Monday, August 07, 2006

I gotta agree with the Governors on this one

Governors object to Bush's Guard plan

Although I do have a problem with the title of the piece. From the information provided, it's not Bush's plan, but rather the House of Representative's plan. But anything to make Bush look bad, ya know?

"Federalization just for the sake of federalization makes no sense," said Gov. Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana, a Democrat who had rough relations with the Bush administration after the disaster last year. "You don't need federalization to get federal troops. ... Just making quick decisions can make things happen."

THAT is hilarious! Especially since SHE was the one not making the 'quick decisions' and Bush got blamed for it.

I absolutely agree that this is a State's Rights issue, but I also maintain that when there are screw ups that the Governors themselves need to be held accountable.

Our other option is to do more of what ended up happening during Katrina. Sending in our regular active duty military troops (which the President already controls) to take care of things. I'm not comfortable with our military being used regularly in this capacity. I understand the necessity during wartime when many of our Guardsmen are deployed overseas, but I'd rather that the Governors showed more backbone in THAT arena as well, and not simply 'rubberstamp' the approval for Guardsmen to be used in the GWOT.

No easy answers here, but it IS nice to see the Governors standing up for the rights of the states for a change. It's a start anyway.

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At August 07, 2006 10:21 PM, Blogger Alicia said...

Great analysis, thanks. I learned a lot from this one.


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