Snow, Sebelius and Just one thing about that federal declaration for Kansas

Earlier today Tony Snow was pointing a finger of blame at Kansas Gov. Sebelius as part of his push back at her criticism that National Guard deployments to Iraq were slowing the disaster response to the Greensburg tornado. Later in the day he backed off. (see Holden’s Gaggle)

However at the White House press briefing he did say this

The President also signed an emergency declaration that makes
immediately available individual aid for people saying, my house is
down, I need help; public aid, for instance, for the state —if you
need equipment, you can get it from private vendors,
you can get it from
non-profits, you can get it from other state and local governments. So
there are a lot of resources available. (my emphasis)

Here is the problem with this. The declaration of which Tony speaks is available on “a
cost-sharing basis.”
The state of Kansas will have to pay a 25% share of funds made available for things such as debris removal and other emergency measures. (This is that pesky match requirement which has been a major obstacle to the Gulf Coast recovery)

Keep in mind that under Title 32 if the Kansas National Guard is under State Active Duty (SAD) as is usually the case when responding to a natural disaster…then the state funds the Guard. If that is the case then in effect what Tony is suggesting makes the state of Kansas pay twice. First Kansas taxpayers will pay for the National Guard. But if it can not fulfill the mission due to lack of equipment then they will pay again for 25% of a private contract to fill the gap that the Guard could not fill.

Given a history of the outrageous cost of these private contracts and the time and cost involved in the paperwork to meet requirements for these funds one could certainly argue that Kansas will pay more than if they had only needed to assume the cost of a properly equipped state National Guard to respond.

Once again it is another example of the Bush administration failing to meet the responsibilities of the federal government and of course outsourcing it to the private sector. What is truly sickening is their blame of others, in this case Gov. Sebelius, for their inability to govern. Heckuva job once again.

9 thoughts on “Snow, Sebelius and Just one thing about that federal declaration for Kansas

  1. BuggyQ says:

    I am eternally grateful to you, scout, for having done so much homework on this stuff. You constantly make me look way smarter than I really am when I can rebut wingnut talking points with your research.

  2. scout says:

    Thanks BuggyQ.
    I really appreciate your reading and commenting.

  3. Duckman GR says:

    Somehow, Scout, we’ve got to get this equation into the heads of the media reporters on the scene or writing the articles, and the political spokespeople for the Governors involved, i.e. Sebelius and Blanco. It’s such a critical part of the problem, and why these Governors should NOT be backing down, and if the public can get this bit of info digested, a damning repudiation of anything that miserable hack Snow or Bush can say.

  4. scout says:

    It would be nice DuckmanGR. CNN was mouthing the WH points earlier though.
    It would also be nice if other Governors would come forward and stand with Sebelius. After all every single one of them put their name to a letter last year complaining about this issue. They should realize it could be their state next time and them standing alone against the wingnuts, media and the Bush admin.

  5. scout says:

    It would be nice DuckmanGR. CNN was mouthing the WH points earlier though.
    It would also be nice if other Governors would come forward and stand with Sebelius. After all every single one of them put their name to a letter to Bush last year complaining about this issue. They should realize it could be their state next time and them standing alone against the wingnuts, media and the Bush admin.

  6. scout says:

    Ooops

  7. pansypoo says:

    yet when deocrats try to tell the treuth, THEY are ‘talking points’.

  8. apishapa says:

    I think this is more than being able to beg someone into giving you some help. This is a rural area and I’m certain that there are farmers and ranchers donating their trucks, backhoes and loaders to help clean up. My home town (Holly, CO) was destroyed last month by a tornado. Hundreds of volunteers came from all over Colorado and Kansas to help these people. I’m certain that there will be all kinds of help.
    The thing is my little brother’s Godmother lost her home and one of my former classmates lost his mother.These people are hurting and it’s hard to find out that the federal government you supported all your life says “well, just find your own equipment” when they took away what was supposed to be there for you.
    They are in pain and they should not have to go begging. Yes, there are good people willing to help, but the government has an OBLIGATION to be there. This is the same kind of abandonment felt when Katrina hit. This is on a much smaller scale, but it hurts just as bad.
    And they send some of those damned trailers from Louisiana and parked them in a field outside of Holly. No hookups. Just taking up space somewhere else now.

  9. WitchWay11 says:

    Scout – great job, as usual. I, too, really appreciate your research and well articulated blogging on these issues.
    Apishapa – well stated. Another compelling argument where we see real people who love their country being abandoned by their government. This can’t be America…we can’t let this be America.

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