…Mirrors “W” Bush debacle “good-job-Brownie” handling Hurricane Katrina…

…Mirrors “W” Bush debacle “good-job-Brownie” handling Hurricane Katrina…

FEMA fail: $156 million contract awarded to one-

person company with no disaster relief experience

 

By Laura Clawson  ……2018/02/06 · 09:26…….People were going hungry in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and this is who got a $156 million Federal Emergency Management Agency contract to deliver 30 million meals in a matter of weeks:

[Tiffany] Brown, who is adept at navigating the federal contracting system, hired a wedding caterer in Atlanta with a staff of 11 to freeze-dry wild mushrooms and rice, chicken and rice, and vegetable soup. She found a nonprofit in Texas that had shipped food aid overseas and domestically, including to a Houston food bank after Hurricane Harvey.

By the time 18.5 million meals were due, Tribute had delivered only 50,000. And FEMA inspectors discovered a problem: The food had been packaged separately from the pouches used to heat them. FEMA’s solicitation required “self-heating meals.”

“Do not ship another meal. Your contract is terminated,” Carolyn Ward, the FEMA contracting officer who handled Tribute’s agreement, wrote to Ms. Brown in an email dated Oct. 19 that Ms. Brown provided to The New York Times. “This is a logistical nightmare.”

She hired a wedding caterer! Brown’s suppliers, by the way, have threatened to sue her over this episode.

FEMA can’t claim to be an innocent victim here—Brown had a history of canceled government contracts for failing to deliver food to the prison system and for getting an order with the Government Publishing Office wrong. She also had no experience in this kind of disaster relief work. FEMA hired her despite having absolutely no reason to believe she could deliver what she was promising. Just as a two-person operation got a $300 million contract to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid that was quickly canceled.

Incompetence, corruption, or career employees strained to the breaking point by mismanagement and lack of resources? It could be some of each, but what’s clear is that Donald Trump is failing American disaster survivors.

…Next Trump will want a crown and a military dictator’s uniform…

clip_image002…Next Trump will want a crown and a military dictator’s uniform…

Donald Trump is demanding a military parade ‘like the one in France’

 

By Hunter  …….2018/02/06 · ……The lengths and expense Donald Trump expects this nation to go to in order to flatter his own high opinion of himself just jumped all the sharks; the Washington Post reports Trump is demanding his own military parade.

President Trump’s vision of soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the boulevards of Washington is moving closer to reality in the Pentagon and White House, where officials say they have begun to plan a grand military parade later this year showcasing the might of America’s armed forces. […]

“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” said a military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the planning discussions are supposed to remain confidential. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”

…This is Trump’s solution to building unity and reaching constructively across the isle…

…This is Trump’s solution to building unity and reaching constructively across the isle…

Trump: ‘I’d Love To See A Shutdown’ If Congress Doesn’t Agree To Immigration Restrictions​

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he welcomes a government shutdown if congressional leaders do not agree to a deal to keep the government open later this week.

“I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of,” he said during a roundtable with legislators and law enforcement officials on immigration, adding that Democrats need to agree to his demands for immigration restrictions.

“It’s worth it for our country,” he said. “If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don’t want safety, and — unrelated but still related — they don’t want to take care of military, then shut it down. We’ll go with another shutdown.

Lawmakers in both parties have said they hope to avoid another government shutdown like the one that occurred after talks broke down last month. Without an agreement to extend funding, the government would shut down Friday.

Later Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders clarified Trump’s comments, saying that he wants Democrats “to do their jobs.”

“We are not advocating for the shutdown,” she said