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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:53 PM
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Lott files FEMA bill (get out of Homeland Security)
Edited on Thu Feb-16-06 10:55 PM by uppityperson
http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/13890742.htm
By ADINA POSTELNICU
SUN HERALD WASHINGTON BUREAU

WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi proposed legislation today that would establish the Federal Emergency Management Agency as an independent, cabinet-level agency reporting directly to the President.

Lott's bill, called the Federal Emergency Management Improvement Act of 2006, would make FEMA a lead agency for the Federal Response Plan.

"I questioned the wisdom of placing FEMA" within the Homeland Security Department "anticipating all the red tape and decision-making paralysis that would result", Lott said, explaining one main reason for his initiative.

"Within hours of Katrina, my worst fears were realized, and even today, the impact of that decision is hurting our relief effort in Mississippi. Thousands of Mississippians remain without trailers and other support that should have been channeled through FEMA," Lott added.



Edited to add, now to do something about the person FEMA would report to.

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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:55 PM
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1. Wow, what a novel idea!
It just might work....
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:55 PM
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2. I voted against Trent in his first election in 1972 and at every chance
Edited on Thu Feb-16-06 10:56 PM by Rowdyboy
since. This is one of the only times in the last 34 years I've agreed with the asshole and I find myself at a loss for words.

Never thought I'd say it , but, I Trent Lott is right.....
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 11:05 PM
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5. Trent is in a position to help take down the traitorous bastards
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 11:06 PM
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6. He's pissed and-if he isn't returned to the leadership next year....
he has noting to lose. Trent could well wind up being the Rethugs worst nightmare.
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-17-06 12:19 AM
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10. If you think that racist ass will do anything, I want what you're smoking!
NT!

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Wordie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-17-06 01:42 AM
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14. It's amazing what a little real world experience can do to one's POV.
Maybe the damage to his house in the disaster was a bit of a wake up call. The view is different when you're someone needing help from the government.

I was really amazed too, when I saw the title of this thread. I'm really glad he's running with this, as it's an idea that makes a lot of sense.
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 11:02 PM
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3. Oh that's just great
Have FEMA report to THIS president?
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 11:03 PM
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4. That is the one problem right now.
But it would be a change back for the better for the future. I am glad that Lott isn't just sucking up to the republican party about all this.
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 11:53 PM
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7. Carter created FEMA as an independent, cabinet-level agency reporting
directly to the president.

What the f___ is Lott proposing? :sarcasm: Doing what President JimmyCarter did in the first place? :(
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wookie294 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-17-06 12:12 AM
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8. I think the Department of Homeland Security will be abolished one day
I think within 15 years, many of Bush's "reforms" taken after 9/11 will be abolished. The problem on 9/11 was mostly not structural. It was the people in positions of power who fucked up, not the system itself.
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hang a left Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-17-06 01:02 AM
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11. You are an optimistic one.
You actually think we have 15 years left?
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Geo55 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-17-06 12:18 AM
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9. "I questioned the wisdom of placing FEMA"
within the Homeland Security Department "

No "wisdom" to question.....the man's a frickin' genius.

What I'd like to hear is him questioning the "wisdom" of letting criminals run the country.
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-17-06 01:04 AM
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12. oh, perfect. now president "sits-on-hands" can read a goat book or eat
some cake or strum a guitar and we can be CERTAIN nothing will get done when an emergency hits. GOOD PLAN. not.
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-17-06 01:32 AM
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13. Homeland Security is a dismal failure!!!
yes pull Fema out...
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-17-06 05:57 AM
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15. even broken clocks are right at least once a day.
Edited on Fri Feb-17-06 05:58 AM by xchrom
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-17-06 08:23 AM
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16. That might help solve the FEMA problem.
But then you still have a Homeland Security Department with "all the red tape and decision-making paralysis".
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-17-06 08:34 AM
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17. FEMA's dragging its feet
getting his vacation home rebuilt . . .
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triguy46 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-17-06 08:45 AM
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18. If it passes, the signing ceremony can be on his new beautiful porch. n/t
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-17-06 10:23 AM
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19. It's a good idea. Never mind the source.
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