FEMA's Brown Meat Among Piranha At Hearing
Michael Brown was attacked by Congressmen at the hearing on Hurricane Katrina. The Congressmen obviously had very little interest in hearing Brown's assessment of the situation, but rather wanted a scapegoat on which to heap blame. That pesky protocol as well as the constitutional authority given the federal government were of no interest to the panel of Congressmen early in the session.
“I’m happy you left,” said Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn. “That kind of look in
the lights like a deer tells me you weren’t capable of doing that job.”
Gene Taylor, D-Miss., told Brown: “The disconnect was, people thought there was
some federal expertise out there. There wasn’t. Not from you.”
However, Brown, who has overseen over 150 presidentially declared disasters, probably has a better understanding of how things are supposed proceed than any of the attacking Congressmen. The Congressmen, on the other hand, see an opportunity to make political hay as the media has distorted the situation along the gulf. Read the article here.
The big question of the day is - Will anyone actually address the constitutional powers in the hearings?
Probably not. That would make the media look biased against the administration. That may also lead to having to acknowledge the fact that the feds were present in the gulf much quicker than in almost every other similar instance.
Just an observation.