August 31, 2005

Ripple Effects

Think Katrina is only a regional disaster, primarily affecting poor blacks? Think again.

The ripple affects are many and only time will tell what degree they will affect the entire country.

One factor, obviously, is the interuption in oil production, particularly the loss of refining capacity. This is gonna whack everyone soon, if not already in higher gas prices, and even higher heating costs this winter. (on top of the already announced sharp increases)

The Port of New Orleans is one of the largest ports in the country, and the major export site for midwest agricultural commoditys such as corn, soybeans, and other crops such as cotton and many others. Already tons of corn and other cargos are stranded and ruined or rotting. The bottleneck created from the interuption in shipping through New Orleans will be a major concern and will affect the farm economy with it's many dependent businesses.

Cotton and sugarcane production suffered massive damage and will likely lead to increased prices in clothing and food products containing sugar (are there any that don't?)

Shrimping and other fisheries will doubtlessly be negatively affected, with price increases as well.

And history. Details haven't emerged, but when the final story is known, how much of irreplacable history will have been lost? I've already seen a report on a house which survived the civil war and countless other hurricanes having been destroyed.

How many historic structures are now lost? How many historic documents, records, antiques, etc. are now worthless, covered in water and muck?

And of course, politics enters into this, as it does every facet of life. Will Bush shamelessly try to capitalize on this suffering and try to position himself as the savior of the needy, even though not nearly enough federal help will be forthcoming?

Will he go to New Orleans and pose for pictures in waders walking down a flooded street and personally rescuing a cute puppy or adorable child?

Hell, it's not a question of if, but when. One thing is for certain, Bush will do absolutely nothing but sign some papers, and mouth some dumb cliches as he has his entire presidency. And look for him to link the relief effort to freedom, liberty, good vs. evil, and an example of why it's so important that we continue to squander lives and treasure in Iraq.

Any other spin-offs from this unspeakable tragedy?

6 Comments:

At 8/31/2005 11:59 AM, Blogger politicalwind said...

To President Bush
From Karl Rove
RE New Orleans Options

1. Ride down Bourbon Street in a Hummer, announcing a new tax cut for Hummer owners.

2. Sail downtown New Orleans in a new yacht alongside Gov. Jeb Bush to announce Jeb's 2008 candidacy.

3. Hold a candlelight prayer session with the Honorable Reverend Pat Robertson to pray for the "outing" of the Venezuelan President (tie in the New Orleans disaster to evil dictators - push 9-11 message).

4. Hold a meeting of right-wing talk show hosts to push the talking points from Rush (i.e., this whole Gulf Coast tradegy is a result of Bill Clinton's inadequate funding for FEMA and other public service agencies).

As always, Mr. President, I await your decision and will have the TelePrompter and Cue Cards ready to go!

Now, get back to your vacation! Relax, for Pete's sake! We can handle these issues.

 
At 8/31/2005 2:43 PM, Blogger SENOR MF BADASS said...

One spinoff is that people will act as though, had he not been on vacation, Bush could have stood on a levy, holding his staff that contains a lock of Hitler's hair and called on all his Halliburton and Oil Buddy power to convince the Saudis to make the hurricane stop.

 
At 8/31/2005 3:28 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Well we know of one catastrophie the 17 of Bush's Saudi buddies could have stopped!

 
At 8/31/2005 4:12 PM, Blogger SENOR MF BADASS said...

Bush knew the hijackers? Fashinating.

 
At 8/31/2005 8:58 PM, Blogger diehard said...

He knew Binladen. Why haven't we caught him yet?
Why was the Binladen family allowed to fly escorted out of this country when no one else could? They weren't even questioned.
The most sophisticated military technology in the world and we cant find a 6ft 5 Arab on a dialyisis machine.
Think about it!

 
At 9/01/2005 1:53 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Badbreath. Nice try, but you simply never offer anything at all. Period.

All you do is throw out some attempt at a smart-ass comment which neither explains or proves anything, just like Fox news and all the right wing "media".

No one expected Bush to prevent a hurricane, only Pat Robertson can do that.

But it is legitimate to pay close attention to how Bush handles this situation, and to note that if he hadn't sent all the National Guard to the quagmire in Iraq, perhaps there would have been more resources available to deal with this humanitarian situation.

Also, Bush, king-like, had his jet fly around lazily while he looked out the windows down on all the desperate and dying people below and their devastation.

What will he do to help?

You can bet that Clinton would have been wading down Canal Street within 24 hours.

Bush calls a cabinet meeting for them to tell him what to do.

Let's see how many people suffer and die due to lack of response, or delay of response from the federal government.

 

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