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Comment of the Day: BruceJ: : "I'll just leave this quote from the Incomparable (and irreplaceable!) Molly Ivins, who would have been 73 today... http://www.bradford-delong.com/2017/08/should-read-charlie-stross-houston-what-are-the-long-term-consequences-im-interested-in-chewing-over-the-effect.html#comment-6a00e551f08003883401bb09be7053970d

...“[T]he Office of Technology Assessment used to produce forward-thinking plans such as "Floods: A National Policy Concern" and "A Framework for Flood Hazards Management." Unfortunately, the office was targeted by Newt Gingrich and the Republican right, and gutted years ago.

In fact, there is now a government-wide movement away from basing policy on science, expertise and professionalism, and in favor of choices based on ideology. If you're wondering what the ideological position on flood management might be, look at the pictures of New Orleans---it seems to consist of gutting the programs that do anything. […]

This, friends, is why we need to pay attention to government policies, not political personalities, and to know whereon we vote. It is about our lives.

---September 2005 after Katrina struck http://www.alternet.org/story/24923/a_flood_of_bad_policies

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