Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither, and lose both.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Every Cloud must Have a Silver Lining

Or, as Eric Idle sang in the “Life of Brian”: “Always look on the bright, side of life! de do, de do, de di di di do…”

Never miss a chance to pad your buddies pockets.

From CNN:

Companies with ties to the Bush White House and the former head of FEMA are clinching some of the administration’s first disaster relief and reconstruction contracts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

At least two major corporate clients of lobbyist Joe Allbaugh, President Bush’s former campaign manager and a former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have already been tapped to start recovery work along the battered Gulf Coast.

One is Shaw Group Inc. and the other is Halliburton Co. subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root. Vice President Dick Cheney is a former head of Halliburton.

See? Everyone benefits! As the former first lady observed, the poor were disadvantaged anyway, and the Astrodome is an improvement, and the President’s buddies get to make more money off of tragedy! Isn’t life just grand??

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