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  • dannyboystories 10:32 AM on January 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bureaucracy, , entitlements, inaugural, , plans, special interests, speech,   

    Campaign Language 

    Today, I returned to the books and re-read the inaugural addresses of Truman, Eisenhower, Carter, Reagan, Bush (2), Clinton, and Obama (1). Suffice it to say it took some time. Conclusion: President Barack Obama’s second address (January 21, 2013) was disappointing campaign rhetoric with no specifics, no plans, no ideas, no proposals, no substance.

    [As a matter of full disclosure, I am a conservative, did not vote for Obama, but I honor the office of the presidency as an American citizen. Obama won the election, get over it.]

    At a time when this nation needs intelligent, fully involved, leadership, the President’s second inaugural address provided nothing on which to hang your hat. Like his previous speeches over the past four years, he made lofty promises to all those special interest groups he favors, knowing he has no need to run again for re-election. Why was there no substance? Can you name one new concept or solution he presented in his second inaugural address?

    The President is secure for the next four years, why did he not put forward new ideas? Why did he not, at least, put forward plans to meet with the opposition political party leaders on a regular, perhaps weekly, basis? Why did he not broach ways in which to overhaul the crippling costs of entitlements? Why did he not propose ways to end the massive deficit [much of which he caused by his policies], or to reduce spending, cut federal payroll, re-design benefit packages for federal workers and bureaucrats more appropriately in line with the private sector? Why did he ignore the need to establish a concrete foreign policy?

    Every president since, and including Harry Truman, has outlined specifics in inaugural addresses. All presented ideas to improve America and solve problems. President Obama again delivered a wide-ranging list of campaign promises with no specific ideas or resolutions. It would have been welcome had he outlined a simple action plan time frame for the next four years. Alas, there was nothing of the kind.

    I’m trying to give the man the benefit of the doubt, but can only presume by his words and deeds he has no ideas or solutions. He will simply occupy the Oval Office for four years, presiding over politics as usual, while he manages by Executive Order in a continued attempt to socialize the United States. I fear we may be in a worse national condition after four more years of indecision and indecisiveness.

    America deserves better. …but, it’s only my opinion.

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  • dannyboystories 12:18 PM on November 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American Red Cross, bureaucracy, Constitution, disaster, FEMA, , rapid response, states rights   

    Disaster relief… 

    The federal government cannot summarily move into any state without an invitation!

    Most folks do not understand that restriction arises from the Constitution itself. It’s called “state’s rights”. So, the governor or legislature of the state must request aid from the federal government before it can move forward in any disaster situation. The result is a built-in delay if the governor is slow to act.

    We have never been a fan of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). In no other department is the sluggish response and lack of efficiency more evident that in FEMA. Other than, perhaps, the Department of Defense, does the federal government ever move swiftly and with dispatch? The bureaucratic make up of federal agencies is actually the government’s own worst enemy, there are just too many layers to move through to get any responsive decision.

    Frankly, we believe a return to fully state run disaster responses such as that developed as “Civil Defense” mechanisms after World War Two would be much more rapid and efficient that FEMA can ever be. The cost to the federal budget could be much less, as well.

    Consider for a moment, the efforts of the thousands of American Red Cross chapters across America. In the case of hurricane Sandy recently, the Red Cross had people and equipment staged nearby ready to move two full days before Sandy actually began ravaging the East Coast. People and equipment from the Mid-West and elsewhere were already organized and ready in the storm region. FEMA has never done that. FEMA was still attempting to open disaster relief “offices” four days after the storm moved far inland.

    It seems to us, in fact, the American Red Cross and their fine organization would do a much better job compared to the federal bureaucracy. Further, the Red Cross would not have to “practice” on disaster after disaster to become proficient. The Red Cross already has the capable people and logistical solution decisions in place. They already know how to do the job, and they do it for far less money that the federal government could ever accomplish, given the size of the bureaucracy on the federal level.

    So, why not re-establish state run disaster response? Perhaps contracting with the American Red Cross in each state would be better than the multi-layer FEMA. There would be no waiting for permission, each state would be ready and could move immediately. Cut the federal government out of it altogether, with the possible exception of large equipment. Frankly, if the federal government gave block grants to states to get the job done, they would apply so many rules and regulations over the money as to re-initiate unworkable systems. Just leave the tax revenues with the states in the first place.

    Name for me one single federal agency that operates with such quickness and efficiency in disaster situations as the American Red Cross. You cannot.

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