Well, not until Thursday night at 9PM EST. Our fearless leader will be addressing the nation from Louisiana in what I predict will be a somber rendition of a reworked 9/11 speech. You know, a lot of “We’ve been knocked down, but we will rise again” rhetoric with the sole purpose of raising his poll numbers from the dead. But one thing he can’t avoid referencing is the “race” issue, if you even want to call it an issue. A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released yesterday concluded that “more blacks than whites said they were angry about the government’s response to Katrina, 76 percent to 60 percent, and President Bush is one target of their ire.”
Secretary of State Condoleezza “I’m not running for President” Rice surprisingly stoked the race topic by saying this catastrophe provided evidence that race and poverty can still come together “in a very ugly way” in parts of the “Old South.” Condi went on to say:
The United States should want to do something about that (,” Rice said in an interview Monday with the editorial board of The New York Times. “There are still places that race and poverty are a huge problem in the United States, and we’ve got to deal with that.” (My emphasis)
Do tell Condi, how you will deal with this… race and poverty connection? One of the first steps in resolving a problem is to find its source. Thomas DiLorenzo over at Lew Rockwell’s blog provides a good starting point:
The truth is, we would have observed a very similar scene in the aftermath of a similar disaster in any northern city, since large sections of all American cities have been essentially destroyed by the welfare state.
Welfare, government schools, forced minimum wage, the war on drugs and piss-poor-planning by local elected officials contributed to this problem. Give me a ring Condi and I’ll tell you how you can fix this whole mess…