I didn't intend for this to become a political blog, but in some ways it is.
BBC News has posted a harsh editorial proclaiming that because of Katrina the Bush Administration's spin tactics are no longer being tolerated. I can recall at one point watching, on the left side of the screen, the Director of FEMA preach that everything was under control, and on the right side was footage of people dying because of a lack of basic supplies. What shocked me even more was that this occured on Fox, which takes the prize for most conservative news network.
However, something tells me the whole story isn't being told. Here's a quote from an email I received which gives an update on what Congress will be up to in the next few weeks:
Now, as Republicans head back to Washington, instead of addressing the disaster left by Hurricane Katrina, they're planning to focus first on passing tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% of the country.
Pushing the Estate Tax through on Tuesday isn't just bad timing, it's terrible policy.
At a time when the nation desperately needs funds to respond to this disaster and prevent future ones, the Estate Tax would reduce tax revenues by billions.
At a time when charities are struggling to raise enough money to deal with the need, the Estate Tax would dramatically damage their bottom line. A significant portion of the funds charities raise are given by wealthy people when they die; repealing the Estate Tax would change that dramatically.
And at a time when it's never been clearer that the nation's poor are in serious trouble—that your class background can literally determine if you live or die—the Estate Tax would further concentrate resources in the hands of the very few and very rich.
When so many people are in harm's way, we need to do everything we can to make sure Congress focuses on the relief effort—not pushing along their right-wing agenda.