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Bush is re-elected in 2000.
asks Mitch Daniels from Indiana
serve as his
of OMB, the Office of Management and Budget
Early in his
presidency, George W Bush downgraded the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA), the body designated to cope with national emergencies.
In 2003, FEMA was demoted from a Cabinet-level agency reporting
directly to the President, and buried in the new Republican
bureaucracy, the Department of Homeland Security.
FEMA-type rescue operations, the reasoning went, are for feeble folk looking for
government handouts (and that often meant blacks). Scale them back!
In the words of Bush's budget director Mitch Daniels in 2001:
"Many are concerned that federal disaster assistance may have evolved
into an oversized entitlement programme . . . expectations of when the
federal government should be involved, and the degree of involvement,
may have ballooned beyond what is an appropriate level."
a British publication
Let faith-based charities provide FEMA's budget, the wealthy rulers said, and Mitch Daniels carried out their wishes.
Daniels is now running for Governor of Indiana. You may visit his campaign Website, which
reports: "Mitch made a significant personal and financial sacrifice
when he answered the call from President George W. Bush to serve as
director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)."
The OMB Director's salary was $150,000 at the time Mitch made his
significant personal and financial sacrifice to answer the call of
public service. He served the public by setting out to fix
the oversized entitlement program that FEMA had become. Hurricane
Katrina makes it clear that Daniels succeeded.
POSTSCRIPT, August 2011
GOVERNMENT HELPS PEOPLE, I WANT TO HELP ONLY MYSELF
of such deep ideological distrust of government, the Katrina debacle
... was not due to administrative malfeasance but to deliberate design.
Conservatives cannot govern well for the same reason that
vegetarians cannot prepare a world-class boeuf bourguignon: If you
believe that what you are called upon to do is wrong, you are not
likely to do it very well."
--Alan Wolfe, "Why Conservatives Won’t Govern"
THE HEAD OF FEMA ATTACKS HIS OWN AGENCY
Allbaugh's Congressional testimony on 16May2001 as the new director of FEMA.
LET THE STATES DO IT, WE WON"T PAY FOR IT.
DESTROYING FEMA HELPS RESTORE AND BUILD THE STATE SYSTEM.
"The original intent of Federal disaster assistance is to supplement
State and local response efforts. Many are concerned that Federal
disaster assistance may have evolved into both an oversized entitlement
program and a disincentive to effective State and local risk management.
Expectations of when the Federal Government should be involved and the
degree of involvement may have ballooned beyond what is an appropriate
level. We must restore the predominant role of State and local response
to most disasters. Federal assistance needs to supplement, not supplant,
State and local efforts."
THE STATES DON'T NEED ANY HELP EITHER.
MONEY WILL FLOW FROM THE GOODNESS OF PEOPLE'S HEARTS
"We will pay special attention to volunteers and non-governmental
organizations responding to disasters.... Faith-based groups at the community level, like
the Salvation Army and the Mennonite Disaster Service, play critical
roles in disaster relief, as does the American Red Cross. "
Can this man comprehend the size of a national disaster?
"On a recent visit to Hoisington, Kansas, to view the effects of a
tornado that ripped through... that small prairie town, I viewed firsthand ... The Baptist Church mobile
feeding kitchen ... The Salvation Army... The
Adventist Disaster Services... The American Red Cross .... Lutheran Disaster
Services and the United Methodist Committee on Relief, ... "
"President Bush's compassionate conservatism is ....President Bush's new approach to
helping the poor, homeless and disadvantaged."
I SAY: FAITH-BASED CHARITIES, YES; AND FEMA TOO.
(the son) appointed a head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
who advocated faith-based charities for emergency relief in place of the Federal government. Instead of arguing "Which?", let's just have both.
rich and powerful praise strong religion, self-reliant people, control
over ballooning entitlements. Many of us want what they preach,
but for them it is just talk. It is their way of betraying the
people and the country they claim to love. As they talk, they
advance their grip on money and power. They talk to distract us.
They talk of religion, self-reliance and budget control while they
dismantle civic society. The results are what you see in the
Katrina photos here. When destruction lies all around them, they
hand public money to private corporations to patch things up.
the rich and powerful must control the photos. Make sure that no
one can take photos of bloated corpses floating in the water -- forbid
access to "security areas" for "your own protection", remove camera
memory cards or smash them if anyone gets in, keep out reporters, turn
off Facebook, be careful whom you invite to be interviewed on TV.
After the Deepwater Horizon well blew, scientists had trouble getting data, and the press had trouble getting photos.
When the rich and elite seek to control the vast majority of us, lack
of information becomes the foundation of their power.
--14 Aug 2011
REFERENCES for the "Executive Salary" pay scale
Table 1. Executive Schedule (ES; also called EX) Salaries,
Note: Members of
Congress receive an annual salary equivalent to ES Level II, or
Cabinet-level officials -- $166,700
- II. Deputy
secretaries of departments and heads
of major agencies -- $150,000
Under secretaries of departments and heads of middle-level agencies --
Assistant secretaries and general counsels of departments, heads of
minor agencies, and members of some boards and commissions --
Administrators, commissioners, directors, and members of boards and
commissions -- $121,600
Sources: U.S. Office of Personnel Management (2001)
Reprinted here from:
How Much is Enough?
Setting Pay for Presidential Appointees
The Brookings Institution
March 22, 2002
(funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts)
Time marches on.
As of Jan 2005, the ES scale (also called EX) has increased, and
Mitch would have gotten $162,100
Level I $ 180,100
Level II 162,100
Level III 149,200
Level IV 140,300
Level V 131,400
RATES OF PAY FOR THE EXECUTIVE SCHEDULE (ES)
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2005
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