Monday, September 12, 2005

Compassionate Conservatism Is Neither

Has anybody heard comments being made that those who are Katrina evacuees have "hit the lottery" because they are getting $2,000 dollars from FEMA? I heard this the other day on the Rush Scumball show. I'm not paraphrasing either -- these are the exact words. I can tell you that since leaving New Orleans, my wife and I have spent close to $2,000 dollars on gas, food, and lodging. As of today, we are only two weeks into the evacuation of our home, so just imagine what our costs will be after 3-4 months away from home. We need to rent an apartment soon which will add to our list of existing bills -- mortgage, insurance, phone bills, and credit cards. Despite what the Conservatives believe, these existing bills don't just go away when you evacuate from a city.

I've heard complaints from the right that the $2,000 dollars is being used to buy Luis Vitton bags. I respond with, "who in the hell cares?" The Conservatives are constantly crying for "personal accountability" -- let these people dig their own graves. But, don't hold them up as representatives for the majority of needy people.

This morning I was thinking about the fact that Conservatives have been defending the war in Iraq under the guise that we are giving the Iraqi people freedom and democracy. This excuse for our presence in Iraq was only offered up after every other reason we had to be there proved to be patently false. There were no WMDs, and Saddam was not aiding the 9/11 terrorists. Their last ditch effort to save face was a back door attempt at making the Democrats look heartless -- "Hey, were giving those poor Iraqi people freedom and democracy". Well, you can't fight with that, can you?

Fast forward to Katrina. We see images on the television American citizens suffering beyond belief with no timely Federal response to speak of. Now Conservatives are complaining that *their* tax dollars are going to rebuild the south and give aid in the form of dollars to Americans. The tax dollars paid out to these people are *our* tax dollars just as much as they are *their* tax dollars. Anybody with a heart and a brain can see that the money is needed by Katrina evacuaees. Why are their no complaints from the Conservative camp that we are spending untold billions of dollars of the American taxpayers' dollars to give aid to the Iraqis? Well, I guess if they complain about money going to the Iraqis, then their last excuse for the war will be undermined.

3 Comments:

At 13 September, 2005 10:43, Blogger Liberty said...

It's fascinating in an utterly vomit-inducing way to watch them shout "Let them eat cake," or the moral equivalent. Compassionate? For whom? Their entire basis of existence consists of sitting upon a high horse and throwing rocks at all the poor people on the ground below them... it's a lot easier to sit around saying that poor people CHOOSE to be poor, they don't HAVE to be poor, they are just LAZY (or drug addicted or... fill in the blank), etc etc etc... vs actually dealing with the problem. It's a much easier, neater, cleaner way to view the problem, and leaves the viewer feeling reassured about themselves. But compassion never enters that picture!

Thanks so much for this site!

 
At 13 September, 2005 16:50, Blogger Royale said...

Well put. My thoughts are with you and every other person affected by Katrina.

 
At 21 September, 2005 12:27, Blogger Rejectionist said...

The handbags were seized contrand knock-offs donated to victims by U.S. Customs.


Jackson 09/12/05
U.S. Customs Donates Seized Clothing

The men and women who protect the United States borders are now focusing on relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Monday afternoon, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced they are donating seized clothing, to victims of the hurricane.

About 1.7 million dollars worth of counterfeit clothing, shoes, towels, and toys are being donated to the state. Many of the clothing pieces were confiscated because they violated copyright infringements. Normally they would have been destroyed.

Thomas Winkowski, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, says, "Under statuatory authority during these times of disaster our commissioner has the authority to waive that, in other words we don't have to go back to the trademark and say, can we have that, our commissioner can do that unilatterally during these times of difficulty."

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol say another 13 million dollars in clothing will be brought to the state in the coming weeks. The donated clothing will be distributed by various state agencies.
http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=3840452&nav=2CSfeRD6

 

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