Biden Administration and Hurricane Ian

Biden and Harris confuse the issue with discrimination and misinformation about climate change

Hurricane Ian’s 150 mph winds swept into Florida destroying beach towns in Lee County, leaving millions depressed and destitute, synonymous with “the underprivileged”. Were they all considered “disadvantaged” by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris?

President Biden, as he stood in the rubble of the Fort destroyed by Ian. Myers, Florida, ignored “underprivileged” Floridians discussing the Colorado River before global warming saying, as only he could, “What the governor has done is quite remarkable so far, what he has In terms of, you know, it’s, it’s you know, first of all, the greatest thing that the Governor has done and so many others have done, they recognize what’s called the global warming.

Mr. President, the governor standing next to you is Ron DeSantis, and you should check your findings on global warming with those of your acting director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Hurricane Center, Jamie Rhome.

Mr Rhome told CNN: “I don’t think you can tie climate change to any particular event,” after a NOAA study concluded it was “premature to conclude with great confidence that increased human-caused greenhouse gases are impacting hurricane activity.” in the Atlantic. Environmental Progress founder Michael Schellenberger tweeted that “NOAA analysis shows there is no definitive long-term trend in hurricane frequency or increasing intensity.”

Given that the president did not discuss with hurricane victims specifics of how federal emergency management assistance would help the “disadvantaged,” what did the vice president say?

Vice President Kamala Harris, while ensconced at the DNC Women’s Leadership Forum, used FEMA to connect the president’s fixation on climate change with her administration’s fixation on systemic racism, offering this policy to FEMA: “We need to address this issue in a way that is giving resources on the basis of equity, understanding that we are fighting for equality but we also have to fight for equity. People of color would receive disaster relief before white people.

Florida Rapid Response Director Christina Preshow has said Florida will not follow the vice president’s policy, and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell appears set to ignore the vice president by agreeing with Christina. to follow FEMA’s mission statement, which is “to help people before, during, and after disasters such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires.

Sadly, the vice president saying “people of color would get disaster relief before white people” was both a violation of her oath of office as California attorney general and a dominant theme of this administration. . Here are some other examples:

– In August 2022, the Senate endorsed Donald R. Cravins Jr. as head of the minority group that runs the Minority Business Development Agency, part of the Department of Commerce. MBDA’s website says they are “solely dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of minority-owned businesses.” The MBDA runs grant programs, provides training programs, and assists with financing and other things only for “disadvantaged” businesses. Would all Florida businesses destroyed by Ian be considered “disadvantaged”?

Not really, because MBDA defines “disadvantaged” by race. For example, here are the races classified as “disadvantaged” and their percentages of California’s population in 2018: African Americans, 5.8%; Hispanics, 22.9%; American Indians, 0.8%; Asians 14.7%; Pacific Islanders 0.4%; other races, 5.8% and mixed, 13%.

Surprisingly, while many programs silently discriminate, the MBDA actually provides that “all white-owned businesses are presumed to be non-disadvantaged,” which in California is 37%.

Here are a few programs with the same racial definition of “disadvantaged.”

In 2021, they instituted a $4 billion farmer loan forgiveness program to help only black farmers and “other socially disadvantaged producers” with 120% of outstanding loans from the US Department of Agriculture, this which means that not only would the loans be forgiven, but the USDA would add a 20% cash kicker. Notice the use of “socially disadvantaged” instead of “enterprise disadvantaged”. A Florida judge blocked this program.

A restaurant revitalization fund has prioritized “disadvantaged” restaurateurs. The Sixth Circuit ruled that the program administered by the Small Business Administration was unconstitutionally based on race and gender.

A $9.961 billion homeowners relief fund with flexible standards for only “disadvantaged” homeowners as part of the US bailout administered by the Treasury Department.

A $37 billion infrastructure fund for “disadvantaged” federal contractors. It seems that the administration indicates that it discriminates based on race since it is she who signs these contracts.

It appears that the USDA, SBA, and Treasury Department would be practicing systemic racism had Project Equality Under Law not obtained favorable court orders, substantial programmatic change, and legislative repeal. How many other similar programs are there?

The only apparent benefit of Hurricane Ian appears to be that the Vice President’s definition of “disadvantaged” under FEMA linked the administration’s fixation with climate change, despite the findings of NOAA’s Hurricane Center, and race, although it is illegal under the Constitution. and the laws of the United States

Where is the Ministry of Justice?

The reality is that when everyone in the room is defined as “disadvantaged” except you, then you are the one who is “disadvantaged”.

Hopefully in Florida, FEMA won’t use race to prioritize aid for the “disadvantaged.” In the longer term, it seems that the needs of citizens will become at least as important as climate change, and equality can only be achieved by eliminating these leaders.

Brent E. Zepke is an attorney, arbitrator, and author who lives in Santa Barbara. His website is Previously, he taught law and business at six universities and numerous professional conferences. He is the author of six books: “One Heart-Two Lives”, “Legal Guide to Human Resources”, “Business Statistics”, “Labour Law”, “Products and the Consumer” and “Law for Non-Lawyers”.

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