Carol Platt Liebau: The Liberal Mind

Sunday, June 18, 2006

The Liberal Mind

The LA Times helpfully reminds us that we shouldn't blame some victims of Hurricane Karina for blowing $2000 cash cards on trips, sex change operations and other decidedly non-emergency items. Blame FEMA instead, they tell us.

How typical this whole debacle is of the left wing mind that brought us the welfare state. One reason "quick fixes" like the cash cards were implemented was because of the hysterical outcry from MSM outlets like the Times, claiming that the government wasn't doing "enough."

So the predictable response was to do somethng -- anything -- with the taxpayers money to quiet the critics, even though the scheme was obviously and clearly prone to the most egregious kind of abuse. And then, when it goes bad (as many could have predicted it would), don't hold the wrongdoers responsible: Once again, they're just victims -- and Big Daddy government is deemed to be at fault for not successfully exerting control over how the money is spent . . . oversight power that would be frightening if the government actually were capable of wielding it effectively.


Blogger Duke-Stir said...

As the article points out: "For every "Girls Gone Wild" video purchased, thousands of families used their cards for clothing, food and temporary shelter without having to deal with federal red tape. Bad spending decisions are an unfortunate side effect of a clever and responsive policy."

The GAO did not rebuke FEMA for the debit card policy -- which quickly and effectively distributed aid to a large number of displaced and desperate Americans -- but for its failure to implement a few simple safeguards to guard against misrepresentation when citizens register for federal disaster assistance and double payments.

It's funny that you get all in a dander about the poor choices a handful of Americans make with "your" (and their) dollars but say nary a word about the $9 BILLION PLUS that your government can't account for in Iraq disbursements.

More hypocrisy from the right.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Bush created DHS and appointed administrators. He moved the director of FEMA from a cabinet position to one that reports to DHS. He appointed Michael Brown to be director of FEMA. The investigative arm of congress report stated.

FEMA didn't perform even basic checks to safeguard taxpayers' money.

FEMA didn't even try to verify the identity of people who applied for aid by phone.

FEMA's fraud controls are “weak or nonexistent.”

More than 2,000 people applied for aid from prison and received about $12 million.

I’m simply amazed that every time there is a problem with administration, the blame game starts by claiming it is the liberals fault. How wonderful it would be to have a leader like Truman who had a sign on his desk that said, “The Buck Stops Here”.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Instead, the sign on the current occupant's desk is turned around so he can read it. It says: "Bushie, you're doin' a heckuva job!"

10:04 PM  
Blogger Cavalor Epthith said...

The last time I checked, the House Senate and four ninths of the SCOTUS were in the camp of the GOP. For all intents and purposes the government of the US is being run by the GOP at all its executive levels. So why are so many things wrong? How can the right wing not get all it asks for when it has all the votes it needs to pass virtually any legislation it wishes and a President that will sign it? How can that be?

FEMA debit cards? Phooey! Let's talk about the cowardice involved in fighting a half hearted war with other people's sons and daughters when your and those who support you sit safe behind gates of privilege.

Cavalor Epthith
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork

10:06 PM  
Blogger Greg said...


Do you have to get in some kind of extreme yoga position in order to spout such childish drivel with such a high-minded tone?

5:24 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...


Excellent comment. Bush & the GOP have been able to do anything they want during the past five years. They have broken their contract with America by being fiscally irresponsible and running a deficit of over $ 1 trillion per year. The two wars are running $ 8 billion per month. Eighty percent of Afghanistan is now run by warlords and drug dealers. Iraq is on the brink of civil war that could destabilize the entire region. To fix these two nations would require sending over a million more troops in and Bush can’t do that without a draft.

So Bush will leave the mess to future president(s) to fix. A future president will also need to play catch-up on addressing the largest threat to this planet – global warming, but with the treasury empty, who will lend money to the US, now that Bush has run the country as a rogue nation, violating international law and US treaties ?

Bush’s leadership has cost us dearly. Within ten years, China will have the largest economy, the European Union will be second and the US third.

10:13 AM  
Blogger The Flomblog said...

OK, I have an ingrown toenail on my left foot. It is obviously caused by our immoral war in the Middle east. Bush obviously has a financial tie to the drug companies and is soaking up the profits from the capitalistic pigs who sell ingrown toenail remedies.

10:34 AM  
Blogger amber said...

I love how the left keeps playing the "if you are not sacrificing your children it is not worth it" mantra. It is a VOLUNTEER military. They can not force their children into military service, and should they, would that make the war ok for you? Now if you are going into politics your children and grand children must be serving in the military? Have you volunteered? I did, my husband did, my brother did. None of us did it because we needed the cash or wanted a free education, if that is why someone joins then they will not be happy. We all benefitted from the money and programs, but if we did not love this country, love the Army life (we were all Army), and have a great desire to be a bigger part of our nation; we would not have joined. Oh, and everyone of us knew the sacrifice we were making and are still making and we would do it over and over again because we love this country and it's military. If you disagree with the war, then fine, disagree, but to say it is not worthwhile become some Republican Senator does not have a child serving in it is assinine.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Alan Kellogg said...

Just a stray comment on a stray point in the post.

Sometimes gender reassignment surgery simply can't be put off. Ask Zoe Brain* sometime.

One more thing. Do you have any idea how much gender reassignment surgery costs? $2,000.00 doesn't even cover the cost of mapping out a new pudenda.

*Her real name.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Cavalor Epthith said...

No sir, I can spout my fine drivel even standing up while holding a cocktail.

Thanks for the kind words and the deep digging. Remember who said, "Facts are stupid things."

I do not seek to blame the American president for every bout of flatulence I have, but what I do hold him, as chief executive, accountable for, as the People should, is his arrogance, lack of skill, at realpolitik and his blind adherence to an ideology that is irrational and fruitless, bloody and fatally tragic.

First off thank you for your service.
If the leadership HAD to send their sons and daughters to war then America would find itself engaged in less folly and more moral wars, Darfur anyone? That charge might have been led by the noble son of some senator or congressman

If America continues to pour the vitriol of a state religion into its government then the generations of the not so ditant future will find themselves in shackles having inherited the wind.

Cavalor Epthith
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork

7:19 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Good answer, Cavalor!

8:45 AM  

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