OH GEORGE, POOR GEORGE…
Your October 3 cover almost made me feel sorry for George W. Bush. Now cut that out!
NOTES IN A BOTTLE: ON THE FLOOD
Los Osos, Calif.
Your September 26 cover says, “After the Flood: The Reckoning.” Hah! What reckoning? Bush and his cronies will leave office and head for highly lucrative jobs working for their masters on K Street, and not a single member of the “moral values/accountability” crowd will be held responsible for war crimes, war profiteering, theft, mismanagement, grotesque incompetence, looting the public treasury and criminal negligence. The right-wing spin machine will declare “Mission Accomplished” and voters will elect any politician who promises to stop gay marriage and reinstate prayer in the schools. Reckoning, indeed.
Yes, the criminal neglect of our decaying infrastructure did accelerate under Reagan and subsequent neo-whatsits, but it began under Nixon [“The Disaster President,” Sept. 26]. The cost now–should we choose to repair, refurbish and/or build anew desperately needed roads, bridges, railways, canals, levees, power grids, schools and a host of other items–exceeds $20 trillion! If an enlightened (by Katrina and Rita) Congress should enact, by a veto-proof majority, legislation authorizing such repair, it could restore prosperity by putting Americans back to work!
EDWARD G. ROBLES
Bush’s delayed reaction to the Katrina storm was foreshadowed by his reaction to the California energy crisis at the beginning of his first term. Remember, he said it was our own fault because of our state’s conservation measures. It has since been proven that it was the collusion of companies with ties to Cheney that caused the shortage of electricity. Remember, like Louisiana, California is a Democratic state that did not support him in his election.
THE REAL THREAT ON THE BORDERS
Sasha Abramsky asks in “Terror on the Inner Border” [Sept. 26] if the majority of detainees, mostly Latino, arrested on the border pose a security threat. Probably not. However, to curb the flow of cheap, nonunionized labor into this country would be a tremendous economic threat to American capitalist enterprises large and small. Isn’t that the real threat on the borders? Who on the left supports the unimpeded flow of cheap labor to unscrupulous employers desperate to compete with China? The left has been diligent about pointing out the political and constitutional issues at our borders. Good for us.