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Matthew Shugart

I wish I did not share your pessimism, but I do. And it is well worth remembering that warnings of institutional inadequacy of FEMA have been sounded at least twice before—as I reviewed at Fruits and Votes (

For example:

1. After Hurricane Andrew, when congress heard testimony from disaster experts calling for greater coordination with the military;

2. During hearings over the creation of DHS, when James Lee Witt, who had upgraded FEMA's internal capacity under Clinton, warned that it would be a mistake to subordiante FEMA within this vast new agency.

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