Friday, September 02, 2005

The Vision Thing

Practical efficiency is common, and lofty idealism not uncommon; it is the combination which is necessary, and the combination is rare.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919), U.S. president

What is needed by government and the Bush gang in particular is a vision for the affected states. A concerted effort to rebuild cities and homes while at the same time creating jobs and a lasting infrastructure to help raise the level and standard of living in some of the poorer areas.

Something akin to public works programs to get people working again. We can turn this disaster into a beacon of hope and prosperity with the proper planning. Here is a chance for the Bush gang to plan quickly, but strategically to rebuild not just the city but also the thousands of lives disrupted by Mother Nature.

The government cannot simply throw money at the situation and hope for the best. Quick, actionable planning is required to make this relief effort lasting.

3 comments:

Rags said...

Define "quick." It's been a full business week, and the federal government seems to have done squat.

It's like Mad Max down there, and all Bush has done is view it from Air Force One -- kinda fitting for a president who seems miles removed from what most Americans live every day.

Oh, yea, and he gave that rousing address the other day. If I see him smirk one more time...

The Misanthrope said...

This may be Bush's Waterloo because it is showing how removed from reality he is and has been.

We are seeing what life is like when politicians remove safety nets for people.

I was referring to quick long-term planning in order to turn this disaster into an opportunity to build a better infrastructure.

Rags said...

This really has been a "perfect storm" in that regard. It really takes the biggest and worst of this President's actions and combines them into one huge mess:

* Without this stupid, unnecessary war, the National Guard would have been on hand to help out

* Without the stupid, ill-advised tax cuts, money would have been available to fix the levees (which Bush nixed from the budget)

* With a higher minimum wage, maybe some of these folks would've had the resources to leave town before the storm

* And if someone finally explained what global warming is to this moron...