Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Still No Presidential Disaster Declairation

Last week Governor Rounds asked President Bush to sign a declaration of disaster for 22 South Dakota counties that were hit hard by storms and tornadoes earlier this month. At the time, I had my doubts because the President has shown very little desire to do anything for the people of South Dakota. So it's been a week... and still nothing. Rounds got desperate and has started giving state aid to those counties, but it's not enough.

And one of the most annoying parts of this story is that FEMA is just sitting there doing nothing. Why wait for the president's go ahead when there are people they could be helping now?

And, worst of all, those areas are being hit by storms again. President Bush may be happy just twiddling his thumbs while people suffer, but at least Rounds is doing something.

-- UPDATE --

Keloland News just reported that President Bush has allowed disaster money for 10 of the 22 counties Rounds hoped to get aid for. And it's limited to help for individuals only. So thank you, Mr. President, for this meager, barely-adequate support.

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