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Dumping FEMA
Posted by: mcq on Thursday, April 27, 2006

According to the NY Times, the Senate is recommending FEMA be abolished:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency was so fundamentally dysfunctional during Hurricane Katrina that Congress should abolish it and create a new disaster response agency from scratch, according to a draft of bipartisan recommendations proposed by a Senate committee.

The new agency, which would still be part of the Department of Homeland Security, should be more powerful, with additional components that would give it a budget twice as big as FEMA's, the report's draft recommendations say.
I have a better idea. Turn back the clock and "reorganize" FEMA into the agency it was before it was absorbed (and ruined) by Homeland Security. And appoint people who know their business instead of political insiders and hacks.
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I have an even better idea, Devolve Fema into a state wide or multi-state entity where the feds only supply some money and the rest is dependent on the expertise of the local regions and the type of threats they might face.
I like federalism, I abhore centralization, except for a very few things like national security.
Written By: kyle N
What Kyle said...
Written By: Joe
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Do you honestly think the liberal President Bush will stop appointing hacks?
Prior to 04 I did but not since. Remember the liberal NY ganster he first tried to get as HSA head? We are all lucky some conservatives raised H*** and the MSM/DNC found some of the skeletons in his closets.
Written By: Rodney A Stanton
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Dump FEMA! It’s the best idea I’ve heard all day. No hybrids or re-works, either, Kyle. Let’s flush all non-defense related Federal insurances, for good. Yes, even Federal credit insurance.

I just suffered FEMA’s ex-chief Brown moaning on the BBC about how he warned Bush of FEMA’s problems, but America’s Commander in Chief just wouldn’t take him seriously. Jeez - someone get him a hanky, willya.

If folks want to insure their real estate, they should take out a policy at the local Farmer’s Bureau. Why anyone’d expect the Federal government to use my taxes to save their piano is just beyond me.

Worried about floods? Move. It’s that simple. And don’t put you money in Arkansas savings and loans.
Written By: Steve
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If I were a conspiracist, I would say that this was the plan all along. This is why they blew up the levees. And now they’ll put in a new agency with more federal control and as a nation we’ll like it instead of fighting it. Another brilliant plot by the moron BusHitler to deprive us of our rights.

Man, I bet it’s fun to be a conspiracy theory guy. More fun than being a libertarian, anyway.
Written By: Wulf

Anything is more fun than being a libertarian. Except perhaps being a Saints fan.

And some of us bast*rds are both. :/

Written By: Peter Jackson
What is suggested in the first post is the Department of Education approach. Maintain overhead solely for the purpose of distributing money. Does anyone in the department accomplish anything? Let’s keep FEMA trying to do something.

FEMA in the Dept of Homeland Security never made sense. Dept of Interior seems to be more appropriate.

Written By: Ken
The biggest problem that FEMA always had was that it was only meant to co-ordinate response after a disaster. And really only the recovery response, not the first-responder stuff...

You can’t do first-responder stuff without having assets. Helicopters, trucks, boats, and people trained to do that.
Written By: Keith, Indy
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