The Lady Speaks

Senate Panel says ‘Abolish FEMA’

Arrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggghhhhhhhhhh!!! Do these people just not get it? The problem with FEMA – as with every other agency since Bush took office – is that incompetent 'Buddies of George' were put in charge, instead of people who had actual experience!

Does anyone remember FEMA being this incompetent prior to the Bush administration? Could it be that FEMA did its job well prior to that because the former Presidents appointed FEMA directors who knew what their jobs were and did them? Hurricane Andrew, anyone? Hurricane Hugo? Ringing any bells there?

Simply put, the problem is not the department, it's the idiots running it. Brown (until he quit/was fired) and Chertoff, and the man who appointed them, the chief boob himself. 

From the Associated Press:

Hurricane Katrina’s latest fatality should be FEMA, the nation’s disaster response agency, a Senate inquiry concluded in calling for a government overhaul to avoid future failures like those the devastating storm exposed.

Eighty-six recommendations by the bipartisan panel indicate the United States is still woefully unprepared for a storm of Katrina’s scope with the start of the hurricane season little more than a month away.

The new authority would be “better equipped with the tools to prepare for and respond to a disaster,” said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who led the inquiry by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

[snip] 

Though the proposed changes do not place blame on any official or government agency, Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., will offer “additional views” to the panel’s findings in a statement accusing President Bush of failing “to provide critical leadership when it was most needed.”

“The United States was, and is, ill-prepared to respond to a catastrophic event of the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina,” said the recommendations. “Catastrophic events are, by their nature, difficult to imagine and to adequately plan for, and the existing plans and training proved inadequate in Katrina.”

The recommendations were being released Thursday morning and will be included in the Senate panel’s full report to be issued next week.

[snip] 

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown, who resigned under fire after Katrina, said the new agency would basically have the same mission FEMA had a year ago before its disaster planning responsibilities were taken away to focus solely on responding to calls for help.

“It sounds like they’re just re-creating the wheel and making it look like they’re calling for change,” Brown said. “If indeed that’s all they’re doing, they owe more than that to the American public.”

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April 27, 2006 - Posted by | Bush, Congress, Culture of Corruption, FEMA, Politics, Senate, White House

2 Comments »

  1. “Does anyone remember FEMA being this incompetent prior to the Bush administration?” Actually, yes I do. I was in Northridge, CA on January 18th, the day after the earthquake devastated the area and pancaked Northridge Meadows Apartment complex. I was there on business but decided to volunteer and help those needing to get possessions out of crumbled buildings.

    At one apartment complex in particular there was a small crowd forming. One of the residents didn’t know the whereabouts of another and fear the elderly person might be trapped inside. I noticed a car blocking access. A new car. I looked closer and it was a rental car. Two people were inside it busily filling out forms. On the window I noticed “FEMA”. The car was blocking access to rescuers.

    I knocked on the the car window: Excuse me but could you please move your vehicle. We need access here.” The bureaucrat looked up for a moment then back down ignoring me. I repeated my request. This time he didn’t even look up. The third time was a charm. I kicked the driver door as hard as I could leaving a huge dent and said: “Listen you motherf*%#ing bureaucrat. If you don’t move you ass right now I’ll start breaking windows, then I that doesn’t work I’ll slash your tires and you’ll have to walk back home.”

    That did the trick. That was 1994, long before Bush added his trademark cronies to the mix.

    Comment by Josh_Alpharetta | April 28, 2006 | Reply

  2. Not to be nit-picky, but that's just two bureaucrats. I meant the whole organization, overall. Every agency in the world has its idiots who think the paperwork is more important than the people they're supposed to be serving. (Insurance companies come to mind….)

    Since you were there – how would you rate FEMA's response to the earthquake? Good, fair, poor – Katrina-level bad? Was even close to as incompetent as what we saw in New Orleans?

    Fortunately, I live in an area that rarely sees any kind of disaster, natural or otherwise, so I have no personal experience.

    Comment by PA_Lady | April 28, 2006 | Reply


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