Warning: If you haven’t seen the new season of “House of Cards,” there are some spoilers ahead.
The new season of the hit political drama “House of Cards” was released on Netflix this past weekend, and it’s already sparking controversy.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), however, is not pleased with the series’ protagonist, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey).
The series follows the ruthless Democrat Underwood and his wife Claire along their journey to dominate D.C. politics. Now, as President, and arguably the most powerful man in the world, Underwood is one step closer to his goal — but he’s facing serious opposition from a Republican congress bent on preventing him from moving his political agenda forward.
His agenda is defined by one key program — America Works, or AmWorks for short — which he sells to party leaders as the “New Deal” of this generation. They’re not buying it, however, mostly because of its $US9 billion price tag.
Conniving and manipulative, Underwood always gets his way. Fed up with Congressional gridlock, he decides to bypass lawmakers entirely and take the needed funds from FEMA. How? He gets the mayor of Washington, D.C. to declare an unemployment “state of emergency.”
As FEMA points out, the organisation isn’t happy with Underwood’s manipulation of the term “emergency” to further his own political interests. The fictional director of FEMA isn’t enthused either. He advises Underwood that those funds are reserved for emergencies like hurricanes and floods that require immediate government resources.
While the tweet is likely just poking fun at the show, it could also serve as a warning to any President who plans to emulate Underwood’s scheme: don’t take our money, and we’ll get along just fine.
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