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(69,014 posts)
Thu Nov 1, 2012, 08:10 AM Nov 2012

Maybe it's time to think of Sandy as Grover Norquist's bathtub.

How many Americans drowned because his vicious oath prevented updated infrastructure, practical research designed to deal with climate change, and gutted inspection that might have suggested generators don't belong in hospital basements...

To save billionaires from necessary taxation, Norquist and his accomplices have stripped our preparedness leaving us naked to any kind of invasion: seawater, wind, disease....

Benghazi terrorists killed 4 Americans. Sandy did more than that on one block. No terrorist ever destroyed a city or ravaged a coastline. Katrina and Sandy did.

Let's get serious and put serious money where the real danger is.

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Maybe it's time to think of Sandy as Grover Norquist's bathtub. (Original Post) aquart Nov 2012 OP
Well said! Great! K&R! peacebird Nov 2012 #1
Brilliant! Off you go to the K&R hall of fame! Ninga Nov 2012 #2
Sandy was Grover's bathtub. RC Nov 2012 #3
Norquist is a treasonous bastard. PearliePoo2 Nov 2012 #4
Effin' brilliant malaise Nov 2012 #5
Maybe we should bury Grover up to his neck in the sand ... Ganja Ninja Nov 2012 #6
I wish SwampRat were around to deliver the graphics for this one malaise Nov 2012 #7
I'm no SwampRat, but I've always liked this picture: tanyev Nov 2012 #8
Bwaaaaaaaaaaah malaise Nov 2012 #10
Norquisling is Republican FAIL incarnate - leader of the Republican Hate America Club Berlum Nov 2012 #20
Maybe it's time to introduce Grover NYtoBush-Drop Dead Nov 2012 #9
k&r... spanone Nov 2012 #11
Just another inconvenient truth. ananda Nov 2012 #12
The Rightwing should be given a bottle of Vodka, some Valium, and a hairdryer. Take a bath. leveymg Nov 2012 #13
you are right... madrchsod Nov 2012 #14
I thought Katrina was Norquist's bathtub. intheflow Nov 2012 #15
Thank you for your concern. aquart Nov 2012 #16
I talk of no such thing. intheflow Nov 2012 #23
I have been thinking the same thing for the last few days. mountain grammy Nov 2012 #21
I hate to point this out Hydra Nov 2012 #26
It's a good point. intheflow Nov 2012 #28
It totally is local Hydra Nov 2012 #30
There are some things only the government can do. Tennessee Gal Nov 2012 #17
Hurricane Sandy = Grover Norquist's Bathtub CrispyQ Nov 2012 #18
Thelma and Louise Time SCVDem Nov 2012 #19
Let's hope LoisB Nov 2012 #22
Maybe we should send Grover to clean out the subways LeftInTX Nov 2012 #24
This is what I call an "Amen" post. Gregorian Nov 2012 #25
Brilliant! Sekhmets Daughter Nov 2012 #27
Oh yes DonCoquixote Nov 2012 #29


(7,768 posts)
4. Norquist is a treasonous bastard.
Thu Nov 1, 2012, 08:25 AM
Nov 2012

I'd love nothing better than seeing him swirling down the bathtub's drain.
(followed by a big dose of Draino to make sure the pipe doesn't clog)


(7,044 posts)
20. Norquisling is Republican FAIL incarnate - leader of the Republican Hate America Club
Thu Nov 1, 2012, 11:03 AM
Nov 2012



(36,418 posts)
13. The Rightwing should be given a bottle of Vodka, some Valium, and a hairdryer. Take a bath.
Thu Nov 1, 2012, 08:59 AM
Nov 2012

They'll feel better afterwards.


(58,162 posts)
14. you are right...
Thu Nov 1, 2012, 09:04 AM
Nov 2012

this is`t some disaster in the middle of the country where the media comes and goes. this hit in the home of the major news networks and one of the world`s largest metroplexs.

only the UNITED states of america`s has the resources to fund the rebuilding.


(28,443 posts)
15. I thought Katrina was Norquist's bathtub.
Thu Nov 1, 2012, 09:33 AM
Nov 2012

What Sandy has wrought is terrible, but for destruciton of life and property, it comes no where near Katrina. Mostly because of underfunding for flood remediation at the federal level, but also underfunding evacuation shelters and other emergency programs. The people of NY/NJ will be much more likely to find interim housing or navigate the FEMA beaurocracy because they have higher levels of education than most Southerners and many, many more buildings left standing. Not to diminish Sandy's impact on the lives affected and the costs (which will be higher because of denser infrastructure, inflation, and a higher standard of living pre-storm), but really. If Americans didn't realize what Republicans have brought down upon this country following Norquist's lead from Katrina, they sure ain't gonna learn it with Sandy.


(69,014 posts)
16. Thank you for your concern.
Thu Nov 1, 2012, 09:38 AM
Nov 2012

You talk as if I've slighted Katrina. And with contempt for my countrymen. Also, you're wrong.


(28,443 posts)
23. I talk of no such thing.
Thu Nov 1, 2012, 11:32 AM
Nov 2012

I do not say you slighted either Katrina or your fellow countrymen. You give me no example of where I am wrong. And I resent you implying I'm a concern troll for apparently waking up the reality of Norquist's folly seven years before you did.

mountain grammy

(26,598 posts)
21. I have been thinking the same thing for the last few days.
Thu Nov 1, 2012, 11:13 AM
Nov 2012

If Katrina didn't prove to Americans the necessity of a well funded and well staffed disaster relief organization, nothing will. We all saw, and many experienced, our incompetent and uncaring government's response, or lack thereof, when the monster storm hit NO. The contrast for Sandy is right there in our face. Yet, millions will vote for Rmoney, who has promised to cut funding for FEMA and lay it on the states. Why is that? Why is that? He's white, that can be the only answer.


(14,459 posts)
26. I hate to point this out
Thu Nov 1, 2012, 02:05 PM
Nov 2012

But Katrina didn't hit people the way it should have because a lot of the people who got screwed were black, poor or both, and those people don't count.

Sandy may get people thinking more sanely because the people affected will have been seen to not "deserve it."

Ugly, but that's my takeaway from this.


(28,443 posts)
28. It's a good point.
Thu Nov 1, 2012, 06:55 PM
Nov 2012

I also think disasters are local, and affect locals more acutely. Sandy may well be the Norquist wake-up call for Northeasterners/people from the northeast because they are directly affected. I hope it doesn't take disasters of these magnitudes in all regions of the country for all regions to wake-up. And even then, Katrina didn't seem like much of a wake-up call for people affected in TX/LA/MS/AL.


(14,459 posts)
30. It totally is local
Fri Nov 2, 2012, 12:54 PM
Nov 2012

But some things are bigger than their area. The Deepwater Horizon disaster and Fukushima come to mind- but most people still don't see the relation to Norquist's BS and these disasters.

They really should- the idea that regulation and disaster preparedness cost too much money and make Gov't "too big" means that people die and areas are made uninhabitable by humans and animals/plants.

What form do you like your cost in? Dollars or flesh? That's the Norquist choice.

Tennessee Gal

(6,160 posts)
17. There are some things only the government can do.
Thu Nov 1, 2012, 09:50 AM
Nov 2012

Preventing and preparing for natural disasters is at the top of the list.

Grover and his minions should be held accountable for failing to see that their lame ass policies of cutting government funding are hurting this nation. This involves people's lives.



(5,103 posts)
19. Thelma and Louise Time
Thu Nov 1, 2012, 10:49 AM
Nov 2012

Let's go 'Off the Cliff'!

That will eliminate Grovers hold on the economy.


(23,867 posts)
25. This is what I call an "Amen" post.
Thu Nov 1, 2012, 01:29 PM
Nov 2012

My first instinct is to say it.

Maybe the unconscious are waking up. Maybe the evil authoritarians won't be in power to mess up the good things we plan to do for this country.

Maybe now we can make some real progress. We're only days away from finding out.


(13,616 posts)
29. Oh yes
Thu Nov 1, 2012, 07:29 PM
Nov 2012

But sadly, the only thing that could make griver drown is if her was founf to have ties to the Muslim brtoherhood, oh wait a minute:


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