First - I am thrilled that a couple of our "you're on your own, cowboy" politicians have taken their head out of their netherparts and realized that in America we have disasters and - in America - we respond to disasters as one nation.
About bloody time.
My favorite quote so far:
I spoke with Department of Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano last night about FEMA’s response. We still don’t know the scope of devastation and won’t for some time. But, as the ranking member of the Senate committee that oversees FEMA, I can assure Oklahomans that any and all available aid will be delivered without delay.
-- Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn who is, in fact, the top Republican overseeing FEMA.
It is rather refreshing to see a little actual governing in place of the usual diet of camera-chasing and political shenanigans.
Gonna be a long wait.
Heck,issue your own tornado warnings! Don't be fooled by those big government dupes at the National Weather Service!
Be sure to map the damage on your own personal satellite! Landsat is just a commie plot!
Gee Maxi, I didn't know they made Barbie storm cellers.
Probably on the same aisle as My Little Pony Stock Exchange.
The Congress is so dedicated to taking care of the wounded warriors that they didn't even get enough storage room to hold the incoming claims. The sixth floor of a VA processing center had to be emptied when inspectors determined the 37,000 claims sitting in boxes were in danger of collapsing the floor.
Not a great week for the folks on the fifth floor.
Home Depot had a good quarter. Housing market is finally showing signs of life. The major economic risk is now the dysfunctional Congress.
I just don't seem to remember Roosevelt being the one who bombed Pearl Harbor or invaded Poland. We are now at 2.3 million having seved in Iraq and Afghanistan. 711,000 are now getting services from the VA. Far fewer deaths than Vietnam - thank God - but more and longer individual deployments and a high rate of long-term injuries such as head trauma and PTSD.
My critique was of the Congress who have been far too busy with the eternal campaign to pay deserved attention to three agencies in meltdown.
Sweet, pure gold.
How about those 900,000 backlogged cases at the VA?
If Citizen's United swamped the IRS with thousands of non-profit applications can you imagine what two wars has done to the file clerks at the VA?
Don't forget to add in those Social Security examiners treading water under the disability applications and early retirements left over from the recession. Only 1.8 million cases to go!
What a perfect time for a sequester - only good things will come from cutting critical agency budgets - but not their workloads, right? Nothing bad could possibly happen when you put people in impossible jobs.
At least we can fly on-time.
Well done, Congress!
Good photo, dude. I understand that was the boy's teacher in that shot.
Glad you got some enjoyment out of "editorial benihana". :-)