Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Another 30 days to clean out his desk

FEMA Buffoon-in-Residence Michael Brown, the incompetent idiot most directly responsible for the unconscionably inadequate federal response to Hurricane Katrina, was given 30 days after his resignation to assist with the transition. He has now been given a further 30-day extension, primarily to evaluate Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for documents relating to his apathetic bumbling immediately after the hurricane. He is also participating in discussions at FEMA about "what needs to be done to make it work better."

Step 1. Get Michael Brown the hell out of there.

Step 2. Change the locks, post armed guards, do whatever is necessary to keep Michael Brown the hell out of there.

Am I perhaps being a bit harsh on Brownie? No, actually, I'm not. Marty Bahamonde, a FEMA employee on the scene in New Orleans sent an urgent message to Michael Brown that the situation at the Superdome was "beyond critical" and that 30,000 people were crapping in the hallways; the reply was that Brownie needed a break to go get some food, and he might have to drive through traffic. Brownie later testified under oath that he had received word from New Orleans that everything was fine, there were rainbows in the sky and birds tweeting merrily. For example, "Then Marty [Bahamonde] later was able to communicate to me the information that they had plenty of food." [Michael Brown, sworn testimony before a select committee the House of Representatives, 2005-09-27]

Simply put, Michael Brown should not be given a 30-day extension on his contract. He should put on trial for criminal dereliction of duty.