Gut Rumbles

April 27, 2006

abolish fema?

I'll believe it when I see it. Government agencies, once established, NEVER go away, no matter how useless or incompetent they are.

I'm not the only one who fears that what we'll end up with is a "restructured" FEMA plus another government agency charged with doing the same job.

Hey! It's GOVERNMENT! The answer to EVERY problem is to spend more money and create another bureaucracy. Obviously, the way to fix FEMA is to give us twice as much of it.

Emergency response and disaster relief should be handled at the local level, not from some office in Washington DC. If the federal government simply must be involved, let it provide funds for LOCAL agencies, then get the hell out of the way. People directly involved in a disaster have a lot more motivation to handle problems quickly and efficiently than the federal government does.

We saw that happen after Katrina with the National Guard, the Red Cross and local volunteers. THEY actually did a pretty good job while FEMA simply threw money to the wind. Local people understand the problems and have plenty of reason to deal with them. FEMA doesn't.

The only problem with my idea is when you have great leaders such as Ray Nagin in charge of local relief efforts. Give HIM a shit-load of federal money and he'll squander what he doesn't steal or pass along to his cronies.

But Nagin and the corrupt political system of Louisiana are an anomaly. Most local governments aren't THAT fucked up. And when my living room is flooded and the roof is blown off my house, I don't want to wait on some distant bureaucrat to "help" me. Give me somebody local who faces the same problems that I face.

But I'm dreaming. Once the federal government moves in, it NEVER moves out, no matter how badly it performs. When it screws up, it'll just invent a way to make incompetence more costly and call that crap a cure.

If FEMA is such a great idea, why doesn't the federal government run a National Fire Department?


The inefficient FEMA will be replaced by a more bloated, more inefficient agency. You can bet on it. There is no way any country will ever be prepared for a storm or attack the size of those that have hit this country the past few years. The only ones that think so are the supid members of congress and the con's in the state and local government. Right now the stupid Sen. Collins and Leberalmen (a pure con) are on the national news hyping their stupidity. They are going to fix anything other than their friends bank accounts. If your local fire and rescue doesn't take care of you immediately then you are screwed.

Posted by: Scrapiron on April 27, 2006 10:11 AM

I was a kid when hurricane Dora hit Jacksonville in 64. Hurricanes are very rare in my part of Florida, but we still prepare for em...every year. North Florida may never again suffer a direct hit (like we had in 64), but we prepare for it like it will.

NOLA didn't plan very well on a local level, preparedness was at an all time low. People with sense got the hell out, most of those that stayed were goverment dependants to begin with.

Posted by: Mrite on April 27, 2006 03:27 PM

Ablolish FEMA? Sure! Along with about 2/3's of everything else in DC.

Posted by: Ivan Ivanovich on April 28, 2006 09:36 AM

"Give me somebody local who faces the same problems that I face. "

This would be the young man who commandoed a bus and started evacuating to Houston while anyone official stood about arguing and wringing their hands. (or shopping for ties)

Shutting down FEMA is just another ploy to a governmental chinese fire drill that will accomplish nada.

Posted by: Donna on April 29, 2006 11:38 AM
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