Gov. Jerry Brown directed the California Emergency Management Agency to deploy specialists from California’s Urban Search & Rescue teams to assist in response and recovery efforts in Oklahoma City following Monday’s devastating tornado.
A family’s Sacramento home burned down and now it’s abandoned because federal regulations won’t allow them to rebuild.
Governor Christie went out of his way to praise the work that the President and his administration are doing, something that he got a lot of credit for…outside of the right-wing blogosphere.
When the storm and its headlines have passed, however, the questions about the Benghazi tragedy should continue full force as November 6 continues to near. During the much-needed questioning and impending investigation, it would be grand if President Obama would remain presidential throughout the process.
Romney was asked at a presidential debate whether FEMA should be shut down in light of the deficit. Romney replied that FEMA should “absolutely” be shut down. He was asked specifically if that included disaster relief. He replied that it was “immoral” to provide such relief in the face of “larger debts”, emphasizing that “it makes no sense at all” to have such programs.
The 2012 presidential campaign between President Obama and Mitt Romney will be book-ended by hurricanes.
As Hurricane Isaac threatens the Gulf again, we will see if Katrina and Isaac serve as bookends of GOP hostility to federal disaster relief. An odd stance for a party that claims to “choose life” while watching people die in natural disasters rather than provide an adequate response.
Sacramento is close to reaching an agreement with FEMA after the “permit-gate” scandal allowed homes to be built in a forbidden flood zone, but the solution will cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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