Tuesday, September 13, 2005

From Brownie to Duct Tape

Now that Michael Brown is going to have to get a real job - something he seems to have never had - a new man is taking charge at FEMA. We've met him before. He's Duct Tape Man!

In another gesture symbolizing the continued confusion of the federal response, the man President Bush immediately named to succeed “Brownie,” proves to have been the same FEMA official who, two-and-a-half years ago, suggested that Americans stock up on duct tape to protect against a biological or chemical terrorist attack.

David Paulison, then the government's Fire Administrator, joined with the then-head of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, on February 10th, 2003, to say that duct tape and plastic sheeting should be part of any home's "survival kit" in preparation for a terrorist attack. That set off a run on duct tape at stores, and widespread criticism of the administration. It might have been the first time after 9/11 that a large number of Americans wondered if the government really knew what it was talking about when it came to disaster preparedness.

Yikes! In all fairness, Paulison seems qualified. But an appropriate gift for his new position would be a roll of visqueen and some duct tape. Get the colored kind; it's more fun.

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