Saturday, September 10, 2005

Hurricane Entitlement Queens?

You've got to love those compassionate, caring Republicans. Case in point: Ken Melman, the Chairman of the Republican Party:

"Nevertheless, as all Americans work together to help the Gulf Coast recover, I hope Chairman Dean will match his rhetoric with his support for reforms that replace bureaucracy and entitlement with hope and opportunity."

That's right, boys and girls! Dean should stop trying to hold the Bush administration and Republican controlled congress accountable for the federal government's failure to have a plan for a well predicted natural disaster! It's not like the Republicans control the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Instead of playing the blame game, Melman insists Dean should focus on replacing bureaucracy and entitlements.

Heaven knows the Republicans hate bureaucracy. That's why Bush created the largest government bureaucracy in US history - the Department of Homeland Security. That's why he gutted FEMA's budget and placed it under the control of this huge bureaucracy. That's why the response to Katrina was so quick! When help was requested by state and local officials, this wonderful new bureaucracy required the right paperwork signed by the right people which delayed help by days! But Republicans hate bureaucracy.

Next, Dean should join the Republicans in ending entitlement programs! So stop making Hurricane Entitlement Queens out of the victims of Katrina. We all know, these people are not entitled to anything, but should work for a living. If their city is underwater, that is their problem. They should have though about that when they moved there. If they want to work for Haliburton to clean up their city, they should do so at below prevailing rate for wages in the area. This is an ownership society, remember. Personal accountability is a Republican value.

Sigh.

Here again, as a Democrat, I just don't understand Republicans. They say they are against everything that they do. The hate big government, but they increase the size of government. They say they are "compassionate" but they are against entitlements for those in need. They openly tout their faith, but ignore every parable about Jesus in their bibles.

I don't get it. Last time I checked, if an American city was destroyed by a hurricane, the Americans who live there are entitled to be helped by their government. But then I'm just a damn liberal. Rep. Richard Baker of Baton Rouge feels differently:
"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did."

Compassionate Conservativism at it's best!