Using satellite photography, Federal Emergency Management authorities have asessed the hurricane damaged homes in New Orleans and summarily declared
them uninhabitable. This opens the way for demolition to begin shortly. Families who have lost their homes and property can expect to recoup, at
most, thirty thousand dollars.
Using a sophisticated satellite inspection system, FEMA has declared 60,000 houses in New Orleans and other communities hit hardest by Hurricane
Katrina damaged beyond repair, clearing the way for homeowners there to receive the maximum federal aid.
The declaration, completed this week, will mean an immediate distribution of up to $1.6 billion. Each household is entitled to as much as $26,200,
Less than 30k...This is presumably well below fair market value, which puts a whole new twist on emminent domain.
On top of the fact that FEMA proved practically useless before and during the disaster, they're managing to continue bumbling the job of providing
relief from disasters. The article I linked to spins the story in such a way that could lead one to believe that this decision was made with the best
interest of residents in mind, after all, the houses were only condemned to allow residents to recieve the maximum value, right?
But what if the houses are livable? What about reports coming out of the area that damage to residences was not nearly as severe as first
What about the fact that many Floridians are STILL waiting for FEMA to replace or repair roof damage from hurricanes YEARS ago?
This debacle just won't end. We've got a bonified refugee situation unfolding, the states were bankrupt before any of these disasters, even before
the goddamned wars that are diverting hundreds of billions of dollars needlessly.
I'm perplexed here, really at a loss to explain the picture I'm seeing. It's one, not only of rampant disregard for private proverty, personal
dignity, personal responsibility, and the right to choose, but also of continued submission; the people of this country have either stopped caring, or
still care but have lost the will to act.
In any case, this latest insult does not bode well for the future of this already fading republic. The big question remains to be answered....
What will the residents do? How will they make their voices heard? Who, apart from the victims, will make it their own personal responsibility to
see justice served in this case?
What are people going to do, what can they do? What indeed...
[edit on 5-11-2005 by WyrdeOne]