You can do everything for other countries, but you can’t do nothing for your own people. . . You can go overseas with the military, but you can’t get them down here.
Wait a minute. Check this out:
“In Washington, the White House said Bush will tour the devastated Gulf Coast region on Friday and has asked his father, former President George H.W. Bush, and former President Clinton to lead a private fund-raising campaign for victims.”
“Private fund-raising”? PRIVATE FUND-RAISING?!?! No. No no no no no. NO! This is not the time to ask the American people to empty their pockets any more. I’m sorry. I’ve done that. I’ve done that as a private, tax-paying citizen for the last three years. And for what? To fund a war against people half a world away? Who may (or, more likely, may not, have had anything to do with 9/11)? Fuck that. You heard me. Fuck that. Private fund-raising my ass. This was his job to begin with. This is the federal government’s job. A state of lawlessness has erupted in New Orleans and he need to bail them out. He needs to put an end it. Period. No politicking. No “help is on the way.” No police turning in their badges because their getting shot at. No National Guardsmen in some other country. They need to help the people of Louisiana and Mississippi now. Today. Period.
I would be happy to give what I can to the people of New Orleans and Mississippi. I would be happy to give them any extra money I have. But I can’t. Want to know why? Because I didn’t get a tax cut last year. As a matter of fact, I owed the federal government nearly $1000 in taxes last year. I didn’t make enough money to get a tax cut and because I’m working poor, I actually owed Mr. Bush more money. So I’d love to give you some money to help people who actually need help. But unfortunately all my money went to that quagmire you call the “Iraqi insurgency” when all the while it should have been staying here repairing levees. Go figure.
This isn’t a matter that’s up for debate. This isn’t a question of “what should we do?” This is a time for action. This is a time to apologize for years of financial neglect to FEMA. To the Coast Guard. To the National Guard. And to put the money and the personnel back where they belong. Here. Helping Americans. Americans who do not deserve to be more unintentional victims to the war on terror.
Sorry. But it had to be said.