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If you've ever wondered why true conservatives are skeptical about the ability of government....

Right city, wrong state

(CNN) -- Add geography to the growing list of FEMA fumbles.

A South Carolina health official said his colleagues scrambled Tuesday when FEMA gave only a half-hour notice to prepare for the arrival of a plane carrying as many as 180 evacuees to Charleston.

But the plane, instead, landed in Charleston, West Virginia, 400 miles away.

It was not known whether arrangements have been made to care for the evacuees or transport them to the correct destination.

A call seeking comment from FEMA was not immediately returned.

"We called in all the available resources," said Dr. John Simkovich, director of public health for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

"They responded within 30 minutes, which is phenomenal, to meet the needs of the citizens coming in from Louisiana," he said.

Simkovich said that the agency had described some of the evacuees as needing "some minor treatment ... possibly some major treatment."

"Unfortunately, the plane did not come in," Simkovich said. "There was a mistake in the system, coming out through FEMA, that we did not receive the aircraft this afternoon. It went to Charleston, West Virginia."

Do you really want government to run the healthcare system?


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Comments (9)

Haven't they ever heard the... (Below threshold)

Haven't they ever heard the words to the famous song? That would have cleared things up . . .

"Charleston, Charleston, in South Carolina!"

Just goes to support what I... (Below threshold)

Just goes to support what I've always contended: If you put the federal goverment in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.


For sure, this one towering... (Below threshold)

For sure, this one towering example is evidence that all FEMA effort is hapless and worthless and that, indeed, government (at least the Bush admin) evidently has no capacity for constructive assistance in disasters. Glad to see you're not drawing silly conclusions here!

Uh, guys, I live near there... (Below threshold)

Uh, guys, I live near there. They were suppose to come here. Do you really trust CNN to report the truth when they are looking to damage FEMA?

"About 150 evacuees from Hurricane Katrina’s devastation arrive Tuesday afternoon at Yeager Airport. At the West Virginia Air National Guard hangar, they were allowed to shower, given new clothes, medical treatment and were fed. More evacuees are expected today or later on this week."


Levans wrote:... (Below threshold)
Sue Dohnim:

Levans wrote:
indeed, government (at least the Bush admin) evidently has no capacity for constructive assistance in disasters.

"Ohhhh, if only we had the right people in there, it would work!"

Yeah yeah, the theory of socialism is sacrosanct, it's just the people that are the problem. If it wasn't for that damned Stalin, Trotsky could have made it work, yadda yadda yadda. Same tired old shit that's killed over 100 million people so far.

Sometimes I almost want leftards like you to get your way, just so I can see the shock on your face as the next Pol Pot or Mao punches your one-way ticket to oblivion.

Sue Dohnim: I'm sorry, but ... (Below threshold)

Sue Dohnim: I'm sorry, but I have to conclude that you are sarcasm-challenged. Was it not a bit of a tipoff that I was sarcastically challenging Paul's post's point when I cited the one "towering example" as discrediting all FEMA and government relief effforts? If not sarcastic, would I have finished my comment by : "Glad you're not drawing silly conclusions here."? And, by the way, if you took my comment as serious and non-sarcastic, how did you then conclude that someone who believes, as you evidently thought I do, that the government is useless in disaster relief is likely to be a "leftard"?

For confirmation of where I really stand on Paul's attack on FEMA and this administration's response to the hurricane devastation, check out my comment on Paul's post (above this post) about the NY Daily News commentary on the role of New Orleans governmental corruption in this disaster.

Levans, if I misunderstood ... (Below threshold)
Sue Dohnim:

Levans, if I misunderstood you, I apologize. Trolls have broken my sarcasm detector.

Me too, Sue, because I sure... (Below threshold)

Me too, Sue, because I sure thought Levans was a serious troll. Reading the comment again, though, I see the sarcasm.

Hmm... government failed in... (Below threshold)

Hmm... government failed in this instance, therefore all governmental programs are bad (such as health care). Ignore the fact that the VA health care system is judged one of the best (public or private) in the U.S. One should take this argument to it's logical conclusion- disband all governmental programs, such as the military, and replace them with private contractors. If we're lucky, an innovative company will agree to take over in Iraq (such as Apple). If we're unlucky, we'll have Enron picking up our nationbuilding duties over there.






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