The FEMA Relief Effort for Hurricane Sandy Is Going Very Badly

Details here.

Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know about this. It’s not like there is a Republican president, so it would be wrong to expect that there would be wall-to-wall news coverage of this issue.

  1. John Hanson

    The only problem at FEMA I have seen is the mis-understanding of who and what the agency is.  It is NOT a first responder.   FEMA was set up and still is mostly a small agency designed to hand out Federal money AFTER a disaster.  They are not first responders, which under all situations are and remain local and state governments.   When NJ transit looses 49 locomotives/railcars  because they left them in a low lying transit lot in Hoboken, (known to be at risk) that is not FEMA.  When Staten Island seems to be ignored, that is state and local responders, when looters are loose, that is not FEMA, that is a failure of the Governer to call out the National Guard, or put them in the right places.  National guard is STATE responsibility.   FEMA gets involved when handing out the money begins, and they don’t do it fast enough for people.   But biggest problem is expectations of FEMA to be what it is NOT designed to be, anything other than the source of Federal dollars.

  2. Israel P.
    John Hanson: The only problem at FEMA I have seen is the mis-understanding of who and what the agency is.  It is NOT a first responder.   FEMA was set up and still is mostly a small agency designed to hand out Federal money AFTER a disaster.  They are not first responders, which under all situations are and remain local and state governments.   When NJ transit looses 49 locomotives/railcars  because they left them in a low lying transit lot in Hoboken, (known to be at risk) that is not FEMA.  When Staten Island seems to be ignored, that is state and local responders, when looters are loose, that is not FEMA, that is a failure of the Governer to call out the National Guard, or put them in the right places.  National guard is STATE responsibility.   FEMA gets involved when handing out the money begins, and they don’t do it fast enough for people.   But biggest problem is expectations of FEMA to be what it is NOT designed to be, anything other than the source of Federal dollars. · 8 minutes ago

    I remember something about that during Katrina. It was all over the papers.  /sarcasm

  3. Pejman Yousefzadeh
    C

    That may well be the explanation the Obama administration adopts.

    Eeyore: Boy, George Bush really screwed up the corporate culture at FEMA. He made it so bad that despite Obama’s best efforts, the stain of the Bush incompetence just can’t be washed away.      Or something… · 7 hours ago

  4. Richard Fulmer

    The silver lining of Obama’s reelection is that we will be spared a lot of bad headlines.  Things like homelessness, poverty, and anti-American protests abroad are only “fit to print” when Republicans are in office.  While Obama is president, the MSM will continue their policy of see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil (unless, of course, there is evil that can be used to bludgeon the Right). 

  5. Misthiocracy

    <silver lining mode =on>

    At least there’s more coverage of Bloomberg’s stupid disaster relief decisions than there was of Governor Blanco’s stupid disaster relief decisions during Katrina.

    <silver lining mode =off>

    I wish there was more coverage of how there’s a big financial incentive for governors to declare a “state of emergency” in order to get their hands on federal cash, even when the state isn’t hit that hard.

    What does “state of emergency” really mean anyway?  Does it mean the state is admitting it can’t handle the situation and volunteers to hand power over to the feds temporarily?  Apparently not.

    It appears to mean nothing more than “show me the money”.

  6. concerned citizen

    John Hinderaker over at Powerline just posted about this too, comparing Sandy coverage to that of Katrina.  This topic makes my blood boil.

    Imagine if Sandy had hit one week before Election Day in 2004.  The press would have highlighted every local mistake, every gas line, every distraught homeowner, and would have blamed Bush.  Bush would not have been reelected.

    But instead, Sandy hit a week before Election Day 2012, and despite all the incompetence and suffering, Obama flies in for a 90-minute photo-op, is praised to the hilt, and it helps him, helps him win re-election!

    We on the right have Fox News, talk radio, NRO, Ricochet, Breitbart, Bill Whittle, lots of bloggers and Twitter users, etc.  And it doesn’t matter.  The liberal media still control everything.   

    Our side must figure out how to shake this up.  Do something radical.  Infiltrate.  Do Spanish media. (MundoFox is a good start.  Spanish version of Rush would be great.)  Encourage our conservative teens to become journalists.  Get the Rupert Murdochs and other conservative media moguls together to brainstorm.  I don’t know.  We need to figure this out and fight back.

  7. Misthiocracy
    concerned citizen:

    We on the right have Fox News, talk radio, NRO, Ricochet, Breitbart, Bill Whittle, lots of bloggers and Twitter users, etc.  And it doesn’t matter.  The liberal media still control everything.   

    Sadly, we no longer have Andrew Breitbart.

    It seems that it isn’t enough to have a really good online source for news run by conservatives, like breitbart.com.  We need a personality like Andrew Breitbart himself to get in the face of the MSM and attract attention to the news that breitbart.com uncovers.

    What use is publishing news if nobody reads it?

  8. concerned citizen

    Well, I meant his web site. (Sorry about the ambiguity there.)  And I agree.  Having  strong personalities like Andrew Breitbart to ‘get in the face’ of the media is necessary.  No more Mr. Nice Guy.   Call them on their premises, on their bias, on their lies.   Newt is doing it, as the other post highlights.  We need more!

  9. Paul Wilson

    Another storyline they could peddle: “threats of cuts by out-of-touch House Republicans has led to a dispirited and anxious federal work force.”

  10. ParisParamus

    Liberals don’t live in a universe with “cause” and “effect,” and the related concept of accountability.

    That is all.

  11. Ryan M

    We live in a media driven country, like it or not.  The best thing conservatives could do to win would be to infiltrate … or hope that they all go belly up and a new media takes over.  Good luck. 

  12. Eeyore

    Boy, George Bush really screwed up the corporate culture at FEMA. He made it so bad that despite Obama’s best efforts, the stain of the Bush incompetence just can’t be washed away.      Or something…

  13. Douglas

    Barack Obama just doesn’t care about white people. 

    Kanye West jokes aside, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that relief efforts on Staten Island… the borough with the highest concentration of Republicans in NYC… are practically non-existent, even compared to efforts elsewhere in NY and NJ.