Nowhere to run

Unlike, say, the death of the Pope, the recovery efforts related to Hurricane Katrina offer no distraction for George Bush -- indeed, he can find the effects of his falied and bankrupt policies from the past five years in the facets of this disaster. And a lot of it spells mass political alienation, even from the most die-hard of Southern Red State suckers. Much of this is now blogged about/public knowledge ...

--A third of the Louisiana National Guard that might have helped with recovery is in Iraq.
--The Bush administration had cut funding for levee development that might have at least softened the blow of Katrina and diverted those funds to Iraq and Homeland Security.
--The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a report in 2001 that listed a hurricane striking New Orleans as one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S., a list that included a terrorist attack on New York City.
--The coming surge in regional oil prices (my prediction is that $3.75 a gallon is just the start) -- and soon national -- will bring the insanity of our $300 billion energy "investment" in Iraq and lack of alternatives to petroleum directly to the fore.
--The coziness the Bush administration enjoys with the oil industries will be tested as Bush will have the opportunity to issue cost controls in the local markets against his pals to lighten energy costs.
--The growing discrepancy between federal declarations from Homeland Security and continued distress from refugees for just the most preliminary relief efforts -- like rescue and relocation -- will prove to America that there's been zilch going on at the federal level for major emergency response planning other than funneling huge contracts into the hands of a bunch of theives.
--As other funding sources to deal with this disaster prove inadequate, Bush will be forced to provide greater federal funding than his free market zealots can handle -- or else face the permanent wrath of Mississippi and Louisiana voters.

What will remain etched in the minds of those who suffer from this event -- and the direct number of victims is at least 7,000,000 -- is that a vacationing, snide president didn't plan and kept playing even as the hurricane struck.

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