Thursday, September 08, 2005

GOP Governing Philosophy

The original intent of Federal disaster assistance is to supplement State and local response efforts. Many are concerned that Federal disaster assistance may have evolved into both an oversized entitlement program and a disincentive to effective State and local risk management. Expectations of when the Federal Government should be involved and the degree of involvement may have ballooned beyond what is an appropriate level. We must restore the predominant role of State and local response to most disasters. Federal assistance needs to supplement, not supplant, State and local efforts.

Having Federal assistance supplement, not supplant State and local efforts is, most likely, going to be one of the more difficult measures aimed at responsibility and accountability that this Administration will have to work through.

-- Joe M. Allbaugh, Bush crony and unqualified political hack, who preceded equally unqualified political hack Micheal Brown (his former college roommate good friend and handpicked successor), as director of FEMA, testifying before Congress in 2001.

Shorter GOP governing philosophy: Don't do anything right for the people, it only encourages them.

Harold Meyerson covers the longer version here.

UPDATE: The Shrill One is on the case as well. Best line: "Why did the administration make the same mistakes twice? Because it paid no political price the first time." Or, to translate for the benefit of Washington journalists, "pointing the finger," now, means saving American lives, the next time these jokers have to deal with a national emergency.

SECOND UPDATE: It seems that even the normally somnambulant New York Times editorial board has taken to sounding something like the Executive Committee of the Liberal Conspiracy that wingnuts always imagine it to be: "Political patronage has always been a hallmark of Washington life. But President Bill Clinton appointed political pals at FEMA who actually knew something about disaster management." The Times editorial board, comparing Bush unfavorably to--Clinton? Maybe the apocalypse really is upon us.


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