We are the 99%

August 31, 2005

BREAKING NEWS: BUSH ON THE GROUND IN NEW ORLEANS!

Well at least that's what it looks like. Here's what you'll see if you go to the White House website and click on the "Hurricane Relief" link on the right:



Here's what you need to focus on:



Now doesn't that lovely graphic make it look like Bush is already ON THE GROUND with victims of Katrina?

However, at the time this was put on the official White House website, Bush was on Air Force One:



with an appropriate "God's eye view" of the disaster that he helped to create:

It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us.
-- Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; New Orleans Times-Picayune, June 8, 2004.

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"Yet after 2003, the flow of federal dollars toward SELA dropped to a trickle. The Corps never tried to hide the fact that the spending pressures of the war in Iraq, as well as homeland security -- coming at the same time as federal tax cuts -- was the reason for the strain. At least nine articles in the Times-Picayune from 2004 and 2005 specifically cite the cost of Iraq as a reason for the lack of hurricane- and flood-control dollars."

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