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  1. 31 Oct '12 09:46
    http://blog.chron.com/nickanderson/2012/10/storm-rescue/
  2. 31 Oct '12 21:38
    Should we get rid of FEMA as Romney argued last year?
  3. 01 Nov '12 00:37
    Originally posted by moon1969
    Should we get rid of FEMA as Romney argued last year?
    Brownie says that Obama reacted too quickly.
  4. 01 Nov '12 12:39
    The federal government ain't all bad.
  5. 01 Nov '12 14:44
    Originally posted by moon1969
    The federal government ain't all bad.
    I was 11 while riding out Carol and Edna summer of 1954, both made landfall as cat 3 storms. FEMA did not exist, and New England regrouped and rebuilt just fine.
  6. Standard member Soothfast
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    02 Nov '12 06:21 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by normbenign
    I was 11 while riding out Carol and Edna summer of 1954, both made landfall as cat 3 storms. FEMA did not exist, and New England regrouped and rebuilt just fine.
    By 1954 there was the Small Business Administration, the Federal Disaster Relief Act of 1950, the Farmers Home Administration, the Federal Crop Insurance Corp., and other agencies. All provided federal relief funds after Carol and Edna.

    FEMA was created in the late 70s and essentially put all the various agencies under one roof.

    It should be noted that there is a lot more construction along coastlines than there was 60 years ago. Yes, people really shouldn't be building private residences right on the beach, and if they do they should be fully insured; but much of the development is necessary for industry and commerce.

    EDIT: your characterization that New England recovered "just fine" is open to debate. Helping a region recover faster using federal resources just makes good sense from the perspective of keeping the local and national economies going and restoring the tax base.
  7. 02 Nov '12 11:59
    When I was age 11 in 1974 in rural East Texas, our trailer house would not have had electricity were it not for REA coming out and putting up the pole and wire, and tying us into the grid. The Rural Electric Administration (REA), a federal program, was created in 1935.
  8. 02 Nov '12 12:08 / 1 edit
    The federal government also helped to reduce the number of beatings by the deputy sheriffs (Jasper County in East Texas).

    The federal government also put some of the corrupt local wealthy property owners i(who were use to running the show) in jail. Saved some big local tax dollars after that.

    Further, with the massive highway funds from the federal government, the roads (and bridges) drastically improved in East Texas. It was nice.

    Etc., etc.