Clarion Ledger columnist Sid Salter wrote a strange narrative for today’s paper where he tosses around various forms of the term “irrational” like its opposite actually means something. Sid here is a news flash for you bubba, we’re all pretty much predictably irrational and that includes you and today’s column. My own experience is the off coast Mississippi media has at best a superficial understanding of what goes on down here on the coast and it shows through today in what purports to be Mississippi’s newspaper. Here are a few of the sillier snippets:
The narrative bears repeating – Bush didn’t visit, he flew over in Air Force One. Homeland Security and FEMA didn’t engage quickly enough and in the right manner.
Mississippi with a Republican governor got preferential treatment over Louisiana with a Democratic governor. Bush didn’t care. HBO is still peddling that narrative in the highly acclaimed drama Treme.
On the left, that narrative sticks – despite an absence of either facts or logic to support it. Bush could neither start nor stop Katrina and decades of Louisiana political corruption involving how hundreds of millions of dollars of federal flood-control dollars were spent on the New Orleans levee system doomed the city to vulnerability to catastrophic flooding long before Bush became president.
People died Sid, not only because the levees failed, but also because of the botched disaster response. Defining the narrative so narrowly and from the fringes may fit your conclusions but in no way fits the facts. Let’s continue:
But Bush got the blame. He made a big target and the political narrative was tailor-made for his Democratic opponents. Bush didn’t make the problems of Katrina disappear fast enough. It was his fault, right? In a word, no.
Five years later, Louisiana and Mississippi are threatened by a different kind of storm, a different kind of flood. An oil right accident threatens to foul the Gulf region and cause catastrophic ecological and economic harm.
Predictably, there are now voices on the right who are seeking a new political narrative that blames the government’s rather slow, rather disjunct initial response to the oil spill on Barack Obama………..
Obama’s not stopping the flow of the oil leak fast enough. It’s Obama’s fault, right? No.
For over a week we were told the problem with the leaking oil was relatively minor when it fact it wasn’t. BP knew the score and I think when all the facts are known that fact will come out. To the extent the government held hands with BP and let the company whisper sweet bullshit to it for that time period is Obama’s fault and he deserves to catch that flak IMHO.
Allowing our government agencies such as the Minerals Management Service and FEMA/NFIP to become too cozy with the industries they are charged with regulating is our fault for electing people who believed the privatization garbage peddled by the clueless ivory tower political right. Simply put, having the foxes in charge of the henhouse may save a few dollars on chicken feed over the short-term but man o’ man are the long term costs hell to deal with.
Sid you laid an egg dude. I think you’ll find this topic is a bit more complex than politically bashing Jim Hood.