Monday, September 05, 2005

Trent Lott Joins Outcry Against FEMA: Cut The (Crap) Red Tape NOW.

CNN reports that Trent Lott (who was recently paid a visit by Bush, who promised to build Lott's house back up real soon so they could swing on that grand ole porch together again like back in the day) has joined the outcry against FEMA's incompetent bureaucratic refusal to help victims of the hurricane in the way they need.

According to the CNN story,

"Sen. Trent Lott berated both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and his own state's emergency management, MEMA, for being mired in red tape at a time of urgent need given the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina.

"Lott said he has been trying to get FEMA to send 20,000 trailers "sitting in Atlanta" to the Mississippi coast, and he urged President Bush during a meeting Monday to intervene. He said FEMA has refused to ship the trailers until contracts are secured. . . .

""Mississippians are homeless, hungry and hurting."

"Similar stories of governmental red tape have been reported elsewhere, including a case of 100 surgeons and paramedics hindered from caring for hurricane victims in rural Mississippi. (Full story)

"This is an emergency situation without peer, like nothing our generation has ever encountered," Lott said. "If suffering people along the Gulf Coast, from Mobile to New Orleans, are going to recover as soon as possible, we'll need an unprecedented public and private effort that can't be hampered by a process geared toward much lesser disasters."

As to Bush's promises to Trent that they'd be a swinging on that big ole porch again some, that he'd rebuild that house of Trent's that Katrina clobbered,

"Lott said he appreciated Bush's visit, but stressed to the president the need to cut through the bureaucracy."

To Trent, this shit clearly ain't partisan. It's personal. It's repugnant. And it's pissing him off.

This may be the only time in history Trent Lott and I ever agree about anything.

It's been a strange, strange week.


In more personal news (speaking of personal), my Mom is taking in an evacuee. She's got a big house, and an even bigger heart, and Red Cross is playing matchmaker with her (and my stepdad and their house) and a hurricane victim. So far all she knows is his name.

I'm so proud of her.


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