Keeping up with Sandy, Mitt, and Herbert Hoover

Here is the weather channel’s live stream of coverage of Hurricane Sandy:

I tried to get my coverage from CNN, but since I don’t subscribe to cable, I couldn’t stream their content.

While we look forward to the clean-up from this gargantuan storm, let’s all keep in mind what Mitt Romney has to say about FEMA:

Fun fact: the federal involvement in disaster recovery began with then Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover taking charge of the response to the Mississippi River flood of 1927.  From a piece by Kevin Kosar from the Congressional Research:

In short, the federal response was an executive branch response. President Calvin Coolidge created a quasi-governmental commission that included members of his Cabinet and the American National Red Cross. This commission encouraged the public to donate funds to the relief effort. It also gave Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover near-absolute authority to organize and oversee its response. Hoover used this authority to weave together federal resources, American National Red Cross volunteers, and the private sector to carry out the relief and recovery program.

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3 Comments on “Keeping up with Sandy, Mitt, and Herbert Hoover”

  1. Adam says:

    Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.

    • Dan says:

      A wise ranger once told me that part of the problem with remembering Hoover is that what we know is a caricature of the caricature of him that was created in the years immediately following his presidency.


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