Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Do As I Say and Not As I Do
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush is asking the country to drive less and save gas in the wake of two hurricanes that hurt Gulf coast production.
Speaking in Washington on the eve of a visit to Texas and Louisiana Tuesday, Bush also said he had issued a directive for all federal agencies to cut their own energy use and to encourage employees to use public transportation, The New York Times reported.
GOI: I guess that doesn't apply to Bush though. I agree to conserving gas (my wife and I sold our second car) but what Bush is asking for and doing are highly conflicting. Bush was originally criticized for not reacting fast enough or visiting the area enough. Now, he is over compensating and spending TOO much time down there. This is his second trip to the Rita hit aread. Especially since He is asking the country to drive less and save gas!!
Today's flight down to Louisiana was (I believe) his 7th visit to the region and I think that is a bit excessive right now. Especially when he puts out the statement to save gas!! He is not the acting FEMA director (although maybe he thinks he is since he isn't doing that great of a job at being President. Maybe he figured he'd give FEMA director a try. He probably thinks that being President means you get to be any head of a federal agency at will. A job that allows you to try on "all the hats" so to speak).
I just heard on CNN's "The Situation Room" that the mayor of Nederland, Texas isn't getting the help from FEMA that he needs and he says it's the same for many other towns in that county. You'd think that FEMA would have their do-do together by now but they do not. Texas is blaming FEMA and FEMA is blaming TEXAS.
O.k., now this is the SECOND time that FEMA has been slow. Do I side with the states Louisiana and now Texas when FEMA is still pointing fingers at them?? Of course they share some blame but you bet I do. Mikey Brown keeps wanting to blame Louisiana but is he now prepared to blame a second state, Texas?? I can maybe believe that one state, Louisiana screwed up the Katrina preparation (but I don't), however, now I am supposed to believe that in the wake of Katrina that the next door neighbor to Louisiana; Texas is to blame too?? That they didn't learn the lessons of Katrina? I'll tell you who didn't learn the lessons of Katrina and that's FEMA, the Department of Homeland Insecurity and the rest of the federal government run by Mr. George W. "Hey, Mom. Look no hands" Bush.
Also, CNN's "Situation Room" their financial guy crunched some numbers on Air Force One fuel consumption. He figured that the Presidential plane's fuel rate was around $6,029 an HOUR!! Therefore, (he figured out) the gas to fuel all of the President's visits since 9/24/05 came to a whopping $47,398.30!!! And that doesn't include the price tag to fuel and run all those big SUV's in his motorcade!!
Our yearly household income isn't even near that much!!
(PHOTO CREDIT: Susan Walsh - AP)
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