Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Annie, Sep 27, 2005.
I do agree that the government needs to wise in the way they administer the aid. I believe job one is getting the Dutch in here and build a super levee that would stop anything short of a nuke from breaking it. No one has talked about this but the reason the original levees broke was because a pumping station failed. This was inexcusible because at least one persons only job was to make sure the pumps were in working order. Secondly I believe in the power of capitalism. Instead of handouts they need to provide incentives for big business to come in.Create good jobs and people will come and spawn off smaller businesses. Do not let Blanco decide how the aid is adminstered.
The way FEMA gave out aid here was idiotic. They gave 2,000 dollars no questions asked for the first week. I know of one doctor in a million dollar home with a industrial generator that never left that recieved the aid. He had no damages and spent the money on a big screen tv. Although I had around 1,100 dollars in expenses related to Katrina I couldn't get a dime due to the abuse of the system. Not to mention I housed two families for over a week. I'm currently housing my brothers family from Lake Charles. He isn't rich and he may have lost his job. He called FEMA yesterday and they are asking more questions then they did for Katrina. They actually ask how much was your average annual income. It seems FEMA has figured out that if you were rich before the storm, you are probably rich after the storm and thus the aid should be directed to someone that may really need it. I hope he is able to recieve aid because although he has never been unemployed and he is very hard working, he is truly one of the needy.
Agreed--I can't even figure out who is eligible for FEMA money and what the criteria are for receiving it. Many evacuees to Austin were homeless so in fact they suffered NO losses but received $2,000, up to 7 months free rent, vouchers for free furniture, clothes and food stamps.
Only now is Austin making the decision that those evacuees who were NOT at a FEMA shelter will not receive the extra 6 months of rent becuase they are afraid of fraud.
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