3 Chics would be remiss, if we didn’t address the Colorado fires. First, our prayers to the resident of Colorado who have lost their homes to these fires. Secondly, we commend and support all the firefighters and other first responders who are working tirelessly to put out the fires. And thirdly, we support President Obama and his initiatives to help our PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS!
Colorado fires: Day 6: Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs burns several homes, thousands evacuated
Wildfire has destroyed 300 homes in Colorado Springs, reports say– Includes videos of the fire and damages.
We know where the President stands:
As the fires rage in COLORADO, what are Americans thinking about the public sector jobs like FIREFIGHTERS who are risking their lives to stamp out the fires?
Where does Mitt Romney stand?
WHAT’S CHANGED MITT?
Colorado fire victim films her own evacuation
By Chelsea J. Carter and Moni Basu, CNN
updated 9:36 PM EDT, Sat June 30, 2012
CNN) — Nicole Frye watered the wooden roof of the house where she’d lived for 18 years. Then she got in her car and captured her own evacuation with a video camera.
Watch Frye’s evacuation: http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/30/us/western-wildfires/
All around her, the sky glowed orange from the towering flames that had roared down the mountain and into western subdivisions of Colorado Springs.
“Oh my God,” she sobbed. “We gotta get out of here.”
Even Colorado’s wildfires can be politicized
By Steve Benen
Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:00 AM EDT.
Following up on Rebekah’s item earlier, deadly wildfires continue to spread in Colorado, and thousands are being forced from their homes. I’d hoped we could at least take some solace in the notion that the ongoing tragedy wouldn’t become the latest political football. After all, while some natural disasters have more political salience — the pathetic response to Hurricane Katrina, for example — this didn’t appear to be one of them.
So much for that idea. TPM’s Nick Martin reports that some conservatives have “looked for ways to blame it on President Obama.”
Some of the same people who have bashed the president as a big government, big spending liberal now say a wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes in the conservative stronghold of Colorado Springs can be blamed on the president because he has been too slow to spend money to beef up the federal fleet of air tankers.
The meme began more than a week ago when pundit Michelle Malkin, who lives in Colorado Springs, wrote a piece for the National Review Online titled “Obama Bureaucrats Are Fueling Wildfires.”
“The Obama administration’s neglect of the federal government’s aerial-tanker fleet raises acrid questions about its core public-safety priorities,” she wrote.
Obama signed a bill to spend $24 million on new fire-fighting air tankers, but they’re not yet available to help in Colorado. And so, many on the right are pouncing, condemning the Obama administration for not spending enough money. When the subject came up during a press conference with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), the governor seemed feigned bemusement: “Were these the same conservatives that were so worried about the Obama administration spending too much money, or were these different conservatives?”