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FEMA: Disaster relief or welfare handouts?

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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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gsprofval
by Gold Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Oh Kate. You got your panties in a bunch right now.  Hope your evening goes all better. May God Bless You!!!

Quoting Kate_Momof3:

Horseshit, "Prof".

Quoting gsprofval:

Actually, my concern is NOT fake.  I've been without electricity due to a bad winter ice storm and I KNOW how cold it gets. At least I had my home, but many people don't even have that and at least a basic warm place to stay with warm food should be provided.


Quoting Kate_Momof3:


Politicizing a natural disaster is the lowest of the low. This blogger and the person who posted it are evidence of that. 


You have zero shame gsproval. NONE. And your fake concern is fooling no one.


 


Kate_Momof3
by Platinum Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:22 PM
LOL "Professor".
Panties in a bunch and God in the same thought?
So classy, "Prof".


Quoting gsprofval:

Oh Kate. You got your panties in a bunch right now.  Hope your evening goes all better. May God Bless You!!!


Quoting Kate_Momof3:

Horseshit, "Prof".


Quoting gsprofval:


Actually, my concern is NOT fake.  I've been without electricity due to a bad winter ice storm and I KNOW how cold it gets. At least I had my home, but many people don't even have that and at least a basic warm place to stay with warm food should be provided.



Quoting Kate_Momof3:



Politicizing a natural disaster is the lowest of the low. This blogger and the person who posted it are evidence of that. 



You have zero shame gsproval. NONE. And your fake concern is fooling no one.



 



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itsmesteph11
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:25 PM
1 mom liked this

 I say everyone who has a house needs to have insurance whether it's paid for or not.  If you don't and you take a chance and lose your house you will just have to get an apartment.  It's called personal responsibility.  Chalk it up to part of the cost of having a home.

LIMom1105
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Well then, may you never have a hurricane blow through your town, destroy your home and your car and your neighborhood. Because you are certainly too good to accept assistance.  it's not a damn handout. You really have no idea what you are talking about at all.

I wrote something stronger, but I'm feeling kind tonight, so I deleted it. Have a nice life.

Quoting UpSheRises:

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.


PeeperSqueak
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I know...........or many of those FEMA people could share a room and let the hurricaine victims stay.  There was an interview with one young woman that lost her home and everything she had.  She had been in a hotel and was booted out with others to make room for FEMA. It was so sad.  If FEMA really wanted to help they could be put up in out of the area hotels and commute. Let the hurricaine victims stay.........smh

Quoting gsprofval:

That's terrible.  These homeless people need a warm room and warm food in this weather.  Let the FEMA jerks stay out in the cold with no food or water---AND let obama stay with them, too, to see how it really feels.

Quoting PeeperSqueak:

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.



LIMom1105
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:35 PM

I do agree this is not right. The same thing was happening right before the marathon (when it was still on)--homeless people were told they needed to leave their hotels to make room for runners.  Horrible, and I think it was a good thing it was cancelled this year.

Quoting PeeperSqueak:

I know...........or many of those FEMA people could share a room and let the hurricaine victims stay.  There was an interview with one young woman that lost her home and everything she had.  She had been in a hotel and was booted out with others to make room for FEMA. It was so sad.  If FEMA really wanted to help they could be put up in out of the area hotels and commute. Let the hurricaine victims stay.........smh

Quoting gsprofval:

That's terrible.  These homeless people need a warm room and warm food in this weather.  Let the FEMA jerks stay out in the cold with no food or water---AND let obama stay with them, too, to see how it really feels.

Quoting PeeperSqueak:

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.




PeeperSqueak
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:40 PM

I saw............!  They were bringing in all this food, generators, etc...specifically for the marathon participants.  Then when it was cancelled I wonder what they did with the food ? the generators ?  I'm glad it was cancelled too.....

Quoting LIMom1105:

I do agree this is not right. The same thing was happening right before the marathon (when it was still on)--homeless people were told they needed to leave their hotels to make room for runners.  Horrible, and I think it was a good thing it was cancelled this year.

Quoting PeeperSqueak:

I know...........or many of those FEMA people could share a room and let the hurricaine victims stay.  There was an interview with one young woman that lost her home and everything she had.  She had been in a hotel and was booted out with others to make room for FEMA. It was so sad.  If FEMA really wanted to help they could be put up in out of the area hotels and commute. Let the hurricaine victims stay.........smh

Quoting gsprofval:

That's terrible.  These homeless people need a warm room and warm food in this weather.  Let the FEMA jerks stay out in the cold with no food or water---AND let obama stay with them, too, to see how it really feels.

Quoting PeeperSqueak:

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.





azaz
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 11:51 PM

 

 Life happens and sometime people need help! Fema is not welfare!

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