Ron Paul is catching hell from the Statists and their Mainstream Media allies for saying that the U.S. should abolish FEMA. (For the benefit of people in other countries reading this, FEMA is our Federal Emergency Management Agency. And congratulations on having less debt than us BTW.)
But every now and then, in order to make the Bush administration look worse, someone slips up and publishes the truth. For instance, this is from The New York Holy Times:
Far from deferring to state or local officials, FEMA asserted its authority and made things worse, Mr. Broussard complained on "Meet the Press."
When Wal-Mart sent three trailer trucks loaded with water, FEMA officials turned them away, he said. Agency workers prevented the Coast Guard from delivering 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and on Saturday they cut the parish's emergency communications line, leading the sheriff to restore it and post armed guards to protect it from FEMA, Mr. Broussard said.
If you have to put armed guards in place to protect your phone lines from a federal government agency, it is time to defund that federal government agency. Leave disaster preparedness to the states.