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Double Standard on Katrina

Glenn Reynolds puts it best:

It's as if all the Katrina concern was just political fakery.

It sure looks that way:

The economic stimulus signed by President Barack Obama will spread billions of dollars across the country to spruce up aging roads and bridges. But there's not a dime specifically dedicated to fixing leftover damage from Hurricane Katrina.

And there's no outrage about it.

Democrats who routinely criticized President George W. Bush for not sending more money to the Gulf Coast appear to be giving Obama the benefit of the doubt in his first major spending initiative. Even the Gulf's fiercest advocates say they're happy with the stimulus package, and their states have enough money for now to address their needs.

Suddenly they have enough money. Well, not according to this man:

Thomas Langston, a Tulane University political scientist, said Democrats may be "playing nice" to keep in good favor. But dire needs remain, he said.

"Hopefully they've gotten some promises behind the scenes about longer-term commitments," Langston said. "Like most people down here, I would hate for anybody to get the impression that, 'We're good, thank you.'"

Hope and change?

Jules Crittenden offers spot on analysis regarding the news service who brought us this news article, the Associated Press:

Your go-to wire service for objective, just-the-facts Bush-bash, gently chiding the people whose water they've been carrying lo these many years. The one thing that is missing is an analyst or GOP type pointing out what flaming hypocrites the Dems have been, though there are a couple of diplomatic comments from a GOP rep turned lobbyist.

As for the AP and its own historic flaming hypocrisy, while this is a startling new direction, it hardly has the "when did you stop beating your wife" quality of the news agency's average Bush coverage, and seems to be expressing more a sense of approval and relief at how reasonable everyone can afford to be now that you-know-who isn't around to provoke an entirely understandable derangement.


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Comments (13)

Obama doesn't owe anything ... (Below threshold)
Jake:

Obama doesn't owe anything to people in New Orleans. The stimulus bill is his way of paying off his biggest supporters and making Americans dependent on him being in office.

-Jake

To say that there's a doubl... (Below threshold)

To say that there's a double standard would suggest6 that there's one standard for Republicans and another for Democrats. But there really is no standard for Democrats. Democrats can do whatever they want. The Democrat media just turns a blind eye.
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Well if anyone in New Orlea... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Well if anyone in New Orleans wants to complain about being left out of the pork package, just remember. "I won".

True dat, GarandFan.<... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

True dat, GarandFan.

Problem is, He won, America lost.

This probably is because th... (Below threshold)
Chuck:

This probably is because the governor now is Bobby Jindal--the Dems don't want to pass any big $$ down there and make it any easier for him to accomplish anything and thus threaten "the One"s re-election chances in '12.

I'm waiting for Paul to com... (Below threshold)
Grace:

I'm waiting for Paul to comment on this post - the Katrina debacle was his passion here at Wizbang for a long time. I am curious to hear his reaction. I do not mean this in any snarky way, either. I am truly curious on his take. G

"Hope and change?"</... (Below threshold)

"Hope and change?"

I don't know about hope, but I think we're all aware of the 'change' that has since happened in the Governor's mansion. Not that THAT could have anything to do with it, of course...

Again, the liberals just ba... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Again, the liberals just bashed GW because he is a republican. Now the liberals are all atwitter because we bash Barry. Now they are whining "Why can't we give him a chance". Well, boo-hoo. YOu lefties set the standard, now live by it. ww

No more experiments!... (Below threshold)
empire:

No more experiments!
Impeach Obama now!

wow. The ignroance posted h... (Below threshold)
John:

wow. The ignroance posted here is amazing. No group in aAmrican history has been played by the media more than todays right. The thing you fools miss is that the people you listen to, Rush, Hannity, Oreally are the ones that are playing you. They tell you what they need to to get ratings and you blindly follow them. Then they scare you into beleiving its the edjucated and experienced media you need to not trust. I truely pitty you victims, you have been played.

This guy is wrong. I read t... (Below threshold)
anne:

This guy is wrong. I read the stimulus bill and it specifically mentions Katrina and Rita rebuilding and putting a time limit on it.

If anyone wants to check ou... (Below threshold)
anne:

If anyone wants to check out the specific info about rebuilding for Katrina and Rita in the stimulus bill, it is at www.recovery.gov and it is under the FEMA stuff on pages 50,51 and 52. Easy enough to find and easy enough to tell you Kim Prietap, is full of it. Maybe you just want to believe its true because you hate democrats and specifically, Obama.

I'm still waiting for Obama... (Below threshold)

I'm still waiting for Obama to visit the storm victims in Kentucky.




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