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The Coming FEMA $2000 Debit Card Debacle

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The Coming FEMA $2000 Debit Card Fiasco
By James Boyne

Nice try President Bush. Nice try FEMA. Nice try Karl Rove.

Now President Bush and his handlers are attempting to follow up on their “a little to little and a little too late” response with a mammoth bribe to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

It will never work. The reason it won’t work is because-----look who is trying to administer it; the very crowd of incompetents who contributed to the massive screw up in the first place.

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There are an estimated 500,000 (at least) displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina. That’s $1billion in debit cards, if my math is right. That should keep the unruly multitudes of humanity quiet for a while. That should give Bush some time to resurrect his image as a leader and a savior.

The President has been talking an awful lot about “cash money” lately. “Gotta send some cash money”. “Jest send in some cash to da Red Cross and life is gonna be fine”. Wur gonna git some cash money to da fine people of dis part of da world”.

Cash is king.

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This is another Bush fiasco in the making. Here’s some questions that would seem to arise regarding this program:

How do you apply for the debit card? At a bank? What bank? What if you have no ID? What forms have to be filled out?

Can I apply by phone? What if my home as been destroyed? Where will the debit card be sent?

What computer system will control the system so people can’t apply more than once?

Does every individual get a $2000 card, every man, woman and child? Or is it $2000 per family? Or is it $2000 for everyone over 18 years of age? Or over 12 years of age? Would a family of seven get $14,000 or would they get $2000 or would only the mother and father get $2000 each.

Do people who are mentally incompetent also get $2000 and who would apply for it for them?

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Would patients in nursing homes, if they could apply, have to turn their $2000 over to the owners of the nursing homes even if the nursing homes were destroyed?

Would hospitals have any rights to the $2000 if victims had unpaid bills?

How will Bush’s Bankruptcy Reform Bill (effective in October) affect the $2000 cash that people are given. If victims don’t immediately spend the money will creditors be able to claim a right to the money? Will the new Bill mean that all the business owners that had their businesses totally destroyed be forced to make a repayment schedule that could make them an indentured servant for the rest of their lives.

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