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At what point in the "We Built It" R convention agenda do Jindal and the other R govs ask for their federal FEMA $ for the hurricane?
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The likelihood that the RNC ends up truncating events this week is increasing as Tropical Storm Isaac builds to a category one or two hurricane scheduled to hit Tuesday night and Wednesday. Governors of Mississippi, Alabama and Lousiana have all joined Florida's Rick Scott in declaring emergencies, and evacuations have begun in the former three states.

FEMA is preparing, with the promise that there will not be a repeat of the Katrina debacle, which hit exactly seven years ago, Wednesday.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration has activated  incident management teams in Florida and Louisiana to help state and local agencies respond to the damage caused by the storm.

Over the past few days, FEMA moved thousands of pounds of emergency supplies to distribution centers in Alabama and Florida to be closer to where the storm might make landfall.

More than 1 million liters of drinking water, 436,000 meals, 2,000 cots, 4,600 blankets and other supplies have been unloaded into warehouses in Montgomery, Ala., and Jacksonville, Fla.

The emergency declarations are a precursor to a federal emergency declaration and requests for FEMA assistance, requests that you know these Republican governors will be making. As they should. Because that's one of the most important things government is supposed to do: provide emergency assistance when the worst happens.

And that's exactly what the Republicans don't want the federal government to be doing. The government functioning, helping people, actually working undercuts their fundamental argument that government is bad. Hence, this:

That's House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, one year ago, demanding that "that no more money be allocated for disaster relief unless it is offset by spending cuts elsewhere." That, of course, was a month before Cantor demanded FEMA money for his own district.

The destruction of government as a force for good in people's lives is also behind the massive cuts House Republicans have made to NOAA, the National Weather Service and FEMA that Laurence Lewis wrote about earlier. If government fails, Republicans think they win.

But don't expect the Republican governors of the states impacted to be turning down any federal assistance that's offered. They live in the real world.

1:57 PM PT: The White House sends notice that President Obama has signed an emergency declaration for Louisiana.

The President today declared an emergency exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Isaac beginning on August 26, 2012, and continuing.

The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Washington. [...]

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  •  Tip Jar (26+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 12:01:54 PM PDT

  •  Didn't Jindal....... (7+ / 0-)

    gin up outrage against PBO a few years back by blaming PBO for not doing what Jindal had not requested (God, that's mangled!)

    BP spill?  One of the many storms that Jindal would make impossible to track by cutting back on those dastardly government warning systems?  

    Instead of planning how to make sure their people and property are safe, these Republican governors are planning how to make PBO look bad.  

    It should be called treason.  

  •  you wrote what I was thinking when I saw (7+ / 0-)

    Scott & Jindal say they would not be attending the convention due to the storm.  Will they again deny federal aid to their constituents?  Rant against Obama now boys - at least he is preparing ahead of the storm not a fly-over after the storm and after his birthday cake on the tarmac with McCain.

  •  Repblican Governors are too busy subsidizing (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Louisiana 1976, banjolele, luckydog

    corporations to have any money available for something as "liberal" as hurricane relief.

  •  Makes me sick to my stomach (5+ / 0-)

    I have family in the current direct path. I will be worried until the storm passes. Still it also makes me angry how the GOP plays politics with people's lives.

    The Spice must Flow!

    by Texdude50 on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 12:10:40 PM PDT

  •  A prerequisite for this application of government (0+ / 0-)

    assistance ought to be a publicly declared preamble saying.  In recognition and appreciation of the vital role the Federal Government plays in supporting our State Government role in acting as coordinators of emergency assistance, and last line of defense for our public and collective needs, and acknowledging, that no other private sources, of such assistance are available,  I Governor Jindal, Barbor, or whomever, make this request for assistance from the rest of the nation, via the mechanism our collective good, The Federal Government of the United State of America.

    And, I further pledge that the grateful citizens of our state, will stand ready, in the future, to help out other Americans, who should fall into a state of desperate need through now fault of their own.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 12:49:38 PM PDT

  •  It consistently irritates the hell out of me that (2+ / 0-)
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    the very states that are already "taker" states (they get more money from the feds than they contribute) will ask for FEMA help when their asshat congressional folks, by and large, hate government, have discussed or supported getting rid of/downsizing FEMA.

    I don't want to see the people in these red states harmed by their creepy elected officials but Geez, is there no way to educate them on this topic?  

    It's again to "Smaller government, smaller government... don't touch my medicare."

    It irks the daylights out of me.

    After the winter storms of 2010, I called the county because FEMA funds were hung up. I'm in CA, a contributor state. I asked my right wing county supervisor what our Congressional Senators were doing to get us help saying, "You did contact them for help and support, right?"

    There was a stunning silence on the other end of the phone. As it turned out, they hadn't worked with our two dem senators. I gave them hell and told the staffer to march into Campbell's office and get him on that so we could get help. I really let them have it.  This was on a Thursday.

    The following Thursday, our supervisor held a press conference saying they had gotten FEMA help by working through our senators and blah blah blah.


    What a f'n joke these people are. Though WE still didn't get help, others did. Our county sup didn't give a shit about us then and doesn't care about us now. Thank God we'll be rid of him in November because of term limits.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 12:59:01 PM PDT

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