Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Follow The Money

Journalist Joshua Micah Marshall is following the money as it flows into Gulf Coast disaster relief and then out again into the pockets of the Bush's Administration's first FEMA director.


Business journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Michael Hiltzic of The Los Angeles Times has a little more about the former FEMA director:
Joe M. Allbaugh, a Bush campaign hack without any crisis management experience who was named director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, disparaged federal disaster assistance as "an oversized entitlement program" before Congress in 2001. The public's expectations of government in a disaster situation, he said, "may have ballooned beyond what is an appropriate level." He advised stricken communities to rely for help on "faith-based organizations … like the Salvation Army and the Mennonite Disaster Service."

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