How do you know when government is broken and rife with incompetence? A good indicator could be when Federally managed workers with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are lining up for food handed out by an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Occupy Sandy.
Last week, FEMA shut down its New York centers set up to respond the devastation caused by superstorm Sandy because of… bad weather. This left a disaster aid void that was filled by independent volunteer groups, including Occupy Sandy. Many residents in the region reported feeling abandoned by the Federal helpers sent to aid them.
Currently, a photo circulating the Internet makes a strong case for community-based disaster aid programs taking the place of the wildly expensive and bureaucratic Federal apparatus that is FEMA. The photo, verified by factions of the Occupy movement, shows FEMA workers being supplied with food and beverages served by the activists from the back of a U-Haul truck.
The photo, posted by a Twitter user going by the name TshirtToby, reportedly was snapped on the outskirts of New York City.