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Why not simply abolish FEMA? It is not only a taxpayer boondoggle, but its very existence serves to wrongly make people think the government is on the job and therefore they don't need to do anything in the way of private charitable efforts.

Government and charity are substitutes. people won't give money to a cause when they think it is something the government does or will do, correctly or incorrectly thinking that private action is thus superfluous.

Wal-mart's greatest advantages were in having an excellent supply chain management system and in being able to offer a better response than the hollowed-out FEMA (a very low bar). I seriously doubt they want to be in the business of responding to natural disasters.

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