Friday, September 19, 2008

Grover Norquist should be drowned in a bathtub

Republican ideology calls for shrinking government and loosening regulation. George W. Bush came into office and followed through on some of that. Nearly eight years later, what are the results?

*When Hurricane Katrina struck, federal agencies tasked with responding to such events were unprepared and badly managed.

*When toxic food and dangerous toys flooded American stores from overseas, there few inspectors to stop these products from entering the country.

*When financial services giants stuffed their pockets while exposing the nation's economy to great risk, there were no regulators to rein them in.

Ronald Reagan, now the second-worst president of all-time, famously said, "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." I say that a Republican-run government is not the solution to our problem; Republican-run government is the problem.


acf said...

The FEMA problem during the Katrina disasters was more than a matter of an ill prepared agency. I think it was the matter of an administration that just didn't care. Bush was vacationing, attending fundraisers, eating barbecue, etc, etc, instead of doing his job. He just didn't care, and people died, again.

Jimbo said...

It was also the result of not appointing people who were qualified to top positions. Michael "Heckuva Job" Brown was only one of money unqualified supporters who got high-ranking positions in the administration, but he was exposed because of a disaster. (Imagine Harriet Miers on the Supreme Court. She'd make Clarence Thomas look like a genius.)