Bush is an American . . . of the worst kind. His response to the hurricane was much like a hyperbolic version of walking on by while the homeless woman on the corner accidentally rolls her shopping cart. Apathy, indifference and a generally accepted notion that the poor are not worth the time, effort or money to help. The poor are invisible to much of our society. There is not a low-income equivalent of "The OC" on television. The stratification of our cities allows upper-middle-class workers to commute past the poorest parts of their own towns, insulated by 12-foot fences along the highway. Poor children go to poor schools, rich children go to rich schools. And the less the haves see of the have-nots, the worse life gets for those who are pushed further and further into poverty. To many who have the means to help, the poor simply do not exist.
Bush has lost all crediblity with the American people save for his ardent supporters and apologists. Personally, I cringe when he opens his mouth, and don't put any faith in anything he has to say about anything at all.
I believe he is a product of our society, and is a symbol of the failure and lost focus of goverment at the federal level, among other things. He is a symbol of our society, and the great divides that exist."
On NPR yesterday I heard city planning officials talking about how this must change, how they are planning for eliminating the destructive housing project model and instead, implementing mixed-income housing and schools in neighborhoods home to people who make anywhere from 18,000 to 85,000 per year. I think this is a step in the right direction. Once the poor are no longer in the shadows, once they are neighbors, they can no longer be ignored.