Airboaters stalled by FEMA

Airboats in New OrleansOriginal article here.

Words cannot explain how much this makes by blood boil. From the article:

As a flooded New Orleans sinks further into despair, up to 500 Florida airboat pilots have volunteered to rescue Hurricane Katrina victims, transport relief workers and ferry supplies.

But they aren’t being allowed in. And they’re growing frustrated.

a few more paragraphs down.

On standby since Monday, the pilots — many from Central Florida — have spent thousands of their own dollars stocking their boats and swamp buggies with food, water, medical supplies and fuel.

But the Federal Emergency Management Agency will not authorize the airboaters to enter New Orleans. Without that permission, they would be subject to arrest and would not receive security and support services.

Basically, FEMA is claiming it’s unsafe to come in due to the looters. Maybe it’s just me, but perhaps these people are looting because THEY WANT TO EAT! So, these civilians with airboats come by with thousands of dollars of food that they have purchased by themselves, but they are not allowed to come in due to safety concerns. Simply amazing.

Here is the ultimate kicker. It’s too dangerous for ordinary citizens to come in and drop goods off… but it’s perfectly acceptable to enlist NBC rent-a-cops because most of our national guard is in in Iraq.

Update: Oh, and in case your forgot… the American taxpayer recently footed a 2 billion dollar bill to relocate settlers out of portions of Gaza. For those keeping score, that ends up being ~$200,000-$300,000 per family. Hmm, I wonder how much the citizens of New Orleans will get? Look, I don’t approve of the government handing out money to anyone. But certainly, it should be to those in this country first, but maybe I’m just old fashion that way.

  1. FEMA will not allow private individuals in because that shows an alternative to big government involvement. One might call it a communal involvement, which is easily mislabeled as “communist”. A term which has been vastly distorted by our government, yellow journalism, and propaganda.

    I like to think of it as a person helping another.
    plain and simple

    We need to take our interests out of ALL other countries’ affairs. Period!