Thursday, April 27, 2006

Congress ponders moving around deck chairs on the Titanic (again)

If Down Under is any indication, we’re in for another wild and wooly hurricane season: Australia recently had two category 5 cyclones in rapid succession. Fortunately, their landfall was in relatively unpopulated regions. Our own southern coasts are highly populated. So, should we abolish FEMA?
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.
Oh, great. Instead of fixing FEMA, let’s go into hurricane season with a new agency staffed by another bunch of political appointees, an agency with no institutional memory, experience or accountability. Can you spell Department of Homeland Security?

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