Williams' dispatch after the preznit's weird little speech the other night, in which Bush merely emphasized that he is a hack to the end, contained this little gem:
What kind of banana republic bullshit is this? This is of a piece with the infamous levee construction that appeared just in time for His Incompetency's Problem Solvin' helicopter tour, and was gone the next day when Mary Landrieu flew over it by herself.
This is despicable, to jerk around with people's hopes and lives in such a fashion. They think they have power back on -- perhaps the backbone of normalcy in modern America -- and it turns out it's just for show.
As was the speech itself. So Bush's big plan is to throw money at Nawlins for reconstruction. Where will all of this money come from? Certainly not from the rich; Paris Hilton will not have to worry her stupid little head for one second about where her next $10,000 teacup chihuahua will come from.
And we all know where the money will go, too. Halliburton. Bechtel. Crony Joe Allbaugh's clients. Even that weaselly shitbird "Pat" Robertson has his slimy hands in our pockets. There's nothing, no measure of human misery, these guys can't turn a buck off of. And don't count on them to give the taxpayers a break out of, you know, "patriotism" or anything like that.
And to add insult to injury, that useless, treasonous cocksucker Rove is running the show. Figures. One thing's for sure -- he'll make sure the right palms get greased, that the preferred "donors" get to root their snouts furthest into this boondoggle.
Meanwhile, we'll see what all this does to what's left of the economy, and the housing bubble. As transport costs for goods inevitably rise, and gas prices hold around $3.00 per gallon, and people's earning and purchasing power stagnates, consumer confidence will decline, the housing bubble will begin to deflate, and the Chinese will start to get nervous and feel like pulling some of their T-bill investments.
And then we're fucked.
Well, at least the media are allowed access after all. That's vital. But the sooner the citizens of New Orleans are allowed to get on with their lives, instead of living under martial law, the better.