Thursday, September 08, 2005

Rush Limbaugh on the Irresponsibility of New Orleans; Cat's Dream with Another Perspective; Jacob Applebaum at the Astrodome

The Spin begins in an attempt to deflect any critique of the federal government away onto other causes/sources:

(Courtesy of Long Sunday)

From the September 1 broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: So I run across Thomas Lifson's piece comparing Houston to New Orleans and why Houston shouldn't be the capital of the oil business in this country, but it is. And there are reasons for it. They have nothing to do with race. They have everything to do with politics. They have everything to do with worldview.

If you, as a mayor, or if you, as a city council, run a city based on the welfare and entitlement thinking of government -- bammo! -- you're going to get poor citizens! If you run a city that believes in entrepreneurialism and growth and so forth, you're not going to have as much of that.

But if your city believes that it's entitled, if that's, if that's the worldview of the leaders of a community, then I don't care what their race is -- if their worldview is that this is a welfare state -- "the government needs to protect us. The government needs to feed us. The government needs to transport us. The government" -- well, guess what? The government needs to build the levees. The government needs to make sure the levees are -- the government. You're passing the buck all over the place and accepting all the money that the government's sending in to you, ah, and then something like this happens and then you start, you know, wringing your hands.

"Oh, look how poor the population --" Well, what do you expect when you have a welfare state mentality as your city government? I mean, I'm not even being critical. I'm just trying to point out something obvious here! That -- talking about this for 18 years, folks -- socialism versus capitalism; entrepreneurialism and self-reliance versus the entitlement mentality -- so much on display here. That's what nobody's got the guts to say.


(Courtesy of Cat's Dream)

"How the Free Market Killed New Orleans" By Michael Parenti, ZNet, September 3, 2005

"Bush launches inquiry and puts himself in charge of it" By Rupert Cornwell in Washington, The Independent, September 7, 2005

"Poverty Rate Rises to 12.7 Percent" The Associated Press, August 31, 2005

"This is criminal" by Malik Rahim from New Orleans, San Francisco Bay View - National Black Newspaper, September 1, 2005

"XXI CENTURY" a seven-part documentary and the companion book "American Voices of Dissent" (Paradigm Publishers)

"The Oil-for-Food Failures", The New York Times Editorial, September 8, 2005

The New York Times Editorial, October 14, 2004

Cat's Dream Blog

(Courtesy of AlterNet and Boing Boing)

Jacob Applebaum Blogging At the Astrodome

Joel Johnson Blogging at the Astrodome

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