Saturday, September 3, 2005

Some on the Right like to say that Medicare and Medicaid encourage people to be poor so they can receive free handouts. They like to say that unemployment insurance encourages people to be lazy and not to search for jobs. They babble about personal responsibility and come up with the most ludicrous claims to prevent the government from helping people who are--usually through no fault of their own--hard-pressed for food and money.

But this beats them all:

The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city.

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