27 April 2006

Brownie, you did a heck of a job

FEMA, which did such a poor job of preparing for Katrina (and cleaning up afterwards), was criticized so harshly, to the point of the Senate recommending its elimination. A new Homeland Security agency will be created to replace FEMA, if the recommendations are taken.

Dismantling and creating agencies is not the answer. The culture and philosophy of the US government must change. W promised to protect America from terrorist attacks, but with his tax cuts for the super-wealthy, the government had nothing left to work with, even when planning for predictable disasters like Katrina. While dismantling FEMA may be part of the answer, the real solutions must be found far beyond that.