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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-05 12:13 PM
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3. FEMA/Washington lowballing personnel/funds/equipment to the field.
Career FEMA staff out in the field are being given arbitrary, impossible goals/targets/demands from headquarters - without the number of staff, or the budget to meet these "goals", and are being told that they are "on a list" to be fired if they don't meet these goals. When the FEMA troops point out that firing them will only put FEMA farther behind in arranging housing, compensation for losses, etc., they are told that there are "private contractors waiting to take over." FEMA employees in the trenches wonder why, if there are private contractors competent and ready to work on the problems, they are not immediately hired by the Washington office to address the problems.

Now some may respond that everyone in FEMA should be fired, and that's just the response the neocons want. The FEMA career employees, who did fine work under Clinton, are struggling with the largest disaster, and group of disasters, ever to hit this country, and they are doing so with far fewer personnel, imcompetent leadership from Bush's political apointees, and a budget gutted by diverting large amounts of it away from natural disaster response and recovery, and dedicating it to some non-specific counter-terrorism accounts.

The Cheney/Rumsfeld/Chertoff cabal never changes. Every disaster is just another opportunity to privatize govt. services into profit centers for their corporate cronies.
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