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InsiderOnline Blog: August 2011

The Most Disastrous Administration Yet

The Obama administration achieve another dubious distinction on Monday when the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued its 158th disaster declaration of the year—breaking the Clinton administration’s 1996 record of 157 in one year.

This new record is just part of a steady rise in disaster declarations over the years. Are disasters really becoming more frequent? Heritage visiting fellow and Buckeye Institute President Matt Mayer runs down the data:

At this pace, FEMA will end the year with roughly 288 declarations, or almost twice the previous record. … During his term, President Obama’s FEMA has issued 375 declarations, or one declaration every 2.48 days. As a reference point, in just over 2.5 years, President Obama’s FEMA has issued more declarations than President Dwight Eisenhower’s in two terms (106), President Richard Nixon’s in two terms (212), and President Ronald Reagan’s in two terms (225). Obama’s yearly average now stands at almost 150 declarations per year, which is more than 20 declarations more per year than President George W. Bush had and more than 1.5 times more than Clinton averaged in his two terms. President Obama’s FEMA has issued more declarations at this point in his presidency than any other president in U.S. history.

Keep in mind: During Obama’s time in office, not one hurricane has struck the United States, and not one earthquake of a 7 or higher reading on the Richter scale has occurred. As we have pointed out many times, the U.S. is federalizing more and more natural disasters that were handled by states and localities from 1787 to 1992. The federalization trend since 1993 gets larger with each presidential Administration.

Posted on 08/12/11 03:05 PM by Alex Adrianson

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