FEMA is not a massive agency and being under the DHS umbrella allows for more flexibilty. As soon as the disaster hit the call came into other DHS agencies for personel. This allows FEMA to draw on the expertise and man power from other agencies within the DHS umbrella. The response of volunteers was overwhelming and there was no need to twist anyones arms.
The Red Cross was told by local officials not to bring in trucks of water and aid before the levees broke. The use of patronage in this area does seem to be a problem on both sides ie Golan Cipel in NJ . Security is an area that requires leadership and vision and is no place for partisan hacks and patronage. If anything good will come out of this maybe more attention will be focused on the importance of the job itself.
The reality of FEMA is that it does not and should not maintain an army of personel.
What we should learn and focus on is that all DHS employees should get one week of FEMA training for emergencies. The next time there is a disaster the move will be seamless. This is a real lesson that should be applied from this disaster.
However the blaming of Bush in the face of overwhelming mismanagement and malfeasance in NO spanning decades is laughable. Where were the LA senators when Kennedy, Kerry and Byrd were handing out pork on public works projects ? The basic answer points to decades of mismanagement on the local level. The problems of NO were well known before the hurricane. Now the left wants to make arguments ranging from lies to the bizzare in there never ending anti Bush obsession.
1 The Hurricane was caused by failure to sign Kyoto. Wow talk about long range forcasting. The local weatherman can't predict tommorow's weather but the left can go back years. I propose an equally valid theory that the build up of greenhouse gasses caused by Tofu consumption of the far left caused the hurricane.
2 The money for fixing the levees was diverted to the Iraq war. No it was most likely spent in MA on the infamous Big Dig or on one of Senator KKK Byrds endless parade of pork.
3 There is a racial angle to this tragedy. No it is proof positive of the disasters caused by one party politics. NO desperately needed a Rudy Guiliani or a Bloomburg to
seriously reform a chronicaly corrupt and mismanaged city. The problem was mismanagement on a local level spanning decades not a week in 2005.