Draining the Rainy Day Fund

Posted by Clara Beyer on April 15, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Over the course of a medical career, doctors each develop their own little individual rituals. Personally, I always liked to lay out my own instruments. On the right side I put the tools I knew I would need for whatever operation I was doing. On the left side, carefully organized, I would place an arrangement of sutures and scalpels and articulators that, if the surgery went according to plan, I would never touch.

But in surgery, as in life, unexpected things happen. Many times during my career I have found myself reaching for a left-side tool that I never would have expected to need. And many times those left-side tools have meant the difference between life and death.

My opponent supports draining FEMA’s “rainy day fund.” He feels that the money can be better used elsewhere and that if something happens, the government can just pass new legislation to support FEMA’s response. But hours matter with natural disasters. My opponent would rather have FEMA scramble for funding after something goes wrong instead of being prepared before. Draining the rainy day fund puts, at minimum, an unacceptable 24-28 hour lag on emergency funds reaching FEMA. I believe that when disaster strikes, having the right tools at hand is critical. We can’t predict the unexpected. But we can make sure we’re prepared for it.


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