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  • Lunch with Heritage Online Chat on the Role of FEMA

    With earthquakes and Hurricane Irene ripping through the East Coast last week, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) was tested. How well did they do? Will more funding better the response? Click here to join the chat! We are joined by Heritage Fellow Matt Mayer, and he is taking your questions about the role of FEMA and the role of local governments in disaster response.

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    3 Responses to Lunch with Heritage Online Chat on the Role of FEMA

    1. Greg Savoy- Member says:

      Can this question be asked on my behalf as I cannot attend in real time. Given the fact that FEMA has no physical disaster resources aside from the USAR Task Force Response System, and given the fact that FEMA doesn't have fleets of blackhawk helicopters, and given that they are primarily a check-writing organization in accordance with their mandate; what can be done to ween the public, and more specifically, the news media, from assuming FEMA was responsible for the U.S.S. Batan, a helicopter supply and assault ship, from arriving on Day Two in New Orleans after tailing hurricane Katrina and assisting the Coast Guard with the largest and most impressive rescue ever in U.S. History?

    2. John A Salter says:

      FEMA has long since outlived its usefulness to American citizens by wasting its funding on illegal disbursements such as non-emergency grants and other means of graft. If we had a President with sense andor guts FEMA would be eliminated altogether. How would you feel
      –if you could know that your Social Security System has been repaired so that it will still be viable for at least the next one hundred years?
      –if there’s a good job waiting for all presently unemployed, and also for every new college graduate?
      –if there is no more illegal immigrant to be concerned about?
      –if gasoline prices were coming down to around the $1 per gallon price?
      –if total honesty had been restored to Government, Commerce, and the Legal System?
      –if threats to our culture and Christian Religion were eliminated?
      –if 10 Commandments displayed in every court/school room in America?
      –if citizens were taught how to save, invest in and profit from the American Industrial Economy?
      –if the downturn in the economy had bottomed out and made huge gains upward?
      –if you had a new President who not only did all the above but also had many other equally valuable agendas to help all American Citizens live a better life, with more harmony and less stress?

      It has become so obvious that none of the well-known contenders for the Republican Party nomination have any idea of how to solve our problems because if they did, surely they would have proposed their solutions to the President and the Congress to keep our country from failing. The same applies to Democrats. Inasmuch as I am not in any position at this time to make my proposals heard, the fact that I do know what to do and how to do it (and have the determination to push them forward) is of no moment because no public figure has time nor inclination to listen to anything any private citizen has to say–therefore writing letters produces nothing, except, of course, those from largest contributors. However, should I become President, each Senator and Congressperson would be asked to send to my office every week a digest concerning the most pressing problems plus any single serious problem about which they have received communication the previous week. By this means I would be able to keep in constant touch with the American people’s problems and concerns. Back when there were a few thousand citizens in the entire country this would have been unnecessary, but with several hundred millions of people, such an arrangement is mandatory for a President to be a true leader of all the people.

    3. Bill says:

      This "president ", qoutation marks necessary, because I don't consider him worthy of the title or the honor that goes with it. He is an excuse and a very substandard individual who only deserves, and may very well be getting his just desserts. Remenber he came into office as an idealistic academic, and we will now be supporting him for the rest of his and his families lives. God Bless America and I don't know why. It may just be that our life cycle as a "great nation" has ended as it indeed did for all others after 200 years of existence.

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