This would be the time I have to drive a minivan full of college supplies across the three or four states affected by a gas pipeline shutdown. I've seen a few stations with no regular left, but things seem to have stabilized at roughly two dollars more per gallon than when George Bush came into office.
I have learned that a mountain bike and a kayak have become essential college requirements.
I haven't had too much time to watch things but I have noticed that George has been having a tough time getting folks to buy in to his usual "Not my fault" speeches.
Even Katie was hard on him this morning.
The news services seem to keep showing poor folks as being the ones having all the problems, but that's just not the case. It is fairly obvious that New Orleans, rich and poor, is pretty screwed. It's just that the people, who had cars and good sense, got away. There were more than 100,000 people in New Orleans that did not own cars and had absolutely no way to evacuate when the order came... And it was nearly entirely preventable. A federal administration of any competency whatsoever would have been far more on top of this one.
Several agencies warned of this particular danger...and had their budgets cut by George Bush.
Kinda like the similar thing that happened to every competent General that suggested that Bush was about to screw up royally by invading Iraq without enough troops, without a plan for what to do after the statue falls over, or without an actual truthful reason for going to war in the first place.
George Bush is like the little kid who looks for his lost coin in the wrong place because the "Light is better over here."
George was looking for Osama in Iraq:
"Because the Oil is better over there!"
For less than 10% of the money that Paul Bremer "Lost" in Iraq, and I mean lost, as in they don't know what happened to it (9.5 billion dollars), George Bush could have prevented the lions share of the disaster in New Orleans.
I listened to his speech as I was driving through the mountains in South Carolina. I can summarize it for you in three words,
"...Gobble, gobble, gobble!"