Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Shit

I can't believe the chutzpah of these bastards to even try to spin this. From a soon-to-be-public report by the Congressional Research Service:
Governor Blanco's August 27, 2005 request for an emergency declaration also included her determination ... that "the incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments and that supplementary Federal assistance is necessary to save lives, protect property, public health, and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of disaster."

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back-up reponsibility-denial plan, already in beta:

Blame the Welfare State. (That's polite Conservative Speak for "black people.")

Stefan

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't that the boilerplate? I mean, doesn't every request have to include that language?

I'm asking seriously. Do you know?

6:44 PM  
Blogger Nitpicker said...

Yes, the wording is boilerplate -- see here, here, here and here -- but only sections of the report are avaliable and that speaks most directly to the Bill O'Reilly "Blanco requested aid late" Bush apologists.

Once that decision is made, by the way, then the President may:

(a) Specified
In any emergency, the President may—

(1) direct any Federal agency, with or without reimbursement, to utilize its authorities and the resources granted to it under Federal law (including personnel, equipment, supplies, facilities, and managerial, technical and advisory services) in support of State and local emergency assistance efforts to save lives, protect property and public health and safety, and lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe;

(2) coordinate all disaster relief assistance (including voluntary assistance) provided by Federal agencies, private organizations, and State and local governments;

(3) provide technical and advisory assistance to affected State and local governments for—

(A) the performance of essential community services;
(B) issuance of warnings of risks or hazards;
(C) public health and safety information, including dissemination of such information;
(D) provision of health and safety measures; and
(E) management, control, and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety;

(4) provide emergency assistance through Federal agencies;

(5) remove debris in accordance with the terms and conditions of section 5173 of this title;

(6) provide assistance in accordance with section 5174 of this title; and

(7) assist State and local governments in the distribution of medicine, food, and other consumable supplies, and emergency assistance.

(b) General
Whenever the Federal assistance provided under subsection (a) of this section with respect to an emergency is inadequate, the President may also provide assistance with respect to efforts to save lives, protect property and public health and safety, and lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe.

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you might want to delete all that verbiage. There's some pretty damning things in there.

in support of.

assist.

state and local governments.

Really. Delete before anyone actually reads this.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Nitpicker said...

You're right. This is damning, but for Bush:

"The President may... coordinate all disaster relief assistance (including voluntary assistance) provided by Federal agencies, private organizations, and State and local governments."

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm afraid I'm missing your point. The act gives the president permissive authority to spend money on particular things, including coordination of disaster relief. It doesn't change the fact that the act clearly contemplates that the federal role is limited, and that the state and local governments will take the lead. That's the import of the language previously pointed out.

As is usually the case in our federal system.

10:03 PM  

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