The basic details of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans in 2005 can be found on thousands of sites. What few other sites will mention is how George W Bush - with the help of Democratic Party leaders and the establishment media - helped drive many victims of Katrina out of work and relocate them out of New Orleans.
In an ideal world, New Orleans reconstruction work would have mostly been done by residents of New Orleans and other Americans. George Bush and the Democrats had other ideas. Taking various actions, Bush assisted connected contractors to employ illegal aliens, driving American hurrican victims out of work. That had huge financial and social costs, both immediate and indirect.
While those as different as Jesse Jackson and Phyllis Schlafly opposed what Bush was doing to some degree, those closer to the establishment assisted Bush. Those who helped Bush drive American hurricane victims out of work included Harry Reid, Linda Chavez, Raul Reyes of USA Today, Gregory Rodriguez of the Los Angeles Times, E. Eduardo Castillo of the Associated Press (also this and this), Ian Urbina of the New York Times, the National Council of La Raza, Peter Pae of the Los Angeles Times, Ruben Navarrette Jr., Jason Zengerle of the New Republic, and others.
If you want to do something about this, ask fiscal conservatives and libertarians (and Republicans who are still supporters of George Bush) questions #4 and #5.
Adam Nossiter/NYT discovers illegal aliens in New Orleans vulnerable to crime; why did they support the situation? - 02/16/09
Adam Nossiter of the New York Times offers "Day Laborers Are Easy Prey in New Orleans" (link), a discussion of illegal aliens in post-Katrina New Orleans being mugged because they carry cash. In the past, such articles may be a prelude to a push to let banks profit from illegal activity by opening accounts using the Matricula Consular card. However, in this case the goal seems to be just misguided liberalism:
the head-down laborers from Honduras, Mexico and Guatemala who work on the blazing hot roofs and inside the fetid homes for a wad of cash at the end of the day... ...The ruined homes they sometimes squat in, doubling- or quadrupling-up at night, are broken into, and they have been made to lie face down while being robbed...
The situation is so dire one wonders why the New York Times supported it happening in the first place. Yes, that's right: the NYT is complaining about a situation that they played a small role in helping bring about. Others did more; see the 'illegal aliens" tag at that site as well as this and this for those who whined about illegal aliens working in unsafe conditions for low pay and the like all the while supporting it.
The pro-American solution would have been to employ the residents to rebuild their own city and to prevent the Mexican government from establishing yet another profit center in the U.S., even using make-work programs (a la the stimulus bill) if necessary. Needless to say, the NYT did not even consider that pro-American plan.
DNC platform draft: a healthcare lie?, same old immigration line with a Bush echo, Katrina, service, firearms, U.N. MDG - 08/09/08
A draft of the Democratic National Committee's platform is in this PDF: link. As one might expect, it's full of vague, empty promises.
1. They refer to "the tens of millions of Americans without health insurance", which is a slight step-down from Obama's false claim that there are 47 million Americans without healthcare.
Globalist forces are pushing to give the United Nations a standing army consisting of 15,000 troops and personnel who could respond within 48 hours under the command of the U.N. Security Council (called the "U.N. Emergency Peace Service"). While that might make sense under certain circumstances, it could obviously be severly abused and might even result in U.N. troops - i.e., blue helmets - being deployed inside the U.S.
Glenn Reynolds (aka "Instapundit", "Insty", "seasonal GOP hack", etc.) sandwiches (pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/archives2/020261.php) an excerpt to this article about Katrina victims still living in hotels between "KATRINA UPDATE: Some receiving FEMA assistance unwilling to help themselves:" and "Read the whole thing."
Unfortunately, Insty doesn't appear to have covered the massive Katr
From this we learn that Mexico is reopening their consulate in New Orleans, which they'd closed in 2002. Not only that, but putative U.S. president George Bush will be there to celebrate the event. This coincides with the fourth annual SPP North American Leaders Summit to be held in that city.
And, it follows a completely corrupt, anti- and un-American Bush scheme under which U.S.
United Nations "Committee on the Elimination of Racism" chides U.S. over treatment of immigrants - 02/24/08
The end of this leaps out:
The U.N. panel discussed a broad range of other questions with the U.S. delegation, including police brutality against Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001, and the detention of illegal immigrants.One of those groups was, of course, the ACLU. Unfortunately, I was unable to find a list of all the groups involved and their work product (aka justification-for-existence) is so vast that I'm unable to point out all the ways that the unnamed U.N. censors got it wrong when it comes to illegal immigration.
The experts based many of their questions on reports submitted by 120 representatives of U.S. human rights organizations who came to Geneva for the hearings.
Warren W. Tichenor, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said the discussions had been "collegial and extremely stimulating," and he was pleased to see a high number of U.S. rights groups attending the meeting.
However, a quick glance shows that, like others on the far-left, they're a bit parochial in their thinking. They support labor rights for all, but they fail to recognize how enforcing immigration laws can help ensure such rights. They appear to support open borders or something close to it, without realizing how that hurts their supposed goals.
So, for instance, the "IMMIGRANT RIGHTS" file (USHRN3.doc) linked from ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/cerds72-ngos-usa.htm correctly describes how crooked contractors were able to abuse illegal aliens in New Orleans after Katrina. However, they don't seem able to get their heads around how enforcing immigration laws would have both prevented such abuses and also avoided contractors being able to pass over U.S. citizens. They also don't go in to how the Democratic Party leadership was complicit in Bush's scheme to move out the former residents and move in illegal aliens from Mexico.
And consider this:
76. On the heels of the Eastern District of PA ruling the Hazelton ordinance unconstitutional, PA State Representative Daryl Metcalfe issued a report "Invasion PA: National Security Begins at Home Keystone State Report," which leads with the following inflammatory call to action: "With the federal government currently AWOL in fulfilling its Constitutional responsibilities to protect American lives, property and jobs against the clear and present dangers of illegal immigration, many states and local governments are left with no choice but to take individual action to address this important issue." The report lists as offenses purportedly committed by unauthorized migrants, "homicide, identity theft, property theft, serious infectious diseases, drug running, gang violence, human trafficking, terrorism and growing cost to taxpayers," but the report reveals no accounting for racial profiling or discrimination in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion and criminal enforcement, and it demonstrates a presumption of guilt rather than innocence in the arrests and detentions (rather than convictions) listed.That's not so inflammatory, and surely even the UN isn't saying that illegal aliens don't commit the listed crimes. The report is here. The fact remains that illegal aliens are here and commit crimes, and any justice system abuses are a separate issue and can be dealt with in addition to deporting the illegal aliens involved. Apparently the UN is trying to wallpaper over the fact that those who shouldn't be here in the first place commit crimes by bringing up completely unfounded allegations of abuse.
As for what they find non-inflammatory:
50. A soon-to-be-released report titled "Over-Raided, Under Siege" analyzing 100 stories of human rights abuses, interviews with community leaders and summaries of numerous reports and data to better understand these patterns of human rights violations, concluded: the humanitarian crisis at the border has reached new heights as migrant deaths hit record numbers and the federal government pours billions of dollars into militarizing the region; immigrants are being detained at increasing rates and housed in detention facilities with inhumane living conditions; local law enforcement threaten public safety and community policing efforts by collaborating with federal immigration agents and the racial profiling of immigrants and persons perceived to be unlawfully in the United States; and employers continue to exploit workers using Social Security "no-match" letters and immigration status as a tool of intimidation while legislators are introducing temporary worker programs reminiscent of failed past initiatives.That apparently non-inflammatory report was from the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and their completely non-inflammatory summary says:
Now, immigrants, whether they are documented or undocumented, are the almost exclusive scapegoat for the faltering economy, the deterioration of services and social problems. In this officially condoned anti-immigrant climate, racial profiling, exploitation in the workplace, hate violence and other public policies are being used to deliberately force immigrants to leave or exist in the shadows.Neither inflammatory, nor lying! And:
72. Staff at the Instituto del Progreso Latino (IDPL) in Chicago report that other types of traffic stops are common in Waukegan and target Latino families.The IDPL is headed by the Mexico-linked Juan Salgado of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
Obviously, the OHCHR is far-left, and considered only the input of far-left groups without seeking input from, for instance, crime victims of illegal aliens. And, without realizing that enforcing our immigration laws would end many of the abuses they pretend to be concerned about.
Jorge Bustamante/U.N./Notre Dame wants pro-illegal immigration boycott (earlier: dual citizenship to support Mexico's agenda in U.S.)
New Haven, Connecticut is handing out ID cards to illegal aliens, and not only does their mayor John DeStefano have a possible financial incentive, but the city worker who pushed the plan through previously headed a non-profit that is/was collaborating with the Mexican government.
Now, the Washington DC lobbying group National League of Cities and their partner CH2M Hill have given them one of their "2007 Awards for Municipal Excellence":
The Elm City Immigration Project in New Haven is a series of innovative, comprehensive and far-reaching policies and initiatives aimed at strengthening the relationship between the city and its immigrant community while improving public safety... The award winners were selected by a panel of judges, including Karen Anderson, former president, National League of Cities; Janet Areson, Virginia Municipal League; Cy Behroozi, Brookings Institution; Jacqueline Byers, National Association of Counties; Del D. Borgsdorf, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce; Saul Ramirez Jr., National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials; Carol Rhea, American Planning Association; and Toni Samuel, American Society of Public Administration.
Please let the president of the NLC (Indianapolis mayor Bart Peterson) know what you think of the NLC giving their imprimatur to NH's corrupt scheme: indygov.org/eGov/Mayor/contact.htm
Speculation on this here; note that back in 2006 Prison Planet posted this:
A Pastor has come forward to blow the whistle on a nationwide FEMA program which is training Pastors and other religious representatives to become secret police enforcers who teach their congregations to "obey the government" in preparation for a declaration of martial law, property and firearm seizures, and forced relocation.Full text of the article:
In March of this year  the Pastor, who we shall refer to as Pastor Revere, was invited to attend a meeting of his local FEMA chapter which circulated around preparedness for a potential bio-terrorist attack, any natural disaster or a nationally declared emergency.
The FEMA directors told the Pastors that attended that it was their job to help implement FEMA and Homeland Security directives in anticipation of any of these eventualities. The first directive was for Pastors to preach to their congregations Romans 13, the often taken out of context bible passage that was used by Hitler to hoodwink Christians into supporting him, in order to teach them to "obey the government" when martial law is declared.
Could martial law ever become a reality in America? Some fear any nuclear, biological or chemical attack on U.S. soil might trigger just that. KSLA News 12 has discovered that the clergy would help the government with potentially their biggest problem: Us.
Charleton Heston's now-famous speech before the National Rifle Association at a convention back in 2000 will forever be remembered as a stirring moment for all 2nd Amendment advocates. At the end of his remarks, Heston held up his antique rifle and told the crowd in his Moses-like voice, "over my cold, dead hands."
While Heston, then serving as the NRA President, made those remarks in response to calls for more gun control laws at the time, those words live on. Heston's declaration captured a truly American value: An over-arching desire to protect our freedoms.
But gun confiscation is exactly what happened during the state of emergency following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, along with forced relocation. U.S. Troops also arrived, something far easier to do now, thanks to last year's elimination of the 1878 Posse Comitatus act, which had forbid regular U.S. Army troops from policing on American soil.
If martial law were enacted here at home, like depicted in the movie "The Siege", easing public fears and quelling dissent would be critical. And that's exactly what the 'Clergy Response Team' helped accomplish in the wake of Katrina.
Dr. Durell Tuberville serves as chaplain for the Shreveport Fire Department and the Caddo Sheriff's Office. Tuberville said of the clergy team's mission, "the primary thing that we say to anybody is, 'let's cooperate and get this thing over with and then we'll settle the differences once the crisis is over.'"
Such clergy response teams would walk a tight-rope during martial law between the demands of the government on the one side, versus the wishes of the public on the other. "In a lot of cases, these clergy would already be known in the neighborhoods in which they're helping to diffuse that situation," assured Sandy Davis. He serves as the director of the Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
For the clergy team, one of the biggest tools that they will have in helping calm the public down or to obey the law is the bible itself, specifically Romans 13. Dr. Tuberville elaborated, "because the government's established by the Lord, you know. And, that's what we believe in the Christian faith. That's what's stated in the scripture."
Civil rights advocates believe the amount of public cooperation during such a time of unrest may ultimately depend on how long they expect a suspension of rights might last.
On Monday, lightweight presidential contender John Edwards will be starting a "Road to One America" tour to begin in New Orleans and end in Kentucky three days and eight states later. The supposed goal will be to highlight the apparent fact that 10% of Americans live in poverty; in actual fact the tour will be just as fake as Edwards himself. I am absolutely certain that he will not only not mention illegal immigration's role in increasing poverty in the U.S., he will take steps to support even more illegal immigration.
U.S. military, National Guard go North America wide; usable for wide range of domestic issues... - 06/05/07
Under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, or SPP, the military of the United States and Canada are advancing NORTHCOM into a domestic military command structure, with authority extending to Mexico, even though Mexico has not formally joined with the current United States-Canadian NORTHCOM command structure.
Connecting a number of recent developments, President Bush appears to have positioned the U.S.
Naomi Wolf offers "Fascist America, in 10 easy steps". First, let's get the easy stuff out of the way. This is in al-Guardian, and she plays the "I'm one of the Smart Americans, I am!" game:
...Even as Americans were focused on Britney Spears's meltdown and the question of who fathered Anna Nicole's baby, the New York Times editorialised about this shift...
Al Gore's hobby horse is also breathing new life into the ultimate Transie project: the imposition of international taxation ("globotaxes") to finance the various causes and institutions favored by transnational progressives.
And, the U.N.'s International Panel on Climate Control called (americanthinker.com/2007/02/gobal_warmings_globalist_backe.html) for an "international authority" to enforce climate regulations.
And, the "movement" also has its Stalinistic/Lysenkoistic side, attempting to discredit or otherwise send to Siberia those who dare to raise questions about the scientific evidence relating to the issue.
And, they've got their own youth league too. The site "It's Getting Hot In Here" (itsgettinghotinhere.org):
is a community media project created and sustained by leaders of the youth climate movement as a place to speak out about an issue that threatens our livelihoods and future generations and the actions that we are taking to create a more just and sustainable future... ...Originally created by Energy Action [energyaction.net] for youth to report from the International Climate Negotiations in Montreal, Its Gettting Hot In Here has since grown into something more, a strong voice from a growing movement...
The latter held "A week of action" from January 29 to February 2:
America and Canada's youth are calling for five days of demonstrations to jumpstart the second semester of the Campus Climate Challenge and put the heat on a new U.S. Congress and a returning Canadian Parliament to begin aggressive national power shifts on global warming.
If you'd registered by January 10th you would have received a "free DVD and screening rights for 'An Inconvenient Truth'".
(Confused by all these groups yet? There's one more.) One of their members is the "Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative" (ejcc.org) which combines race-baiting with guilt:
Global warming, or climate change, is fundamentally an issue of human rights and environmental justice that connects the local to the global. With rising temperatures, human lives—particularly in people of color, low-income, and Indigenous communities—are affected by compromised health, financial burdens, and social and cultural disruptions. Moreover, those who are most affected are least responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions that cause the problem—both globally and within the United States.
You might be thinking, "how long until A.N.S.W.E.R. gets involved?" But, of course, they've been at the very vanguard. Their September 7, 2005 protest (preview.tinyurl.com/2e8lkj) included this:
Global warming is a major factor in the big increase in tropical storms, particularly Hurricane Katrina, which developed from a minimal hurricane to one of the largest and most powerful ever recorded because of the extremely high water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico. Still, the Bush Administration continues to contemptuously turn its back on evidence of climate change and stands by its position to cancel the Kyoto Accord.
And, even earlier (October 17, 2004), their Million Worker March (preview.tinyurl.com/2hktjt) said this:
An end to the poisoning of the atmosphere, soil, water and food supply with a national emergency program to restore the environment, end global warming and preserve our endangered eco-system.
All of this played a part in the (generally failed) satirical petition I created, but I feel the need to take it to the next level. I feel the need for t-shirts, banners, and chants designed to reveal the religious/far-left nature of the "movement". Stay tuned.
From march25coalition . org/organize
May 1st, 2007 we will be out in the streets, not shopping or selling, if possible not working; but Marching.
On February 3rd & 4th, 2007, a Conference hosted by the March 25th Coalition culminated in a call for a national day of actions for workers and Immigrant's Rights. The day, May 1st, 2007.
Way-far-out-there but not-as-far-as-Alex-Jones American-turned-British-"investigative"-journalist Greg Palast claims to have been charged with "unauthorized filming" of "critical infrastructure" after shooting the outside of an Exxon plant a hundred miles from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Of course, it's necessary to take what they write with a grain of salt because the article contains things that could have been written by chief reactionary George Bush himself:
Nineteen Minutemen vigilantes stood outside the conference at one point, their racist, pro-slavery Confederate flags flying, their anti-immigrant signs resting on their paunches.Struggling bravely on, we're informed that:
Former Young Lord Vincente "Panama" Alba of New York's May 1 Coalition added that the immigrant communities were facing serious crises in food and housing, raids and arrests by police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).But not, apparently, from coyotes.
The Women's Caucus resolution, unanimously accepted, called for a defense of the rights of women as workers and mothers. Women face exploitation as domestic workers, and confront the cruelty of the international sex trade, rape and brutality from police and the Border Patrol.
After a short struggle, resolutions supporting the Gulf Coast evacuees and against the war in the Middle East were passed. The resolution presented by New York and Los Angeles activists on Katrina reads in part: to "support the right of return, right to housing, and the right to jobs for African American, immigrant, and poor white workers, the survivors of Katrina and Rita, in the Gulf Region."And, I urge you to pick up your cell phone or email client and contact every reporter who gives NAIR the time of day.
A teacher from Los Angeles' March 25th Coalition said, "To immigrant students nothing is given, but they sacrifice everything in wars for a government who despises them."
Ignacio Meneses from Detroit said many immigrants in Michigan are people of Middle Eastern backgrounds, facing detentions and deportation every day. "Failure to oppose U.S./Israeli policies in the Middle East would be a betrayal of comrades in the struggle for immigrant rights."
Meneses continued, "Immigrants don't come to the U.S. looking for 'democracy.' They are looking to escape their economies, destroyed by U.S. commercial policies." The case of Elvira Arellano and her young son Saul epitomizes this.
Elvira Arellano was "driven to come to this country by the economic policies of the United States." Arellano said she is an activist with Pueblo Sin Fronteras, which organizes families with U.S. citizen children facing separation by deportation. She went seven times to Washington, D.C., to testify before Congress, putting family unity at the center of the immigration debate. She mobilized a mass protest on July 5, 2005, in Chicago, a demonstration that drew 50,000 people. She helped form the Coalition for African Asian Arab European Latino Immigrants of Illinois (CAAAELII).
ICE called her and ordered her to pack her bags and report for deportation.
She called on everyone at the conference to pick up their cell phones and lodge protests with Senators Dick Durbin and Barack Obama. They did.
...Chertoff noted that other alternatives [to the Senate amnesty scheme] - such as jailing 10 percent of illegal immigrants already in the country - could cost up to $10 billion a year.
"The round 'em up and detain 'em method is astronomically expensive," Chertoff said.
They are the backbone of post-Hurricane Katrina reconstruction: Workers who converge at dawn and wait to be picked up for 14-hour shifts of hauling debris, ripping out drywall and nailing walls.
But because many are in the country illegally, immigrant workers rebuilding New Orleans are especially vulnerable to exploitation, according to a study released Tuesday by professors at Tulane University and the University of California at B
The Pulitzer Prizes have been announced. If they wanted to be a bit closer to the past and present reality, they'd have a Propaganda category. What would that look like? Let's imagine:
[...Bush's hot air...]
It is hard not to be skeptical of this White House when it starts saying it will enforce our immigration laws because it has utterly failed to do so to date. Its de facto immigration policy has been the Clinton administration's...
After Hurricane Katrina, Homeland Security declared a holiday (though it has no legal authority to suspend laws) from employer sanctions laws – not only in the storm-tossed areas, but nationwide. This opened the doors for unscrupulous employers to hire illegal aliens – thus displacing or hedging out hurting Americans whose jobs had been destroyed.
As the administration negotiates behind the scenes as Congress drafts immigration enforcement legislation, the Bush crowd continues to oppose the most promising ideas, such as the CLEAR Act to get state and local police a constructive response from federal authorities and mandatory employment verification to shut off the "jobs magnet."
All the while, the administration has hawked a massive amnesty to legalize virtually all 10-12 million illegal aliens. This scheme has been, and continues to be, packaged as a "guestworker" program.
Regardless of how the president labels it, the plan he described in his Arizona speech is his same old amnesty plan. The illegals get legalized, they get to keep the jobs they came here to steal, and six years later no political will will exist to make them go home. Politicians will end up giving them green cards and then citizenship.
Do we need the foreigners? The fact is that there are no jobs Americans won't do or don't want. For instance, Census figures show that in the most immigrant-filled jobs, in farming, fishing and forestry occupations, 61.2 percent of workers are Americans. But Americans can't afford to take jobs for immigrant-caused wage-depressed low pay and lacking decent benefits.
We really don't need more foreign workers. We need consistent enforcement of the immigration laws on the books. We need to let market forces regulate themselves without government command-and-control manipulating the labor supply...
The titular person contributes to a New Republic page called "The Plank", and he offers "If Ray Nagin bashes immigrants, does he make a sound?" (tnr.com/blog/theplank?pid=3290)
That post links to the NYT article "In Louisiana, Worker Influx Causes Ill Will" (link).
Shortly after Katrina, Bush lifted the Davis-Bacon Act, a union favorite that provides a prevailing wage for workers on federal contracts.
...Bush hasn't abandoned conservatism; he's modernized and saved it... Almost single-handedly, Bush reconnected with the positive and idealistic instincts of middle-class Americans. He did it by recasting conservatism more significantly than anyone had since Ronald Reagan. He rejected the prejudice that the private sector is good and the public sector is bad, and he tried to use government to encourage responsible citizenship and community service.A clear case could be made that Bush is an un-American fraud, intent on using the "positive and idealistic instincts of middle-class Americans" as well as a cowboy hat prop and a varying drawl to sell them - and almost everyone else in the U.S. - down the river.
This is not to say that Bush's approach to government is fully coherent. The tragedy of the Bush administration is that it never matched its unorthodox governing philosophy with an unorthodox political strategy... With his policies, Bush could have built a broad coalition across the right and center of American life. Unfortunately, his political strategy was a base strategy, which led him to reinforce the orthodox divisions between the parties.
Despite all the mistakes that have been made, it is nonetheless true that Bush has ennobled and saved American conservatism...
The latest example is his attempt to show that the public sector is OK: promising to spend billions of dollars as a way of buying off lost popularity due to Katrina. The initial chunk of that money has gone to connected firms, some of which appear to have employed illegal aliens through subcontractors. Needless to say, Bush has not even a minor scheme to get the former residents of New Orleans working on the rebuilding. He's going to let his perverted idea of a "market" do the magic there. Great if you believe in corporate socialism, not so great if you're pro-American.
Previously coverage of this BushBot: "David Brooks or Tokyo Rose?"
The unverified report here discusses a CSPAN broadcast from 10/14/05 entitled "Hurricane Katrina & Issues Facing African Americans." It was part of their Million Man March coverage.
One of the speakers on CSPAN (Kamau Kambon, author and owner of Blacknificent Books) reportedly said this, according to the rough transcript at the link:
"Now how do I know that the white people know that we are going to come up with a solution to the problem. I know it because they have retina scans, racial profiling, DNA banks, and they’re monitoring our people to try to prevent the ONE person from coming up with the ONE idea. And the one idea is, how we are going to exterminate white people because that in my estimation is the only conclusion I have come to. We have to exterminate white people off the face of the planet to solve the problem. *tepid applause* Now I don’t care whether you clap or not but I’m saying to you that we need to solve this problem because they are going to kill us. And I will leave on that. So we just have to set up our own system and stop playing and get very serious and not get diverted from coming up with a solution to the problem and the problem on the planet is white people."
99% of what was said by Farrakan today I have read at DU in many threads.
Of that I have no doubt.
As previously discussed, president Bush lifted the Davis-Bacon Act early last month. This was done supposedly in order to speed Katrina rebuilding efforts.
Now, Glenn "Insty" Reynolds links to this Mickey Kaus post that has an email from "a seemingly well-informed source deep within the federal bureaucracy".
The source says Bush did this to make it as easy and quick as possible to get things done, and Kaus ends with this:
In sum: 1. Contra Reed, Bush had a perfectly good, non-political reason for suspending Davis-Bacon. 2. Contra Drum (washingtonmonthly. com/archives/individual/2005_09/007171.php), Davis-Bacon doesn't just boost wages. It creates lots of "archaic red tape" and wastes much more money than just the increase in workers' pay...
This government source might be completely right, or he might be feeding Kaus a line, or he might just be looking at the elephant's tail.
Other parts of the elephant might include:
- Why didn't this need to be lifted for all those other hurricanes and natural disasters under both Bush and his predecessors? Surely, the argument that Katrina was just so big will not wash.
- Why was Davis-Bacon lifted for three south Florida counties (Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe) that, AFAIK, just suffered more or less minor damage? (Someone should find out how much in new contracts or old is being spent in those counties to deal with Katrina).
- Weren't the first contracts used for Katrina actually pre-existing contracts that had been negotiated well in advance? (Someone verify how much please).
Of course, while lifting Davis-Bacon could have been a noble gesture on Bush's part, I tend to doubt it.
I'm sure Glenn Reynolds will cover this disgusting, anti-American scandal any day now.
UPDATE: Poppy did the same thing during Hurricane Andrew. See "Repealing contract rules is repeat Bush blunder".
There is new evidence tonight that good-paying New Orleans construction jobs which should, of course, be going to out-of-work Gulf Coast residents are being filled by foreign workers.
A letter to the editor of the Daily Republic in Northern California responds to her article:
[Chavez] speculated that the reason we don't see sob stories about the 200,000 Hispanics from New Orleans is that they had their act together so much better than other minorities.
And, will all this happen with the support of both "liberals" and "conservatives"?
Will this become a major scandal revealing both Republican and Democratic corruption, or will the news media be able to sweep it under the rug?
Yesterday, Mayor Ray Nagin raised the issue of illegal aliens working in New Orleans at a townhall meeting. In a speech that ended in a standing ovation, Nagin wondered how to "make sure that New Orleans is not overrun by Mexican workers."
Unfortunately, he's got his work cut out for him. As previously discussed, the Bush administration is making it easier for illegal aliens to take rebuilding jobs.
Those on the "liberal" side of things are just as bad. Sen. Harry Reid came out in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens, and he specifically mentioned those illegal aliens taking rebuilding jobs in Biloxi. He, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and other Senators support extending extensive aid to illegal aliens affected by the hurricane. A California Bishop supports the same. And, Gregory Rodriguez of the Los Angeles Times even predicts that New Orleans will end up like L.A., pointing out historic examples of using foreign labor for major construction projects and pointing to the coolie system as an example. Both the CSM and the WSJ take it as a given that illegal aliens will do the work. The Dallas Morning News seems ready to pounce on Nagin for his remark above.
Meanwhile, the revolutionary idea of making sure that American workers rebuild an American city has a few supporters. Jesse Jackson is leading a jobs caravan. Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA) wrote a very strong letter to Vicente Fox refusing his attempts to profit off the disaster. And, Lou Dobbs has covered this issue.
In the middle ground, the AP article entitled by the Houston Chronicle "Hispanics doing much of the cleanup in New Orleans" has a bit more on what your federal government is paying for:
An investigator with the Laborers Union, Rafael Duran, said that outside the New Orleans Arena, he had encountered Mexican teenagers perhaps 15 or 16 years old who had been removing excrement-fouled carpets.And, see this:
While some cleanup workers in New Orleans are staying in hotels, Duran said the teenagers on the carpet-removal job told him they were sleeping in a field under a tent, and had gotten bitten by mosquitoes.
So, we have the reality of these shelters full of people wanting work and then you see Mexican workers being brought in from Texas, and when they're done, doing this dirty work, they will be put on the back of trucks, piled into trucks and they go to wherever it is that they were staying.I suggest using this issue to find out where our leaders stand. On the one side, American workers rebuilding an American city. On the other, corruption, corporatism, and a modern-day hacienda system.
Please contact your representatives and urge them to do the right thing in this case. And, contact the news media and suggest they look into this issue in more depth than they would normally.