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Discussion in 'Up to the Minute' started by SieSie, Sep 4, 2005.

  1. SieSie

    SieSie Active Member

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    DH and I had a friend over last night and I was shocked to hear him tell us that the government passed a bill and an island in Alaska with a population of about 50 people will get a $220 million bridge. I didn't believe him, I really didn't. Just got done doing some searching and found the following information.




    You're telling me my tax dollars are going to enourage youngsters to golf, for potato storage research, and for Cowgirl Hall of Fame museums??? I'm shocked, I really am. I know I've always been very naive when it comes to politics, but I just really had no idea... $273,000 to one city to try to learn how to understand the Goth culture better?!?! Are they serious?!?!?!?!





    This topic makes me very angry - why wasn't more money appropriated to Louisianna years ago to strengthen the levees? It's more important to give 50+ people in Alaska a $200 million dollar bridge than it is to give that $200 million to the Gulf Coast to help in disaster prevention and relief??

    Surely we can take some of the money from this SAFETEA-LU bill that seems to be wasteful in light of this disaster, and put it towards fixing the levee system, re-building the cities that are decimated, and providing long-term relief to those affected and left homeless.

    Don't forget there was $12 million dollars approved in 1999 to STUDY the levee in NO that wasn't even scheduled to begin until 2006 - so there's another $12 million we can add to the recovery and relief efforts, right?!?!

    ETA quote and link regarding the $12 million study:
     
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  3. BirdieBoo

    BirdieBoo New Member

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    Here's some potato storage research, from an Idaho-raised gal:

    Dig a big hole underground, and put a roof on it. Put the potatoes under there. They'll keep.

    Free of charge.

    Our government seems to have some accountability issues, as to where our money is going.
     
  4. Dara

    Dara Loving every rise and fall

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    Thank you, Sie Sie. These are the things we as Americans should be aware of. We need to ask questions, and demand accountability from our leaders. The more we know, the better off we are.
     
  5. SieSie

    SieSie Active Member

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    Actually, I think I preferred living with my head stuck in the sand. The more I hear and learn, the angrier I get.
     
  6. Dara

    Dara Loving every rise and fall

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    Oh, I can relate. This is disheartening. But I've got to believe that arming ourselves with knowledge and remembering, not accepting revisionist history but remembering, will help. That continuing to ask "Why" and "How" and being as vocal as we can be about something as important as the unnecessary deaths of a great number of people will make a difference.

    Cver the past few days, when I've seen that asking questions and making appropriate criticisms are called "bashing" and expecting accountability from our elected officials, or really anything but blindly standing behind the president NO MATTER WHAT, is seen by some as unpatriotic, I realize why how we've gotten to be where we are now.

    And that has got to change. Let's keep the info flowing and give each other support as we learn more and more disturbing information.
     
  7. Mabel

    Mabel Former Member

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    What do you want to bet that some politician is getting rich off this $200mil bridge? We need to stop electing politicians and start electing real people. The politicians have turned our government into a business for their own profit. That's not what our forefathers fought for. IMO, the best thing that could come from this disaster is for the American people to take back their government.
     
  8. Dara

    Dara Loving every rise and fall

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    Sie Sie, I'm adding a link to a commentary I felt raised some good questions, including the role a push toward privitization of services--among other things--played in the abysmal response. I chose this thread because privitization is in no small part an economic issue. If you think it doesn't belong, I'd be glad to delete/move it.

     
  9. concernedperson

    concernedperson Former Member

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    I think more and more of us may be sticking our heads into the political pavillion from now on. Right now I am getting a headache just reading this crap.
     
  10. Casshew

    Casshew Former Member

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    SieSie, thanks for posting all that. It really is obscene :sick:
     
  11. LadyLuck

    LadyLuck New Member

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    You are so right- but it seems that the only ones running for office are career politicians.
     
  12. SieSie

    SieSie Active Member

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    I hear ya about the headache, the more I learn, the angrier I get. I'm not sure I'm ready for the PP yet!! I wish I had all the answers, but I don't. I'm full of questions!

    Isn't it, though? Horrendous, appalling, frivolous, ridiculous.... ugh. BTW, yw. :cool:

    Dara - thanks for the info. I don't care who posts what, where - as long as we're being informed, I think it's all good.
     
  13. Dara

    Dara Loving every rise and fall

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    Bumping for PrayersforMaura
     
  14. DEPUTYDAWG

    DEPUTYDAWG Active Member

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    Dara, I wholeheartedly agree. I just wish we knew how to make wide, sweeping changes. It's frustrating as hell. From local school board elections up to the fed gov't...there is corruption, special interest, favoritism, "what's in it for me - or my buddies" - mentality. :doh: I think even many good-intentioned people run for office, having the intent to change things, shake things up, and then when they get in there, things can get off track because of different pressures, favors, etc. It's sad, really. And I do think those that are career politicians are often the absolute worst. They've been out of touch with reality for joe citizen for way too long.

    And yet, I'd still rather live here than anywhere else. We can hope, hope that some changes and more accountability come into play after this. This had damn sure be a wake-up call.

    ETA: I should have put my "IMO" since I'm even accusing "some" school board members of being corrupt, LOL
     
  15. DEPUTYDAWG

    DEPUTYDAWG Active Member

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    Yes, the ignorance is bliss, but it only works for so long.

    I actually stayed (somewhat) interested in the new Transportation Bill for two years, because many years ago, I worked for a company that sold highway safety products. Much of the sales were for, obviously, highway constructions products, supported by federal highway funds. I didn't work in the Sales side, so I am not an expert on this, but IIRC, the contract would be awarded to a state, of which a certain % is matched by the federal $. So, since the Highway Bill expired about 2 years ago, funds started drying up, and states would put construction on hold, because they wouldn't get matching federal funds.

    That's all great and fine, but knowing how many proposals came from Congressmen and Senators that were really just "helping my constituants - read Buddy- back in my District" that were true pork barrel type projects (or should I say POTATO instead), it makes ya sick. Since I did follow it somewhat over the last 2 years, I will say a lot of the delay was Bush's threat to veto, to cut the massive bill down, trying to get rid of a lot of the POTATO barrel projects out, but obviously not all! I think, IIRC, the original proposal was about $350 billion, and it passed at $287 billion.

    Read more, and you'll just get even sicker.
     
  16. Dara

    Dara Loving every rise and fall

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    I agree. I would rather live here, too. I love my country. And it's so discouraging to see croynism, etc, as you point out, at every level. I said in the political forum that we have to remember this disaster and demand answers and accountability because we love this country and want it to be great.

    We're all talking about the old articles about Brown's appointment being inappropriate and the levees being weak and on and on. Today we are and tomorrow we will be reading the stories that outraged citizens will be posting and debating about some future disaster if we don't take action (sadly, possibly even if we do). Did we all read the articles about the weak levees and the refusal of the government to pay for fixing them and articles about these ridiculous expenditures, cluck or swear, then turn the page? Did we know Bush was appointing buddies and shrug it off because we're just one person? Did we read the many articles that Brown give $31 million dollars in hurricane to an area not hit by a hurricane and distribute funeral benefits when no one died and not say, "Hey, wait, this guy is in charge of FEMA. What the heck happens when it's lives at stake, not just money?" Why didn't we see that and band together and demand a better man for a job that can impact every American life?

    I think we can make changes. Look at what happened with Cindy Sheehan. Not from a partisan view. Strictly as an example. She is one woman who may have started a movement that may affect change. Look at how John Walsh took a tragedy and helped saved missing children. I know that doesn't sound political, but he's impacted public policy. There are examples of one person starting an agent for tremendous change. It can be done. We've got a lot of new sources. We've got the Internet to rally folks. We've got good people. I think we just need to remember that we knew about most of the factors that worsened this disaster and we did little or nothing. I'm going to be better informed and really think about what I'm reading and hearing on the news. Consider what the ramifications are in way I never have before and make sure I act. At least I'm going to try.
     
  17. less0305

    less0305 The face is familiar, but I can't quite remember m

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    Every administration has government waste. Look up the same types of spending in all administrations. As I said here a few days ago....during the Clinton administration and FEMA was of a different structure we had a tornado with deaths. You can not imagine the money people got who did not suffer any damage - and were proud of it....laughed, made fun of the government, "Yeah, I got my house remodeled, hahahaha, go on down there and apply for the funds. You'll get it too." This from a man who had ONE piece of siding blown off of his house. He got a remodel of the INSIDE of his house!!!! New bathrooms, new kitchen, the works!!!! For a crummy piece of siding that fell off his house. You would NOT believe what "volunteers" were paid by FEMA. You simply would not believe the money people got that "just wanted to be of some help." Once they found out money was being handed out left and right.....they were in line with hands full of "bills to be paid."

    Don't think this is anything new. It's been around for ages and ages and ages. Why weren't the people of Louisiana up in arms and massing together and demanding that their elected officials made sure they got the government funds? Who did they elect in past years to help secure funding? Who did they elect this time around to help secure funding?

    Yeah, I hate to think money went to Cowgirl Hall of Fame....I'm outraged!

    But it is something each and every person has to take an interest in ALL THE TIME and not just when a disaster strikes. How many people attend their city council meetings? How many people visit their legislators? I work in Government - last month we had ONE citizen attend our council meeting. ONE. ONE person was interested in what their city government was doing.

    It's accountability all right. But accountability begins at home, so to speak.
     
  18. Dara

    Dara Loving every rise and fall

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    I didn't cut for disagreement but for space. This morning I woke up and heard that last night Chertoff went into a meeting and said conditions in the Superdome weren't as bad as reported. First he didn't even know. But that's trivial compared to the fact that he's the head of Homeland Security and when people are still in need of rescue, he is spinning!

    And we've seen story after story about how there are still the same kinds of errors happening. Aid isn't getting through. Trained firefighters are handing out flyers and sitting in hotels wanting to go help. And Chertoff is spinning.

    When I posted about this in another thread, all I got was, "It's the mayor fault that people were there." Even if that's true, why was there absolutely no reaction to Chertoff's comment?. That's of immediate concern because he may be the person calling the shots. Have we already stopped caring what the guys in charge (who didn't know what was going on when we all did) are doing now? Their job performance can still mean life or death to some people and he's covering his ass!

    Why aren't we asking if he's still in charge?

    Why aren't we upset that he's more interested in downplaying what we all saw with our own eyes that?
     
  19. DEPUTYDAWG

    DEPUTYDAWG Active Member

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    Does it make sense that I can agree with both Dara and Less at the same time?! You both make very good points. :)
     
  20. DEPUTYDAWG

    DEPUTYDAWG Active Member

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    Oh, absolutely, this is nothing new. Just coming up to the surface again.

    Re city council meetings - I'm guilty. I have never witnessed one as a "citizen." I have been at a few when it related to a topic on the agenda that affected my agency, and therefore, my job. And we were there to hear the discussions, as it pertained to our "special interest," so to speak. What was important to where we were going to be housing some of our own employees that were assisting City services and city revenue! And watching the council fight amongst themselves. At least it wasn't all "yes men." There was real divide.

    When I lived in CA, we had to start providing security at a certain city's council meetings, after a shooting. A neighborly spat turned deadly at the council meeting! And one of the council members was deeply involved in that neighborhood dispute. :banghead:

    Government waste, mis-use. Yep, nothing new and it goes on. No different than many private companies. And yet I had an eye-opening experience when I started working here. One of my co-workers was killed in the line of duty. Do you think our own department could purchase a wreath or flowers for his funeral? Absolutely not. Public funds can't be used for that. So employees contribute to our own little "flower fund." I thought that was sad. I'm getting way off track. Never mind. :slap:
     
  21. Dara

    Dara Loving every rise and fall

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    At the risk of making DD faint, I will agree. In my post, I spoke to factors that relate to this disaster that we had foreknowledge of, but I don't know about local and state issues. I do know about Brown and Bush and the levees. But it does have to be at all levels.

    In most cases, we have warning. Like the articles about Brown and Hurricane Frances. Or his appointment. It must have been the same for Louisiana. I'm sure not everything was telegraphed but some things were.

    I try to walk the walk. I can do better, but I am constantly improving. And, yeah, I go to some meetings. Where do y'all think I learned to go on and on about an issue?
     

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