A Hurricane Katrina compare-and-contrast

Tell us again: Which party is seeking to capitalize on a national tragedy?

By T.g.

Published September 15, 2005 1:19PM (EDT)

So tell us again: Who is seeking to capitalize on Katrina?

Fox News, Sept. 14, 2005: "Senators are ... looking at an array of bills that aim to ease the worries of individuals impacted by Katrina ... But also emerging are accusations by Republicans that Democrats are seeking to use the tragedy to pass more ambitious legislation that normally would not have much chance in the GOP-dominated Congress. 'In some instances, (Democrats are) trying to up the ante and use this crisis to accomplish goals that maybe they wouldn't have otherwise been able to accomplish without a natural disaster,' said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa."

Wall Street Journal, Sept. 15, 2005: "Congressional Republicans, backed by the White House, say they are using relief measures for the hurricane-ravaged Gulf coast to achieve a broad range of conservative economic and social policies, both in the storm zone and beyond ... In the past week, the Bush administration has suspended some union-friendly rules that require federal contractors pay prevailing wages, moved to ease tariffs on Canadian lumber, and allowed more foreign sugar imports to calm rising sugar prices. Just yesterday, it waived some affirmative-action rules for employers with federal contracts in the Gulf region. Now, Republicans are working on legislation that would limit victims' right to sue, offer vouchers for displaced school children, lift some environment restrictions on new refineries and create tax-advantaged enterprise zones to maximize private-sector participation in recovery and reconstruction ... 'The desire to bring conservative, free-market ideas to the Gulf Coast is white hot,' says Rep. Mike Pence, the Indiana Republican who leads the Republican Study Group, an influential caucus of conservative House members."

By T.g.


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