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    Back in 2001, Joe Allbaugh, then the director of FEMA, admitted that reduction of federal emergency relief efforts was an ultimate goal:

    The original intent of Federal disaster assistance is to supplement State and local response efforts. Many are concerned that Federal disaster assistance may have evolved into both an oversized entitlement program and a disincentive to effective State and local risk management. Expectations of when the Federal Government should be involved and the degree of involvement may have ballooned beyond what is an appropriate level. We must restore the predominant role of State and local response to most disasters. Federal assistance needs to supplement, not supplant, State and local efforts.

    He continues by suggesting faith-based initiatives that are hallmarks of "compassionate conservatism":

    On a recent visit to Hoisington, Kansas, to view the effects of a tornado that ripped through the center of the commercial and residential heart of that small prairie town, I viewed firsthand the role of voluntary and faith-based organizations. The Baptist Church mobile feeding kitchen was preparing hot meals for displaced disaster victims. The Salvation Army had leased a warehouse for donations and was providing feeding vans for workers helping to clear away the debris. The Adventist Disaster Services had organized volunteers from around the region to help with arduous clean-up tasks. The American Red Cross was providing vouchers for emergency lodging, clothing and other essentials. I learned later that other groups, such as the Lutheran Disaster Services and the United Methodist Committee on Relief, had mobilized to begin doing case-work to identify and help with un-met needs. Faith-based and voluntary groups such as these, drawing heavily from people who live and work in the affected communities, bring out the best of our society. These folks play critical roles in disaster relief at the community level.

    "so long to you moderates / it's time for getting down"


    by fivesideagon on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 01:30:49 AM PDT

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