using katrina

In the wake of 9/11, the Bush administration knew it had an opportunity to push though an agenda that, under normal circumstances, wouldn’t have gotten through Congress and by the American people. They took advantage of that fact and set in motion a series of initiatives, like the war in Iraq, that had been on the “dream list” of conservative extremists for over a decade… And, in the process, they learned something very valuable — Tragedies in America don’t have to be tragedies for everyone.

“In times of tragedy, never stop thinking about the wealthy individuals who keep your campaign coffers filled.”

So, it wasn’t too much of a surprise to me when I began hearing that, in the wake of Katrina, the legislative envelope was being pushed a bit further, and not just in relation to the billion-dollar contracts being handed to friends of the administration… First, it was the news that wages would be rolled back in the area affected by the hurricane. Then, there was news that Republican Senators were looking for wealthy casualties of the hurricane to help them make the case for the permanent repeal of the Estate Tax. Then, this morning, Daniel Shore mentioned on NPR that there was talk of making the entire Gulf region a flat-tax zone as part of the Hurricane Katrina Tax Relief Act of 2005. I haven’t had a chance to do the research yet, but I suspect there’s also going to be more of a move toward school vouchers in the area, more tax money pumped into so-called “faith based” initiatives, lessened environmental laws, fewer worker protections, and fewer restrictions on corporations.

What we’re about to see unfold in the Gulf region is nothing less than a Neocon wet dream come to life.

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  1. mark
    Posted September 18, 2005 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    I don

  2. mark
    Posted September 18, 2005 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    I can’t link to Paul Krugman anymore because they changed things at the Times and you have to pay to read what he has to say, but here’s a quote from a few days ago that I thought belonged with this thread:

    “He didn’t do that last night (in his speech), and probably won’t. There’s every reason to believe the reconstruction of the Gulf Coast, like the failed reconstruction of Iraq, will be deeply marred by cronyism and corruption.”

  3. Teddy Glass
    Posted September 21, 2005 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    More confirmation from a People for the American Way e-mail that was just sent out-

    Education Under Attack in Katrina’s Wake

    Send a message to your senators and representative:

    Using this disaster to advance a partisan agenda is bad enough.

    Doing it at the expense of children in need is inexcusable.


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