Killing FEMA

Kevin Drum points to a great, must-read WaPo piece that reveals how the Bush White House gutted FEMA, the federal disaster agency, because of their single-minded focus on terrorism:


Indeed, the advent of the Bush administration in January 2001 signaled the beginning of the end for FEMA. The newly appointed leadership of the agency showed little interest in its work or in the missions pursued by the departed Witt. Then came the Sept. 11 attacks and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. Soon FEMA was being absorbed into the "homeland security borg."
This year it was announced that FEMA is to "officially" lose the disaster preparedness function that it has had since its creation. The move is a death blow to an agency that was already on life support. In fact, FEMA employees have been directed not to become involved in disaster preparedness functions, since a new directorate (yet to be established) will have that mission. [LINK via Kevin Drum]
Note that George Bush, however, has lost no time in waiving air pollution regulations in all 50 states to make fuel available.
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