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2005 Person of the Year: Katrina? Nobodies say yes

A team of notables has highly recommended that Time magazine select Hurricane Katrina as their 2005 Person of the Year. Those making this suggestion are:

NBC anchor Brian Williams...
CNN's Anderson Cooper...
Time reporter Matthew Cooper...
Democratic political consultant Donna Brazile...
conservative activist Grover Norquist...
WorldCom whistleblower Cynthia Cooper, named a Person of the Year by the magazine in 2002...

Yes, exactly: who cares what they think?
In fact, Brian Williams wants to broaden the selection a bit to include Gaia, which would cover global warming, tsunamis, the Pakistan earthquake, global warming, and global warming.

"Katrina gets you to Iraq. It gets you to petroleum. It gets you to presidential politics," Williams said. "It has laid bare so many cracks and fissures in our system."

Grover Norquist to be shadowed by left-wing group

As much as I dislike Working Assets - even though I know little about them - I dislike Norquist even more, so I'm willing to wish the group luck in this particular case:

Citizens outraged about Katrina and a truck-based mobile billboard sponsored by Working Assets will show up outside the office of Bush administration advisor Grover Norquist as DC's top radical-right policy-makers arrive for their weekly strategy meeting...
The billboard image juxtaposes Norquist's well-known quote from a May 2001 NPR interview with an image of the flooded city of New Orleans. In the interview, Norquist stated: "My goal is to cut government...down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub."

The ever-creative left will be carrying placards saying things like "Make Levees, Not War" and "Small Government? Big Disaster." Comrades at Daily "Screw 'em" Kos appear to be behind this action.
Norquist was also involved in the suspension of Davis-Bacon.

Jesse Jackson informs us that the looting isn't over

No, not as long as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Howard Dean, and the rest of the Democrats are in charge the looting will continue. However, in "Hurricane looting not over yet", the Right Rev is concerned with the more Republican form of looting:

...Already Halliburton is on hand with a no-bid contract for reconstruction.

Actually, I think what they're doing is covered by a pre-existing contract.

...Fluor, Bechtel, the Shaw Group -- Republican-linked firms -- are lining up for contracts. Lobbyists like Joe Allbaugh, close friend of George Bush, and James Lee Witt, close friend of Bill Clinton -- both former heads of the Federal Emergency Management Agency -- are advising their corporate clients to get teams on the scene. Normal rules of contracting and competition are being waived in the emergency. Big bucks are on the table. It is a time to be wired politically.

Actually, the Shaw Group appears to have some Democratic connections...

The ideologues are in the hunt, too. Newt Gingrich is circulating memos calling for turning the region into a massive enterprise zone, slashing corporate taxes, reducing regulations. The oil lobby is pushing for drilling in Alaska and off the shores of the United States. Right wing activist Grover Norquist calls for cutting taxes on the wealthy even more to stimulate the economy. Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flak [sic, appropriately enough it's "Flake"] suggests conservatives use the crisis to try out their favorite ideas -- vouchers for education and health care...
The Bush administration's inaction and indifference after Katrina hit abandoned the poor and added to their suffering. It would be tragic now if action by the Republican Congress and the Bush administration added to the misery...

He does have some semi-good ideas, like reviving the pseudo-socialistic Civilian Construction and Conservation Corps. The problem, of course, is that behind the good ideas flows a river of race-baiting and Democratic looting.

Will illegal aliens take rebuilding jobs?

President Bush has taken moves that might allow illegal aliens to take the rebuilding jobs that could go to American citizens.
First, Bush suspended the Davis-Bacon Act in the affected areas. That requires that contractors on federal projects pay the prevailing wage, which is currently around $9 an hour in the Gulf Coast region. (Note that - oddly enough - the suspension includes Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties in south Florida.)
And, from this, "U.S. officials have suspended for 45 days a requirement that employers check workers' identification." While many storm victims might have lost their ID, this will also allow illegal aliens to gain employment even more easily than they now can.
Sep. 9's "Bush Suspends Prevailing Wage Laws for Katrina Clean Up" has the details on who prompted the first:

Last week, Americans for Tax Reform, an organization founded by long-time Republican activists Grover Norquist, sent Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao a letter asking that she suspend the Davis-Bacon Act in order to free taxpayers from paying too much for the disaster clean up and management. Wednesday, Representatives Tom Feeney (R-Florida), Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colorado), sent Bush a similar letter, stating that the Act drives costs up and "effectively discriminates against non-union contractors."

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