Michele Bachmann says that the earthquake and hurricane that have recently hit the East Coast of the United States were sent as some sort of divine warning message to politicians in Washington to curb government spending. I must respectfully disagree. I thought the divine message was a warning not to raise taxes for the wealthiest 1 percent of our population. But then, I don't claim to be as close to the message's source as Ms. Bachmann.
It is, of course, a real shame that a number of people in the U.S. have lost their lives in Hurricane Irene as part of God's warning about government spending, but sometimes collateral damage cannot be avoided. In that same vein, I would like to apologize to the people of the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas on behalf of the American people for the extensive damage Irene caused to those nations because our government overspends on Social Security and Medicare.
We should be thankful that Ms. Bachmann has joined a former Republican candidate for president, the Rev. Pat Robertson, in interpreting the true meaning of what many foolishly thought were natural events. For those who missed Mr. Robertson's words and were thus deprived of the real cause of the recent magnitude-5.8 earthquake, the good reverend informed us that the damage to the Washington Monument came from divine displeasure with the path America is on. Unfortunately, he did not let us know the reason behind the damage to the National Cathedral. Sometimes we are left to speculate on our own about causation. While I can't claim to know for sure, I wouldn't be surprised if that damage had something to do with the bailout of General Motors.