9/13/2005

Tallitsch For Congress 2006

Compassionate Conservatism in action
"It makes no sense to spend billions of dollars to rebuild a city that's seven feet under sea level....It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed." –House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), Aug. 31, 2005

Toxic chemicals in the New Orleans flood waters will make the city unsafe for full human habitation for a decade, a US government official has told The Independent on Sunday. And, he added, the Bush administration is covering up the danger.

"I mean, you have people who don't heed those warnings and then put people at risk as a result of not heeding those warnings. There may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who decide to ride it out and understand that there are consequences to not leaving.” – Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Sept. 6, 2005

Time Magazine: The day the storm hit, [Blanco] asked President Bush for "everything you've got." But almost nothing arrived, and she couldn't wait any longer. So she called the White House and demanded to speak to the President. George Bush could not be located, two Louisiana officials told Time, so she asked for chief of staff Andrew Card, who was also unavailable. Finally, after being passed to another office or two, she left a message with DHS adviser Frances Frago Townsend. She waited hours but had to make another call herself before she finally got Bush on the line. "Help is on the way," he told her.

Gov. Rick Perry spoke at two private events where a Texas minister wondered if God sent Hurricane Katrina to purify the nation of sins, including homosexuality.
Perry spokesman Robert Black, said: "far be it for the governor to try to divine the will of the Almighty."

"A young [black] man walks through chest deep floodwater after looting a grocery store in New Orleans..."

"Two [white] residents wade through chest-deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store after Hurricane Katrina came through the area in New Orleans..." –captions at Yahoo News, Aug. 30, 2005

"As of Saturday (Sept. 3), Blanco still had not declared a state of emergency, the senior Bush official said." –Washington Post staff writers Manuel Roig-Franzia and Spencer Hsu, who didn't bother to fact-check the blatant lie peddled by the Bush administration as part of its attempts to pin blame on state and local officials, when, in fact, the emergency declaration had been made on Friday, Aug. 26


WE CAN DO BETTER

Southern Louisiana has experienced the heartbreaking tragedy of a Cat-5 Hurricane named Katrina.

We all did what we could to protect ourselves and our families from the storm, and by and large were successful. So many people weren't as lucky, if you can consider the total loss of property "lucky."

However, the Republican majority in Washington D.C., sabotaged our infrastructure years before we knew what was coming. Their dereliction of duty, to provide civil services as required, qualifies the Republican majority for immediate replacement.

Louisiana has accepted the call in Iraq, by sending our National Guard, thereby weakening their ability as first responders to our state. Bush repaid Louisiana's dedication in Iraq, by staying on vacation and riding his bicycle. However, he did cancel a previous vacation to sign a bill for Terri Schiavo.

Stacey Tallitsch, who lives in Metairie, LA, lost almost everything. The home was flooded and roof torn off, destroying all the contents. But, this tragedy has only strengthened Stacey's resolve to rebuild a better Louisiana.

While we rebuild our homes and businesses, we must consider long and hard the consequences of those Republicans who failed us so badly.

The United States can move an entire Army around the world in 24 hours, yet, cannot respond with helping it's own in a week?

This is unacceptable!

We can do better. We can take care of our own first, before we send troops into a war of profit for Oil-Barons. We can protect ourselves from the strongest of hurricanes, at the price of the landing gear of the B-1 bomber. We can use our compassion for more than a political slogan. And, we can reject right-wing mythology from media vipers with their poison tongues whose first reaction is to blame the victims.

Quite simply, the Republican leadership in Washington cravenly blamed the states for their own incompetence.

The Republicans have done nothing for Louisiana except offer slanderous rhetoric, cruel and inhuman self-pontification and a refusal to accept responsibility for their actions.

We can do better!

It's time for Louisiana to do unto them, what they have done to us. It's time to throw Republicans in Congress out on the street.


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