I think the answer lies in the original charter of FEMA as defined by the Reagan admnistration (there is a thread about this somewhere else I believe).
FEMA was never intended to be an emergency assistance agency. It is an emergency response arm of the federal government, whose sole overriding objective is to establish and maintain order in the even of a disaster, not to assist those imperiled by the disaster.
Yes, it has been getting a lot of practice at what it does best -- and the response it displayed to Hurricane Katrina would probably rate it an A+ grade from its original founders.
Social Security was never meant to more than a temporary solution either, and it's now dragging America's economy down, and every other nation which implemented the structural long term socialistic change into their yearly budgets because America did so first.
Don't make excuses, Freeman.