OK just whatdo we know about what we have here?
YesterdayCBS News reports that workers from Gulf Stream Coach relate the company knew it had a problem with formaldehyde in the trailers they were manufacturing for Katrina evacuees and one worker stated, “We were instructed to open the doors and windows so that the odor wouldn’t be as strong when the FEMA inspectors got there.”
Also yesterday the GOP tried to get ahead of Congressional hearings on the issue with their talking points, the short version being…Heck don’t blame the manufacturers, Blame the government.
Then today at the hearings the chairman of Gulf Streamadmitted they knew “formaldehyde in some units exceeded a federal health standard by as much as 45 times in 2006″ but didn’t disclose that to FEMA (much less Katrina evacuees) because FEMA already knew about the formaldehyde and so it was“irrelevant information”.
OK before I use caps let’s recap: Everyone knew but because everyone knew it was irrelevant.
WTF is wrong with these people. They all knew but didn’tDO anything. They went ahead and built toxic tin cans in whichpeople were to live. And no one bothered at any point to say “Houston we have a Problem” and then get out their slide rules and hoses and toasters and Solve the Motherfucker.
No Gene Krantz announcing thatFailure is not an Option! on this baby. No, nowadays we get —Yeah we know, So What?!?
And for even more pitiful go read theWaPo article to get a load of how the Republicans blamed…wait for it…the federal government. Oh NOW they want to blame the federal government. They say that as though they don’tknow theyare the federal government. I guess that is irrelevant as well.
But here is aquote from Rep. Dan Burton which will make you throw up a lot in your mouth…
“Instead of beating up manufacturers, we ought to give them a little vote of confidence,” he said.
Wow–let’s all hug it out— that from the party that rails about responsibility.
I’ve seen it all now I think. Well unless we can shoot the whole damn lot of ’em to the sun in a Katrina trailer. Of course I know that wouldn’t work andyou know that wouldn’t work but if we don’t say anything who knows what may occur.