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Originally posted by elderban
How do they plan to control what the cards are used for?
Originally posted by deesw
I honestly do not understand how it is the government's responsibility to give these people cash. It seems to me that these people are gonna come out of this tragedy better off than they were before. The government is giving them money, rebuilding their homes for free, giving them tax relief, paying for their school supplies, buying them clothes. I saw on Foxnews that 80% of the people that went to the Astrodome did not have jobs before the hurricane hit and that over 30% of the people in New Orleans were on welfare. Now our government is doing all of this for people that have refused to help themselves for so long and insist on using crutches like "We're black and the government hates us". Idiots like Kanye west just fueling the fire to get these people more help than they deserve. I mean good grief, in the midst of tragedy all these people can think about seems to be looting, raping, murdering, and firing on the military, but lets pay their way through life.
But there were still signs of confusion and uncertainty over government plans. FEMA's director, Michael D. Brown, had said his agency would begin issuing debit cards, worth at least $2,000 each, to allow hurricane victims to buy supplies for immediate needs. More than 319,000 people have already applied for federal disaster relief, and many evacuees began lining up at the Astrodome, in Houston, early today in hope of getting cards.
"The concept is to get them some cash in hand," Mr. Brown had said, "which allows them, empowers them, to make their own decisions about what they need to have to restart their lives."
But this afternoon, FEMA announced that it no longer planned to issue the cards. An agency spokesman, David G. Passey, said that he did not know why the program was scrapped but that now "we believe that our normal methods of delivery - checks and electronic funds transfer - will suffice."
nbcsandiego.com: The amount of money placed on the card, between $360 and $1,600, is determined by how many people are in the family and their ages. The card is activated within 24 hours of a family receiving it.