campaign was a mix of old and new. I’ve been involved since ’88 and had never seen the kind of effort and enthusiasm that was obvious last year and has continued in spite of the loss. And with all the facts about the ’00 election and all the available information about ’04, I am firmly convinced Karl Rove is only the tip of the GOP election fraud iceberg,

    Kerry -and Gore- have had to be careful about doing anything too radical or dramatic. Look what happened to Dean over a moment of anguish. And a lot of us respect him. He earned the DNC chair and he is doing a job that few others would have the guts for. There’s a lot of new blood in the party, The old school is dying off and the majority are very aware that if the Dems retake control and don’t get stuff done without making stupid mistakes or letting the power get to them, the power will just shift back,

    Time is not on our side or the side of the people who will suffer more and die because of this administration, We can only work as hard as we can to end it as soon as possible. I face this every day in health care. It is heartbreaking.

    What I am committed to is breaking the cycle of a wildly swinging political pendulum.

  13. Marjorie G says:

    Ginny, what you are talking about is thinking above anger for a sustaining effort, big tent, but we get reactive politics and an uniformed public.

    Our netroots are vying for readership, a following, and are not always edifying. We need them to see your-right-on-big picture, long view, with an end that is not pretty if we aren’t smarter, not just caring or more pure on an issue.

    I don’t see wildly swinging on their side, just our reacting to them and losing a little more each time we get relaxed.

  14. Nick says:

    Grace

    If you ever want to read about how the press gave up it’s job as investigating read “On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency.”
    As far as a leader goes, a democracy corps poll taken at the time of the election indicated that 53% of Americans thought that the phrase “strong leader” applied to Kerry. 54% of Americans thought the phrase “will keep america safe” also applied to Kerry. An exit poll cited in US News, Zogby, and elsewhere, indicated that while 48% trusted Bush more than Kerry in the war on terrorism, 31% trusted Kerry more than Bush and 21% trusted both men equally to successfully prosecute the war on terror.
    Pretty good for a guy who had never actually been commander in chief a day in his life. As for Ohio, there just isn’t any real conclusive proof that the election there was stolen. Unlike 2000 in Florida, we can’t cite any recount that indicates Kerry really won.
    The problem for Kerry was that at the time of the election, according to the nonpartisan Pew Research group, 51% of Americans approved of the decision to go to war. Only 43% disapproved of that decision while 6% were unsure.
    Of course the approval numbers had dropped by February and are way down now. But at the actual time of the election, bush only had to convince those who agreed with his most important first term decision to vote for him, while Kerry had to convince the disapproval, all the unsures, AND even some folks who agreed with Bush, an almost impossible task. 55% of voters (according to CNN exit polls) thought the war in Iraq WAS part of the war on terror, but Bush only got 50.7% of the popular vote. This means that 4.3% of voters agreed with Bush’s rationale for war—but voted for Kerry anyway!!! So if anything, Kerry overperformed (or Bush underperformed, or a combination of the two).

  15. kj says:

    Somehow missed this entire blog and comments this morning. Grace, welcome!

    Re: the “I write many letter to my local newspapers, my congress people and senators. I tried to get Op-Ed pieces published in our local newspaper, but was told they are copyrighted and impossible to re-print.” You’ll just have to trust me when I say that all you have to do is change a part of your op/ed to re-publish it somewhere else, always including the tag line, “A different version of this op/ed was previously published in the XXX.”

    It’s like a patent. As soon as you change a part of the piece, it’s considered a new work. However, the tag line is important, because it alerts the readers that it was published before somewhere else. Also, if you’re thinking of sending it to another print publication, they may decided not to publish it. The internet however, is less picky.

    That’s how to get around the copyright. People do it all the time.

  16. kj says:

    In the poetry review I help edit, which is a print publication, we only accept unpublished work. However, a few times we have taken a piece of work that was previously published, as long as the author made changes, and as long as we print the disclosure of the previous, although slightly different, publication and version.