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Walking the Talk

Another great post by The Practical Progressive:
I don't pay much attention anymore to what the president says. I didn't watch his speech last night although I thought he had alot of chutzpah to use a Catholic church as a backdrop. I pay attention to what he does.
  1. Just about the first thing he does( last Thursday, the 8th) is issue an executive order negating prevaling wage guidlines for the people actually doing the work rebuilding the gulf coast. We're talking about the plumbers, carpenters, electricians, etc. In a notice to Congress, Bush said the hurricane had caused "a national emergency" that permits him to take such action under the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act in ravaged areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. The Davis-Bacon law requires federal contractors to pay workers at least the prevailing wages in the area where the work is conducted. It applies to all federally funded construction projects. Bush wants the residents of the devastated area to fight over minimum wage jobs to rebuild their own towns and cities.
  2. A recent New York Times story reports, "Republicans said Karl Rove, the White House deputy chief of staff and Mr. Bush's chief political adviser, was in charge of the reconstruction effort, which reaches across many agencies of government and includes the direct involvement of Alphonso R. Jackson, secretary of housing and urban development." So, the president appoints his personal political operative, to oversee the massive rebuilding effort to rehab the gulf coast. Rove has no experience in project management. He never even had a job managing horse judges! Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) can tell us what skills Karl Rove does have.
  3. Senate Republicans, in a party line vote, killed a bill that would have created an independent commission to investigate the Hurricane Katrina rescue and recovery screw-ups of governmental agencies, both federal, state, and local. The Senate doesn't have a dog in this fight, they're protecting GWB. Sen. David Vitter (R-La) mysteriously missed the vote. Mary Landrieu (D-La) didn't.

The cost estimates of rebuilding the gulf coast are running as high as $200 billion. With the Iraqi occupation now going through $193 billion, where's the money coming from? . . .the Japanese and Saudis already own 23% of our debt! Should we charge it on our Chinese VISA, even though 22ยข out of every tax dollar now pays interest on the national debt?

I'll listen when Bush talks about that.


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