Homeland Security and FEMA’s failures in Katrina are now getting another round of attention from the President. Actually he is using the failures to support his long time plan of getting “faith based” and “community initiative” programs to take a larger roll in disaster relief. He did this by executive order today:
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to help the Federal Government coordinate a national effort to expand opportunities for faith-based and other community organizations and to strengthen their capacity to better meet America’s social and community needs, it is hereby ordered as follows:
You can read the rest of it here. Of course Bush has emphasis on “faith based” as that is his political base also. Actually these organizations were the ones that helped the most in Katrina. Now that he is screwing with them and adding another layer of bureaucracy to the system we might not even be able to rely upon them in future disasters. He needs to fix the problems he has already created before trying to create more problems.