Thursday, July 19, 2007

Gee... how many years after 9/11

Has it been? Shouldn't this have been the first thing on the to do list?:
Washington, D.C. (AHN) - The federal government will distribute nearly $1 billion in grants to states and cities to purchase emergency communication equipment. The funding is meant to fix the communications problems that many police and fire departments have in responding to disasters such as the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Many of the more than 300 New York City firefighters lost their lives because their communications equipment wasn't functioning, and they were unable to hear the warning to evacuate the twin towers.

The biggest share of the grants goes to three states, California with $94 million, Texas with $65 million and New York with $61 million. Within those states, several large cities get a major chunk with New York City getting $34.8 million and the Los Angeles/Long Beach metro area getting $22.3 million, the Associated Press reports.
Why on earth are they doing this all ass-backwards? I guess the Bush administration ran out of cronies it could siphon off money to...


Anonymous said...

Why do I doubt that anywhere in that story do they mention that Rudy Giuliani was aware of the problem with fire department communications for his entire time as mayor of New York and did exactly nothing to remedy the situation.

The problem was widely discussed throughout the state when people bought radios - nobody wanted to get stuck with the same lousy system as the FDNY.

ellroon said...

Even I know that in preparing for disasters one gets the best of everything. And if something is broken or crappy in the system, you fix it. How hard is that?

We prepare for earthquakes and hurricanes in the same manner, just on a smaller scale. Shouldn't the same thought for disaster preparation be built into the system of running a city?

So does Bush think, after fucking up 6 and a half years of his two terms, it's time to buckle down and actually do some work? Kinda like having to cram for his finals at Yale, where he drank and snorted away his semester, and then faked his tests?

If his legacy is what he's concerned about, maybe he should declare victory and give himself the parade he always wanted. Take some photos, because those sure won't be the photos we'll have of him in the history books.