Latinos For Texas Blog

2005-Sep-16

Acts of Contrition

Filed under: — LaGirlFriday @ 6:07 am

George W. Bush must have met up with God this week. What else could have made him say this?

Our third commitment is this: when communities are rebuilt, they must be even better and stronger than before the storm. Within the Gulf region are some of the most beautiful and historic places in America. As all of us saw on television, there is also some deep, persistent poverty in this region as well. And that poverty has roots in a history of racial discrimination, which cut off generations from the opportunity of America. We have a duty to confront this poverty with bold action. So let us restore all that we have cherished from yesterday, and let us rise above the legacy of inequality. When the streets are rebuilt, there should be many new businesses, including minority-owned businesses, along those streets. When the houses are rebuilt, more families should own, not rent, those houses. When the regional economy revives, local people should be prepared for the jobs being created. Americans want the Gulf Coast not just to survive, but to thrive … not just to cope, but to overcome. We want evacuees to come home, for the best of reasons – because they have a real chance at a better life in a place they love.

Of course, the American people have heard this Administration outright lie many times before. Does he deserve the benefit of the doubt? No. One speech cannot smooth over the misery on the Gulf Coast or the anguish born with every decision that favored cronies and greed over people. These kinds of failures cannot be reframed. Actions will always speak louder than words.

4 Responses to “Acts of Contrition”

  1. Lila Says:

    Actions definitely speak louder than words. Actions like giving this speech nearly three weeks after Katrina!
    You’re absolutely right, La Girl. He doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt.
    Looks like W’s capital has been spent!! That was fast! ;)
    L.

  2. kevin Says:

    I hate feeling good about someone’s misfortune (W’s), especially when it comes with the misfortune of the whole Gulf Coast area.

  3. Margie Says:

    I would have given him the benefit of the doubt if in his speech he has said, ” You know what I said a few days ago about suspending the Davis-Bacon Act, the law that requires federal contractors to pay employees the local prevailing wage for their job, in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and even Florida, scratch that.” …or if he had said, “I’m going to ask all the corporations who will benefit from paying below the minimum wage to turn over the money they save to the pay down the deficit or to provide people with health care or to rebuild schools with state of the art equipment. (belly scratch, belly scratch) Heh, heh, heh. Unfortunately those words were never uttered.

  4. mr skin Says:

    Remember Bacon in Footloose and Quicksilver? Now those were some classics.

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