POSTED: Friday, September 16, 2011 - 11:27pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 2:03pm
tyler — I read this joke from a Fox News report today.
A comedic definition of bureaucracy goes like this: You have two cows. The government takes them both. They kill one cow. They milk the other, then pour the milk down the drain.
This same thing has happened in the deep south.
I'll have to give you the condensed version.
Last spring there were killer tornadoes in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia.
Schools were knocked down. Portable trailers for class rooms has to be brought in. Officials worried about what if they had more tornadoes and the kids were in portable buildings.
So, to its credit, the Federal Emergency Management Agency stepped in and paid 75 percent of the cost (using taxpayer dollars) of a hardened storm shelter on school property so students would have a safe place to go should a tornado take aim.
The school districts paid the rest.
The tornado shelters are considered "temporary." Federal law says when the schools are repaired, the storm shelters had to go. Or the schools can buy them.
Well, all of the schools are strapped for cash and can't afford to pay the rest of the money for the shelters.
They don't know how they could dismantle and move shelters that have been built as permanent structures tough enough to handle 250 mph winds.
So now, FEMA will tear down perfectly good storm shelters.
Don't believe me? Google FEMA tears down storm shelters.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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