Voices in the Storm

The Nation has a collection of very telling quotes from the last two weeks:

"It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us." --Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, quoted in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, June 8, 2004.

"I want the folks there on our Gulf Coast to know that the federal government is prepared to help you when the storm passes." --President Bush, Monday, August 29

"It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed." --House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Wednesday, August 31

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