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FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired

Crooks and Liars reports that Rep. Robert Wexler called for FEMA Director Mike Brown to be fired in January.

Check out his background at War and Piece - he was an estate lawyer in Colorado until Bush tapped him for FEMA after 2001.

My lord, the guy heading FEMA has no qualifications. What was he doing before getting pulled into FEMA by the Bush administration in 2003? He was an estate planning lawyer in Colorado and of counsel for the International Arabian Horse Association Legal Department. And yes, it is the same Michael D. Brown.

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  • Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#1)
    by Ernesto Del Mundo on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:05 PM EST
    Not only will he not get fired, the precedent set by this admin indicates that his complete ineffectiveness will get him promoted. Provided he remains a loyal little lap dog, of course.

    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#2)
    by scarshapedstar on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:05 PM EST
    Ernesto is absolutely right. Once Cheney kicks off later this year, he will be promoted to VP.

    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#3)
    by desertswine on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:05 PM EST
    How about a Bush Medal of Freedom for the under-achieving Mr. Brown.

    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#4)
    by joejoejoe on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:05 PM EST
    He resigned from that horse job in a cloud of lawsuits. Kos has a diary with all the details. The termination agreement between Brown and that horse agency is posted as well. link [Ed. links must be in html format or they skew the site. We fixed this one.]

    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#5)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:05 PM EST
    Yes fire him with lots of wood, but do you want his job? and yes bush maybe a so and so, but do you want his job?..well maybe we should replace him but with who, both sides left and the right are called this racists seeing all the black faces but that is insane but why were so many sent to the superdome? why did the cops take off and not do the job, is that a race question? we now know HLS Is not working make it work someday this will happen to you. stop yelling about gas being 3 or 5 dollars a gallon get a little car like me and get 40 mpg. may allah and yahweh and the guy called jehovah open your eyes, back to the va drugs.

    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#6)
    by soccerdad on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:05 PM EST
    You dont need qualifications to head up an agency that Bush et al doesn't give a crap about. If the people in NO could blame it on terrorists then youd see a response. Think of the propaganda possibilites. Whats the propaganda value in thousands of people (possibly a majority people of color) dying in a natural diaster.

    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#7)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:05 PM EST
    Fred, there are THOUSANDS of people qualified for the job of FEMA director, which should be restored to Cabinet level at the same time. ANY police chief or fire chief in a major city knows more about disaster relief than another CEO crony who has invested in the Bushliar Dominion. Brown thought it was a job PLANNING disasters. Mission Accomplished.

    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#8)
    by Sailor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:06 PM EST
    Check out CNN's Big Disconnect and see how bad it is. This guy, his boss and BUSH have to go! I know these folks don't read, but don't they watch TV!? Someone remarked on another post how over the top the mayor seemed. No wonder he's steamed, check out what Brown and Chertoff have to say about pollyannaville.

    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#9)
    by john horse on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:06 PM EST
    The person Bush appointed before Mike Brwon, Joe Allbaugh, wasn't much better. He too had little experience. He resigned in order to start a consulting company to profit off the Iraq war. Found this prophetic article published almost a year ago today in Tuscon Weekly, "Disaster in the Making". Check this quote out.
    "Over the past 3 1/2 years, FEMA has gone from being a model agency to being one where funds are being misspent, employee morale has fallen, and our nation's emergency management capability is being eroded," observes Pleasant Mann, a 16-year FEMA veteran who heads the agency's government employee union.


    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#10)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:06 PM EST
    There's blame everywhere, some of it pretty awful. You might remember Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#11)
    by Sailor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:06 PM EST
    Trust jr to have the rnc talking points down. Did blanco stay on vacation 2 days after the dying began? Does blanco have the ability to declare a nat'l emergency? Is blanco in charge of DHS and FEMA? Especially in the last 5 years? Did blanco cut the funds for the EXACT levy that failed? Yep, blame enough to go around and they all should be impeached. even freakin' newt gingrich says bush failed.

    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#12)
    by cpinva on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:06 PM EST
    geez guys, if every unqualified political hack was fired from every federal and state agency, why, that would only leave, um, well...............people who actually knew what they were doing, and then where would we be?

    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#13)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:06 PM EST
    Mike Brown thinks he runs the Federal Emergency Perception Management Agency, not FEMA. I'd have mixed feelings about calling Mike Brown for help, if I were Governor.

    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#14)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:07 PM EST
    Sailor, you say: "Trust jr to have the rnc talking points down." care to show me these talking points? Did you have an actual rebuttal?

    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#15)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:07 PM EST
    Yeah, James, Bush urged the governor to do a mandatory evacuation because, as he said, lyingly: "No one thought the levies could fail. In which case he was worried about the wind damage, which is a FRACTION of the total devastation that is now there as a DIRECT result of defunding ACE and the delay in critical aid which is a DIRECT result of putting an IDIOT WITH ZERO EXPERIENCE in charge of FEMA. And putting FEMA under DHS, that useless department run by a man who said he was overwhelmed by his job, and underqualified. At least he was honest for ten minutes, but his ten minutes are through. Those tax breaks heading into DISASTERLAND, and ILLEGAL INVASION GAMEBOY WORLD -- those were really sweet. Didn't do a thing for the economy, especially on top of the TRILLION DOLLAR hole Bush is drilling through the treasury. Rebuttal? How about rebutting the HUNDRED CAUSES for IMPEACHMENT for negligence, lies leading to war, conspiracy, no-bid contracts to his friends, and the maximum amount of vacation on the job EVER.

    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#16)
    by Che's Lounge on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:07 PM EST
    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Department of Homeland Security. Nice work Monkey Boy. Since it was a mandatory evacuation, you think perhaps the city could have used those buses before the storm hit to evacuate as many of the people with no transport of their own as possible? If indeed ther is no reasonable explanation for not utilizing those said buses (and I saw them also on the videos), then I agree with the spreading of the blame. Indeed there were probably failures at many levels, some with much greater consequences than others. But what we needed most was leadership. It's the only way to compensate for a corpulent bureacracy in times of crises.

    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#17)
    by pigwiggle on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:07 PM EST
    Setting aside whatever derision I have for the monumental federal handouts that have kept this town in what is, generously, an outrageous location; FEMA has cocked this up good. Heads should roll, dozens and dozens.

    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#18)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:08 PM EST
    I was mistaken: FEMA is really the Federal Estate Management Agency. Mike Brown was intentionally nominated head of Homeland Security's Federal Estate Management Agency for his expertise in "estate planning." Mis mission is to hover vulture-like over the scene of catastrophe to encourage the dying over the edge, and then swoop in to "plan" their estates. It's a macabre means of imposing the expanded doctrine of eminent domain under the guise of security and assistance. Why else was an estate planning lawyer nominated for the position of Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response?

    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#19)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:08 PM EST
    The head of Homeland Security should be fired too! Also, have we forgotten the economic shape that city and state governments has been left in by Bushie's mandates? Did the Mayor of New Orleans have the money and fuel to utilize those school buses? Were those buses even in working order? I also understand that LA's Governor requested Federal assistance, by letter, sent to Crawford, way before the hurricane hit! Maybe Bushie was out in the back forty cutting firewood with his undersized chainsaw when the letter arrived!

    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#20)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:08 PM EST
    "Posted by pigwiggle: "Setting aside whatever derision I have for the monumental federal handouts that have kept this town in what is, generously, an outrageous location;" But not a whimper of complaint from you lot when it comes to rebuilding the causeways and sea-level islands EVERY YEAR from hurricane damage to ... rich people's homes. I'm in LA, pigw, what about us? What a ridiculous place to put a city, right on a mass of earthquake faults, eh? It's not like LA adds anything to the nation's economy, after all. Major ports shouldn't be protected, pigwiggle says -- They're too close to the WATER!

    Re: FEMA's Mike Brown Should Be Fired (none / 0) (#21)
    by squeaky on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:09 PM EST
    Looks like Brown was set to leave FEMA over a month ago. From August 1 WAPO
    Michael D. Brown , who runs the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the Department of Homeland Security, sent around a memo a couple of weeks ago saying "effective immediately," his chief of staff, Patrick Rhode , was the acting deputy director. via josh marshall: link