Monday, June 13, 2011

Federal Funding... A True Gem.

Thank you, FEMA, for proving my point.

The very day Tuscasloosa, AL was forever changed, virtually wiped off the map, by one of the most destructive tornadoes in history, HUNDREDS (and by now, thousands) of people from multiple non-profit organizations were on the scene offering relief in numerous ways.  Since, MILLIONS of dollars have been donated by people around the country and the world to assist in the relief efforts.... Millions of dollars that have already and continue to reach and aid victims devastated by the storm.

Meanwhile, this family is re-applying for FEMA assistance because (almost two months later) their home didn't suffer sufficient damage to qualify for aid..... according to a FEMA inspector who ACTUALLY SAW the "house"....

Actual verbiage in the letter: 
"Based on your FEMA inspection, we have determined that the disaster has not caused your home to be unsafe to live in.
Although the disaster may have caused some minor damage it is reasonable to expect you or your landlord to make these repairs. At this time you are not eligible for FEMA housing assistance."

So... Our government believes the above is "minor damage" and is safe to live in.....  If that's compassion, you can count me out and call me whatever you want.  And if you can explain to me why this kind of "assistance" deserves more funding at the cost of our nation's future, my ears are wide open.