Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Money for Murder, Sharks in the Streets


Letter to the Editor - sent to local papers.

Dear Editor:


Good American government has an obligation to use money to serve the people, especially when Americans need help. Due to Katrina, Americans are slowly starving, dying of neglect, and homeless, because money has been illegitimately diverted to buy expensive weapons used to murder people half a world away. Money used to slaughter Iraqis cannot be used to help Ammericans. So, emergency-supply-systems have been, for years, underfunded by billions.

In New Orleans, there are reported sharks in the streets, feeding on decaying bodies of poor Americans, for New Orleans is now a part of the Gulf.

The utterly nightmarish spectacle of Americans slowly dying of thirst, disease, starvation, and neglect, in the richest country on the planet, is being watched by the world; but it could easily have been prevented. As far back as 2001, FEMA warned that a hurricane striking New Orleans was a clear and present danger. But the Bush administration cut New Orleans flood control funding by forty-four percent-- a multi-billion-dollar cut, made to divert funds to Iraq!

In 2004, the Bush administration again cut funding, by over eighty percent, requested by the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for holding back the waters of Lake Pontchartrain. So, a natural horror was amplified into a holocaust, killing thousands, by a combination of ineptitude, incompetence, arrogance, and myopia.

Sincerely, with Compassion,

Richard Francis

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