Dave: The Human Events story includes two very important items. The first reflects the ongoing discussions here on AmSpecBlog of the Bush White House’s communications shop:
“I told the President 90% of New Orleans has been displaced — this is a catastrophic event. And then on Friday, after this Tuesday conference call, I’m screaming, ‘Where’s the Army?’ So I think this whole notion of the White House’s being disengaged — there’s truth to it. It’s the end of summer; it’s Labor Day weekend; Nicole Devenish, the communications person, is getting married in Europe, so half the staff has gone to that wedding,; Andy Card’s in Maine fishing and relaxing; Hagin’s at the ranch in Crawford; the President’s on the ranch; and Chertoff goes to Atlanta to an avian flu conference.”
Now, I realize moving a wedding, especially one in Europe would be almost impossible. One would think, however, working for the White House while facing a major disaster, an obvious news event and national catastrophe, some of the other “communications” guests might have reconsidered their travel plans that weekend, thereby at the very least making sure the right messages come out of the White House that fateful weekend. Working for the White House entails putting aside your personal obligations. If you are not able to do so, don’t work there.
The second item is one of the best suggestions I have heard in a long, long time;
Looking ahead to the future, Brown said he’s not sure what will happen to FEMA, but he believes the only true way to make it an effective government agency is to remove it from under the Department of Homeland Security and give it Cabinet-level status.
Why stop there? Why not dismantle DHS instead? Everybody knows it was founded for political reasons entirely. It’s a sham. Not even its employees can stand working there, complaining of overwhelming bureaucracy, the contempt with which other agencies view them, the impossibility of getting anything done … DHS’s demise would be a blessing to all concerned.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?