It took less than a day for the disaster to turn political. Less than a day!
Bush cut the Democrats for failing to pass the annual transportation spending bill. Democrats accused the White House of underfunding the nation's needs. Congressman Barney Frank whined about war spending vs. domestic spending.
Goddammit, we still have dead people trapped underwater. Can't we at least get them out before this finger-pointing begins. Have our politicians become so insensitive that they prefer partisan battles -- on everything? Let the victim recovery get done. Let our people grieve.
Politicians in need of sensitivity training should read Nick Coleman's column in today's Minneapolis StarTribune. He loves the Twin Cities and it shows in his work. Warning: the newspaper site loads slow.
Politicians should listen to the quiet voices of the emergency workers who held vigil with the dying. They (we) don't give a damn about your political posturing right now.
Sure. It's going to boil down to spending priorities. Estimates to fix the nation's bridges run as high as a trillion and a half. But until we get the people out of the water, just back off.