The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

05 September 2005

What's Next For Refugees

On The Way

Mass., Other States Prepare For Katrina Refugees

Twenty-five hundred Katrina refugees are nearly on their way to Camp Edwards at Cape Cod's Massachusetts Military Reservation, according to the Cape Cod Times. Some thoughts and questions immediately come to mind:

--- It's fantastic to see Gov. Mitt Romney and other officials stepping up to the plate. Exceptionally generous Texans simply can't take everybody, so when other states willingly share the burden, it's great for America.

--- What will life be like when they reach the Bay State? Camp Edwards (shown here in a Cape Cod Times photo) has a movie theatre and grocery store, but is otherwise in a remote area. Leaving the base could be difficult without private autos.

--- Who will serve their medical and educational needs? Will this come from (about to be shuttered) Otis Air National Guard Base?

With a critical shortage of doctors in the area, it isn't clear how this will be handled. Part of it is addressed here, Bourne schools may have room for some children.

--- Romney says some might want to stay. How will they be transitioned into an area with some of the nation's highest housing costs, a lackluster job market and taxes galore? If this is about helping refugees, fine, but it's not the state's population-decline solution.

--- Since off-season Cape Cod jobs are hard to come by, it's a safe assumption all will be living on full state aid, fine for now, but not a long-term answer. Hopefully there will be a transition plan to move them into New England communities.

--- Outside of wartime, has America ever relocated large numbers of citizens within its own borders?

--- More details here at the Boston Herald.

--- Wonder if Ted will volunteer the family compound at Hyannisport, just down the road, for any overflow. That would be very generous, wouldn't it?

--- Governor Romney's image is getting a boost from his handling of this and there's no doubt he needs it.

Also today:

--- We're all getting tired of the blame game. Knock it off.

--- Jason at Texas Rainmaker looks into past preparations.

--- Delaware columnist fights back against eco-gloomsters faulting American policies for causing the hurricane.

--- The mayor gives in.

--- If funding was denied for 30 years, how does it end up pinned on Bush?

For updates on Hurricane relief efforts in the blogosphere, see Hugh Hewitt's site. Check here for the latest.

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  • Brian - nice piece of journalism.

    Oh and BTW - Mayor Nagin (a Republican turned Democrat just before becoming Mayor to get more votes) had no choice but to pull out his cops. They were no longer a force in being, to be brief.

    Also, what say you about the fact Gov'r Blanco played power games w/ our President before Katrina hit to the point he couldn't send in federal assistance?

    By Blogger Josef, at 05 September, 2005 14:52  

  • thanks, interesting story, josef.

    Nagin and Blanco created a hellish nightmare in New Orleans. Their incompetence cost many lives. Both should be prosecuted and locked away.

    By Blogger al fin, at 05 September, 2005 21:17  

  • Oh spare me. Blanco filed the Stafford Act request on August 27th. And yet FEMA couldn't do a thing until almost 100 hours later? I wouldn't turn over complete power to the Feds either, with that kind of screw-up.

    And what about FEMA red tape blocking relief and search efforts since Friday? Incidents of that nature have been all over the news.

    No, just keep blaming the mayor of a city that is underwater. Obviously, he could have evacuated everyone and fed the masses all by his lonesome.

    By Blogger Dave, at 05 September, 2005 23:37  

  • Just remember, we can't call them "refugees" anymore......

    By Blogger MagooGirl, at 05 September, 2005 23:40  

  • Hey Brian, forgot to mention that you were the only radio host on KIRO that I ever listened to!!

    By Blogger MagooGirl, at 05 September, 2005 23:55  

  • Dave-That is what emergency preparedness plans are all about. The Governor was responsible for declaring a mandatory evacuation in a timely manner BEFORE the hurricane. It was no last minute surprise that when it hit landfall it was a cat 3/4 hurricane. The mayor DID NOT execute the cities evacuation plan. That called for school busses to evacuate the infirm, poor and elderly that did not have any other way of evacuating. There were plenty of National Guard troops to drive the busses. Instead he left them to rot in the water, so they not only weren't used before the hurricane, but also were not usable after the hurricane because they were not moved to higher ground.

    Josef-It doesn't matter if Mayor Nagin is a Republican or a Democrat. He didn't do his job, and bears some culpability for what has happened.

    By Blogger Linn, at 06 September, 2005 14:28  

  • Dave, there have been some problems with FEMA, but not showing up for 100 hours is not one of them. FEMA has made it well known that in case of a natural disaster like a hurricane that the city, state and it's individuals are on their own for 3-6 days. Mobilizing that much effort takes time even if they start pre storm like they did this time. They are also hampered by water, bridges and highways being out, and debris across the roadways that are there. Some supplies can be brought in by helecopter, but the amount of supplies that are ultimely needed can only be effectively moved in by truck.

    I have a question for you. Why are you giving the Governor and Mayor a free pass when they did not carry out the emergency plans and clearly carry some culpability for what has happened? Because if you didn't give them a clear pass you couldn't blame President Bush for it?

    By Blogger Linn, at 06 September, 2005 14:38  

  • How I long for the good old days, when they actually had a competent head of FEMA. James Lee Witt, where are you now that your country really needs you.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 06 September, 2005 14:59  

  • Linn, you must be kidding. Everyone kept saying FEMA responds in 48 hours. Now you say it is "3 to 6 days" Heck, let's just make it two weeks and then we can pretend FEMA got there a week early.

    As for roads and bridges, if news crews and private citizens could get in and out of New Orleans during the time FEMA decided to sit on its hands, there is no reason relief trucks couldn't do the same.

    And I am holding the feds responsible because if something happens in California, or Illinois, or Colorado, we don't have to worry about Blanco and Nagin. But we DO have to deal with FEMA again. And right now, they have shown they are not up to the task of responding promptly to disasters.

    By Blogger Dave, at 06 September, 2005 16:11  

  • Bush's response will probably be to add another level of bureaucracy on top of FEMA.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 06 September, 2005 17:15  

  • "James Lee Witt, where are you now that your country really needs you."

    Tuck, you lying partisan hack.

    James Witt was an incompent political has-been, who never passed up the chance to kiss Clinton's butt.

    Typical Democrat.

    By Blogger Purple Raider, at 06 September, 2005 20:12  

  • Good job Brian and Michelle!

    It never fails to amaze me how partisan the MSM is.

    Keep up the good work.

    By Blogger Linn, at 07 September, 2005 14:10  

  • Sorry, wrong thread.

    By Blogger Linn, at 07 September, 2005 14:12  

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