DVD Talk
Governor: Katrina victims 'nearly forgotten' [Archive] - DVD Talk Forum

PDA

View Full Version : Governor: Katrina victims 'nearly forgotten'


General Zod
11-17-05, 02:30 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/11/17/katrina/index.html

:scratch2: All the money that was donated and all the money that was given to these people to help them.. What do they think it was for? Apparently they don't think it was for finding temporary lodgings and getting their life back together? That's exactly what it's for, and now they are complaining about actually having to spend it? I'm obviously missing something.

Was it not clear up front that this money was not intended to be given to them so they can sit fat and happy in a hotel and not worry about anything. It was so that they could work on getting their homes rebuilt and/or find permanent lodging elsewhere and for ESSENTIAL needs.

I agree the insurance claims issue needs to be worked out but check out what's going on further down the article. $2000 earmarked to help them pay for lodgings and essential needs but instead it's all blown on "household goods"? And then they ask fema for money money to pay their rent? And then SUE when they are told they blew it all. Come on. What happened to all the other money they received from charitable donations? Nevermind, I don't think I want to know.

Who was it that posted that these people were just going to blow all this money? Seems like we are starting to see proof of that. They aren't 'nearly forgotten' they are irresponsbile.
---

Nearly three months after Hurricane Katrina forced tens of thousands from their homes, bureaucracy is creating a new tide of trouble for victims of the storm.

"We feel like we are citizens of the United States who are nearly forgotten," said Democratic Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco.

"It is a very frustrating thing. People are weary. They want to move on ... It's going to take us a while. And we still need help from Washington."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has said it will stop paying hotel bills December 1 for most of about 53,000 displaced families, prompting fears that they won't have enough time to find new places to live.


After December 1, most evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita who aren't ready to leave hotels and motels will have to pay their costs out of pocket -- either with FEMA rental housing aid they receive or with their own money.

The goal is to move evacuees into more permanent housing before the December holidays, according to a written statement by acting FEMA Director David Paulison.

In addition, FEMA said Thursday it has no more money to pay flood insurance claims -- forcing a delay while Congress rushes to replenish accounts.

FEMA said insurance claims for Katrina total $23 billion, well beyond its limit, and Congress will need to authorize additional lending in a "piecemeal fashion" to cover all of the agency's obligations.

"That's not acceptable," said Rep. Bobby Jindal, R-Louisiana. "You have families that want to rebuild, they've filed their insurance claims they've been told they're going to get paid. Now all of a sudden they're being told: 'Well, wait a minute we might not be able to process your claims.'" The House took up the matter Wednesday night and the Senate is expected to do the same Thursday.

"You've got people worried about whether checks are going to bounce, whether they can pay contractors, whether they can move on with their lives," Jindal said. "It is extremely frustrating."

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin testified on Capitol Hill Thursday, telling a House committee that his city cannot fully recover until evacuees feel they can return.

"A lot of our citizens are still spread out among 44 different states," Nagin said. "And we are running out of time as it relates to individuals trying to make decisions on whether to move back, how to move back, whether they feel comfortable enough about the levy systems, whether they feel comfortable that they have the resources necessary to move back and what this Congress and what the state government and what the local government [are] doing to facilitate and accelerate them coming back."

In San Antonio, Texas, Russell and Tammy Hayward are one of 12 families suing FEMA after the agency cut off their aid. The couple, who fled their damaged home in Longbeach, Mississippi, received a $2,000 check from FEMA and a letter explaining that the money should be spent on "assistance for housing or other essential needs."

Three weeks later, after the money had been spent on what the Haywards say are household goods, another FEMA letter arrived specifying that the check could only be used to pay for housing.

Russell Hayward said he doesn't understand why FEMA has cut them off. "We are not asking them to pay our rent for the rest of our life, just a little start, you know?"

In addition to difficulties helping storm survivors, officials continue to struggle with the dead. Coroners have not been able to identify hundreds of bodies found after the hurricanes and hundreds more bodies remain unclaimed.

Of 300-plus unidentified bodies, 140 pose an unprecedented challenge for Dr. Louis Cataldie, the Associated Press reported. Many of them were found in fields or streets with no link to a house or address. In some cases animals had damaged the bodies. In every case there was severe decomposition.(Full story)

"It is very challenging, because it's been a long time. And the remains are -- are very fragile now. And it's just more challenging. And each day that goes by, everybody is working hard to try to meet those challenges," Gov. Blanco said.

Y2K Falcon
11-17-05, 02:33 PM
Who??? :hscratch:

Myster X
11-17-05, 02:35 PM
welfare for life?

raven56706
11-17-05, 02:36 PM
Dont you remember that Hurricane in August.....

and does anyone remember that team that won the World Series rotfl

General Zod
11-17-05, 02:39 PM
Who??? :hscratch:
Don't remember? There was that weather system that moved in with a little water and black people looting and white people finding..

Cusm
11-17-05, 02:46 PM
Here in Oklahoma we just started the lottery last month, just scratch offs. The first $25k winner was a hurricane refugee. While the news talked to him they showed a shot of his coffee table in his house and a pic of at least $1k in lotto tickets, which I am sure a good portion of themoney to buy these tickets came from FEMA allotment.

X
11-17-05, 03:13 PM
I saw Blanco in an interview yesterday. I've never seen such a dopey governor.

I think anyone who saw that interview would know where to place most of the blame for what happened or didn't happen due to the hurricane.

Sominex
11-17-05, 03:22 PM
I saw Blanco in an interview yesterday. I've never seen such a dopey governor.

I think anyone who saw that interview would know where to place most of the blame for what happened or didn't happen due to the hurricane.



:thumbsup:

DVD Polizei
11-17-05, 03:37 PM
I think the animals got more attention. :lol:

Which is why I donated to animal shelters. :up:

DVD Polizei
11-17-05, 03:43 PM
Here in Oklahoma we just started the lottery last month, just scratch offs. The first $25k winner was a hurricane refugee. While the news talked to him they showed a shot of his coffee table in his house and a pic of at least $1k in lotto tickets, which I am sure a good portion of themoney to buy these tickets came from FEMA allotment.

The man is now probably in a better position to help himself and not rely on more federal aid. In addition, what's the federal tax on $25,000. The federal government got their $1,000 back and then some.

If people want to spend $1,000 FEMA aid on DVD porn on eBay, more power to'em.

This money being spent on needless things pales in comparison to how much your government is wasting on the military budget. I'd start bitching to Congress about responsibility first before telling some dude who spend a few hundred dollars on lotto tickets.

Sominex
11-17-05, 03:48 PM
The man is now probably in a better position to help himself and not rely on more federal aid. In addition, what's the federal tax on $25,000. The federal government got their $1,000 back and then some.

If people want to spend $1,000 FEMA aid on DVD porn on eBay, more power to'em.

This money being spent on needless things pales in comparison to how much your government is wasting on the military budget. I'd start bitching to Congress about responsibility first before telling some dude who spend a few hundred dollars on lotto tickets.


Hmmmm.... my tax dollars going to defense that I benefit from...


OR


someone buying dvd porn with my tax dollars (that I do NOT benefit from, unless he makes me copies, but that would be illegal)


Yeah... I guarantee if a democrat was in the white house spending tax dollars on the military at the current rates you would not have made such a statement

DVD Polizei
11-17-05, 03:51 PM
Actually, I would have. I don't care who's in office. Even Nader.

And I don't see how you are benefiting from this so-called "defense" but that's another post. Unless you're a contractor who just got a few million for doing consulting work over there, then hey, that's great.

Y2K Falcon
11-17-05, 04:02 PM
I saw Blanco in an interview yesterday. I've never seen such a dopey governor.
http://xavyeah.canalblog.com/images/george_bush_finger_flip_off1.jpg






This money being spent on needless things pales in comparison to how much your government is wasting on the military budget. I'd start bitching to Congress about responsibility first before telling some dude who spend a few hundred dollars on lotto tickets.
Seems like an off-topic post that doesn't really belong in the topic of this thread. Perhaps you didn't understand the OP? :hscratch:

It's like posting in a thread about SW: Ep. III and replying:
"But you know what was a REALLY BAD space movie? That Wing Commander... Boy. There's 2 hours I'll never get back. :grunt:"

Just my $.02




Most of the talk around here centers on the county and local governments getting their reimbursements for OOP expenses. I haven't seen current numbers, but it looks like that is going relatively well.

Ranger
11-17-05, 04:27 PM
Don't blame me, I voted for bobby Jindal.

DVD Polizei
11-17-05, 07:09 PM
Seems like an off-topic post that doesn't really belong in the topic of this thread. Perhaps you didn't understand the OP? :hscratch:

It's like posting in a thread about SW: Ep. III and replying:
"But you know what was a REALLY BAD space movie? That Wing Commander... Boy. There's 2 hours I'll never get back. :grunt:"

Just my $.02

Most of the talk around here centers on the county and local governments getting their reimbursements for OOP expenses. I haven't seen current numbers, but it looks like that is going relatively well.

There is a reason why I quoted Cusm: It's because I was replying to him, not GZ. :)

But let's get back on track. What exactly were the "household goods" the family purchased. I don't see info on that and yet we have some people accusing the family of buying the token $900 purse.

kvrdave
11-17-05, 07:14 PM
Saw her on the news. The reporter read a quote that she gave about how the government (feds) weren't acting fast enough. Then he asked her why she was working so slow with people still in morgues that their family couldn't pick up, etc. She seemed pretty damn stupid. But it is probably Bush's fault. :shrug:

I wonder if the refugees just figured they got a raise, and the money would just keep coming in forever.

X
11-17-05, 07:18 PM
Saw her on the news. The reporter read a quote that she gave about how the government (feds) weren't acting fast enough. Then he asked her why she was working so slow with people still in morgues that their family couldn't pick up, etc. She seemed pretty damn stupid.Yeah, my ears perked up and I started paying attention when I heard her say something like the people couldn't be identified because their DNA was too old to use, or something to that effect. And then it went downhill from there.

She looked completely goofy, like she had just got out of some mental institution or something.

What show was that on? I remember being surprised the guy questioning her was pressing her on those issues.

kvrdave
11-17-05, 07:20 PM
And it turned out that most of them hadn't even had their dna checked. She really is doing poorly. The NG timeline show on Katrina was very revealing.


Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0