We are the 99%

July 20, 2007

FEMA - Still Doing a Heckova Job!

From today's Washington Post:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency since early 2006 has suppressed warnings from its own field workers about health problems experienced by hurricane victims living in government-provided trailers with levels of a toxic chemical 75 times the recommended maximum for U.S. workers, congressional lawmakers said yesterday.

A trail of e-mails obtained by investigators shows that the agency's lawyers rejected a proposal for systematic testing of the levels of potentially cancer-causing formaldehyde gas in the trailers, out of concern that the agency would be legally liable for any hazards or health problems. As many as 120,000 families displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita lived in the suspect trailers, and hundreds have complained of ill effects.

Good god! Hasn't this administration screwed over the victims of Hurricane Katrina enough? I guess drowning the city of New Orleans was only a start. Let's expose 'em to formaldehyde!
Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) decried what he called FEMA's indifference to storm victims and said the situation was "sickening." He said the documents "expose an official policy of premeditated ignorance" and added that "senior officials in Washington didn't want to know what they already knew, because they didn't want the legal and moral responsibility to do what they knew had to be done."
Hey, weren't these folks calling themselves "Compassionate Conservatives" a few years ago?

What's compassionate (or, to be fair, conservative) about forced indifference to formaldehyde exposure to people who lost everything?

Yep, our dubya's doing a heckova job. Heckova job.

8 comments:

Sherry said...

they could call themselves "flying purple people eaters" but it still wouldn't make it so.(tho it might be closer to the truth )

Democrats-Lie said...

Your Senate Democrats are doing one heck of a job.

C'mon David, let's hear your take on this one:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070720/BUSINESS/107200052/1001

What part of

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances"

do you liberal Democrats NOT understand?

Air America radio, a predominantly liberal talk radio network flops because no one wants to hear it (it's called the free market, in case you didn't know. It's all about ratings), and your liberal Democrats in the Senate want to censor talk radio by reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.

Hey John Shitrock, I thought you told me a while back that this wasn't so? Are you going to be in denial now?

Sherry said...

fema? anyone, hummm.

nice way to try and change the subject.

Anonymous said...

On that Washington Times article: Only a wingnut conservative would see the fairness doctrine as a threat to free speech.

Braden's left nut said...

I'm really sorry for that outburst. I went off my meds.

Democrats-Lie said...

"On that Washington Times article: Only a wingnut conservative would see the fairness doctrine as a threat to free speech."

By all means Anonymous, please tell us how you view it. How does it NOT consititue a violation of the 1st Amendment? Please, enlighten me.

Schmuck Shitrock said...

Hey John Shitrock, I thought you told me a while back that this wasn't so? Are you going to be in denial now?

Master Lie, you seem to have shifted from depression back into manic mode once again, and you know how that interferes with your already-limited ability to discriminate between your "visions" and reality.

But if you will be good enough to inform me as to which particular delusion you are referring here, I will be happy to disabuse you of whatever chimera you happen to be wrestling this one time. (To address all or even most of your fantasies is well beyond the current state of the art of science, as your physician has no doubt informed you and your Mom many times.)

Braden's left nut said...

Ssshhh! The doctor wants to lock me away. I run from him and towards Mommy. She thinks I'm special!