Sunday, May 25, 2008

Our Nation in a Nutshell

A nutshell provided by our own government fully loaded with dangerously high levels of formaldehyde.

Today's long story in the Washington Post has been a long time coming. It's rage-inducing.

This is a picture provided with the article:

A photograph of a beautiful child. Now, a victim of the "accident" at the intersection of incompetence and not-giving-a-fuck.

Today, industry and government experts depict the rushed procurement and construction as key failures that may have triggered a public health catastrophe among the more than 300,000 people, many of them children, who lived in FEMA homes.

What kind of country is this?

1. The federal government built a faulty levee system that was undermined during Hurricane Katrina, nearly destroying the city of New Orleans.

So to make it up to us, they build us a new levee system more blatantly suspect than the one that preceded it. They build us leaking levees stuffed with newspaper.

2. The federal governments deficient emergency response procedures were a national embarrassment played out on international television. Thousands of people died and hundreds of thousands lost their homes.

So to make it up to the Gulf Coast, the federal government provided trailers contaminated by dangerously high levels of formaldehyde. When people started getting sick, FEMA refused to test. When Sierra Club tested and sounded the alarms, FEMA refused to test.

3. FEMA admitted formaldehyde was poisoning people in the trailers that they provided.

So to make it up to the citizens of the Gulf Coast, they reduced the sale price of the trailers so that citizens could own their own contaminated trailer. They do not have procedures in place to determine whether trailers being sold are still contaminated.

And some people criticize the Obamas and other Democrats for their American pride.

Those people ought to come down here. I'd like to ask them what they're so proud of exactly.

I see an awful lot to be ashamed of.

I thank the Bush administration from the bottom of my heart for all the help they've provided.


The long, long road home,New Orleans said...

they should be forced to live in these trailers for a year.

Maitri said...

How does FEMA's decision to sell discounted formaldehyde trailers to residents play with City Hall's decision to rid the city of trailers before hurricane season? I'm confused.

E said...

You know, that's a really interesting question.

I think we're all confused by City Hall's policies.

I think City Hall is confused by City Hall's policies.

nolaninjagirl said...
stolen from humid haney... i thought is was appropriate, considering this is a national issue.