at the time of Katrina, FEMA was a 2800 strong agency designed to help coordinate the states responses to disaster and then go AFTER and facilitate the distribution of loans and disaster funds.
even there, they were doing something completely outside the scope of what the feds should be doing, but at least that was a small thing.
it is unfortunate that bush capitulated to the cries of racism to grow the agency and expand their roll.
before Katrina, NO had run a disaster drill. they already knew that their plan to use the dome as an evacuation site was not going to work. the mayor did nothing. the disaster planners did nothing.
as i prepared to deploy to NO, just for kicks i pulled up the spending reports for the various parishes. i only found one report on how federal money given for levee maintenance was spent, but guess what? it wasn't spent on levee maintenance. a park, airport, and several other things, but not the levee. surprise!!
the evacuation was a disaster. apparently there was no plan for that either. we know about the buses, nursing homes, and hospitals. they had 5 days. even if they didn't have a great plan, in 5 days you can do something!
after the hurricane, Nagen left NO. he has now been indited on corruption charges.
when the hurricane hit, and the governor should have been calling other states for help, getting her own national guard out, and getting SAR from other places, she was in tears. she did not declare a state of emergency. she didn't accept federal help offered. she did not contact other states. she had no clue what to do.
imagin the surprise when the feds found that the shelters they partially funded had been closed by her as a way to save money for the state. she probably should have been up on corruption charges also.
i have done disasters in a lot of states. i find LA to be the most disorganized and corrupt state of any i have worked in. this would include likely contenders like NJ.
as for the rest of it.....deflection. you can pull up any old scandal from any old admin and that doesn't have any bearing on what's happening now.
it's like the kid pointing at his brother and saying "he did it first". didn't work with my mom. maybe it worked with yours?