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The aftermath of Sunday's tornado in Joplin Missouri continues to.
-- -- heartbreak in the midwest.
The death toll is now 125.
It is the deadliest single stolen more than sixty years.
That also the disaster expected to reach well into the billions.
Former FEMA director Mike Brown is here.
Welcome the program -- history.
Back in 2005 you in charge of FEMA during Katrina brought in those days it was relatively easy for President Bush and yourself and congress.
To appropriate -- hundred billion -- -- -- just like rats who had a deficit of 300 billion dollars.
Very much so you think about 9/11 there was no question we -- appropriate whatever it took to do things to clean up lower Manhattan same -- and hurricane Katrina and now.
Forty or fifty cents of every single dollar we spend -- the federal level -- borrow -- so what's the government going to do they're going to have to either borrow this money.
Shave something off somewhere else sort of figure out where to get the -- -- the -- -- -- -- because we -- not allowed to follow -- -- -- look at -- that that's the regular -- at this -- is that they are maxed out -- what what what they've said is that gonna take the money out of the fuel efficient car loan program one and a half billion dollars and sharply immediately to Joplin.
There's nothing wrong with a.
There's nothing wrong with our -- -- very good secret in that story -- that is all of them the money.
The congress has appropriated you can over the past five years that hasn't been spent.
All of that money could still be tapped.
And it's sitting that you -- sitting there.
The finger -- congress appropriates money that goes into the oval Office of Management and Budget they don't always spend -- -- so there may be pockets of money from.
Years ago that could still happen to -- It it got back money earmarked for various all the projects lost we cannot borrow any more money but if they haven't spent four years.
Why spend it now to that tells me that tells me those programs are worthless.
One half billion dollars appropriated or shuffled around so far the Joplin right -- them enough.
Probably -- -- continued to give it.
And that implies rebuilding of -- rebuilding the remember we're just now we're just now getting into hurricane season we're just now in the middle of of tornado season.
We'll have all the floods but god forbid there's -- other terrorist attack.
The only thing that will make this work is if we turn this economy around and absent that.
We're we're just didn't -- be broached what we've got a store this morning that the economy is clearly weakness in 2000 in the army is clearly not performing very strongly so the economy is not gonna -- -- on the -- you'll say we've got a huge problem on hand because there's no margin for -- has no leeway put.
We were always concerned when a match where he sort of crisis occurred.
What would our enemies -- true exploit that.
Now you have a situation -- we have a very weak economy we have natural disasters that are costing us money if that continues to get worse our enemies continued to -- is weaker and weaker.
Mike -- his private insurance in this equation he talking about one and a half billion dollars here Lou Lou after her and after hurricane Andrew.
I remember all the talk was about how much is gonna cost a fraud and Allstate all private insurers -- -- they fit in this weekly.
Well I mean they're they're reserves are going to be tapped out at some point I mean at least this is not another Hurricane Katrina or 9/11.
But the private insurers will pick up those who have -- -- But I'll be saying one and a half billion dollars on top -- whatever the private insurance is there and it.
Very -- all there -- really think about the.
The number of responders that are in the field doing what they need to do.
Then they have to rebuild and then we forget there is that segment of society.
The doesn't have insurance.
They don't have any way to rebuild their lives -- they -- individual assistance from the Department of Homeland Security -- called a racist because of your response to Katrina in new lawless.
What -- obvious just absurd but yes you will -- when you make of the current situation in the midwest -- jumping.
-- -- -- -- First of all the people in the midwest are doing exactly what they need to do but also it's different in the midwest because.
You don't have you -- evacuate for a for a tornado.
You have fifteen you maybe have fifteen minutes Max more like three or 45 -- to seek shelter.
So it's not like you can go somewhere wait for somebody -- about the Q and take some rooms terrible situation or.
That video is just really heartbreaking.
I mean -- I can't imagine losing everything like that an issue -- of being a tornado that's what try to explain to people until you've seen when someone's lost every single thing they -- just don't go.
Mike Brown we appreciate you being with us as always thank you so but --
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