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Disastrous Response (Why The Government Won't Be Your Savior)
American Rattlesnake ^ | November 9, 2012 | Gerard Perry

Posted on 11/09/2012 5:47:47 PM PST by OddLane

One of the tragedies of Hurricane Sandy, in addition to the enormous human and material cost it has exacted from our city, is the misery which the chronic inefficiency and incompetence of our government has wrought.

From the economically incoherent and historically ignorant institution of price controls to the resuscitation of policies as intellectually vapid as the men who impose them, the specter of the state making the lives of those already suffering even more unbearable is everywhere.

Even the federal bureaucracies established to ostensibly aid people who have been the victims of natural disasters are woefully incapable of executing even the most elementary aspects of their missions. No one grasps this concept more acutely than the residents of Staten Island, who have seen firsthand why relying upon the generosity of government bureaucrats is such a risky proposition.

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TOPICS: Government; Local News; Politics; Weather
KEYWORDS: americanrattlesnake; hurricanesandy; statenisland

1 posted on 11/09/2012 5:47:53 PM PST by OddLane
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To: rmlew; Cacique; Yehuda; firebrand

ping


2 posted on 11/09/2012 5:51:50 PM PST by OddLane (If Lionel Hutz and Guy Smiley had a lovechild together, his name would be "Mitt Romney." -KAJ)
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To: OddLane

And why should I care about people who voted for a man who is going to destroy MY way of life. At least they already had theirs destroyed so they have nothing left to lose. Less pain ahead.


3 posted on 11/09/2012 5:55:03 PM PST by Josa
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To: OddLane

I think they should contract out catastrophe services to private vendors. They can use several in each area. I think local companies might better provide for food, water, shelter for victims of such tragedies.

The goal of FEMA was to get the administration the accolades for a successful response, NOT to actually have a successful response. Thus the Obama photo op in NJ. Now he’s gone and the people are still without power, heat, clean water, food, fuel. But the national media won’t investigate this, unless they can blame the failure on Bush.


4 posted on 11/09/2012 6:00:24 PM PST by Sir Clancelot
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To: OddLane
Every true American business owner in America should shut down their respectuve businesses and bring this Nation to a halt and let big government continue to play santa clause to the welfare rats in this Country.

Then and only then will many Americans realize that big government reallt cannot provide all they have promised! Will be interesting to see who has the guts to shut down this government and stop feeding the beast!

Shut down big oil, big tobbacco, coal, power plants, brewreys, resturants, construction companies, manufactures, every private bisnesses in America and then we will see who provides the wealth in this Nation!

Until Americans are will to take drastic action to change the direction of this Nation, nothing is going to be done and will end our nation as we all know it today!

We are Americans, we are the government, damn it, stand up and take on this leviathon!!!!!

5 posted on 11/09/2012 6:03:09 PM PST by paratrooper82 (We have been deserted by this WH and left to fend for ourselves in Afghanistan! Both hands tied!)
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To: OddLane

Sandy’s lesson is right before your eyes just as it was with Katrina; You either prepare and stand on your own or you can depend on a bunch of self-serving politicos, third class bureaucratic and chance to provide your for your survival.

Me I don’t want to be beholden to anyone for providing what is needed for me and mine. I certainly don’t want to have to kiss some ‘gubberment’ third class bureaucratic to try and coax some help from them, I don’t want some ‘jack booted’ thug herding me in line and telling me where to stand, sit, eat or sleep. And last but not least I don’t want to be shut up in with a bunch of ‘zombies’ and have to worry about not only trying to get basic necessities but having to fight to keep what I manage to get.

Its your choice you can prep or you can stand around on a bridge waiting for FEMA to bring you a bottle of water, a MRE, a warm blanket and a kiss for your boo-boo. Maybe while you stand there you will get a chance to a prop in some politico’s photo op and even get your picture on the national news.

For those who are just starting or are old hands at prepping you may find my Preparedness Manual helpfull. You can download it at:

http://tomeaker.com/kart/Preparedness1j.pdf

NOTE! THIS IS A FREE DOWNLOAD. I DO NOT MAKE ONE CENT OFF MY PREPAREDNESS MANUAL!

For those of you who haven’t started already it’s time to prepare almost past time maybe. You needed to be stocking up on food guns, ammo, basic household supplies like soap, papergoods, cleaning supplies, good sturdy clothes including extra socks, underwear and extra shoes and boots, gas cans, cooking stove/fuel, tools, things you buy everyday start buying two and put one up.

As the LDS say “When the emergency is upon us the time for preparedness has past.”

Or as the bible says: A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
NIV Proverbs 22:3

I also like to recomend FReeper’s ChocoChipCookie Blog The Survival Mom (Please Blog Police let this one slide!) Where you can get lots of useful information like:

http://thesurvivalmom.com/2011/11/20/8-morale-boosters-for-any-worst-case-scenario/

http://thesurvivalmom.com/2010/02/02/survival-priorities-the-rule-of-three/

http://thesurvivalmom.com/2010/12/29/normalcy-bias/

And More

“There is no greater disaster than to underestimate danger.
Underestimation can be fatal.”


6 posted on 11/09/2012 6:06:00 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Josa

I;m waiting for the Staten Island residents to get out in front of the cameras and yell “Barack Obama hates White People”...


7 posted on 11/09/2012 6:07:40 PM PST by military cop (I carry a .45....cause they don't make a .46....)
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To: military cop
She's not the only one.


8 posted on 11/09/2012 6:11:10 PM PST by OddLane (If Lionel Hutz and Guy Smiley had a lovechild together, his name would be "Mitt Romney." -KAJ)
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To: PGalt; Tax-chick

ping


9 posted on 11/09/2012 6:14:25 PM PST by OddLane (If Lionel Hutz and Guy Smiley had a lovechild together, his name would be "Mitt Romney." -KAJ)
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To: OddLane

FEMA is too busy with this stuff to bother with victims of natural disasters:

Homeland Security graduates first Corps of Homeland Youth

http://www.whiteoutpress.com/articles/q42012/homeland-security-graduates-first-corps-of-homeland-youth/

http://pepperhawkfarm.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/dhs-and-the-fema-youth-core/

DHS FEMA Armored Fighting Vehicles

http://hsofga.blogspot.com/2012/11/dhs-fema-armored-fighting-vehicles.html

http://crossreferrence2.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/if-true-did-he-send-them-to-the-east-coast-sandy/


10 posted on 11/09/2012 6:14:39 PM PST by EverOnward
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To: OddLane

The only thing missing was a photo-op with Slow Joe saying how good Sandy was for the economy. Did any sane person actually believe that FEMA would actually do anything useful. Remember, the “M” in FEMA means management and management in the Federal Government means sitting on your a$$ and doing as little as possible unless there is a photo-op where you can take credit for something some other charity has actually done.


11 posted on 11/09/2012 6:18:42 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

BTTT.


12 posted on 11/09/2012 6:23:02 PM PST by OddLane (If Lionel Hutz and Guy Smiley had a lovechild together, his name would be "Mitt Romney." -KAJ)
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To: arasina

ping


13 posted on 11/09/2012 6:23:29 PM PST by OddLane (If Lionel Hutz and Guy Smiley had a lovechild together, his name would be "Mitt Romney." -KAJ)
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To: Josa
And why should I care about people who voted for a man who is going to destroy MY way of life

Why should you care?

That's a very human thought.

On the grasping hand, God did command us to pray for our enemies. Feed our enemies.

That's just biblical. It may not matter to you.

As for me and my house... I'll extend Christian kindness as I am required to do.

I don't have to like them, or the orders... I just have to do it.

/johnny

14 posted on 11/09/2012 6:24:57 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: OddLane
Aha! Did you ping me at the exact same time I Freepmailed you wondering why I didn't get pinged? LOL

I have read some pretty horrible and sad stories of government incompetence in the handling of damage from Sandy. It boils down to people being considered numbers in the minds of FEMA and the like. Their humanity has been forgotten.

On a personal note: I believe you have the potential to be the next Breitbart. Keep it up, OddLane (Bhmie)!

15 posted on 11/09/2012 6:32:40 PM PST by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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To: OddLane

Howya, sweetie! I was wondering how you were doing ... access to electricity somehow, I see. Anoreth is huddling in Cape May with her extremely furry dog, bitching about how it’s not the South.


16 posted on 11/09/2012 6:36:24 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up." ~marron)
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To: Tax-chick

How is it in Cape May? Were many of those lovely old houses lost or damaged?


17 posted on 11/09/2012 6:43:54 PM PST by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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To: arasina

She hasn’t said. Flooding was significant at the Coast Guard base, but I don’t know what the winds were like. One of Anoreth’s roommates stayed in their rental house through the storm, so the damage wherever that’s at wasn’t significant.


18 posted on 11/09/2012 6:47:08 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up." ~marron)
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To: arasina

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=8867256

Here you go, “Damage Minimal,” says the Mayor. Just flooding.


19 posted on 11/09/2012 6:48:38 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up." ~marron)
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To: paratrooper82

If you shut down all the businesses, government could not do anything. Government is not a primary producer. It is a primary consumer.


20 posted on 11/09/2012 6:56:34 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: Kartographer

“Its your choice you can prep or you can stand around on a bridge waiting for FEMA to bring you a bottle of water, a MRE, a warm blanket and a kiss for your boo-boo.”

I think that people having a total misconception about what FEMA does is a big part of the problem.

FEMA is not brought into a disaster to hand out bottles of water or blankets to people. FEMA is not there to get you a generator for your house or a case of MRE’s.

FEMA is brought in to manage some disaster but primarily recovery efforts. FEMA is not a first responder organization, it is not designed to operate during the initial stages of a disaster.

FEMA is very good at certain things. Need a huge generator to power up a hospital ?? FEMA will get you that ASAP. Need a self contained mobile command center with satellite communications ?? FEMA has about 7 or 8 of them nationwide. Need massive numbers of emergency housing units ? FEMA has them or can get them, stage them, deploy them, recover them, repair them and deploy them again quickly. Need assistance with weeding through the system to find people and businesses loans etc to recover from a disaster ?? FEMA has hundreds of specialists that will deploy to a disaster area to directly work with victims so they can access help. Need top level coordination and planning between different state and Federal agencies ? FEMA brings that ability to make things happen. Need disaster preparedness help ?? FEMA is expert at putting together primary and contingency plans. They do all those things well.

What they are not good at is doing things that are better left to volunteer organizations, first responders and lower level government. There was a time when FEMA didn’t have to do those things but Katrina really changed the way the agency was viewed and politically they were forced to become all things to all people and to go where they really were not needed. They started getting sucked into disaster details for which they were not suited and becoming a piggy bank for various governors who tried to get Federal disaster declarations for every bad thing that happened in their respective states.

FEMA is a relatively small agency that relies on Disaster Assistance Employees. DAE’s are specialized part time Federal reservists who only serve when thay are called up by the President for a particular disaster operation. They do not get paid sick leave, vacation, holidays, health insurance, retirement benefits or anything else that a regular Federal employee might get. The agency is really being stretched thin by all of the operations they have been deployed to in the last 10 years and it is showing in the lackluster response that sometimes takes place.

It was a good, useful agency that is going to hell because of misuse.

Just my 2 cents.


21 posted on 11/09/2012 6:57:33 PM PST by XRdsRev (New Jersey - Crossroads of the American Revolution)
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To: justa-hairyape
Exactly why private business needs to go on the offense and shut down this government before it can do more harm. Private business in America is targeted by this communist administration, why work for it? Shut down January 01, 2013!

End of this Communist government! One hell of a lesson for the sick, lame, lazy, blind, crippled, and crazy to learn about wealth create in America!

22 posted on 11/09/2012 7:07:08 PM PST by paratrooper82 (We have been deserted by this WH and left to fend for ourselves in Afghanistan! Both hands tied!)
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To: XRdsRev

Spendthrift! What a waste of a perfectly good two cents!


23 posted on 11/09/2012 7:10:48 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Sir Clancelot
They can and have.
24 posted on 11/09/2012 8:13:23 PM PST by OddLane (If Lionel Hutz and Guy Smiley had a lovechild together, his name would be "Mitt Romney." -KAJ)
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To: OddLane

OUTSTANDING article/links! Thanks for your work.

life/health BUMP!


25 posted on 11/10/2012 12:19:23 AM PST by PGalt
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To: PGalt

Thanks, PGalt!


26 posted on 11/10/2012 8:21:38 AM PST by OddLane (If Lionel Hutz and Guy Smiley had a lovechild together, his name would be "Mitt Romney." -KAJ)
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