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September 1, 2005

The Deplorable State of Emergency Help for Hurricane Refugees

I am watching PBS News Hour in horror. The people most severely affected by the evacuation of New Orleans are the poorest. FEMA and the Red Cross are not getting aid there as fast enough. They do not have the resources to do it and seem to have more bureaucrats than food, water, and shelter. The Bush administration should be ashamed of gutting FEMA's budget, of gutting the Army Corp of Engineer's buget for modernizing New Orleans' levee system, and of waiting until after the hurricane hit to start getting aid to the disaster area.

Interesting Reads:
"Lost in the Flood - Why no mention of race or class in TV's Katrina coverage?" by Jack Shafer in Slate

"Destroying FEMA," by Eric Holdeman in WaPo

Posted by cj at September 1, 2005 6:24 PM


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