Saturday, June 24, 2006

Reflections In A Hurricane's Eye

Now that the hurricane season is back, the time has come for us to consider the ramifications of another category four - or worse - and what it could mean for the people of the Gulf Coast. The government's response (or, if you will, lack thereof) to the devastating damage wrought last year by Hurricane Katrina is final proof - as of any were needed - that the disastrous, ill-conceived experiment of trying to decrease the size of the federal government has been, to put it mildly, a dismal failure. In the first few days of the catastrophe it seemed as if no one on any level, federal or state, knew what the hell was going on, let alone what the hell to do. That should have come as a surprise to no one. It certainly didn't to me. If, by now, you are not aware of the fact that George W. Bush and the dirty old dingbats that comprise his administration are the most corrupt group of jackasses ever to occupy the oval office, you haven't been paying attention.

This is what happens when you naively hand your government over to people who don't believe in government. Generally speaking, it's not a particularly nifty idea. For over twenty-five years now, we've had to listen to these fools howling about "Big Government". Do you remember Ronald Reagan's first inaugural address? "Government isn't the answer to the problem; Government is the problem". Reagan was wrong. Then again, Reagan was usually wrong. But he looked so good on television, didn't he?

At a point in our history, when our population has already exceeded the quarter of a billion point, talking about, even hinting at a desire to shrink or eliminate the federal government is not only bad public policy, it's insane! Big government? It's a big country. Think about it.

Michael Brown is a guy who was forced to resign from his previous job of managing Arabian horses. The very fact that someone with his credentials could have been appointed to head FEMA, post 9/11, illustrates perfectly just how cynical the Bush Mob is with respect to their stewardship of our nation. It also shows how much they care.

Compassionate conservatism? Please.

In the meantime, America is reaping the whirlwind of an immoral, illegal invasion of Iraq. (Yes, folks, the president of the United States is a war criminal. You don't believe it? Go to the Geneva Convention and look up the legal definition of that term). Over twenty-five hundred American kids and scores of thousands of Iraqi men, women and little children have been murdered - for what?? All of this on top of an obscene tax cut that mainly benefits the already obscenely rich that is plundering our national treasure. As a Nobel Prize winning economist recently observed, "Bush's economic policy isn't a plan, it's a looting".

Compassionate conservatism, indeed.

The dirty little secret is this: It takes money - lots of it - to remedy the ravages of even the mildest of hurricanes. Had Katrina made herself known during the presidency of William Jefferson Clinton, he would have gone on national television, looked the American people squarely in the eye and honestly said to them, "Not to worry, my friends! Your government has a surplus of almost five trillion dollars. We will rebuild the Gulf Coast. Excuse me, sir, are you gonna finish that cheeseburger"?

Well, the money's gone, folks, and the administration of George W. Bush has squandered it. "Stolen it" is the more proper way of putting it. And you think that his ratings are low now? Oh, brother! Just you wait until the end of this hurricane season! They'll be in the teens! Could this entire mess have been avoided? Well, yeah. An informed, educated electorate might have done the trick, don'cha think?

Fifty years from now, the president of the United States, whomever he or she may be - who in all likelihood hasn't even been born yet - will still, on a daily basis, be dealing with the damage that a corrupt, hideous, half-witted frat boy named George W. Bush did to his once-great country so many years before.

I cannot believe that the United States has sunk this low. I just can't believe it.

Pray for peace.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very good friend lives in Slidell, LA. Currently, she's living in a FEMA trailer (which trailer she couldn't move into until February), and trying to repair her home. She says a lot of people have stopped working on their houses because they expect this hurricane season to be a bad one.

She also says that her route to work takes her past entire city blocks that are deserted - no businesses reopened, no people living there, none of the debris from Katrina cleaned up yet. They are simply empty - it's eerie.

A lot of businesses will never reopen, thus people have no jobs. Prices are high, gas is high.

So, thank you Dubya, for all you've done to help in the Katrina aftermath - really appreciate it. I know there is a special circle of Hell just waiting for you.

Mary Eman

At 7:12 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...

Run this past your wierdshitometer and take reading! A REPUBLICAN finally said that Gore is right and we've got a global warming problem! But after doing a little research, I've discovered that this global warming could be taking us into the new ice age! The ocean currents that warm the northern hemisphere are dependant on the salinity of the water in the Arctic ocean. Ever increasing ice melting reduces this salinity!

Go to to read an article by Thom Harmann explaining it all, or just google "The next ice age"! Thje scarey thing is nobody knows just how soon this can happen! The last big ice age ended in just two to three years! This is probably where the flood myths from around the world came from! We know that there are ancient cities under water off the coast of India, that were on dry land at the time of the last Ice Age. They haven't been explored yet, but side scan radar has found them, and wood brought up from the depths has been dated to that time! The new ice age could cover The United Sates under a blanket of ice miles thick all the way to the middle America! If that don't scare you then what will! There is also evidence that the atmosphere during The Ice Age had a great deal of carbon dioxide in it! That's all I need to know!

At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two hunters got a pilot to fly them into the far north for
elk hunting. They were quite successful in their venture,
and bagged six big bucks. The pilot came back as arranged
to pick them up.

They started loading their gear into the plane, including
the six elk. But the pilot objected. "The plane can take
out only four of your elk; you will have to leave two
behind," he stated.

They argued with him; the year before they had shot six
and the pilot had allowed them to put all aboard, and the
plane was just the same model and capacity as this.

Reluctantly the pilot finally permitted them to put all
six aboard.

But when they attempted to take off and leave the valley
where they were, the little plane could not make it, and
they crashed in the wilderness.

Climbing out of the wreckage, one hunter said to the
other, "Do you know where we are?"

"I think so," replied the other hunter. "I think this is
about the same place where the plane crashed last year."

Does this joke remind you of anything? Pal.

At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


- BOKBLUSTER.COM (Carton printed in THE WEEK June 30, 2006, page20)

At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

enjoy your daily rant. nice
work. I too pray for peace.

At 8:59 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

To anonymous:
Should you read this, thank you so much for the kind words.
Love and Peace,
Tom Degan

At 10:21 AM, Blogger azgoddess said...

mornin' tom,

just read your weekend rant..and i have to say i think the past two elections have been stolen from the american people. i think we need to get some balls and when we see this outrage next time we need to speak out - loud and clear. all one has to do is google 'Was the election stolen?" and you come up with lots of people talking about it - problem is we need someone to DO something about it. or better yet, prevent it from happening again. thank goodness that is being done on a state level right now~

hope you are having a good one!! keep on - keeping us informed!

At 11:08 AM, Blogger Wrathchild17 said...

Tom thank you for going out of your way to read and research the material that you post,however,I'm noticing that more and more people are starting to post pics along with profiles and the profiles get more personal. I would hope that this movement,if you can call it that,never stoops into becoming another dating sight,no matter how attractive the profiles and photos.I,m horny for screwing the powers that be before they rape the whole damn world.

At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Charles Moore said...

Hi Tom,
Another good article. The sad fact is that we can expect nothing from these fools and criminals that are in office. Regardless of what kind of disaster strikes, we are completely unprepared and Bushes answer is to do nothing for an unforgivable period of time, then rob the treasury again to hand out more money to his cronies in the name of disaster relief.

Bush and the other Republicans simply do not give a damn about anything except lining their pockets and those of their cronies. A prime example of this is the Halliburton handout in Iraq.

Sadly, this country is going down the toilet and most people are too fucking stupid to realize it.

Thanks again for one of te more sane and level headed blogs on the internet.

At 8:27 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Thanks for the post, Charles!
It will be interesting to see what the outcome of all of this will be. Isn't in interesting how the corporations of this hideous administration are the most corrupt in history?

Halliburton, ENRON,

Alot of people are going to do some serious time!

Tom Degan


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