FEMA at the Park

While the Generalissimo was batting roles of paper towels around in Puerto Rico yesterday, FEMA was also busy…ovenighting $3 million to Cheyenne, WY, to convert a parking lot into a public park.

’cause white people have their own, unique emergencies.

Hurricane Harvey battered Texas, Hurricane Irma cut through Florida, and Hurricane
Maria absolutely bashed Puerto Rico. Anyone unlucky enough to be in the path of those
storms will spend months, if not years, piecing their lives together again – fixing homes,
rebuilding businesses, and burying drowned family.

But the good people of Cheyenne, Wyo., they will be just fine.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency just approved the city’s request for a $3 million grant to build the Civic Center Commons park. As 3.4 million Puerto Ricans struggle to find safe drinking water, FEMA announced that they’d help turn a parking lot in downtown Cheyenne into a drainage pond.

The project was always controversial. The city council branded it downtown revitalization while Mayor Marian Orr said it was a waste and fought for months to shut it down…

A wonderful park? Maybe. An emergency requiring federal funding? Not al all. The FEMA grant literally gives the city until Sept. 2018 to build a new drainage system…

FEMA has already come to Congress hat in hand for cash. …House Speaker Ryan assured reporters that the agency will receive a $6.7 billion check for approved hurricane relief. And while oversized spending is needed to address these …biblically proportioned catastrophes, one wonders if FEMA would have more money for flood victims if they hadn’t wasted it on pork projects.

To add insult to injury the city engineer has been trying to halt the project; by his lights the project used false information when applying for the FEMA grant, deliberately overstating the amount of flood damage that regularly occurs (to any number of white people) in downtown Cheyenne.

Priorities, people. Priorities.

FEMA at the Park

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