Saturday, September 17, 2005

Can we say?


I am almost speechless. People are still fighting to live, find their children, pets, relatives or friends. Looking for a Corpse to Make a Case -- Page 1: "Federal troops aren't the only ones looking for bodies on the Gulf Coast. On Sept. 9, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions called his old law professor Harold Apolinsky, co-author of Sessions' legislation repealing the federal estate tax, which was encountering sudden resistance on the Hill. Sessions had an idea to revitalize their cause, which he left on Apolinsky's voice mail: '[Arizona Sen.] Jon Kyl and I were talking about the estate tax. If we knew anybody that owned a business that lost life in the storm, that would be something we could push back with.'

If legislative ambulance chasing looks like a desperate measure, for the backers of repealing the estate tax, these are desperate times. Just three weeks ago, their long-sought goal of repeal seemed within reach, but Katrina dashed their hopes when Republican leaders put off an expected vote. After hearing from Sessions, Apolinsky, an estate tax lawyer who says his firm includes three multi-billionaires among its clients, mobilized the American Family Business Institute, a Washington-based group devoted to estate tax repeal. They reached out to members along the Gulf Coast to hunt for the dead."

Yes, this is very important. Due to an accident of birth, these people really think they are special. If they spent as much time working as they did trying to "enrich" their lives, FEMA might actually be able to do its job.

Every time I think they can't disgust me anymore, they find a way. Unfortunately.

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