Thursday, September 29, 2005


Regarding Michael Brown’s testimony, some rantage over at >

So this Federalism thing is really convenient. Any time the State really blows it, the Feds can blame the locals and vice versa.

Michael Brown, the canned FEMA chief has informed us that it was all the fault of the state of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans. Fortunately, we can rest easy because Brown tells us "I know what I’m doing, and I think I do a pretty darn good job of it,”

Well, I guess the next time the Feds cause a massive disaster as they did with their shoddy levees, I'm sure they'll do an outstanding job cleaning up the corpses they produced - as long as those darn locals don't mess everything up.

I love how the Feds also claim that they couldn't take action because the the State didn't "invite" them in. Strange, that sure hasn't been a problem whenever there's been some tyrannical federal mandate to enforce. Let's face it, the Feds do as they please. They're only "constrained" when someone else needs to be blamed. Why don't we just end this whole thing and abolish FEMA and the whole Homeland Security Department immediately? Then lower taxes to reflect the cut.

Of course, the Feds have already come up with a solution - repeal Posse Comitatus.

Of course, tomorrow they’ll be back to decrying anyone who dislikes federalism as a “liberventionist”.


At 4:03 PM, Anonymous little_e- said...

My mind still boggles at the idea that federal groups like FEMA have to be invited into states to do emergency work. Okay, ostensibly I assume this is to prevent the feds from just unilaterally deciding that they're going to take over a state, but FEMA? FEMA really ought to have the authority to step in when and where it's needed.

I don't think this is particularly a federalism issue. Sure, it got fucked up in part because of federalism, and definitely shows the weaknesses of federalism, but I suspect we could still have a federalist gov't even if we authorized FEMA to head to disasters wherever they happened, irregardless of local authorization.

Then again, if we got rid of all the inefficiencies federalism creates, we wouldn't have much of a federalist system anymore.


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