Why didn't they just evacuate in their Cadillacs?

Time to kill the Southern Strategy

It is time once again for the Democratic Party to be the moral leaders of those "Old Timey" issues such and race and poverty.

It is as relevant today as it was at the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. That the poor in New Orleans did NOT have a Cadillac to escape and now the government by Executive Order is not allowing then to earn the prevailing wage.

We can not let the Republicans demonize EVEN MORE African Americans and the poor. After hearing Pat Buchanan spew "looting, raping and welfare checks" in the same sentence... I see this is where it is heading.

Democrats must resuscitate the issues and ideologies that we are good at.

This time around we need to take the lead in the framing wars. No longer can we tolerate rhetoric like Reagan's "Welfare Queen who picks up her welfare check in her big new Cadillac"... The Republicans have played this myth so well that now the mere mention of taxes sends off dog whistles to whites that their money will be given to welfare queens.

The crying call of the Democrats should be:
No Representation without Taxation

Sometimes I wonder if the real purpose behind the taxes cuts is to thwart representation of the average citizen...

Democrats can no longer unravel the Safety Net with policies like Bill Clinton's "Reform welfare as we know it" that pandered to the lies and fears of far right.

Democrats keep America safe

  • Safe from immoral wars
  • Safe from attacks on Americans civil and constitutional rights
  • Safe to have equal opportunities in the workplace as well as the classroom
  • Safe to grow old with dignity
  • Safe from corrupt policies and laws that favor the powerful and hurt the powerless
  • Democrats will save Democracy and the Constitution in the United States

We are not going to get this new vision from the DLC/NDN types who want to do away with "Old Timey issues and ideology" ... the mainstay of the Republican winning streak.

Reform is NOT about throwing overboard women, minorities, labor, gays...yunno the Democratic base.

Reform is NOT about getting rid of special interest groups or even having them to suppress their issues for the greater good...

It is about creating a common value within all of these interest groups. Reform must be about reframing liberal and progressive values and policies into a coherent whole: what affirmative action has to do with progressive taxation, what abortion has to do with affirmative action, what environmentalism has to do with feminism, what labor has to do with education etc.

We must reweave the safety net so that those who walk the straight and narrow path, who defend this country in battle, who work, who pay taxes... will not be left to drown if they slip.

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Did I have to ask
Lavish tastes of card-carrying lowlifes

Profiteering ghouls have been using debit cards distributed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina - intended to buy essentials for evacuated families - in luxury-goods stores as far away as Atlanta.

"We've seen three of the cards," said a senior employee of the Louis Vuitton store at the Lenox Square Mall in affluent Buckhead, who asked not to be named. "Two I'm certain have purchased; one actually asked if she could use it in the store. This has been since Saturday."

The distinctive white cards were distributed by the Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency and carry a value of up to $2,000.

"It doesn't say anything on the card other than alcohol, tobacco and firearms cannot be purchased with it," the store employee told me. "There's nothing legally that prevents us from taking it, unfortunately. Other than morally, it's wrong."

The source told me that the two women who had made purchases with the card each bought a signature monogrammed Louis Vuitton handbag in the $800 range.

"They didn't look destitute by any stretch. You would never have said, 'T*hey must be one of the evacuees.' ... The one that I dealt with yesterday was 20. She'll be 21 next month." The source described the reaction of other store-keepers in the mall - which includes luxury brands Ferragamo, Burberry, Judith Leiber and Neiman Marcus - as "outrage."

"It doesn't say anywhere on there, but it would have to be a good amount to be shopping in here," the source said with a *dark chuckle.
 

by Parker 2005-09-13 03:47AM | 0 recs
New Orleans Survivors "Scumbags"...
Nationally syndicated Clear Channel radio host Glenn Beck referred to survivors of Hurricane Katrina who remained in New Orleans as "scumbags." Also, after acknowledging that nobody "in their right mind is going to say this out loud," Beck attacked victims of the disaster in general and the families of victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, saying: "I didn't think I could hate victims faster than the 9-11 victims."

From the September 9 broadcast of The Glenn Beck Program:

BECK: Let me be real honest with you. I don't think anybody on talk radio -- I don't think anybody in their right mind is going to say this out loud -- but I wonder if I'm the only one that feels this way. Yesterday, when I saw the ATM cards being handed out, the $2,000 ATM cards, and they were being handed out at the Astrodome. And they actually had to close the Astrodome and seal it off for a while because there was a near-riot trying to get to these ATM cards. My first thought was, it's not like they're going to run out of the $2,000 ATM cards. You can wait! You know, stand in line. Maybe it's because I'm the kind of guy, when I go to a buffet, I either have to be first in line, or I'm the very last. Because I know there's going to be extra food, and I just won't stand in the line. I'll wait until all the suckers go get their food, and then I'll go get mine. Or if I'm really hungry, I hate to admit this -- and really, I don't even have to be really hungry. If I'm really being a pig, I will kind of, like, hang out around the buffet table before the line is -- you know, chat with people right around the table: "Oh, they just opened the line! Let's go!" And then you're first in line.

by Parker 2005-09-13 03:52AM | 0 recs

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