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FEMA: Disaster relief or welfare handouts?

Posted by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:41 PM
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FEMA: Disaster relief or welfare handouts?
POSTED NOVEMBER 16, 2012 AT 3:45 PM BY MEREDITH JESSUP

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Reason’s Shikha Dalmia has a thought-provoking column out this week which explains how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) post-disaster response isn’t about rapid relief to those affected by tragedy. Instead, it’s main purpose for existing seems to be expanding the Big Government welfare state:

A few days after the Times’ valentine, FEMA head W. Craig Fugate told the newspaper that the agency’s rapid response role is really a fallacy. “The general public assumes we are part of the response team that will be there the first couple of days,” he said. But it is really designed to deal with disasters several days after the fact.

How does FEMA do that? By indiscriminately writing checks — a task at which it evidently excels.

FEMA administrator Elizabeth Zimmerman testified before Congress last year that between 2005 and 2009, 14.5 percent of the agency’s $10 billion-plus disaster aid budget was handed to people who didn’t qualify. The agency tried to get 154,000 of these people to return the money (on average, each had received about $5,000), but they filed a class action lawsuit forcing FEMA to pay them a multimillion settlement. And it forgave the debt of every one with an income below $90,000.

FEMA: Disaster relief or welfare handouts?

Well, I guess that explains why liberal Democrats are always so quick to embrace the government assistance over private charitable help — when was the last time you saw the American Red Cross just handing out checks to disaster victims?

The bigger problem is not with who gets FEMA money, but why. Less than a sixth of Alabama’s $566 million allotment after Katrina financed legitimate government functions such as debris removal, repairing damaged infrastructure and restoring public utilities. The rest was all handouts: food stamps, subsidies for trailer homes and low-interest loans for small businesses.

The FEMA website is already advertising goodies for Sandy victims, including 26 weeks of unemployment benefits and up to $200,000 worth of low-interest loans for home repairs not covered by insurance. In addition, it wants to hand out $2 million loans to small businesses and nonprofits (of all sizes) experiencing “cash flow problems.” Farmers and ranchers could likewise qualify for $500,000 in loans to cover production and property losses.

“This is not disaster relief but disaster socialism,” Dalmia concludes.  ”It is one thing for the government to provide emergency housing, health care and food; it is quite another to compensate victims for every loss. If people knocked down by a storm deserve such federal largesse, why not open the coffers to anyone who suffers a car crash, a death in the family or a broken heart?”

Give it time…

by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:41 PM
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jaxTheMomm
by Gold Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:45 PM
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Oh dear God.

Really?

Have you ever been in a disaster area?  "disaster socialism?" 

I swear.  theblaze is like crack for some of you.

_Kissy_
by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:50 PM

I dance in the woods naked in hopes that you never, ever, ever, ever, ever, have to rely on the government in any way shape or form.

joey125
by Silver Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Visit a country that does nothing for its people and then tell me what the hell this  article is trying to say,  pure nonsense.

LIMom1105
by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:06 PM
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This post makes me sick, absolutely sick. Have you been here or anywhere a disaster like this has happened? Ever? Imagine entire blocks of homes, gone. Local businesses, gone. People not only lost their homes, but their jobs and cars due to this disaster. How horrible the govt. is dangling "goodies" such as home repair assistance and unemployment for those who lost their jobs in the storm.  Really? This sort of assistance is a goodie? Would you prefer that those affected just curl up on the cold streets (how dare anyone spend money sheltering them) and die and save your tax dollars? 

You are probably the kind of person who was against healthcare for 9-11 responders who now have serious health problems.

UpSheRises
by Silver Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 2:36 PM
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What a load of shit. People who want to call FEMA anything other than micro-welfare are out of their freaking gords. If it came from the government it's freaking welfare. Stop trying to make seem like one open palm is any better than another open palm...these stupid blogger and talking heads...always thinking of a million different ways to excuse their core values. Either own them or shut up about it.

rccmom
by Gold Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 2:43 PM
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Quoting _Kissy_:

I dance in the woods naked in hopes that you never, ever, ever, ever, ever, have to rely on the government in any way shape or form.

LOL! I think you just made my day.

LovelyDayz
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 2:47 PM
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SMH. Hmm I lost everything cause of that shit storm sandy. Water flooded the whole house, waist deep. Everything in that house had to be thrown out. Right now it's not livable, so pretty much I am homeless. So now since I was in the disaster(that was made) I want a handout. LMFAO funny shit!

PeeperSqueak
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 2:53 PM
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Thank you for the post gsprofval. FEMA does seem to be messed up and needs a complete overhaul to actually be of help to people that have experienced a disaster but not welfare.

I've seen on the News that many FEMA people are actually helping themselves to the food, etc.  The homeless people getting booted from the hotels in the area and putting up FEMA.

Peanutx3
by Silver Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Sigh

gsprofval
by Gold Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 4:25 PM
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I am so sorry you lost everything.  That is legitimate and you should have help.  FEMA should be there to help you and your family find a place to live.

Quoting LovelyDayz:

SMH. Hmm I lost everything cause of that shit storm sandy. Water flooded the whole house, waist deep. Everything in that house had to be thrown out. Right now it's not livable, so pretty much I am homeless. So now since I was in the disaster(that was made) I want a handout. LMFAO funny shit!


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