Federal officials sold hundreds of emergency trailers for disaster victims at fire-sale prices in the months before Hurricane Sandy churned toward the United States, The Washington Examiner has learned.
Now, with thousands of families left homeless in New York and New Jersey by the hurricane, those same federal officials are poised to spend more taxpayer dollars to buy brand-new trailers.
In all, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has sold nearly 900 of the prefabricated temporary homes – none more than four years old and most used only once – since 2009, according to the newspaper’s analysis of federal surplus property auctions.
The agency even sold two trailers on Oct. 22, the same day the National Weather Service upgraded a tropical depression and christened it Sandy. Forecasters began warning the same day of a possible super-storm making landfall somewhere in North Carolina or further north in heavily populated areas of the Eastern Seaboard as far as Maine.
Neither FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate during a Nov. 8 news teleconference, nor other agency officials in the days since could say how many trailers were in the agency’s inventory in the week prior to the storm, or how many have since been requested from FEMA by residents in the areas hit hardest by Sandy. The agency depends upon state officials to tell it how many units are needed.
Today I had an image of an old movie called “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”. It was a bunch of morons looking for buried treasure. Great comedy. So I can’t figure out if the US is that bunch of morons or another comedy, something Sascha Baron Cohen would do if he were making a comedy about Hugo Chavez. We are not The Great Satan; we are The Great Slapstick Comedy. An entire government of dolts and weasels and fools, ignoring terrorists, and screwing everything that moves. The fourteen year old boys have taken over society. Shame that real lives depend on the decisions they make.
We can’t get through the next four years without a tag for incompetence.