September 9th, 2005

flames

Hold on one goddamned minute here....

So I have been of course following the news in the aftermath of Katrina, and the explosion of commentary on the government's handling (or lack thereof) of it all.

I will freely admit I've been strongly on the left side of the debate up till now. FEMA has screwed up, and badly. As far as I've been able to tell, state and local (Democratic) officials have been doing everything they can, but have been hamstrung at every turn by the federal level.

But in the last day I've seen some extremely chilling commentary coming from the left, at least as horrifying as the sheer callousness shown by the right.

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Here, in my mind, is the central issue. The government promised one thing, and delivered another. They said they'd take care of things, but turned away assistance even as people were dying en masse for lack of support. The social contract has been breached, and *that* is the problem.