Wednesday, August 31, 2005


Bush's Compassion

On a three day delay?

Bush is often lauded for being a man of decisive action. He repeatedly said during the last election that you may not like him, but you know where he stands. Well, over the past 5 years, there seems to be a disturbing pattern in this so-called man of action, the founder of compassionate conservatism. Is it just me or whenever there is some terrible event- like the 9/11 attacks, the Asian Tsunami, or the hurricane Katrina, Bush's compassion and decisiveness is on some sort of time delay?

On 9/11 he continued to read "My Pet Goat" for nearly 20 minutes after it was apparent that the U.S. was under attack.

After the Asian Tsunami, it took him three days to offer aid, and then only $5 million dollars.

Despite the fact that it was clear that Hurricane Katrina was going to be a massive storm, and strike at the heart our domestic energy supplies in the gulf, he waited three days beyond the storm to return from his month long vacation.

Is this decisiveness?

As I mentioned yesterday, huge events like Katrina shake the markets and only preemptive and decisive action, even if symbolic, helps to mitigate the worst excesses of such instability.

Someone tell Cheney or Rumsfeld to turn off the compassion delay switch please.

Where do you stand as a conservative after all? Most of the truely conservatives know where they belong.
I stand with a with those who want to see an accountable government, a government that spends its resources wisely, the defers to the rights of individuals and individual action. I stand with those that expect the highest ethical standards in their government officails.

I stand for those who want policy to be guided by faith(s), not dictated by it. I want a government that follows word with deed.

I want a government that follows up tax cuts with spending cuts and doesn't mortgage my future tomorrow for political expediency today.

When I was working with the GOP to gain the majority in the mid 1990s, they actually believed what they said and followed their words with action. That is no longer the case.

In short, I am an Elephant in Exile.
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