Thursday, September 15, 2005

FEMA: 'equal-opportunity bungler'

Thomas Sowell discusses in a 9/15/2005 article the ineptness and crass synicism of those claiming racism for the "mistakes of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in New Orleans ... FEMA has bungled other emergencies where most of the victims were white and in previous administrations. Like many government bureaucracies, FEMA is an equal-opportunity bungler."

Sowell's most vital comment, as far as I'm concerned, clearly identifies that state sovereignty is a justified explanation for slow federal response. "Meanwhile, laws prevent the federal government from coming in without the permission or a request from state or local authorities. Unfortunately, the mayor of New Orleans and the governor of Louisiana are of a different party than President Bush, which may have something to do with their initial reluctance to have him come in and get political credit."

As I've mentioned more than once (Blanco and Nagin: A Timeline of Ineptness and Jackass Michael Moore is at it again ...), federal response to state emergencies is only done through direct request "from state and local authorities."

Louisiana's governor did not ask for help until it was too late.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.


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