FEMA and the Katrina Aftermath: It is Bush's Fault!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

To all those who question how people can blame President Bush for the complete failure of FEMA in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I point you to the staff of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Not only did President Bush take FEMA, which used to be a cabinet-level agency, and reorganize them under the office of Homeland Security, he also stacked the now defunct agency with his political buddies. New York Daily News ran an article yesterday exposing the many appointments Bush has made to this once respectable agency.

One such appointment is FEMA's deputy director and chief of staff, Patrick Rhode. Mr. Rhode's previous jobs include: working on the Bush-Cheney campaign and work at the Commerce Department and Small Business Administration. His bio on the FEMA website does not list any jobs related to disaster management.

Another example of Bush politics is the Deputy Chief of Staff, Scott Morris. Mr. Morris was a PR man who worked previously for Maverick Media, a Texas company that produced television and radio ads for the Bush-Cheney campaign. In addition, Mr. Morris also worked as the White House liaison for the U.S. Small Business Administration. Again, according to his bio posted on the FEMA website, Mr. Morris has no past experience in disaster management.

This is not a new problem and many blame the former director of FEMA, Joe Allbaugh, for many of the appointments. Mr. Allbaugh was appointed by Bush after he took office in 2000 and Allbaugh left his office in March of 2003. Before his job as director, Mr. Allbaugh worked as chief of staff for Bush when he was governor of Texas and then went on to head the Bush-Cheney campaign.

Once again here are Bush administration politics: you wash my back, I wash yours. These people have no right to work in an agency that deals with disasters. The only qualifications these people have is that they are close to 'ol Georgy. Read between the lines people: this is why the relief efforts have been so uncoordinated. These people don't belong in these jobs. They don't know what they are doing and it is President Bush's fault.


Gary Gray said...

Amen to that, my brother. But don't look to Bush to admit to any mistakes. If anything, he'll pass out medals to all of them and tell them what a great job they are doing. Time for this who crew to go, starting from the top.

Jon Blaze said...

Newsflash: ALL levels of Government blew it and those who needed help the most got the nothing. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1479887/posts



Your Precious Democrats who you long to protect with your half truths will soon be exposed too. Look at these failures. It's a shame your not getting to the truth.

jmcmaster said...

for the record John, I am not a democrat. The democratic party is a joke Hillary and Clark are morons. Kerry is a joke, Kennedy is a blowhard, the party as a whole has no direction or balls. That being said I was mearly pointing out how Bush dropped the ball on the Federal level, your right there is plenty of blame to go around. The problem is not republicans alone, the problem is the United States form of government.

jon blaze said...


Sally Rose said...

I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican (to say the least), and I completly agree with the statement that its National Govenrment's fault (Bush) for the heartbreak and loss after Katrina...But to say
"Your Precious Democrats who you long to protect with your half truths will soon be exposed too..."
is absolutly outragous. I am embarssed to be an American becuase of people like you who don't even undestand the nature of political science. "half truths" are a political strategy used by ALL parties, and for that matter, declaring harsh statements such as
"Look at these failures. It's a shame your not getting to the truth."
-WITHOUT backing them up with examples or evidence is ALSO a political strategy! So get over your biased views and get YOUR facts straight before YOU blurt out "half truths"...I am sick of cocky, ignorant people like you who claim they are educated on what their speaking aimlessly about...
-and don't even get me started on the comparisons between Hillary vs. ANY other Republican candidate...

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