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To Defund Disaster Relief Ahead of Impending Disaster

Robert Franklin

Posted on August 29, 2019 00:48

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Ahead of an intensifying hurricane, President Trump ordered money allocated for disaster relief be given to border security.

President Trump, as sage a mogul as his tragically terrible board game implies, has decided the United States budget needs a tweak. Money needs to be shifted. Funds need to be disbursed into areas of the government he deems better suited.
 
Disaster relief funds need to be allocated instead to deporting Latinos.
 
President Trump’s decision to take federal monies from FEMA and allocate them to border security efforts -- to the tune of $155 million -- could not have come at a worse time, with Puerto Rico, and potentially the American mainland, bracing for Hurricane Dorian.


 
Dorian is expected to intensify into a Category 3 hurricane.
 
A year doesn’t go by in the United States without some kind of natural disaster occurring. Tornadoes ravage the South and the Midwest. California seems like it’s perpetually on fire. The northeastern part of the country is becoming intimate with nor’easters.
 
In keeping with the hurricane-based thematic undercurrent of this story, hurricanes are intensifying, becoming stronger and more devastating. The number of storms that underwent rapid intensification, meaning an increase in wind speed of at least 35 miles per hour in a twenty-four hour period, tripled between 1982 and 2009. As Bhatia, et al. noted in Nature Communications “natural variability cannot explain the magnitude of the observed upward trend.”
 
In keeping with additional themes present in this story, the citizenry of Puerto Rico, still traumatized from Hurricane Maria, are doing everything in their power to shield themselves from another demoralizing storm. Knowing this, the President tweeted to the nation this morning: 

“We are tracking tropical storm Dorian as it heads, as usual, to Puerto Rico. FEMA and all others are ready, and will do a great job. When they do, let them know it, and give them a big Thank You – Not like last time. That includes from the incompetent Mayor of San Juan!”

He then proceeded to call Puerto Rico “one of the most corrupt places on [Earth].”
 
This budgetary transition demonstrates who and where the President believes the greatest existential threats to his kingdom are -- Hispanics and the Southern border, where, if you believe the man, hordes of illegal immigrants are invading the United States, bringing drugs and crime with them.
 
And since we should, apparently, be able to nuke hurricanes, ICE needs the money more than FEMA does. Especially since, according to this Administration, the loss in Puerto Rico wasn’t as bad as they make it out to be anyway.

Robert Franklin

Posted on August 29, 2019 00:48

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Source: The Root

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