Wednesday, October 05, 2005

REFUGEES WILL NOT BE KICKED TO CURB

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Guess I wasn't the only one horrified at the news that our dear Republicans planned to throw half a million homeless Americans into the gutter on my birthday in the middle of October. As usual, when a shocked nation reacts negatively, the Snidely Whiplashes of the GOP backtrack for a tiny bit.

From the WP:
More than 400,000 people left homeless by Hurricane Katrina will remain in hotel rooms beyond the Oct. 15 deadline set for their relocation, the Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said yesterday, extending a program that is costing an estimated $8.3 million a day.

The agencies said the program, which is in effect in 48 states, with most rooms clustered closest to the devastated area, would be extended indefinitely.
In other words, they will not throw the baby into the dumpster...yet. As per usual, the GOP villains will wait in the dark to do this deed for you know, we all know, they will throw them out eventually.

Of course, the people running these hostels will want to keep on trucking so we will have a lobby for keeping the refugees housed, I am assuming.

But this is all one big train wreck since there is no realistic program to deal with the disaster that is still unfolding. I note today that the NYT noticed there are nearly no names attached to the dead in these storms. What? The simple act of naming bodies can't be done? What is this? Indonesia?

The laughable situation of a so-called first world nation, nay, the Empire that is Number One, God Bless America!--can't ID the dead who were left in the path of an obviously very dangerous storm is one more reason why we are now the laughing stock of the world.

Snidely GOP is still hard at work, kicking people out of housing and denying health care. Yesterday, the news was how the GOP is preventing legislation in Congress to extend Medicaid to the victims of a giant hurricane. If they have no jobs and no health insurance and half a million fall into that catagory!---well, DIE! The dieharder Republicans believe in Nature red in tooth and claw. I wonder if they will start a program to reprocess hair and yank gold teeth, too? And we wonder where Nazis came from.

&spades From the Alaska News:
About 600 low-income individuals and families around Alaska have been sent similar edicts from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation: Pay more or move.
The cutbacks are due to a drop in federal housing funds this year, said Wes Weir, public housing director of AHFC.
Alaska took a bigger hit than other states because the federal government did not take into account additional expenses due to distances and other factors here, Weir said. The percentages and formulas are "based on a model not accurate for Alaska," he said.
AHFC quit adding new clients for five months this year to save money, leaving thousands on a waiting list. They include mainly low-income people, who may be in substandard housing or staying with relatives.
Another Snidely moment! They can't resist. If you stop their mustache twirling in one place, they just pick on someone else.

What really stews me is that Alaska sends some of the most right wing Snidelies to Congress! Hello, meet thine tormentors! The victims of the New Orleans disaster have voted Democratic so I feel for them. But not the victims in Haley Barbour's state. He is a top GOP Snidely and he and his robber baronettes love to steal from the public weal while wee-weeing like a stuck pig. This is very popular in the South, alas, to demand no safety net and then flinging themselves upon our much tenderer mercies!

Make up your minds, dudes. The desire for no taxes/no services while at the same time exploiting Northern voters' long range, long term support of a generous government helping all citizens is going to end in a very nasty way as we cease supporting the nation via taxes and generous laws. Liberality means to be open handed, not a closed fist. Yet we are much more aware of budgets and limits while the GOP, using its stronghold grip in the Deep South, are the spendthrifts who steal from widows and orphans!

Liberalism=good times. Right wingism=war and death. Why do so many Americans want war and death? This puzzles me because they all yell when Death visits them. Liberals don't run much of any America now and still, cup in hand, the very same people running this joint come to us for help, for sympathy, for love. Then they will mock us and kick sand in our faces and call us wimps.

Well, Alaska has oil. The government there could house their own people. They won't, of course. And the demoralized people of Alaska are surrender monkeys unlike the French people who fight back every time they are pushed around. See? There is a lesson to learn here. The refugees from the hurricanes have to fight for their lives. We have to fight. Everyone has to fight. Expecting Santa Claus to come and shower us with goodies is insane.

At the very least, we should have the same welfare system we built in Israel. See what happens when one lobbies hard, organizes hard, works hard?

Heck, we should have the same safety net Congress enjoys. Self interest wins every time.

&spades Just came across this from Moxie GrrrlFrom Alaskan news:
So, you landed a big king salmon this summer? It can't compare to the colossal king Alaska Airlines plans to land this morning in Anchorage.
The Seattle-based carrier has painted nearly the full length of a Boeing 737-400 passenger jet as a wild Alaska king, or chinook, salmon. The airline has dubbed its flying fish the "Salmon-Thirty-Salmon."
It's a bold promotional move to celebrate wild Alaska seafood and also the carrier's role in hauling millions of pounds of fresh salmon, halibut, crab, shrimp and other seafood out of the state each year.
The fishy paint job was done on a grand scale, company spokesmen said. A team of 30 painters and airbrush artists used more than 140 gallons of paint and took 24 days to render the lifelike chinook -- triple the time normally needed to coat an airliner.
"There's no question, at least in my mind, that this is the finest airline art ever conceived," said Bill MacKay, the company's Anchorage-based senior vice president. "People will just be amazed at the detail."
A local nonprofit agency, the Alaska Fisheries Marketing Board, gave Alaska Airlines a $500,000 grant to paint the jet. The money came out of about $29 million in federal funding U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska and his congressional colleagues have appropriated to the marketing board, created in 2003, to promote and enhance the value of Alaska seafood. The senator's son, state Sen. Ben Stevens, is chairman of the agency's board of directors.
Cute, no? Nepotism plus Snidely Whipstevens=raiding our government which is deep in the red, for trivial, stupid things. Generousity towards each other while cutting out widows and orphans. Typical, perfect Snidelyism.

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