Saturday, September 03, 2005

It's time for competence

The Times-Picayune is reporting that Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco has tapped former FEMA director James Lee Witt to oversee the state's relief and recovery operations. That's good news.

Witt is a consumate professional. He turned FEMA from a patronage dump to a functioning agency, only to see his successors revert to business as usual. He's a tough manager whose presence should bring a renewed sense of purpose and organization to the situation on the ground.

This also speaks volumes about the lack of confidence in the cast of characters running the federal relief operation. Chertoff and Brown are clearly not up to the job, so it's time to bring in someone who understands how to run a disaster relief operation.

Michael Brown is uniquely qualified for the job of running FEMA. Prior to this, he was fired from his position as the director of the Arabian Horse Association.

I see Brown as a sacrifice. When he stops being the whipping boy, he'll be demonized as another example of the failure of big gubmint.
Thanks for all the cool horse . You'll have to stop by sometime!
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