Posts Tagged ‘Gulf Coast Claims Facility’
So sayeth the self-celebrated:
“I am constantly pressured to do the right thing,” Feinberg said. “You know, the shrimpers, the crabbers, the oystermen and the GCCF, they all say we need to do more, and that they are still at risk. On the other hand, I get correspondence from BP, saying you should not give two times, or four times. In fact they say that two times is too much, the Gulf has recovered. So I get pressure from both every side. I do what I think is right.”
It’s gotta be hard to be Ken Feinberg, living in the middle like that…the fishermen saying he hasn’t done enough, the evil oil corporation who says he has done too much…so very difficult…I almost feel bad, like I should invite him down to Flanagans on St. Phillips, do my social work thing, listen, empathize…and then of course, dump my beer all over his head, kick him off the bar stool and then, standing over him, remind him how he has turned this whole “neutral arbitrator” schtick into a multimillion dollar business…the agent orange fund, the 9-11 fund…etc…and while he is going on and on about how hard it is to wear his shoes, I’d remind him how he put them on, and how they’re some of the most expensive shoes money can buy, and how the people his decisions affect have lost quite a bit more than a few hours sleep so sorry, tell it walking, tell it to the MSM who oftentimes feel content to give him a pass because he is at least paying something unlike the Road Home Program…
Yeah, a celebration of mediocrity…perfect.
Oh, and Ken would just like to add:
Feinberg emphasized that anyone who so wishes, can still seek interim payments from the Gulf Coast Claims facility, and not accept any final payment.
To which a observor such as myself might respond:
Yeah, and you can go buy lottery tickets too.
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Just wanted to send a quick note of congratulations to G, and her husband. They got in touch with me sometime ago about their claims, expressing their frustrations with investigations by the GCCF, disgust with the length of time it was taking…79 days to get a quick payment? And an overall disappointment with BP and Feinberg for the damages, the stalling, the runaround and the lies.
Well, they got paid today, so I just wanted to say congratulations to them and a continuing best of luck to everybody who’s still waiting. Like G. and her husband, may all eventually have the good fortune to finally be done with the GCCF and their miserly ways…
On Thursday morning, Ken Feinberg brought adjusters from his Gulf Coast Claims Facility in Washington DC down to Gulfport, Alabama to meet one on one with a group of business owners and discuss their claims in person. When the meetings were over, Feinberg said “Alabama’s been a sore point, this area has been an area where there’s been a good deal of constructive criticism leveled at the GCCF.”
No, Ken, not just in Alabama.
These complaints are also blasting away in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida.
What appears to have made the difference in Alabama is, believe it or not, the politicians. This four-hour meeting in Gulfport came at the urging of Alabama’s senators, Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions. It is also probable the cause was helped by the writings of the Alabama Press Register, and the Governor, Bob Riley’s evisceration of the claims process as “extortion.”
So where are Jindal, Landrieu and Vitter in Louisiana? Where are Crist, LeMieux and Nelson in Florida? Where are Barbour, Cochran and Wicker in Mississippi? Where are Perry, Cornyn and Hutchison in Texas?
Most importantly, why the hell is it even necessary that all this pressure must be exerted to get face time with Feinberg in the first place? Isn’t this his job, to be equitable and fair, to ensure that everyone gets what they deserve?
Feinberg said he was giving special attention to Alabama business owners because of the high concentration of unhappy claimants there.
Just in Alabama? Is he even paying attention?
As Chris Nelson, a vice president at Bon Secour Fisheries who was present for the meeting put it, “I’ve yet to bump into anyone in the seafood industry, whether they’re from Texas or Florida, that seems satisfied with the program, either he’s not hearing from these guys, or he’s misinterpreting what they’re saying.”
Perhaps Bobby Jindal for one, should stop spending so much time on the (non)campaign trail, and along with fixing the Louisiana budget start making some noise in favor of its businesses and people.
Apparently, politicians are the only ones who can get Feinberg’s attention.
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