Saturday, August 30, 2008

Where Were You?

Mock, Paper, Scissors asks the question, "Where were you on August 29, 2005" -- on this, the 3rd anniversary of Katrina, Three Years Ago Today ….

I was in Sea Isle City that week. We were there with another couple, who has a daughter close in age to ours. Because our kids attended private schools, they started classes later, so we got to enjoy the beach at summer's end, with less crowds. On the 29th, we spent part of the day on the rides in Wildwood, making the most of the last days of summer.

Here's a shot of sunset on the beach:

Despite our idyllic respite at the shore, I remember watching with horror as the events in New Orleans occurred, waiting in vain for our government to assist. New Orleans is still waiting.

We know that John McCain was eating cake with George Bush on that day. And now, three years later, on his 72nd birthday, McCain once again shows the disdain for the American people by selecting a woman he met just once before offering her the position. A woman who, a mere month ago, dissed the job of VP as "non productive."

I noted shortly after (not long after I began my blog), quoting from a Daily Kos piece:

"Make no mistake: as we watch our fellow citizens drown, starve, and die in the street in New Orleans, its not incompetence or lack of planning that is killing them. It is willful neglect. It is the direct result of reducing the government "down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub." This is what "starving the beast" looks like."
Somehow, with the selection of Sarah Palin to compliment John McCain, I see more of the same.

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