Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David deservedly won fame and fortune with their trailblazing television show, Seinfeld, a television sitcom about bumbling, stumbling characters doing nothing, .
But that was 15 years ago; lately this dynamic team must be using their same winning formula to write the rules for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)--when a potential emergency comes - do nothing. Or better yet, run the other way.
That is the only explanation for FEMA's response to the second storm ravaging the New York-New Jersey region a week after Hurricane Sandy.
They fly into disaster areas, but flee from raindrops.
The temporary shuttering of the facilities, which help victims register for disaster relief, as well as city food distribution centers come even as many of those still reeling from the monster storm were not told that they had to leave the battered areas.
The city's food distribution centers, a lifeline for the thousands left without power, heat and water for more than a week, would only be operating until noon Wednesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced.
And the National Guard, which was handing out food and water in Coney Island also shut down at 1:30 p.m. because of the weather, but continued handing out water to the line of approximately 30 people.
The front doors of the disaster recovery center, which is housed inside the Mount Lorretto Catholic Youth Organization, were unlocked, but there was no staff anywhere in sight for at least a half an hour.
And a set of buses which served as a pair of warming centers at the site for the past several days were missing, according to non-FEMA volunteers who continued to hand out supplies from a nearby building despite the storm.
Volunteers at a nearby donation distribution center said the buses vanished on Wednesday.
This non surprising action is certainly a reversal of Karl Marx's opinion that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. As usual, Marx was horribly wrong. Seinfeld was farce; this incompetence by government run FEMA is tragedy no matter how many times it is involved.
"FEMA packed up and left," said Louis Giraldi, 47, a volunteer handing out cleaning supplies to victims.