Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Take Your Sympathy and Shove It!!

In Maryland today, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings began a summit on school safety with a discussion of crisis response plans. In reporting some of the details related to this summit, Fox News (via AP) says...

"Bush is expected to offer sympathy at the event, being held in this Maryland
suburb, and to encourage people to ask questions at home about whether their
schools are prepared for emergencies."

Sympathy? I don't know about the rest of you, but I know I'll sleep much better knowing that Dear Leader will be offering his sympathy on this issue...one that has been thrust into the spotlight due to recent events. Honestly, he can take his "sympathy," fold it in five corners and stick it where the sun don't shine!

That ridiculousness aside, the whole idea of having this summit is somewhat confusing...and convenient. It's convenient because Bush is now able to talk about something politcally "safe." No one will challenge him on issues of education or school safety. The problem with that, though, is that education issues...including school safety...are largely governed locally. The federal government has very little to do with the day-to-day operation of local schools.

Sitting together discussing the problems seems to do two things...1) Give Dear Leader a chance to escape from the hell that is Iraq, NoKo and Foley, 2) Give everyone attending the summit a case of "warm fuzzies."

At the end of the day, it's just a group of people pacifying themselves by talking...with Bush's heartfelt "sympathy," of course.

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