Donald Hank
Americans rate non-response same as prompt same-day response?
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By Donald Hank
May 28, 2010

And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died... (Revelation 8:9)

The answer to the title question: Progress. We have progressed.

The BP oil rig disaster happened on April 20, 2010. Today is May 27, 2010 and British Petroleum is just now getting started using a "top kill" method to plug the hole.

Got your calculator handy? Let's see, I come up with about 37 days from explosion to the first attempt to plug the hole. About a month and a week.

Of course, this is definitely a BP-induced disaster. But when it comes to disasters, it doesn't matter whether they are an act of God or an act of man when it comes to the government getting down to business and solving the problem. We expect promptness from our federal agencies.

After all, G.W. Bush was advised of the levee breach in New Orleans at 7:30 A.M. on Monday August 25, 2005. At 11:00 A.M., 2 hours and 30 minutes later, Michael Brown requested 1,000 employees be deployed to the region.

But at the time, that was much too slow a response for people like the operators of the web site Thinkprogress.

Yet Obama has had almost no response to the BP oil spill for about a month, and the press seems ok with that.

In fact, while a poll around the time of Katrina showed 54% gave Bush a bad rating for his response within 2.5 hours, around the same number of Americans (53%) gave Obama a bad grade or his almost total non-response to the oil spill.

Of course, we know Americans aren't racist so skin color makes no difference to them. So who can explain this mystery?

Why do the same number of Americans rate a 2.5 hour response time by a white president and a total non-response by a black president "poor"?

Wouldn't a non-response be worse than a prompt same-day response? Well, that's what one might expect, but this is America and it is 2010.

The "progressives" are solidly in charge of our government and our minds. Chalk it up to progress.

© Donald Hank

 

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Donald Hank

Until July of 2009, Don Hank was operating a technical translation agency out of his home in Wrightsville, PA. He is now retired and residing in Panama with his wife and daughter.

A former language teacher, he holds an undergraduate degree in French and German from Millersville State University (PA), a Master's degree in Russian language and literature from Kutztown State College (also in PA), has studied Chinese for 3 years in Taiwan at the Mandarin Training Center, and is self-taught in other languages, having logged a total of 8 years abroad in total immersion situations.

He is also the founder of Lancaster-York Non-Custodial Parents, a volunteer organization that provides Christian counseling for non-custodial parents.

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