Saturday, September 17, 2005

Rove to head New Orleans reconstuction effort

From WaPo:

"Republicans said Karl Rove, the White House deputy chief of staff and Mr. Bush's chief political adviser, was in charge of the reconstruction effort."

Rove's leadership role suggests quite strikingly that any and all White House decisions and pronouncements regarding the recovery from the storm are being made with their political consequences as the primary consideration. More specifically: With an eye toward increasing the likelihood of Republican political victories in the future, pursuing long-cherished conservative goals, and bolstering Bush's image.

That is Rove's hallmark.

And so it is. Already BushCorp™ is pushing to use Katrina as an excuse for some long cherished Republican goals, things like lower wages for Katrina reconstruction laborers and a broad reduction in environmental standards. And they're also pursuing one of BushCorp™'s favorite tacks, using disaster to enrich its cronies and contributors through generous no-bid contracts to companies like, hmm, Idunno...Halliburton.

And so while BushCorp™'s Hack-in-Chief tries to build brownie points with a public increasingly wise to his ways, keep in mind the billions they're throwing at NOLA reconstruction will end up lining the pockets of the Veep's co-workers, and leave the people of New Orleans poorer.

1 comment:

T.L. Stanley said...

This is a good post. I agree with your observation of President Bush and his lack of leadership in this crisis. And, the monetary benefits for his cronies may be exposed in the near future. However, it might be wise to look at his shortcomings objectively.

Since I worked in the corporate world for a long time, I evaluate leaders with an eye toward their management skills. President Bush, President Clinton, and Gov. Gray Davis are different. Their management styles can be compared and contrasted. I must say that they are effective in their own way most of the time.

Another note, I have a Southern accent like Bill Clinton. My friends say I sound a lot like him. Gosh, I guess this is a good thing.

President Bush appears to needs many advisors to develop policy. Carl Rove is surely a major player in the decision making process in Washington. Carl Rove is a quiet behind-the-scenes political manager. This has worked relatively well for President Bush in the past. However, the New Orleans disaster overwhelmed his ability to cope.

President Clinton had a different management style. For example, when he was criticized by the Repubicans or the press, his advisors went on the attack. They hit the TV network talking-points circuit quickly and counter-attacked with a vicious take-no-prisoners approach toward anyone who would suggest President Clinton made a mistake or had motives that were less than honorable. He even sent FBI agents and his staff out to dig up dirt on anyone that would not be silent.

When he turned a huge part of Utah into a national park overnight, he did not have the courage to even tell the people of Utah he was doing this. In fact, he signed his national park decree out of Utah. This is not criticism, just a reality check. In fact, this management style and his ability to communicate his ideas to the public was masterful. He and John F. Kennedy were a lot alike in their abilty to lead.

Gray Davis had a different management style. I liked Gray Davis a lot and voted for him. His commitment to working people was outstanding. He was a veteran, so he took the time to raise money for the American Legion. He gave priority to veterans in State hiring. Unfortunely, he had some real bad advisors, because he could not cope with the State energy crisis, the State economy, and other issues important to Californians.

In conclusion, your post was enlightening. And, I always enjoy your views about President Bush. Take care.