Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Enough Already!

OK... So far we've lost: The World Trade Center, a piece of the Pentagon, five or six trillion dollars, almost four-thousand dead American soldiers and almost thirty-thousand wounded (not to mention equipment crashed, blown up or stolen), untold numbers of Iraqis, Afghanis, and a few Pakistanis dead and woulded, millions of Iraqis made refugees, the sympathy and the cooperation of almost every nation on the planet, most of New Orleans, the housing market, Enron, habeus corpus, the Fourth Amendment, a valuable spy specializing in counterproliferation, the Executive Branch, the Supreme Court, the entire Department of Justice, a recent NASA study revealing how unsafe airline travel really is, a space shuttle and seven astronauts, years of government research on global warming, fair elections, President Al Gore, the educational system... and now?

Countless acres of burned forest and homes in Southern California. As the article points out, the U.S. Forest Service, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Agriculture planned to fail by failing to plan.

Are we ready for a black or female president? Hell, yeah! No one could do any worse than what we've got!


OBC said...

In the Bush regime, the role of those government agencies is not to preserve and protect our natural resources, farms, etc. It is to abet the wholesale transfer of natural resources to Bush's cronies. Doing stuff like fire prevention would be a distraction.

MacDaffy said...

Grover Norquist's desire to "drown the federal government in the bathtub" is coming to fruition, OBC.

I grew up in a neighborhood where lawlessness was a potential virtue. If you were willing to do what no one else was willing to do vis-a-vis the law, you could thrive so long as the cops weren't onto you.

The Bush Administration is much, much worse than any gang member or thug I grew up with. They have engineered immunity for themselves. They've insulated themselves with money, influence and--if the warrantless wiretap regime is anywhere near what's been revealed--with blackmail.

A hard rain is gonna fall and we on the Internet have the responsibility to do the job that the mainstream media and most of Congress are too compromised to do: Point the way forward.