Thursday, April 27, 2006

The New Proposed FEMA

Election years are always good for headlines and political speculation. This year is no different, although the author is enjoying the discourse more than in previous years.

So fronting the news today is the results of 7 months of hard (?) work by the Senate. They recommend abolishing FEMA and replace it with NPRA (the National Preparedness and Response Authority).

Dear reader, I will not bore you with the details of the editorial posted on Yahoo News. You may do that yourself. In short, it quoted pointed fingers and made the seemingly obvious statement that this country is not ready for the 2006 hurricane season, which starts in a month.

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown was quoted as saying "It sounds like they're just re-creating the wheel and making it look like they're calling for change...."

I agree with Mr. Brown. Russ Knocke, Homeland Security spokesman, offered this insight: "It's time to stop playing around with the organizational charts and to start focusing on government, at all levels, that are preparing for this storm season."

The idea of eradicating FEMA and creating in its place another agency that performs the same functions seems like a colossal waste of time, money, and manpower. But it will placate the populus that doesn't really think through decisions made on Capitol Hill.

What Congress may learn is that that populus is decreasing in numbers. Seems like a big gamble this late in the game to put the same band-aid on a wound and call it surgical tape to make people feel better about the wound. We'll see how well it works this November. Gotta love election years!

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