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2005/9/27

Michael Brown Plays the Blame Game

@ 11:45 PM (109 months, 20 days ago)

One day after it came to light that he was still on FEMA's payroll as a consultant, former FEMA Chief Michael Brown testified before a Congressional panel investigating the government's response to Hurricane Katrina.

He gave himself a good old boy "Brownie you're doing a heck of a job" pat on the back.  He said "I've overseen over 150 presidentially declared disasters. I know what I'm doing, and I think I do a pretty darn good job of it."

Memo to Brownie: If you had really known what you were doing, you would not be partly responsible for the deaths of over a thousand Americans.  You would have know the reality of what was happening on the grown in New Orleans as people were literally drowning and dying.  Call me part of the reality-based community.

Even some Republicans found it hard to ignore Brownie's incompetence.  Representative Christopher Shays (R-Conn) told him "I'm happy you left.  That kind of look in the lights like a deer tells me you weren't capable of doing that job."

In an utter display of arrogance, Brownie pontificated: "So I guess you want me to be the superhero, to step in there and take everyone out of New Orleans."   Rep. Shays responded "What I wanted you to do is do your job and coordinate." 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050927/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/katrina_brown_hk4_10;_ylt=AsF9yP8o8Rj.QQ0POZ48QXsbLisB;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl

 

Time Magazine Asks: How Many More Mike Browns Are Out There?

@ 11:35 PM (109 months, 20 days ago)

Today's required reading comes courtesy of Time magazine.

They examine the culture of cronyism that has permeated the Bush administration, noting that Bush has placed friends in some of the most vital government agencies, at many times putting friendship before experience; (in other words: loyalty to himself above loyalty to country).

Time magazine notes that during the Florida recount debacle, Dick Cheney was examing the federal government from top to bottom, looking to pile it with those sympathetic to the Bush Crime Team.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1109345,00.html