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Cavuto & Guests Absolve Bush of All Blame, Claim His Advisors Tell Him What to Do

Reported by Marie Therese - September 4, 2005

During yesterday's "Cost of Freedom" block, host Neil Cavuto made a concerted effort - as did several of his other guests - to whitewash George Bush's apathy and lack of action in the face of the devastation of Katrina. Cavuto even went so far as to suggest that we should all just forget trying to place blame and get on with rebuilding. (Don't you just love these righties? When it's their guy in the meat-grinder, they holler for tolerance. But when it's one of our guys caught napping, they beat the drums of blame 24/7!)

In a roundtable discussion that included Herman Cain, founder of T. H. E. New Voice, Gary B. Smith of RealMoney.com, Scott Bleier of Hybrid Investors, Jim Rogers, author of "Hot Commodities" and FOX News Senior Business Correspondent Terry Keenan, Cain stated: "The political blame game is a waste of time. We are dealing with real human tragedy here, one of the biggest tragedies that this country has ever faced. The breakdown wasn't with President Bush, in my opinion. It was a crisis of leadership or the lack thereof, of people not knowin' how to lead in a crisis situation. You need to keep people calm. You need to have thought out some of the common sense things that ought to be done, so I think that the political blame game is a waste of time and I don't think that it should be directed at President Bush because the Governor has a lot of responsibility in this, local officials have a lot of responsibility in this. ...

CAVUTO: Yeah. But you be careful there 'cause we're still doing a version of that blame game ....

SMITH: Of course it doesn't serve any good. It doesn't get New Orleans people to safety any faster. It doesn't help rebuild the city any faster. That having been said, there seems to be no event now that happens either here or on foreign soil that isn't subject to the political blame game, whether it be 9/11, whether it be Iraq.

CAVUTO: That's a very good point.

SMITH: Even though good things tend to come out it, there certainly will be fingers pointed and like Herman says, it's a complete waste of time.

CAVUTO: But Scott you're already pointing fingers yourself.

BLEIER: Well, the blame game serves a very useful purpose. It teaches us how to handle these problems going forward. Obviously things could have been done better. Obviously we could have been more prepared. I mean, 80% of the population of New Orleans got the heck out of there. There was enough warning. But why couldn't there be food and water airlifted the very next day? In other hurricanes the National Guard goes in the very next day. Look a lot of this is incumbent on local politicians. Ironically, this was published on September 11th, 2001. (Holds up copy of an article in Popular Mechanics) "New Orleans Is Sinking." It's talking about how there are two major catastrophes that could happen in this country. One, an earthquake in California and, two, a flood in Mississippi and New Orleans.

CAVUTO: So even back then and long before then, the warnings were there. Terry, what do you think?

KEENAN: Scott has a good point there but the blame game, as pointless as it is - and I agree, it's pointless - is gonna continue and people who hate President Bush are gonna use this. The timing is bad, it was August, reminiscent of what happened before two thousand - 9/11 -and people - people are gonna use that. the New York Times has started already with an editorial yesterday, tying this to Iraq and ...

BLEIER: The President wanted to go there! The President wanted to go on Wednesday. Advisors told him "No, you can't go yet."

HEENAN: Well, that just shows how bad the situation is ...

BLEIER: Absolutely. Absol ...

HEENAN: ... if it's not safe enough or the President.

BLEIER: Absolutely.

CAVUTO: Well, Jim Rogers, you've been arguing as someone from this area that the levees have always been a problem and always been a corrupt source of issue for politicians there.

ROGERS: Neil. Neil. None of this had to happen. Most of this did not have to happen. Those levees have been there - the Levee Board in New Orleans in the past ten years has bought a casino, a private marina, a private plane. They have several hundred million dollars invested with their friends but they have not taken care of the levees. If somebody had protected those levees, New Orleans would not have flooded, so this is caused by local politicians and they should all resign. They're screaming at the President. They should be resigning. They brought it on themselves.

CAVUTO: Herman Cain, once we get past the blame game here we've gotta rebuild this city in one way, shape or form.

CAIN: Yes.

CAVUTO: How do we do it after all the recriminations?

CAIN: I think we do it with a public and private partnership. You can't - it's not the government's responsibility to give a blank check to Louisiana or New Orleans. [N.B.. Notice how Cain did not mention Mississippi or Alabama, states with Republican Governors.] It's gotta be public and private. Secondly, the government should focus on infrastructure but allow businesses and allow people that are entrepreneurs to do what comes natural when you have a situation like this.

CAVUTO (overtalks last 6 words): Scott Bleier, you're nodding your head, right?

BLEIR: This is part of a bigger problem nationwide and not just in the South. Our infrastructure is crumbling across the nation. Look, there's not been a heck of a lot of major works projects in this country. Look at New York City. You can't even pave a road in New York City! You can't build a bridge or a tunnel. It costs tens of billions of dollars today compared to the Depression when the George Washington Bridge cost $32 million to build


In 2002 NOW with Bill Moyers aired a show on the potential for disaster in New Orleans. Entitled City in a Bowl, it describes with uncanny precision exactly what has transpired.

The fact that this show was aired coupled with the fact that the Bush administration slashed funding needed to finished the last three years of a 10-year levee strengthening program started under President Clinton, proves that President Bush lied when he said a few days ago in an interview with Diane Sawyer: "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."

In 1995 the Clinton administration authorized a 10-year plan aimed at strengthening the levees to withstand more than a category 3 storm.

In 2002, in the 7th year of the project, the budget was cut to help fund the War in Iraq.

The levee that broke was one of the ones scheduled to be strengthened.

As for who's running the show, Scott Bleier clearly gave us the answer - Bush's advisors.

So now even FOX News is acknowledging what we liberals have known for a long time - George Bush is a marionette and Cheney and Rove are the puppet masters.

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