posted on May, 27 2008 @ 07:07 PM
The government isn't out to get everybody. Instead of blaming everything on the government, how about you give the companies who produced the
trailers a ring? Nappanee-based Gulf Stream & Elkhart-based Forest River are the companies who should be catching all the slack for it.
Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in glue, but it was well known long before the FEMA trailers that Formaldehyde was hazardous. The safety (MSDS)
data says inhaling it is very toxic, that it is a suspected carcinogen, and that it is destructive to the mucus membranes of the upper respiratory
tract, eyes, and skin.
Nothing can excuse the fact that cheap formaldehyde glue is used. But you can't just sit and complain about the government handing out crappy
trailers. At least they handed them out. If the trailer is so bad, feel free not to live in it. The US government is the only government on the planet
that gives aid to its people to this extent after a natural disaster. If you think the US is so bad at providing aid, you should take a trip to
Myanmar or been in any of the countries on the coast of the Indian Ocean after the 2004 earthquake.
The US, relative to the rest of the world, does a damn good job at providing aid to its citizens. All this BS about the US being slow to respond to
the disaster is absolutely ignorant. The day after the hurricane the National Guard was showing up with food and water. Myself, along with a thousands
of other EMTs, Nurses, MDs, and police were there the day after as well. The real problem was Mayor Nagin.
Now I'm getting fussy. I didn't mean to rant. Kinda a hot button issue being that so many people talk about Katrina like they know what the
situation was. It was bad, but we were doing all we could.
Sorry about that
Anyway, the point is the trailers didn't have to be provided. Of course, the glue shouldn't have been cheap, but people weren't expected to stay in
these trailers for years. Both parties, the people and the government, should have been more responsible. The government should have made sure there
were no hazards to living in one for an extended amount of time, but those in the trailers should have moved out when they found that the glue was