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Dems concerned about their voters

Please, feel free to insert your own jokes in the comments. From Democrats try to protect hurricane voters

Concerned that political operatives may try to manipulate the battered Gulf region's voting process in upcoming elections, House Democrats on Wednesday asked the Justice Department to vigilantly defend the rights of people displaced by recent hurricanes.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and several other high-ranking congressional Democrats sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales outlining their concerns about the possible purging of voter rolls, lost and damaged voting equipment and displaced residents' voting rights in their new locations.
The Democrats paid particular attention to the mass displacement of poor and minority New Orleans residents. New Orleans has been a Democratic bastion in a Republican-leaning state.
"We fear these New Orleans residents, as well as victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, may encounter politically engineered obstacles" when voting, the letter said. "It is our expectation that the Voting Section of the (Justice Department's) Civil Rights Division will be especially vigilant for the foreseeable future."

"Liberals" trying to do more damage to Katrina victims

The "liberals" have been "looking out for" America's poor for the past four decades, and New Orleans exposes just how little good they've done.
Now, they want to continue their failed policies, the Toronto Star reports in "America's dark underbelly":

...Hurricane Katrina has exposed America's cursed underbelly, its multitudes of poverty-stricken and hopeless, forgotten by a government bent on offering tax breaks to the wealthy.
Already, there are suggestions Katrina could help swing a social pendulum back in the United States, a pendulum that has swung in favour of less tax, smaller government and cutbacks on entitlement programs since the late '60s, a philosophy that flourished with the 1980 inauguration of Ronald Reagan.
"This has the potential to be a watershed moment," says Rosa Brooks, a professor and social commentator at Georgetown Law School in Washington...
...Ronald Walters of the University of Maryland, an author and expert on class and racial politics, is also optimistic that the images of the poor suffering in New Orleans could spark a national debate on an issue that has been ignored for too long.
"This hurricane dredged it all up and shoved it in people's faces like nothing before in our history," he said. "I am reasonably confident that some type of sea change could be afoot. What you're seeing here is the blowback of the failure to deal with social policy over the years."
...The national media "discovering" poverty in America is a little like Columbus "discovering" America, Brooks said. Both were already there...
...If the move away from social issues and safety nets and toward the sacrosanct U.S.-style rugged individualism is cyclical, it has been a long cycle.
Most historians say it dates to the backlash against the civil rights movement of the 1960s and took hold with Reagan in 1980 when the war on poverty became a war on the poor...

OK, that's enough. I had to stop before they get to the Nancy Pelosi and Teddy Kennedy quotes.
Your policies have been tried, and they've failed miserably. The corruption and cronyism of the Bush administration is certainly not optimal either. Hopefully we can find a common sense, mainstream American policy that helps those who really need it, but doesn't convert millions of people into wards of the state.

"Dems Blast Bush Over Hurricane Response"

AP:

...Democrats, armed with talking points and in close consultation, went into full battle mode Wednesday on the Republican administration's handling of the crisis.
[Hillary] Clinton called for an independent commission to study the response and made the rounds of four network morning television shows on Wednesday.
Of Brown, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Clinton told CBS: "I would never have appointed such a person. I would imagine, I don't think that anybody would. You would appoint somebody who has experience."
Congress' top two Democrats led the charge. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada pressed for a wide-ranging investigation that would explore questions such as "How much time did the president spend dealing with this emerging crisis while he was on vacation?"
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., renewed her call for Brown's dismissal and declared: "There were two disasters last week: first, the natural disaster, and second, the man-made disaster, the disaster made by mistakes made by FEMA."
She told reporters she had urged Bush in person at the White House on Tuesday to fire Brown.
"Why would I do that?" Pelosi quoted the president as saying...
... More than two-thirds of Republicans said Bush is doing a great or good job in responding to the hurricane and flooding, according to a CNN- USA Today-Gallup poll out Wednesday. About two-thirds of Democrats say he is doing a bad or terrible job...

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