Foul Don Fowler Amused by New Orleans Hurricane
Check out this info by RedState.com, followed by my Perspective on the political fallout of both Gustav and Katrina in election 2008.
Fowler Fouls: Hurricane is God's Favor to Democrats
On a plane from Denver to Charlotte following the Democrats' convention, I found myself seated behind former National Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Don Fowler and Congressman John Spratt of South Carolina. Their conversation was interesting to say the least.
For example, they made fun of Sarah Palin for several minutes, Fowler calling her "Dan Quayle" on steroids and Spratt creatively describing her as "just terrible." They both agreed that, "Other than the simple fact that she's a female," she has nothing to offer.
Then there was this gem of a moment from Fowler:
Fowler's comments, captured on video in a coach cabin of an airplane leaving the Denver, DNC Convention:
"The hurricane’s going to hit New Orleans about the time they start. The timing is -- at least it appears now that it’ll be there Monday. That just demonstrates that God’s on our side. [Laughter] Everything’s cool." - Don Fowler
So you see, it's funny. That New Orleans will get a hurricane. That's funny because it is due to hit when President Bush is scheduled to speak. Isn't that cool? Fowler isn't the only one who thinks so, just ask Michael Moore.
“I was just thinking, this Gustav is proof that there is a God in heaven,” Moore said, laughing. “To have it planned at the same time – that it would actually be on its way to New Orleans for day one of the Republican Convention, up in the Twin Cities – at the top of the Mississippi River.” - Michael Moore
We all know Democrats used and use Katrina as a political football as callously as possible. Here's a candid moment showing some can hardly wait for another one.
BREAKING: Statement from SCGOP Chairman Katon Dawson
"The outrageous behavior of two of the Obama campaign's highest profile supporters in the south is despicable, a cynical politicization of life and death. I call on Barack Obama to immediately denounce Fowler and Spratt and demand sincere apologies from these members of the Democratic leadership."
A Storm Of Ignorance
Of course, since then, Fowler has apologized to anyone who "may be offended", and explained that he was just making fun of the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.
The truth is, Democrats have been chomping at the bit to politicize the 3 year anniversary of Katrina as an example of the liability of Republican leadership. They will stoop to no low to link John McCain to the failures of George W. Bush.
But, while there are many things I have disagreed with President Bush about, I have to come to his defense when Katrina is brought up. In fact, the biggest mistake he made was to take the blame for the poor performance of Louisiana's Democratic leadership instead of holding them accountable.
GW Bush was accustomed to state governors taking charge of emergencies like these. His brother Jeb, of Florida, was the perfect example of a proactive governor in a state crisis. And he, along with other experienced governors, were available for assistance, but their advice was unwanted by their neighboring Democract. Who would have guessed that Governor Blanko of Louisiana was so incompetent?
Blanko was offered federal assistance by President Bush more than 24 hours before Katrina made landfall, which would have given the Gulf state "Disaster Area" declaration. This declaration provides funding and federalization of troops, along with a plethora of experienced personnel to assist. Having the opportunity to receive this help early could have aided Louisiana's preparation for the storm, and saved lives.
However, Blanko's dislike of President Bush and stubborn stance prevented her state from receiving this help until after the hurricane had slammed the Gulf Coast. Because we live in a nation of united states, with states having sovereign rights, this help is not available until the governor of a state allows the federal government to step in. Blanko refused to put her state under federal jurisdiction, tying Bush's hands and sealing the fate of her fellow citizens.
And Mayor Nagin displayed the poorest leadership possible to his "Chocolate City", as his lack of planning and execution left thousands stranded, although over 1500 buses (owned by the state of LA) were under water instead of mobilized to evacuate his city's citizens. Make no mistake about it, every citizen of New Orleans who wanted to, or needed to, had the resources and time available to evacuate. Nagin buckled under pressure and is responsible for most of the victims who needed assistance in order to evacuate, including everyone in the Superdome.
The citizens of New Orleans were ordered to evacuate, being told that no assistance would be available to those who chose to stay behind. Many ignored this order as they did the experts who were predicting disaster. Instead of taking the opportunity to leave, they decided to party and hang around for the looting. Yet, the Bush Administration and FEMA were expected to come to the rescue and quickly clean up the mess that Blanko and Nagin made, and assume responsibility for the self stranded mob of fools who stayed behind.
It has been 3 long years since Katrina, yet the arrival of Gustav has revealed that only 20% of the levee system has been replaced, and the city is far from restored. Democrats are quick to plant a question of trust in the Bush Administration again, but research will show that the ball didn't get rolling until Bobby Jindal became governor, and for the first time someone has been putting some heat on a corrupt system.
Although hundreds of millions of dollars have been allocated to rebuild New Orleans, very little money was actually spent. Why? (You're gonna love this!):
The federal money designated for relief efforts is given to Louisiana officials in increments instead of up front. Before the governor, Mayor Nagin or the Parish Presidents can receive more money, they must fill out forms and account for the previous funding to insure it was spent properly. They've had a little trouble accounting for the money they first received, and I don't expect the local level to get much more. Jindal will get things rolling on the state level, and you can bet that we will see him go after a few of these thugs in a corruption takedown soon.
Democrats have failed to lead during times of need for the Gulf Coast. They have politicized the disasters that have affected millions of Americans, and abused the funds that were meant to help rebuild lives. And now, to mock this situation and gloat that God (who many Democracts don't believe in) has decided to unleash His wrath on New Orleans in order to ruin the RNC, contributes to this liberal storm of ignorance. And to assume that the American people don't notice is more of the same.
Contributing to Rare, Conservative Media