Hoovervilles

Here's another millstone for you to carry junior.

Mr. President,
I thought the Iraq war, the dismantling of the Constitution, your unilateral approach to foreign policy, the lack of response after Katrina, the huge deficit and infecting our government with incompetent Bush lackeys would be the largest millstones you would carry around the rest of your life.

I was wrong. I forgot about your contempt for business regulation.

You’ll have to make room for one more millstone, the resulting disaster in the Stock Market.

I bet you were hoping the financial crisis would hit after McCain took office.

Does McCain have any extra sensory abilities that you know of junior because I think he is eerily channeling Herbert Hoover.

While the Stock Market was on its way to one of the largest one-day slides in American history, he was
on the stump speaking to a crowd of beloved republicans in Jacksonville Florida.

"Our economy, I think, is still -- the fundamentals of our economy are strong, but these are very, very difficult times,'' McCain said. "I promise you, we will never put America in this position again. We will clean up Wall Street."

On
October 30, 1929, after the Stock Market suffered the biggest one-day slide in history, President Hoover spoke about the state of the American economy at the time.


‘The fundamental business of the country, that is production and distribution of commodities, is on a sound and prosperous basis,’ said President Hoover.


Weird isn’t it.

And you just left him out there to hang by himself. You are a coward to leave the country to fend for itself.

You were no where to be found. Rather than try and give the country some confidence, you went AWOL just like you did when things got tough in the Texas National Guard.

You have a rough time telling us the truth don't you. You can't level with us and say you were wrong and that we need government leadership and intervention in this crisis.

So you left; checked out and went to your state dinner for an african leader.


Talking heads were going nuts. There were charts with sharply sloping lines all over the TV . The news even displaced the second FEMA disaster which was taking place in Texas.

The relief efforts were so bad after Ike hit, that the Houston Mayor and other local officials took over a large part of the effort.

There were questions when you made a portion of the destruction path a no-fly zone and
you kept the reporters out of the area. Were you trying to keep the press from photographing dead bodies in the aftermath which might remind people of Katrina?

Although
more than 3,500 people were rescued that is no where near the number of people who reportedly stayed behind.

Before Ike hit, reporters interviewed some people who were going to stay. Some were confident they could ride it out. Others said they had no money to stay at hotels.

As the hurricane closed in, authorities in three counties alone estimated 90,000 people ignored evacuation orders. In Galveston County, about 15,000 residents stayed behind.

A recent MSNBC article quoted one official: “Nobody is suggesting that tens of thousands died, but determining what happened to those unaccounted for is a painstaking task that could leave survivors wondering for months or years to come.”
“Authorities concede that at least some of those who haven't turned up could have been washed out to sea.”
"I'm not Pollyana. I think we will find some," said Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough, the county's highest-ranking elected official.


A second article from the Los Angeles Times said: Galveston officials have estimated that 20,000 stubborn residents of the barrier island stayed behind as Hurricane Ike pounded homes and businesses Saturday.

The U.S. Coast Guard crews sent to rescue them are now wondering where they all went.

After two days of search-and-rescue missions by helicopter, the crews say they have seen relatively few people in need of assistance and have spotted no corpses in the debris-clogged waters that have inundated the island.

"I'm looking around and wondering where all those people are," Coast Guard flight mechanic Jason Carty said Sunday, describing a midday helicopter flight along the length of the island. He saw considerable destruction but no people seeking rescue.


We may soon hear stories about a massive number of missing people as relatives and officials piece together just how many people may have been swept out to sea.

I hope I am completely and utterly wrong. But hat won't preclude me from praying for the families.

It is too late to pray for your own redemption, the least you can do is dig down to that last piece of humanity you may have left and pray for the families as well.


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