Wednesday, June 25, 2008

FEMA Winning Praise In Midwest Floods

Less than three years after the debacle in New Orleans (due more to local incompetence than FEMA, though they got the blame), FEMA is winning praise from both sides of the aisle for their response to the midwest floods:

Nearly three years after FEMA was heavily criticized for its handling of Hurricane Katrina, many homeowners and politicians in the flood-stricken Midwest today say that the agency is doing a great job. In Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin, FEMA has received about 45,000 registrations for assistance, and has already doled out $81 million in emergency housing funds.

Iowa's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge says FEMA had "people on site almost immediately after the flooding began."And even some Democrats who rarely miss a chance to criticize the Bush Administration admit FEMA's response has been effective. Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill says, "I think they've made a world of improvement both in terms of their preparedness and in terms of their attitude."

*Isn't it amazing how much better FEMA performs when there is competent local and state government. Both of which were absent in New Orleans and the State of Louisiana.
Meanwhile, a few questions:

1. Where are all of the Hollywood celebrities holding telethons asking for help in restoring Iowa and helping the folks affected by the floods?
2. Where is all the media asking the tough questions about why the federal government hasn't solved the problem?
3. Asking where the FEMA trucks (and trailers) are?
4. Why isn't the Federal Government relocating Iowa people to free hotels in Chicago and Houston ?
5. When will Spike Lee say that the Federal Government blew up the levees that failed in Des Moines ?
6. Where are Sean Penn and the Dixie Chicks?
7. Where are all the looters stealing high-end tennis shoes and big screen television sets?
8. When will we hear Iowa Governor Chet Culver say that he wants to rebuild a "vanilla" Iowa , because that's the way God wants it?
9. Where is the hysterical 24/7 media coverage complete with reports of cannibalism?
10. How come in another 2 weeks or so, you will never hear about the Iowa flooding ever again?
Hmmmm.....I wonder.

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