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Thursday, January 26, 2006

You can't whitewash the smell away...

The federal screw-ups related to Katrina seem to be unending, just like DeLay's crooked connections. We now have reconstruction in NOLA held up by the inability of the FEMA folk (or is that the FEMA-fuck?) to even write the building standards they are supposed to write. Or is it 'inability'? After the glowingly coordinated lack of action at the time of the storm, one has to wonder if they can't write building standards or if they just don't want to. Maybe Bush really does hate Black folk and wants to ruin New Orleans? Maybe his appointees in DHS are just inept morons, and maybe his ability to manage anything in government other than corruption, lying and an attempt to become the first US Dictator is just non-existent.

And yet, it's obviously much worse than any of us thought. Apparently, it goes so much deeper than just Mike Brown. The entire administration is trying to hide from this catastophic failure of Bush and his cronies, and even Republicans and their sympathizers are getting fed up with the White House stalling.

The White House is crippling a Senate inquiry into the government's sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina by barring administration officials from answering questions and failing to hand over documents, senators leading the investigation said Tuesday.

In some cases, staff at the White House and other federal agencies have refused to be interviewed by congressional investigators, said the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In addition, agency officials won't answer seemingly innocuous questions about times and dates of meetings and telephone calls with the White House, the senators said.

Even Senator Joe Liebermann, the big Dem suck-up on the Iraq issue, is critical. Here is the justification for the stonewalling:

"There is a deliberate process, and the White House has always said it wants to cooperate with the committee but preserve any president's ability to get advice from advisers on a confidential basis," Duffy said. "And that's a critical need for any U.S. president and that is continuing to influence how we cooperate with the committees."

So, the White House is stonewalling investigations into a federal failure to aid our citizens in time of disaster because Bush doesn't want anyone to know what he's doing. In other words, there is a secret government going on inside the White House, and Bush wants to keep it secret. Time to oust the dictator.

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