Wednesday, September 07, 2005

To Save Their Asses...

Here are the latest Republican Talking Points about Katrina. Watch for them.

It's too early to be pointing fingers. There will be plenty of time for that later. Right now we need to focus on.... (Listen for the term "blame game" -- you'll hear it ia lot).

To explain the delay in sending help...

The emergency response process is supposed to evolve from the bottom up, so the first to respond should be at the local level, then the state, then the federal government. (This is a continuation of the "blame the victim" strategy which has been especially popular with idiots like Rush Limbaugh).

And in turning down offers of assistance from Britain, Cuba, Venezuela, and Bangladesh...

We want to wait and assess where assistance is most needed.


And according to Liz Smith in the New York Post (I'm not going to link here because you have to register and blah, blah, blah) Bill O'Reilly advises the poor not to depend on their country for ANYTHING:

FOX NEWS emperor Bill O'Reilly tells us in Katrina's wake that if we — Americans — depend on the United States government for any reason, we are certain to be disappointed. Always. The government of the United States cannot help you. Bill's advice to America (to the poor of New Orleans, especially) is educate yourself and get a well-paying job. Only then can you avoid standing on a "metaphorical rooftop" when the next disaster rolls around. Bill did not give the poor any advice on how one finds a proper education or a job. Remember, the government can't help.

Oh, Newt Gingrich told Bill — in the nicest possible way, because they are friends — that his government theory was, well . . . "un-American."

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