"But the federal government's lethal ineptitude wasn't just a consequence of Mr. Bush's personal inadequacy; it was a consequence of ideological hostility to the very idea of using government to serve the public good. For 25 years the right has been denigrating the public sector, telling us that government is always the problem, not the solution. Why should we be surprised that when we needed a government solution, it wasn't forthcoming?"
-Paul Krugman (must-read)
"Mr. Bush's performance last week will rank as one of the worst ever by a president during a dire national emergency. What we witnessed, as clearly as the overwhelming agony of the city of New Orleans, was the dangerous incompetence and the staggering indifference to human suffering of the president and his administration."
"What Jon Chait said about Iraq last week is perhaps even truer about New Orleans. The hallmarks of the Bush/Rove governing philosophy — partisan discipline, industry giveaways, and relentless lying — work pretty well as long as you can disguise the results of your policies. When you can't, it suddenly becomes obvious even to your supporters that the emperor has no clothes. It's taken two years for a lot of people to realize that about Iraq. It's taken less than a week to realize it about New Orleans."
-Washington Monthly (courtesy Ocho)
* Priorities in the wake of the disaster.
* Terry Neal asks the questions we're all asking.
* Eugene Robinson asks, now what?
* Refugees driven to Stone age subsistence.
* The head of FEMA is being singled out.
* Red tape hinders rescue efforts. Trent Lott wants it cut.
* Bush clears his schedule for Katrina. How nice of him!
* Michael Moore's open letter to George Bush.
National Geographic predicted the New Orleans hurricane disaster.
Barbara Bush said what?