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2007/5/7

Equipment Needed For Kansas Tornado Recovery Is In Iraq

@ 11:57 PM (88 months, 28 days ago)

Of course one of the big news items over the weekend was the devistation in parts of Kansas due to tornados.

And the Governor of Kansas says that much of the equipment needed for the recovery effort is in Iraq.

From CNN.com:

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius expressed concern that rescue and recovery efforts were being strained because much of the needed equipment has been sent to Iraq.

"When the troops get deployed, the equipment goes with them. So here in Kansas about 50 percent of our trucks are gone. We need trucks. We are missing Humvees, we're missing all kinds of equipment that could help us respond in this kind of emergency," she said.

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"National Guard are our first responders. They don't have the equipment they need to come in, and it'll just make it that much slower," she said.

The National Guard has said for years that it is short of equipment at home because of deployments to Iraq.

"We weren't fully equipped with all the resources we need before the war started," said Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting of the Kansas National Guard, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan "further depleted us."

Source:  http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/05/07/severe.weather/index.html

Thomas Frank wrote a book entitled What's The Matter With Kansas?  How Conservatives Won The Heart of America.  Basically, the book explores how some blue-collar workers in places like Kansas have continued to vote against their own best interests by supporting the GOP.

Perhaps now they will learn the importance of voting FOR their own best interests, not against.