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Some Questions About Iowa

Everyone has been following the tragic flooding in Iowa, in which 83 of the state's 99 counties were declared "disaster areas" and 9 rivers were at or above historic flood levels. Today, two levees in Western Illinois were breached by the same floodwaters that inundated Iowa in the last week. While my heart goes out to every family and community affected by this catastrophe, I do have some questions.

Where is Hollywood? Where is Kanye West? Shouldn't he be holding a telethon asking for donations to help the people of Iowa, claiming that George Bush doesn't care about rural white people?

Where is the drive-by media, and why haven't they been demanding to know why the federal government hasn't solved the problem? Why haven't they demanded to know where the FEMA trucks are? Come to think of it, where is the hysterical 24/7 coverage?

Why isn't the federal government relocating Iowa residents to hotels at no charge, or granting them $2,000 debit cards?

Why hasn't Spike Lee come forward to say that the government destroyed the levees that failed in Des Moines? And where is Sean Penn? Where is Oprah? And for the love of God, where are the Dixie Chicks?

When will we hear the governor of Iowa or the mayor of Des Moines say they want to rebuild a "vanilla" Iowa, because that's "the way God wants it?"

And finally, the question I would most like to have answered: Why is it that, after a couple of weeks, you will never hear about the Iowa flooding ever again?


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