Posted by Brad @ 6:41 pm on January 18th 2008

God Bless FEMA

As I’ve said before, they’ve gone from being satirizable, to being self-parody, and have since transcended all that and have grown into an awe-inspiring Aesop-like illustration of how and why government doesn’t work that I’m beginning to have a great amount of affection towards. It’s like our United States government’s version of Goofus, with the additional layer of punchline being that there is no Gallant.

The latest? (quote from a DailyKos writeup, link goes to actual story)

Remember those 145,000 trailers that FEMA purchased in a no-bid contract? The ones that ended up not being used for Katrina victims? Well, FEMA ended up selling them for 40 cents on the dollar. Now, they want to buy them back at full price. Turns out they are tainted with formaldehyde and FEMA is worried about public health risks. So, we paid full price (or more based on no-bid crony contract), sold them for a huge loss, and now have to buy them back for another huge loss.

How much do you want to bet we wind up paying 25 times market price to have them all destroyed?

And then probably accidentally dump the remains in New Orleans’ drinking water.


  1. Supplementary question: How the holy hell do you taint 145,000 trailers with formaldehyde?

    And how much did whatever that process was cost?

    Man, good stuff.

    Comment by Brad — 1/18/2008 @ 6:45 pm

  2. According to the formaldehyde came from the plywood… and there’s a class-action suit suing the government and trailer producers. Apparently the government should be able to regulate chemicle levels inside private property. Oh, and a pet cockatiel got sick…

    Comment by Juno — 1/18/2008 @ 7:09 pm

  3. FEMA was a pretty good organization before it got subsumed be the DHS though, wasn’t it?

    Comment by Jerrod — 1/19/2008 @ 4:51 am

  4. Aren’t you glad the federal government handles Social Security?

    Comment by James — 1/19/2008 @ 10:43 am

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