The Spoils of Disaster


Rebecca MacKinnon reposts a great Bloomberg story about how FEMA has been turned into a patronage mill.

If you’re wondering how the Federal Government could so completely fail at the basic task of protecting its citizens, this is a must read.


Perhaps you could point me to the part of the constitution declaring that it is the job of the federal government to protect citizens from natural disasters. After you manage that impossible task, perhaps you could let me know when in the entirety of human history government positions haven't been filled with supporters of those in power.

The article you link to is about as shocking as news the sun will rise tomorrow, and even less relevant.

The preamble of the Constitution states, in full:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Now, I'd say that what happened in New Orleans would certainly fall under "domestic Tranquility" and the "general Welfare" clauses.

As for the relevance of the article--it's true that there's patronage in every government. But I think that when a major government agency goes from being run by professionals to being headed up by a guy who can't run a horse farm... I'd say that's both timely and relevant.

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