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Posted: 9/3/2005 12:41:30 PM EDT

Saw this over at Glocktalk, thought it good enough to post over here too.

www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=8693

Special Report
Get Off His Back
By Ben Stein
Published 9/2/2005 11:59:59 PM


A few truths, for those who have ears and eyes and care to know the truth:

1.) The hurricane that hit New Orleans and Mississippi and Alabama was an astonishing tragedy. The suffering and loss of life and peace of mind of the residents of those areas is acutely horrifying.

2.) George Bush did not cause the hurricane. Hurricanes have been happening for eons. George Bush did not create them or unleash this one.

3.) George Bush did not make this one worse than others. There have been far worse hurricanes than this before George Bush was born.

4.) There is no overwhelming evidence that global warming exists as a man-made phenomenon. There is no clear-cut evidence that global warming even exists. There is no clear evidence that if it does exist it makes hurricanes more powerful or makes them aim at cities with large numbers of poor people. If global warming is a real phenomenon, which it may well be, it started long before George Bush was inaugurated, and would not have been affected at all by the Kyoto treaty, considering that Kyoto does not cover the world's worst polluters -- China, India, and Brazil. In a word, George Bush had zero to do with causing this hurricane. To speculate otherwise is belief in sorcery.

6.) George Bush had nothing to do with the hurricane contingency plans for New Orleans. Those are drawn up by New Orleans and Louisiana. In any event, the plans were perfectly good: mandatory evacuation. It is in no way at all George Bush's fault that about 20 percent of New Orleans neglected to follow the plan. It is not his fault that many persons in New Orleans were too confused to realize how dangerous the hurricane would be. They were certainly warned. It's not George Bush's fault that there were sick people and old people and people without cars in New Orleans. His job description does not include making sure every adult in America has a car, is in good health, has good sense, and is mobile.

7.) George Bush did not cause gangsters to shoot at rescue helicopters taking people from rooftops, did not make gang bangers rape young girls in the Superdome, did not make looters steal hundreds of weapons, in short make New Orleans into a living hell.

8.) George Bush is the least racist President in mind and soul there has ever been and this is shown in his appointments over and over. To say otherwise is scandalously untrue.

9.) George Bush is rushing every bit of help he can to New Orleans and Mississippi and Alabama as soon as he can. He is not a magician. It takes time to organize huge convoys of food and now they are starting to arrive. That they get in at all considering the lawlessness of the city is a miracle of bravery and organization.

10.) There is not the slightest evidence at all that the war in Iraq has diminished the response of the government to the emergency. To say otherwise is pure slander.

11.) If the energy the news media puts into blaming Bush for an Act of God worsened by stupendous incompetence by the New Orleans city authorities and the malevolence of the criminals of the city were directed to helping the morale of the nation, we would all be a lot better off.

12.) New Orleans is a great city with many great people. It will recover and be greater than ever. Sticking pins into an effigy of George Bush that does not resemble him in the slightest will not speed the process by one day.

13.) The entire episode is a dramatic lesson in the breathtaking callousness of government officials at the ground level. Imagine if Hillary Clinton had gotten her way and they were in charge of your health care.

God bless all of those dear people who are suffering so much, and God bless those helping them, starting with George Bush.


Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist, and lawyer living in Beverly Hills and Malibu. He also writes "Ben Stein's Diary" in every issue of The American Spectator. Please click here to subscribe.
Link Posted: 9/3/2005 12:44:42 PM EDT
He's white. Nothing he says matters.
Link Posted: 9/3/2005 12:50:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/3/2005 12:56:31 PM EDT by Hedonist]
Votes matter.

ETA: Voters matter too.

NOLA's problems are clear for everyone to see. The last few days have shown the world what the problem is, and the problem is not GWB.
Link Posted: 9/3/2005 12:53:30 PM EDT
Someone needs to post this at DU.
Link Posted: 9/3/2005 12:55:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/3/2005 12:55:55 PM EDT by KlubMarcus]

Originally Posted By ED_P:
13.) The entire episode is a dramatic lesson in the breathtaking callousness of government officials at the ground level. Imagine if Hillary Clinton had gotten her way and they were in charge of your health care.

Yep, part of Socialist healthcare is limiting your ability to contract with private doctors for your own care "out-of-pocket". Otherwise, poor people would complain that "rich people are getting better care than me". When disaster hits, everyone is dependent on 'gubment. No thanks, I want the ability to hire a doctor any time I want to, as much as I can afford to, and even if that doctor is across state lines.
Link Posted: 9/3/2005 1:01:19 PM EDT
Good article. Thank you for sharing.]
Link Posted: 9/3/2005 1:09:15 PM EDT
I've always liked and respected Mr. Stein.

Good article and true.
Link Posted: 9/3/2005 1:10:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/3/2005 1:19:16 PM EDT by kman84]

Originally Posted By spm681:
Someone needs to post this at DU.



i'll do it we see how long untill it gets locked there.

done!
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102x1750207
Link Posted: 9/3/2005 1:16:05 PM EDT
Gotta love that guy.
Link Posted: 9/3/2005 1:20:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wombat_SCSO:
Gotta love that guy.



+1

He has a great way of putting things into perspective and cutting through the bullshit.
Link Posted: 9/3/2005 1:24:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By kman84:

Originally Posted By spm681:
Someone needs to post this at DU.



i'll do it we see how long untill it gets locked there.

done!
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102x1750207



Well they shot ya down. Bunch a tards over there.
Link Posted: 9/3/2005 1:24:58 PM EDT
I ALWAYS love his articles.
Link Posted: 9/3/2005 1:25:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/3/2005 1:29:35 PM EDT by kman84]
well that did'nt take long I'm officially banned at du

At least it gets me a new sig line
Link Posted: 9/3/2005 1:28:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By kman84:
well that did'nt take long I'm officially banned at du



I went over just in time to see the chalk outline. Do you get an email when you're banned, or do they post a message the next time you try and post?

Link Posted: 9/3/2005 1:30:53 PM EDT
nope they log you out andyou get a message you are banned next time you try to log in. so what I was saving the acct for just such an occasion
Link Posted: 9/3/2005 1:43:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/3/2005 2:05:26 PM EDT by bblake00]

Originally Posted By kman84:

Originally Posted By spm681:
Someone needs to post this at DU.



i'll do it we see how long untill it gets locked there.

done!
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102x1750207



Your CoC was this rule they have over there.........Maybe not.



4. Copyrights: Do not copy-and-paste entire articles onto this discussion forum. When referencing copyrighted work, post a short excerpt (not exceeding 4 paragraphs) with a link back to the original.

Link Posted: 9/3/2005 1:48:04 PM EDT
11.) If the energy the news media puts into blaming Bush for an Act of God worsened by stupendous incompetence by the New Orleans city authorities and the malevolence of the criminals of the city were directed to helping the morale of the nation, we would all be a lot better off.

Man, I was at the gym today pedaling away on the exercise bike and had to endure CNN. As I am wathcing, their resident doctor reporter is interviewing one of the military doctors. His whole commentary is laced with innuendo implying that there isn't enough medical personnel and it's all Bush's fault, blah, blah, blah. My question is, if this dipshit is himself a doctor, how come he isn't pitching in to help?

Oh wait, he works for CNN, that explains it.
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 10:41:12 AM EDT
A friend from Texas e-mailed this to me today - I hadn't seen it yet. Knew it'd be on here already - thought I'd give it a BUMP for good measure...

[BenStein] Anyone? Anyone? [/BenStein]
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 10:43:49 AM EDT
beuller ........ beuller ........................ beuller
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