‘Unprecedented’ storm exposes gov’t failure as Harvey covers Houston with a lake

http://www.workers.org/2017/08/28/unprecedented-storm-exposes-govt-failure-as-harvey-covers-houston-with-a-lake/

By G. Dunkel posted on August 28, 2017

‘…The projected cuts in Trump’s budget for Homeland Security and the National Weather Service will directly impinge on how states and cities prepare for national emergencies.

Trump wants to cut $667 million out of FEMA programs and grants that help cities and states prepare Pre-Disaster Mitigation Programs. He wants to cut the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which includes the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center, by 16 percent. Research on the oceans and the atmosphere, which strives to understand the effects of global warming, would be cut by 32 percent.

These cuts unmask the real reason behind the chaotic, unplanned response to Harvey: Trump and the big bourgeoisie don’t want to spend any money or effort to help the poor, the needy, the oppressed and the workers survive.”

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