Bush Katrina Economy Obama Haiti Economy

Yesterday on ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos substitute host Jake Tapper interviewed Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.  Bush could not have been more gracious in praising Obama’s relief efforts.

In other words, he didn’t try to do to Obama what Obama and the Democrats so viciously did to him.

And I couldn’t help but wonder: if Democrats believed their own crap about Bush and Katrina, why on earth would they be asking George Bush to lead an effort for Haitian relief now?

It has now been six days since the earthquake that destroyed Haiti.  Obama promised an unprecedented massive effort to provide emergency relief.

Has it been organized well?

From USA Today:

WASHINGTON — The U.S. relief effort after the Haiti earthquake started too slowly and cautiously, says a retired general who led the military relief effort on the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

“The next morning after the earthquake, as a military man of 37 years service, I assumed … there would be airplanes delivering aid, not troops, but aid,” said retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who coordinated military operations after disaster struck the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005. “What we saw instead was discussion about, ‘Well we’ve got to send an assessment team in to see what the needs are.’ And anytime I hear that, my head turns red.”

The problem, Honore told USA TODAY, is that the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, instead of the military, take the lead in international disaster response.

“I was a little frustrated to hear that USAID was the lead agency,” he said. “I respect them, but they’re not a rapid deployment unit.”

USAID immediately dispatched an assessment team and search-and-rescue teams, but there has still not been widespread distribution of food or water, three days after the Haiti earthquake.

Let’s file that as a ‘no’.

Very little in the way of actual lifesaving supplies had gone out as of the time of that article.  Has that situation improved?

Yesterday, ABC’s Tapper pointed out:

But it’s five days later, and still a lot of the relief effort, a lot of the aid has not gotten to the people who need it most.”

An exchange between Tapper and Raddatz:

So how about it, Martha? Is the relief effort getting to those who need it most?

RADDATZ: Well, we actually went with a convoy, one truckload of supplies yesterday. We arrived really early in the morning, expecting to track this truck, come back, and go out with another truck. It took us five-and-a-half hours to get these supplies where they were needed.

General Keen, the military commander, said that 70,000 bottles of water and 130,000 food rations had been handed out Saturday – four days after the disaster!  70,000 bottles of water for 3.5 MILLION people in need.  They needed 10 million bottles of water a day.

Let’s file that as another big ‘no.’

How many days did Bush get before Democrats hatefully and viciously attacked him?

Well, are they at least providing security for the relief supplies yet to come?

Another exchange during the ABC program between Jake Tapper and Martha Raddatz:

TAPPER: Speaking of chaos, Martha, we keep hearing about reports of sporadic violence. Where is the U.S. military in all this? Are they making attempts to secure the island?

RADDATZ: Absolutely not, Jake. They really aren’t. I keep hearing these numbers. There are about 4,200 American military supporting this mission, but mostly they’re out on the ships. They’re on the cutters. You’ve got the 82nd Airborne, not all of the 82nd Airborne, a brigade, about 3,500 soldiers are here. They’re expected to be here sometime next week. The Marines are not yet here, 2,200 Marines.

Jake Tapper pointed out to the US military commander for the region, General Keen, that:

General Keen, I’d like to go to you first. Martha Raddatz just reported that U.S. troops are not out there securing Haiti, even though there are sporadic outbursts of violence, some of them horrific. We heard a report of — in Petionville, a suburb of Port- au-Prince, a policeman handed over a suspected looter to an angry crowd. They stripped him, beat him, and set him on fire. We’ve also heard that some medical personnel are clearing the area because they don’t feel secure.

Sounds like another rather big ‘no’ vote.

I think I’ve amply proven the case that a week after the Haiti disaster a great deal separates what has been done from what could have been done.  I can’t help but remember how bitterly the left attacked Bush for the same failures following an unprecedented natural disaster.

This is what liberals would be saying about Barack Obama if they weren’t hypocrites: Barack Obama hates black people!!!  Barack Obama is creating a genocide of black people!!!

And Republican elected officials, if they were like Democrats, would be claiming accusing the Obama administration of “ethnic cleansing” in Haiti.

Because that’s how loathsome Democrats rolled just a few years back.  And yes, that’s right: the same Democrats who regard any criticism of Barack Obama as a form of blasphemy.

I was pointing that out last year during the Democrat National Convention when Democrats were STILL demonizing and demagoguing Bush for Hurricane Katrina.

The left ignored the fact that Hurricane Katrina was a supermassive disaster that simply overwhelmed the resources of the federal government regardless of who was in charge of it.  They ignored the fact that Bill Clinton hadn’t prepared New Orleans for such a disaster any better than George Bush did.  They ignored the fact that the heavily Democratic city of New Orleans and state of Louisiana had utterly failed to prepare, when such preparation should have been at the very core of their agenda.  They ignored details such as this:

The vultures of the venomous left are attacking on two fronts, first that the president didn’t do what the incompetent mayor of New Orleans and the pouty governor of Louisiana should have done, and didn’t, in the early hours after Katrina loosed the deluge on the city that care and good judgment forgot. Ray Nagin, the mayor, ordered a “mandatory” evacuation a day late, but kept the city’s 2,000 school buses parked and locked in neat rows when there was still time to take the refugees to higher ground. The bright-yellow buses sit ruined now in four feet of dirty water.

They ignored everything but their ideological agenda and the political axe-to-grind they had in their hands to swing at George Bush with.

And the propagandistic mainstream media helped them do it.

The same media that basically demanded that George Bush push a button and FIX New Orleans have gone out of their way to make excuses for the numerous failures in Haiti under Obama.

What is funny is that it was largely the attacks against Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina that led to the Democrat takeover of the House and the Senate in 2006.

Unemployment was 4.7% when the Democrats took over Congress.  It was 4.7% when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid assumed their respective majority leadership positions.  They have been in control of Congress ever since: and what is unemployment at now?

The Democrat Party/lamestream media narrative is that Bush was responsible for the economic meltdown because it happened during his watch.  There was never once a mention that it happened during Nancy Pelosi’s and Harry Reid’s watch.  Because that particular narrative doesn’t fit their agenda.

George Bush called for reform of the housing finance market 17 times in 2008 alone — and Democrats ignored him.  They had been blocking his every effort to prevent disaster ever since Bush first tried to do so beginning in 2003.  At that time, Democrat Barney Frank led the effort to block reform, saying:

These two entities — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis,” said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ”The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.”

George Bush and John McCain repeatedly warned that if we didn’t address the situation, we would suffer a financial collapse.

John McCain wrote an urgent letter in 2006 that read:

These are entities that have demonstrated over and over again that they are deeply in need of reform. For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs—and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO’s report this week does nothing to ease these concerns.

In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO’s report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay. I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.

John McCain signed another letter that ended with these words:

With the fiscal challenges facing us today (deficits, entitlements, pensions and flood insurance), Congress must ask itself who would actually pay this debt if Fannie or Freddie could not?

Substantial testimony calling for improved regulation of the GSEs has been provided to the Senate by the Treasury, Federal Reserve, HUD, GAO, CBO, and others. Congress has the opportunity to recommit itself to the housing mission of the GSEs while at the same time making sure the GSEs operate in a manner that does not expose our financial system, or taxpayers, to unnecessary risk. It is vitally important that Congress take the necessary steps to ensure that these institutions benefit from strong and independent regulatory supervision, operate in a safe and sound manner, and are primarily focused on their statutory mission. More importantly, Congress must ensure that the American taxpayer is protected in the event either GSE should fail. We strongly support an effort to schedule floor time this year to debate GSE regulatory reform.

And they DID fail.  They massively, massively failed.

Only about a month before the whole system crashed, Barney Frank went on the record and said this:

REP. BARNEY FRANK, D-MASS.: “I think this is a case where Fannie and Freddie are fundamentally sound, that they are not in danger of going under. They’re not the best investments these days from the long-term standpoint going back. I think they are in good shape going forward.”

They sure were, you fat, miserable, loathsome, obscene, disgusting, slobbering, lying toad.

The top three headlines under the Google search “Fannie Mae collapse”:

Freddie, Fannie Scam Hidden in Broad Daylight

Financial Markets Reeling from Fannie & Freddie Collapse and Evitable Government Bailout

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Too big not to fail

But as our economy exploded along with the boondoggle housing finance market artificially sustained by Fannie and Freddie, the Democrats demagogued the Republicans.  And the lamestream media duly reported it as though it were all the liberal’s-god-socialist-big-government’s truth.

And thus you see how the liberal demagoguery surrounding Hurricane Katrina led to the liberal demagoguery surrounding the economic collapse.

And it just never stops.

The Obama White House has been rather shamelessly politicizing the Haitian earthquake disaster to bolster up its low support.

And even when Obama abandons Haiti to go to Massachusetts to prop up Democrat Martha Coakley’s failing candidacy, Democrats manage to demagogue over Haiti.

Bill Clinton, the Obama-appointed special envoy for Haiti, didn’t bother to go there, but focused on what was far more important: Martha Coakely’s election bid in Massachusetts.

Someone asked Bill Clinton about that, and he said that relief for Haiti and the election of Martha Coalkey in Massachusetts were “just two sides of the same coin.” The blatant and breathtaking politicization is mindboggling!!!

What would the mainstream media be saying about Republican George Bush literally turning his back on a disaster to fly north to Massachusetts to campaign for a Republican – bringing us special envoy to Haiti to do so with him – rather than turn south to deal with the Haiti disaster?  What would these demagogues who deceitfully call themselves “journalists” have said?

Even if you’re a liberal, you’re not stupid enough to realize that the media would have unleashed hell on earth to attack George Bush for such a partisan political act of abandonment.

And that’s what I’m really getting at.  The double standard between treatment of Democrats and Republicans is so massive it is positively unreal.  Obama can screw up every which way and the media will let it pass; Bush could hit a homerun and the media would declare it a foul ball and then attack him for his incredibly poor swing.

Meanwhile, of course, millions of Haitians are suffering, and not getting helped.

Just as millions of Americans are suffering, and not getting helped.

Meanwhile, the news media largely continues to spin the economy positively, even as more jobs were lost under Obama in 2009 than for any president in any year since 194o.

Update January 29:

HUMAN TRAFFICKING, FOOD RIOTS AND LACK OF MEDICINE PLAGUE HAITI
John G. Winder , The Cypress Times
Published 01/29/2010 – 10:28 a.m. CST

Mass graves. Tent cities.More than 90% of the nation’s structures damaged or destroyed. No food.Amputees and orphans left to fend for themselves.  Nearly all of the businesses gone.  No employment.  Yet it still gets worse for the people of Haiti.

Haiti’s Prime Ministery, Jean-Max Bellerive told CNN that he is receiving reports of children being stolen and trafficked as slaves, sex slaves and for the purpose of having their organs harvested to be sold.

“There is organ trafficking for children and other persons also, because they need all types of organs,” Bellerive said.

UNICEF is also reporting that children are being taken from hospitals by traffickers.

Had this happened under George Bush, with these results, the lamestream media would be attacking Bush as the most evil man since Hitler and the most incompetent buffoon since God created incompetent buffoons.

Just pointing out the obvious truth.

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11 Responses to “Bush Katrina Economy Obama Haiti Economy”

  1. Michael Eden Says:

    The American media may not dare suggest that the Obama administration has mishandled the Haitian relief effort, but the French certainly are:

    http://www.ifcnews.com/clash-over-haiti-aid-flights-french-blame-usa-over-medical-delays/

    And Doctors Without Borders and the Brazilians aren’t really happy, either:
    http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/story?section=news/national_world&id=7224233

  2. Paul Harris Says:

    “The left ignored the fact that Hurricane Katrina was a supermassive disaster that simply overwhelmed the resources of the federal government regardless of who was in charge of it.”

    Wow this news flies directly in the face of 95% of what conservatives said and some still say about Katrina, that it should have been handled on a state or local level. I was there and it was far more massive indeed than the Northridge, California, earthquakes, the Oklahoma City Bombing, and 9-11 in terms of widespread destruction. All of these disasters though somehow had the Federal Government immediately helping out on the scene not delaying 3-4 days like during Katrina.

  3. Michael Eden Says:

    And Obama did better during his first 3-4 days following the Haiti earthquake?

    Your “3-4 days” thing is kind of wrong. From Wikipedia:

    Governor Blanco sends a letter to President George W. Bush asking him to declare a major disaster for the State of Louisiana, in order to release federal financial assistance.[6]

    In response to Governor Blanco’s request, President Bush declared a federal state of emergency in Louisiana under the authority of the Stafford Act, which provided a, “means of assistance by the Federal Government to State and local governments in carrying out their responsibilities to alleviate the suffering and damage which result from such disasters,…”[7]

    In other words, Bush reacted to Governor Blanco’s request as soon as she made it. He declared a state of emergency just as Bill Clinton had done before him.

    It wasn’t a matter of delay. It was a matter of the federal emergency system being overwhelmed by a disaster that made other disasters pale in comparison.

    The problem for both Obama in Haiti and Bush in New Orleans was getting resources into areas that had nowhere left to PUT resources. The place was under water. New Orleans and Louisiana – which SHOULD have had an organized evacuation plan – had nothing. The city and state had created no infrastructure for the federal authorities to build upon.

    My point remains. Liberals hatefully attacked Bush for Hurricane Katrina. They politicized the disaster, and they did so right away. If Republicans were as vile as Democrats, they could easily and with every bit as much justification do the same to Obama for his handling of Haiti.

    The only difference is that Republicans have more honor, integrity, and actual concern for human beings than Democrats. Period.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    yeah ahahaha come on baby ahahaha

  5. Michael Eden Says:

    I can see why you go by ‘Anonymous’

  6. Oldroy Says:

    And now it’s been 8 days and the news coverage has just sort of slowed down…….I wonder why? The argument that conditions on the ground in Haiti precluded a better operation….and that “Haiti as a failed State”….doesn’t each and every one of those arguments start going against the Katrina myths?

    Maybe it just shows that the Haitian style failed governments of Louisiana and New Orleans should have not been allowed to continue as failed government entities. Oh, that’s right – Kathleen Blanco was shown the door at the earliest opportunity of the voters of Louisiana.

    How do we excuse the deaths of tens of thousands of Haitians because of slow response, and yet still spew the hatred and myths of Katrina?

    Has anyone compared the Katrina time-line to the Hugo time-line???

    And don’t think for a minute that the 30% of people in the political center of the US aren’t paying attention to Haiti. These people in the center largely went along with the hate bush theme, bush is an idiot because of katrina theme, etc., etc……

    And now all of that is coming back to haunt the folks that spewed the myths and the hate.

    Live by the sword of myths and hatred – die by the sword of myths and hatred.

  7. Michael Eden Says:

    Oldroy,
    At first I wasn’t sure where you were coming from. And that makes me a more careful reader.

    So I looked at what you wrote point-by-point, and I was like, “Yeah, yeah.” What you’re saying is correct.

    The interesting thing is that it likely would never have even OCCURRED to me to attack Obama’s handling of Haiti prior to the left’s vicious/hateful attack of Bush for Katrina. I simply would have assumed that our leadership and the authorities who took over in time of natural disaster were doing the best they could with what the finite resources we had.

    There is absolutely no question by now that if Bush deserved to be attacked for his failure at Katrina, Obama deserves to be just as attacked for his handling of Haiti.

    The only 2 things stopping that is the fact that 1) the media consists of leftwing, not rightwing propagandists, and 2) conservatives are far more tolerant and gracious than liberals.

    The top 2 professions in which members acknowledge their liberal ideology is 1) professors and 2) journalists.

    If we could only have fair and balanced news coverage, a lot of this garbage would end. But we DON’T have fair and balanced news coverage – and that is overwhelmingly due to the left returning to the propaganda that liberal progressives began in the Wilson Administration.

  8. Pragmatist Says:

    Hmm. I actually have to agree with you on one point (as much as it pains me to do so). Bush was unfairly criticized for his handling of Katrina ($10.5 billion within four days is not good enough?. I didn\’t really keep up with the coverage but it seemed that the majority of the blame lay with the local/state government.

    But I do have one issue with this article. Your point is almost entirely invalid. Katrina occurred in New Orleans (an American city). The earthquakes happened in Haiti (obviously not in America). Not saying that their lives are not as precious as American ones, but the outrage towards a domestic incident is almost always greater than a comparable foreign incident.

    If you wanted a true apples-apples comparison, the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, would have made a much better choice. And, with this in mind, there seems to be little difference in the criticism of Bush vs Obama (though I haven\’t thoroughly reviewed the news of that time, and don\’t plan to).

    So, in conclusion, your paranoia about the corrupt liberal media is baseless (at least this time). We\’ll have to wait and see if Barrack catches the same flack as George until the next hurricane season (June 1, 2010 – November 30, 2010, for all you disaster watchers out there).

    Sorry I haven\’t written in so long (I\’ve been busy). I\’m sure you missed me as much as I missed you.

  9. Michael Eden Says:

    First of all, I’m glad that you finally acknowledge that Bush was unfairly attacked over Katrina. This is a big point, because it was largely the anger at Bush’s “failure” re: Katrina that led to the Democrat takeover in 2006 – when unemployment was 4.7%

    For the record, I don’t set out in this piece to attack Obama; merely to say that what is good for the goose is just as good for the gander, that the pot shouldn’t call the kettle black, etc., etc.

    I considered what you are saying that Haiti is not part of the U.S. Here’s one headline that shows why you are wrong in your claim that my comparison is “entirely invalid” (almost or otherwise):

    Obama Promises ALL-OUT Relief Effort In Haiti

    “We are reminded of the common humanity that we all share,” he said.

    Obama didn’t just say we would help; he promised that we would go all-out in understanding of our common humanity. So I’m merely judging Obama by his very own standard that he personally stated.

    I would welcome Obama to take your stand now: “They’re not Americans; they’re just a bunch of black people. No need to worry about all our screw-ups given that.” Let’s see how that one plays.

    And as I pointed out (and by now I have a lot more ammo than I did when I wrote this), there have been a LOT of mega- and meta- mistakes that were made at the top federal level.

    Essentially, the core of your argument is that Obama screwed up in Haiti, rather than the US – and killed black people – so it shouldn’t count against him. Which is a terrible argument.

    Then you commit another huge error. You say:

    So, in conclusion, your paranoia about the corrupt liberal media is baseless (at least this time). We\’ll have to wait and see if Barrack catches the same flack as George until the next hurricane season.

    You literally assume what you are trying to prove. I say the media is biased and won’t attack Obama the way they attacked Bush because Obama is a Democrat. You implicitly assume that the media is quintessentially objective.
    And your “we’ll have to wait and see” point falls apart – Bush was IMMEDIATELY attacked. There was no “wait and see.” Which is to say that by your very own standards Bush was unfairly attacked.

    And if Bush was unfairly attacked by the media, then why shouldn’t Obama be attacked by the media?

    I dare say there are grounds for my paranoia after all. There’s nothing wrong with being paranoid when the lamestream media is really after you. And they were definitely after George Bush.

  10. KoKA Says:

    In reading these views and points i have to say blah blah blah.People actually think all these falls on two people Bush and /or Obama hmmm seems human nature to point fingers at everyone else but themselve…I ask What did you give and what did you do???They are just men …SO FROM A BLACK MALE BUSH DIDN’T FAIL THE SYSTEM FAILED…He COULD HAVE DID BETTER BUT I THINK HE(BUSH) DID HIS BEST SAME AS OBAMA….SO IF U FIND OR SEE SOMETHING WRONG AND DO NOTHING TO HELP THEN YOUR TO BLAME….BEING HE WRITER ,READER AND MEDIA…..STOP TALKING AND START DOING !!!!!!!

  11. Michael Eden Says:

    KoKA,
    I don’t know if you realize it, but I largely share your view.

    Bush did everything he could. As president, he instructed the people in charge of “the system,” and “the system” lacked the resources to overcome the sheer massiveness of the disaster. If it had happened during the Clinton administration, or the Obama administration, it would have been the same.

    And the same thing with Obama and Haiti. I don’t doubt that he’s doing the best he can. And the U.S. effort is the best that the people in charge of it know how to make it.

    My point was largely this: The liberals who attacked and demonized Bush over Katrina were morally contemptible. And they invite the same reaction against Obama now.

    If the networks were honest in their demonization, they could start giving Obama the same hell over Haiti that they gave Bush over Katrina.

    They won’t, because they’re dishonest and corrupt. And it pisses me off to no end that we have to deal with such amoral people who use any tool whether it is evil or not to attack and undermine their political opponents.

    That was the major point I was trying to make.

    The last I heard, 300,000 human beings are dead in Haiti. It is a tragedy of mindboggling proportions. I hope those poor, anguished people get the help they need.

    But evil politics failed them, too.

    We’ve given something like $3 billion to Haiti, and they were worse than they were before we sent that money even BEFORE the earthquake. Because corrupt politicians and leaders just stole it, and none of it went to the people in need.

    For true reform, we need true honesty and true accountability.

    Sadly, we’re not getting a whole lot more of it than the people of Haiti have gotten. And we’re a disaster away from being just like them.

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