Monday, August 28, 2006

Republicans moving far to the right? I don't think so.

From the Argus



The Michigan Republican Party is trying to cast Democrat Jim Marcinkowski as a flip-flopper on the issue of abortion in new automated phone calls to residents of the 8th Congressional District.
Marcinkowski, the deputy city attorney for Royal Oak, is challenging three-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton.

Marcinkowski, a former CIA agent, used to be a Republican, and even ran for the state Legislature as a member of the GOP.

The short phone calls remind listeners of that: "Running for the Legislature, he said he was pro-life with no exceptions ... Running for Congress, he says he's a pro-choice Democrat."
The calls urge people to call Marcinkowski to "ask him what he'll be tomorrow."


Apparantly, State Party is calling robocalls and giving Marcinkowski a case of the same medicine that unions have used against Mike Rogers. Personally, I hate robocalls and will not use them if I run for any office, but they are cheap, and that is why so many pols use them.

Now one thing I hear from the democrat is this perception of how the GOP is moved to the right. That's a pile of horse manure so high, that it dwarfs Mt. Brighton. While there is hyper-partisanship, both parties have moved heavily to the left.

The Republicans were at their height in 1995. That's when they were at their peak. That is the group that brought us the Contract with America. These were the main stances of a majority of that group and I'll compare that with today's stances. Ask yourselves where the move to the right is.

1994 GOP - Eliminate the Departments of Education and Energy
Today's GOP - No Child Left Behind with Ted Kennedy, Energy and Education departments still alive and kicking.

1994 GOP - Balanced the Budget, tried to make a balanced budger law
Today's GOP - Defecit better than last few years, but still unacceptable.

1994 GOP - Strongly Pro-life
Today's GOP - Strongly Pro-life

1994 GOP - Second Amendment movement in high gear
Today's GOP - Second Amendment movement successful

1994 GOP - Split on NAFTA/Trade issues
Today's GOP - Mostly pro-NAFTA/GATT (I still oppose it)

1994 GOP - Lead the way on Welfare Reform (and even Clinton after vetoing it twice followed the winners)
Today;s GOP - Not an issue.

1994 GOP - Term Limits
Today;s GOP - Not a federal issue (Found Unconstitutional)

1994 GOP - 3/4 vote for tax increases
Today's GOP - No federal tax increases, but spending is up.

1994 GOP - Tax cuts
Today's GOP - Senate RINOS fouled it up.

1994 GOP - Tort and Social Security Reform
Today's GOP - Tort Reform is talk and no action. Bush tried on Social Security. Senate Fouled it up.

1994 GOP - Opposed Gay Marriage
Today's GOP - Same

1994 GOP - Government out of Health Care
Today's GOP - Perscription Drugs.

As for the democrats - they call this a move to the right and think we need to spend MORE! Their votes on these are ALL more leftist than the leftist votes by the Republicans. I'd like to see the Republicans move to the right for once - and if we want to keep the house, we better move to the right, or the conservatives will stay home.

As for Marcinkowski - he just moved further to the left to get his 15 minutes of fame. He's only famous because he's a buddy of Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson.

25 comments:

Patrick Flynn said...

Some friendly advice, Jim. Don't spend any more money on this campaign. If you were pro-life and pro-family (albiet, unusual for a dem), you might have a chance to lure some voters away from the GOP. Those would be only voters who are buying the media lies about Iraq and were already squishy on social values.

As it is, District 8 is still pretty strong on life, marriage, and family, and most do grasp the real danger of weakening our resolve on the islamo-facist murderous cult at work in the mideast.

Luther said...

Nearly 50 Killed in Iraq Violence


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Communications guru said...

Dan, you sure have given us some whoppers to swallow and some great laughs in the past, but this is one of your best. You cannot really believe that the republicsn party has not taken an extreme hard right, and it has left so many people behind. There is no way the republican party can move any farther to the right unless it to goes back to the stone age. It has been highjacked by Neanderthal wing nuts like Gary Glenn, Tim Walberg and Rick Santorum. As for Jim Marcinkowski, he’s just one of many who know the republican party has left them, and because the Democrats have a much larger tent we welcomed him.

But it’s unusual to actually see something somewhat relevant on this blog for a change. We have all kinds of political news, like the irresponsible vote by the republicans to eliminate a huge chunk of the budget with a viable replacement, not to mention the political conventions this past weekend, haven’t you seen it?

Mr. Marcinkowski, and especially the Democrats, is pro-family, and that includes when people are actually born until they die, not just before they are born and when they are ready to die like republicans, Mr. Flynn

anonymous said...

What you been smoking, communications guru? Anybody who believes that the Republican Party is to the right of where it was 5 or 10 years ago DEFINITELY needs a reality check!

I can tell you FOR A FACT that many conservatives are so angry about the party moving to the left that some are now refusing to support the Republican party. These are conservatives that were eagerly supporting the Republican party 10 years ago.

Stands Right said...

Better Mikeski than Marcinkowski ... anyone see this wierdness from a couple of weeks ago?

Idle Attorneys Still Paid
Royal Oak Daily Tribune

Communications guru said...

I’m not smoking anything, anonymous, but thinks for asking. You cannot be serious when you make that statement, can you? It seems that anyone who is even the least bit moderate or sane in your party is called a “rino,” like Joe Schwarz. Instead it gives a wingnut like Tim Walberg the nod. I have heard John Mcain called on a Michigan blog a “rino master.” It’s just sad. If you don’t toe the conservative line that’s what you are called.

You have to pass this rigid conservative litmus test to fit into your party’s very small pup tent.

Curley Sue said...

Oh common, Kevins, you are trying to make fact out of fiction again. Marcinkowski taking money he is not earning is quite usual for your party. He is a dem because he fits you, potty mouth and all. You can have McCain and we will take Lieberman. Great swap for our side. You guys have no plans, no ideas, just a bunch of hate. Your party is dangerous to our national security and dangerous to our economy. Just look at Michigan. Republican President, great economy everywhere except Michigan, who has a tax and spend Governor. If you want more of the same, vote for Granholm, but if you want a change with someone who has a record of change and a record of success, Vote for Dick DeVos. He has the ideas and experience we need to turn Michigan's economy around. I know some of you will vote the D and don't care if they have no plan or no record, but anyone with common sense that thinks this Governor has helped our Unions or our minorities is sadly mistaken. Come on over, we'll take you in. Our party celebrates the 4th of July, the Democrats celebrate April 15th, vote your brain.

Communications guru said...

Come on yourself. Where am I trying to “make fact out of fiction” here, or anywhere else for that matter?

It’s funny that someone from the party of Duke Cunningham and Tom Delay is lecturing me about ethics. If Jim Marcinkowski were doing something illegal or unethical the famed republican attack machine would be screaming it as loud as possible from the highest treetop. I don’t get your constant reference to “potty mouth” in reference to Marchwnowski.

I don’t want McCain or Lieberman, and you can have them both. However, as a career Navy man I have a tremendous amount of respect for McCain, and he’s at least same enough to listen to both sides before making a decision.

You call “stay the course” a plan? I’m so sick of that absolute crap that Democrats are “dangerous to our national security.” That is pure propaganda, and I think even you are smart enough to know better. I wouldn’t say that about any party, but the person that presently occupies the White House is dangerous to our national security. Another republics probably isn’t, but bush has our foreign policy in a mess, and the world hates us and does not trust us because of his so-called foreign policy.

The body that actually approves taxes and budgets has been controlled by republicans for at least the last 12 years, but some how the governor is to blame. You should get your info from some place other than gop talking points.

Just last week the respected W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research came out with a report that that concludes “a weak auto industry - not high taxes - are at the heart of Michigan's struggling economy, and that “Michigan has lagged behind the rest of the nation since 2000 almost entirely because of the decline of Michigan's automakers.”

That’s the governor’s fault? When is bush going to help or even listen to the auto industry? Even the no. 1 contributor to the bush campaign, the Amway guy, couldn’t get the president to meet with the Big 3 automakers. Apparently the president was too busy having dinner with the American Idol finalists to meet with them.

Where is this “record of change and a record of success” you say the Amway guy has?

I’m voting Democratic because the republicans have been in control of government for far too long, and it shows. They have screwed this country and state up so badly it will take years to fix. The governor had to balance the budget with the $4 billon in liability the previous governor, who quickly cut and ran from Michigan, left her, and we are going to give her the help she needs with a new Legislature who are less concerned about staying in power and more concerned about the condition of our state and our people.

I will celebrate the 4th of July and my country like I always do with my family, knowing we are the best country in the world, and as such, no child should go hungry, every person should be able to see a doctor if they are sick and we should all be able to support our families.

liberals Hate America said...

San Francisco Chronicle: Hillary Clinton 2004

"Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you," Sen. Clinton said. "We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

Is this what the liberals have in store for the recovery of Michigan and or America TAX AND RUN. The only platform I see and read that the Lib's talk exclusively about is their hatred of George Bush. I don’t know about you but that rhetoric will not put food on my family’s plate.

Guru show me what the Democratic platform is for the recovery of America. Not in your opinion but a link to a democratic site we all can read.

As far as the Dem’s lecturing about ethics here are a few for you to read. People that live in glass houses should not throw stones Kevin.

• A married Democratic mayor can be caught smoking crack cocaine with a prostitute and, even after he is convicted and sentenced to prison, get reelected.

Didn’t we have a President do something with a cigar and a young lady in the oval Office?

• A married Democratic senator who leaves a party with a single young woman and gets into a drunk-driving accident that kills her does not merely avoid jail time, but retains his Senate seat and indeed goes on to become one of the most powerful politicians in his party.

• The entire Democratic Party is caught accepting millions in illegal foreign campaign donations and Chinagate, the biggest influence-peddling scandal in U.S. history, morphs into a bipartisan referendum on campaign finance reform!

Over the past 30 years in Congress, there have been three times as many Democratic crooks as Republican ones.

How gangsters wielded influence over the Democratic Party for much of the twentieth century, helping to elect three of the past six Democratic presidents.

Being a Democrat is often like holding the "get out of jail free" card. And this has been going on for more than 200 years.

I can go on and on.

Communications guru said...

Your screen name says it all. A disgusting, inflammatory lie.

I am a proud liberal, and liberals have made this country the greatest county in the world, and one where people desperately want to live in. Here are but a few examples:

Liberals have made Social Security possible that has made many people’s elderly retirements possible and more comfortable than it would otherwise have been.

Liberals have made Medicare possible that made medical care available for elderly people so they didn’t have to sell off everything they own just to get well.

Liberals have made the system called WIC possible that gives young, struggling families food stamps for cheese and milk and other necessities to give poor children the chance to achieve the American dream.

Liberals have made the Bill of Rights possible. A set of liberal ideas that protect us all. Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of worship, freedom of the press, due process of law, freedom from torture, the right to face our accusers, the writ of habeas corpus, and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure are all liberal ideas. Most people in the world do not have those rights.

Liberals have made the concept of public education possible.

Liberals have made the five-day workweek possible.

Liberals have made the Geneva Conventions possible that protects American prisoners and all prisoners of signees from torture and abuse.

The idea of the public maintenance of roads is a liberal idea.

I am a liberal because civil rights, children's rights, women's rights, and labor rights are all liberal ideas.

I am a liberal because almost all the progressive ideas of the last four centuries have been liberal ideas resisted by the conservatives of their times. Those liberal ideas make this a better place to live for me, my family, my friends, my community, my country and my world.

You had to go back almost 40 years to find just three, three incidents of co-called Democratic corruption and immorality. One, the so-called "Chinagate" thing, is not even true. Guess what, there is corruption and greed on both sides, and I say thrown them out when we catch them.

For republican scandals will don’t have to go back more than 10 years, and if we did go back almost as far as you did we have the biggest scandal of all time, Watergate. But in the last 10 years we have had Duke Cunningham’s bribes and prison term, Scooter Libbey’s outing of a covert CIA agent, Bill Bennett’s gambling, Jack Abmeroff, Tom Delay and the bush wiretap scandal just to name one.

I have no idea where you get this stat that says, “Over the past 30 years in Congress, there have been three times as many Democratic crooks as Republican ones,” but I have been lied to by conservations so many times on this site I need to see the proof.

I don’t hate George Bush, but I hate what he has done to this country, and his attitude toward anyone who even disagrees with him in the slightest.

As for links to the Democratic platform you asked for, here they are, http://www.granholmforgov.com/site/PageServer?pagename=iss_main

http://www.democrats.org/a/national/economic_growth/

liberals Hate America said...

Social security is broke why don’t the libs help fix it. The public school system is a joke and the libs fight school vouchers. You libs reward ignorant teachers with a live time job. Now wonder the United States cannot compete, we are raising a generation of couch potatoes.You are for everything as long as the government controls it. I want my money returned to me that I have in Social Security and put it in a K-401 type fund, but you libs say we are not smart enough to control our own future, The libs want to guide us like lemmings. Your labor rights were good 40 years ago but now they are an albatross around the Automakers neck. The big 3 cannot compete in a global market as a direct result of the UAW. Go back 40 years are you kidding Bill Clinton played hide the weenie just 10 years ago. Come on tell the truth.
Here are a few Democratic scandals.

RECORDS SET

47 individuals and businesses associated with the Clinton machine were convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes with 33 of these occurring during the Clinton administration itself. There were in addition 61 indictments or misdemeanor charges. 14 persons were imprisoned. A key difference between the Clinton story and earlier ones was the number of criminals with whom he was associated before entering the White House.

STARR-RAY INVESTIGATION
- Number of Starr-Ray investigation convictions or guilty pleas (including one governor, one associate attorney general and two Clinton business partners): 14 - Number of Clinton Cabinet members who came under criminal investigation:

SMALTZ INVESTIGATION
- Guilty pleas and convictions obtained by Donald Smaltz in cases involving charges of bribery and fraud against former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and associated individuals and businesses: 15 - Acquitted or overturned cases (including Espy): 6 - Fines and penalties assessed: $11.5 million - Amount Tyson Food paid in fines and court costs: $6 million

CLINTON MACHINE CRIMES FOR WHICH CONVICTIONS HAVE BEEN OBTAINED
Drug trafficking (3), racketeering, extortion, bribery (4), tax evasion, kickbacks, embezzlement (2), fraud (12), conspiracy (5), fraudulent loans, illegal gifts (1), illegal campaign contributions (5), money laundering (6), perjury, obstruction of justice.

I can go on and on. The liberals are out dated and Louisiana is a prime example. It was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party and you failed to protect your own people. New Orleans knew tens of thousands were going to be stranded as they did a simulation just months before Katrina hit, yet they sold out there own people. If the Democrats are for civil right how come there are no Blacks in key positions. If the Democratic Party was a fortune 500 company the NAACP would be all over them.
I think you need to look at Fox news as it was not Scooter Libby whom ousted Plame it was assistant Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
The truth hurts.

liberals Hate America said...

This is a prime example of liberism in action. Why should union dues go to support the Democratic party?

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006 8:51 p.m. EDT

AFL-CIO Launches $40 Million Voter Drive

The AFL-CIO launched a $40 million voter drive on Wednesday, targeting 21 states and hoping increased turnout among union members swings competitive races in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Rather than working to expand their political clout, union officials should instead clean up the corruption, shun the political activism and turn their energy to improving the product they're attempting to sell to America's hardworking men and women. AKA The UAW and the Automotive market.

Communications guru said...

I know it’s a waste of my time to address your latest rant because you can’t reason with an unreasonable person and you can’t open a closed mind, but I’m not going to let your falsehoods stand unchallenged.

Social Security isn’t broke, and liberals did save it by stopping bush’s privatization scheme. SS is not just a retirement system. How many families with young children were able to survive after the primary breadwinner was killed because of SS? If people take money out of the system, that will go away.

Public schools are “not a joke,” and vouchers are a violation of the 1st Amendment, and only benefit the rich in the long run.

Anyone who doesn’t think we need unions more than ever have not been reading the newspapers or paying attention to any news source lately. The power brokers want to turn the clock back more than 60 years when simply going to work meant putting your life and limbs on the line, they were paid slave wages, benefits were nonexistent and the middle class that was created by unions is fast disappearing. I guess that’s the one big difference between liberals and conservatives. Liberals are forward thinking, and conservatives want to turn the clock back.

You keep throwing these numbers around with nothing to back them up, and you don’t have to go far on this blog to see why I don’t trust what the conservatives post on this blog without proof.

I know this about the Clinton Administration, after almost eight years of a special investigator at taxpayers expense wasting millions and millions of dollars, all the republican special prosecutor could find was that the president had a lapse of moral judgment and good sense and fell pray to a desire and was afraid to tell his wife about it. Now, how that jeopardizes national security, or gets people killed or wasted taxpayer money I have no idea.

All these other alleged scandals you talk about I have never heard about. It seems to me that what’s really relevant is that the party that’s currently in power now, TODAY, is wrapped in scandal and dishonesty, and it’s time for a change.

Are you honestly trying to blame bush’s incompetent response to Katrina on the Democrats? Please. No blacks in key positions? Really? The U.S. Congressional Black Caucus has 43 members, none are republicans.

I don’t watch faux news unless I want the official position of the bushies. The treasonous outing of Valerie Plame is not just about Richard Armitage. Sources at the White House also confirmed she was a CIA agent.

Communications guru said...

“Why should union dues go to support the Democratic Party?”

Wow, that’s a simple question, kind of a softball question, actually. Because the Democratic Party supports workers, workers families and helped create the middle class with unions.

Republican Michigander said...

Maybe the democrats back in the day supported working families, but today's democrats ABANDONED working families in an attempt to get the rich cultural leftists and social engineers' money. Their base is now San Francisco, Washington DC, and Hollywood.

That's why they became the party of gun grabbing and abortion instead of remaining with its Jeffersonian roots.

Communications guru said...

What absolute crap, but coming from you, it’s what I have come to expect. Again, no one wants your gun, and if you believed in the initial intent of the 2nd Amendment, you would at least be in the National Guard.

If we are the party of abortion, why did abortion go down under President Clinton? Do I have to post a link to the CDC numbers for the third time? We support choice, but our choice is safe, rare and legal. Your position is to stick your head in the sand, try and make them illegal and think they actually stop. All the while putting a stop to sex education and access to contraceptives that really stop and reduce abortions.

This is not about abortion, but your grasping at straws brought it up. Tell me one thing the republicans party has done for working families, or families in general?

Republican Michigander said...

The 2nd amendment has nothing to do with the National Guard. And if "no one wants my gun" (which is a bald face lie - as Dianne Feinstein is on record for a total ban), at least 34 US Senators (33 Dems, 1 RINO) are on record supporting a ban on all centerfire ammunition that can penetrate a vest. (All except .22)

The democrats are still the party of gun grabbers, they just have slick pollsters like Mark Mellman and others try and dress up the pig and tell us all it's not a pig.

Republicans at least cut taxes and some regulations. John Engler (first two terms) did much to restore this state to some propserity after the disasters of Jim Blanchard and Bill Milliken.

liberals Hate America said...

The Republican Party worked to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery, the Fourteenth, which guaranteed equal protection under the laws, and the Fifteenth, which helped secure voting rights for African-Americans.
The Republican Party also played a leading role in securing women the right to vote. In 1896, Republicans were the first major party to favor women's suffrage. When the 19th Amendment finally was added to the Constitution, 26 of 36 state legislatures that had voted to ratify it were under Republican control. The first woman elected to Congress was a Republican, Jeanette Rankin from Montana in 1917.
On Katrina the drive by media made it look like shooting were commonplace and the water was toxic goo. That 10’s of thousands of body bags were going to be needed. All these claims were false.
According to the State of Loisiana's Emergency Preparedned Plan local officials are responsible for evacuating residents of the various parishes before and during the early stages of the aftermath of a hurricane. This was like no disaster ever before. You just can’t place bodies on the ground without preplanning. First you need supplies for the rescue persons or they will just add to the problem. You claim to be a military man you should know this.
Also there was the small issue of Posse Comitatus, the underlying principle of Posse Comitatus is that the military is not a domestic police force auxiliary. By way of history, the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act was passed to remove the Army from civilian law enforcement and to return it to its role of defending the borders of the United States. This law was passed in the wake of the Civil War and the Reconstruction period that followed when the U.S. military was used to enforce traditional police roles and controversial federal policies primarily related to emancipation of slaves and the aftermath.
Posse Comitatus does not apply to the National Guard and Coast Guard. Bush did sign orders to pre-deploy the Coast Guard to the region (as well as Homeland Security via FEMA and other agencies). The Coast Guard has been actively involved in search and rescue missions since the moment Katrina passed through the region. The state governors did deploy their National Guard units but that is not a federal issue. The National Guard is specifically charged with preserving law and order when regular law enforcement assets prove inadequate. Bush could have federalized the National Guard in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana but that would have only complicated matters initially because the National Guard becomes subject to Posse Comitatus once control of the National Guard is federalized. It allows the local officials more flexibility to respond quickly if they control the Guard directly.
In other words, the President is required under various laws to work with the state governors except in the most extreme cases like a terrorist attack. Until Katrina actually made landfall there was no way to know the scope of the problem and where precisely to deploy resources and what exactly would be needed.
Remember Bush on the tarmac with School Bus Nagin And The Governor and she said she needs time to think about it.

I can keep going on but this is way over your head Guru, no matter what gets posted you will retort with twisted fact and your distorted version of the truth

redneck said...

What happened to the party I used to know and love when people like L. Brooks Paterson were the norm?

Now we have all these christian fundamentalist wackjobs that for some reason think they are conservatives...reactionary more like it.

Get out of my party...you keep trying to INCREASE government control and intrusion into our lives in the name of your version of morality.

Communications guru said...

I guess you don’t know much about the 2nd Amendment. I suggest you do some reading dan, and yes, nobody wants your dam gun. What the hell does the type of ammunition have to do with the 2nd Amendment? That is just ridiculous. It’s like saying the 1st Amendment is being violated because only low-cal wafers can be used in Communion.

What does Mark Mellman have to do with anything?

John Engler restored this state to prosperity to this state? Get real, he may have had a little to do with it, but the President Clinton deserves most of the credit. The things that a governor can control Engler sure managed to screw up to leave a mess for the current governor. Gov. Milliken was a disaster? He’s a republican. I guess by that crude remark it must mean that he’s a so-called “rino.” Now, even to be a republican you have to agree with dan’s narrow view of the world.

Communications guru said...

What you say about republicans during Reconstruction is true, and no one has ever disputed that, least of all me. It’s just sad that the republican party tuned its back on those noble roots long ago.

The “drive by media?” That’s the first time I have heard that term used to continue the republican tradition of smearing the messenger. I seem to recall quite a few members of the media who were actually on the ground for the entire aftermath. Even the official information arm of the White House, Faux news, were getting off message and begging for help in getting supplies in and help for people who were dying of hunger, thirst and lack of medical supplies.

When you say “This was like no disaster ever before,” you were right in the sense that the federal emergency response was dismal bordering on criminal. Granted, this was a strong hurricane, but there have been stronger ones, six in fact. The major devastation the federal government was criminally slow in reacting to was because the federally built levees were breached and put 80 percent of one of the country's largest cities underwater. This overwhelmed the locals, and the federal government have many more assets that one or two states. That’s why they are the federal government, and we have FEMA.

All this talk about Posse Comitatus doesn’t mean much to me. You say if the National Guard were federalized they cannot be used for law enforcement. I seem to recall both Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy using both regular Army troops and National Guard troops to enforce desegregation.

Also, I don’t claim to be a “military man” I’m retired military, spending 20 years in the Navy, thank you. Where did you serve, since I allegedly hate my country, and you love it?

The charge about the mayor and the buses continues to leave out the fact the buses left behind did not run.

I can keep going on but this is way over your head Liberal, and no matter what gets posted you will retort with twisted fact and your distorted version of the truth

liberals Hate America said...

The Democratic Controlled Government failed the people of New Orleans


FACT: This is the real reason for all the trouble in New Orleans. It was a liberal utopia and your liberal idea of it and the welfare state failed. You Marxist views of how the United States would be controlled under a Democratic way of life are not feasible.
New Orleans squandered billions in federal money on pet projects that could of and would of prevented this disaster in the 1st place

By almost every statistical measure, New Orleans is a bad place to be poor. Half the city's households make less than $28,000 a year, and 28% of the population lives in poverty.
In the late 1990s, the state's school systems ranked dead last in the nation in the number of computers per student (1 per 88), and Louisiana has the nation's second-highest percentage of adults who never finished high school. By the state's own measure, 47% of the public schools in New Orleans rank as "academically unacceptable."
And Louisiana is the only one of the 50 states where the state legislature doesn't allocate money to pay for the legal defense of indigent defendants. The Associated Press reported this year that it's not unusual for poor people charged with crimes to stay in jail for nine months before getting a lawyer appointed.
These government failures are not merely a matter of incompetence. Louisiana and New Orleans have a long, well-known reputation for corruption: as former congressman Billy Tauzin once put it, "half of Louisiana is under water and the other half is under indictment."
That's putting it mildly. Adjusted for population size, the state ranks third in the number of elected officials convicted of crimes (Mississippi is No. 1). Recent scandals include the conviction of 14 state judges and an FBI raid on the business and personal files of a Louisiana congressman.
The decision to subject an entire population to poverty, ignorance, injustice and government corruption as a way of life has its ugly moments, as the world is now seeing. New Orleans officials issued an almost cynical evacuation order in a city where they know full well that thousands have no car, no money for airfare or an interstate bus, no credit cards for hotels, and therefore no way to leave town before the deadly storm and flood arrived.
The authorities provided no transportation out of the danger zone, apparently figuring the neglected thousands would somehow weather the storm in their uninsured, low-lying shacks and public housing projects. The poor were expected to remain invisible at the bottom of the pecking order and somehow weather the storm.



Guru, Fact the Buses in the famous photo surrounded by water did indeed Run. What you said is a lie
.http://strata-sphere.com/blog/index.php/archives/641

Fact the State of Louisiana’s Emergency Preparedned Plan states that local officials are responsible for evacuating residents of the various parishes before and during the early stages of the aftermath of a hurricane. They Democratic controlled state of La failed their citizens miserably to prepare for the natural disaster even though they knew from mock drills what would happen. The first responders are the State and local responsibility. You Lied.

Fact, Posse Comitatus is a law, not a constitutional requirement, it can be circumvented with support from Congress .Congress passed the Civil Disturbance Statutes which permits the President to use military forces to restore order but only after a "state has requested assistance or is unable to protect civil rights and property

The Bush Administration realized after the storm what it should have realized before it: that the state and local authorities in Louisiana were not going to be able to handle the hurricane's aftermath effectively. Apparently, the Administration tried to persuade the governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco, to issue an official request that the federal government take control of the Louisiana National Guard and the New Orleans police, but she refused, out of pride or mistrust or a desire to maintain some degree of control. Then the Administration considered sending active-duty federal troops to New Orleans to do what the National Guard and the police could not — make the streets and the evacuation centers safe and decent — and decided not to. Whatever its failings before the hurricane hit, the federal government could have greatly lessened the disaster if it had acted immediately afterward as a direct enforcer of the law. People suffered and died because it did not.


Sometimes governors are the problems. Examples: Orville Faubus of Arkansas, whose refusal to obey the law led President Eisenhower to act in 1957, and George Wallace of Alabama, who likewise led President Kennedy to act in 1963. As you stated it has been used before. You told the truth.

But you should know what Posse Comitatus is if you are a true intellectual Liberal as you claim. This 1 single act and the Governors failure to release control to the Federal government led to the continued battle over planning and acting to control the situation.

Note: The fact that Nagin and Blanco hated each other did not help the recover effort. If you recall A feud between Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has something to do with it, with the latter having broken ranks to campaign for Blanco's Republican opponent in the prior election. Guru you should know this.

The federally built levees were built as designed which proved to be incapable to with hold the lake. Many concerns also focused around the fact that the city's levee system was only designed for hurricanes of no greater intensity than category 3. As you recall the 17th street canal had just finished being rebuilt to the new specifications, which proved to be inadequate. An upgrade of the Canal levees, floodwalls, and bridges began in 1999. The Canal was considered in good shape at the start of the 2005 Season.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effect_of_Hurricane_Katrina_on_New_Orleans

Communications guru said...

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060904/POLITICS01/609040357/1022/POLITICS

This story from today’s Detroit News kind of says it all about the gop’s hard sprint to the right.

Deb Price / Detroit News Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON -- In the wake of his loss in the primary last month, U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz says he won't endorse or vote for the Republican pastor who defeated him and accused "right-wing intimidators" of running moderates like himself out of the party.
"The far right, the religious right are driving moderates out of the party. In the end, that can only hurt because it takes a critical mass to have a successful party," Schwarz said in his first extensive interview since losing the Aug. 8 primary to Tim Walberg.
The Battle Creek physician said several friends told him they plan to leave the party after watching him be hammered on social issues and then lose in spite of endorsements by establishment Republicans including President Bush and Saul Anuzis, chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.
Schwarz said he could see circumstances under which he would join them.
"We've created a situation, more and more, where centrist moderates who once identified with the Republican Party find themselves with no place to go. That will have national implications," he said.

liberals Hate America said...

It is exactly like the Democratic Party did to Lieberman, the same man that was the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate 6 years ago. The Democrat party has taken a hard left Aka. The Daily Kos. Practice what you preach Guru. You speak out of both sides of your mouth to further your distorted Liberal Marxist Rose-colored view on the world

Virtous Woman said...

Jim Marcinkowski is a man who is not afraid to speak and use his mind. Most people grow and evolve as human beings. Jim realized that the Republican party is leaving people behind and not caring for average citizens. Jim will represent all of the people not just people of one particular party. Aren't we all people? Jim will meet people too and not just people for a photo op.