Archive for Friday, September 30, 2005

Brown got blame

September 30, 2005


To the editor:

While being no fan of Michael Brown, it was very interesting to listen to the House hearing, or lack of it, Tuesday. It wasn't Michael Brown who limited the budget for FEMA over the past years. It wasn't Michael Brown who passed the Homeland Security bill that moved FEMA under the Homeland Security bureaucracy. It wasn't Michael Brown who made the FEMA director a non-Congress approved appointment. It wasn't Michael Brown who cut funding from the Army Corps of Engineers for levee improvements. It wasn't Michael Brown who turned FEMA management into a political payback club. But it was Michael Brown being blamed by our wonderful and great Congress. Isn't Washington profound?

William Perkins,



Bruce Bertsch 12 years, 8 months ago

But it was Michael Brown who said 4 days after the hurricane struck that he didn't realize there were refugees at the Superdome and Convention Center. I guess we aren't supposed to point out that Mr. Brown wasn't paying attention? The FEMA budget had nothing to do with the total lack of interest, compassion and ability shown by Mr. Brown. At least the letter writer doesn't blame it on Bill Clinton.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 8 months ago

The letter writer didn't say that Brown was blameless, but that this whole administration, and to some extent Congress, deserves some share of the blame for allowing an incompetent like Brown to become head an organization that had been greatly weakened in its ability to respond to a disaster of this magnitude. And that was done largely for ideological purposes.

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