Katrina and Sandy (Twin sisters and political hurricanes)

Well, let’s see, first we had Katrina, sent by George Bush to destroy the city of New Orleans, and, according to Kanye West, mostly just to get the black citizens. (Kanye West said George Bush didn’t care about black people). He later apologized and said it was wrong.  I don’t care if you like his music, but the guy’s an idiot. If you’ve never seen it, check it out. It’s like a “Saturday Night Live” skit, complete with Mike Meyers (check out his reaction). This hurricane, besides being politicized by Sean (Jane Fonda) Penn, was politicized by nearly all other Bush haters of the day.

Now we have Sandy, and by what I’ve read from the New York Times, Mitt Romney would have screwed this up if he’d been in charge. While hurricane Sandy was getting ready to pummel New York, the New York Times was getting ready to pummel Romney. In an article titled “A Big Storm Requires Big Government” they cite Romney’s comment in one of the Primary debates about sending disaster relief back to the states:

Romney: Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better. Instead of thinking, in the federal budget, what we should cut, we should ask the opposite question, what should we keep? We should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say “What are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do?” and those things we’ve got to stop doing. Because we’re borrowing $1.6 trillion dollars more this year than we’re taking in. We can not afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral in my view for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. Makes no sense at all.

The federal government makes no money, other than what they take from us. I’ve never seen Michelle out there selling any “United States of America Girl Scout Cookies.” This fact always seems to escape those that think big government is the answer. Did you read it? 1.6 Trillion? Trillion?

The editorial suggests that under Romney, those in the path of Sandy would be screwed without “Big Government.”  The article goes on to say that:

Mr. Romney not only believes that states acting independently can handle the response to a vast East Coast storm better than Washington, but that profit-making companies can do an even better job.”

Is it ludicrous to think that states are unable to plan and execute disaster response plans? That they can’t understand their own communities, geographical requirements and response needs better than the feds? Really, do you think that? Because if you think that, why would you think that states are capable of handling anything?  Yes, I know it’s about money, but there are alternative solutions. Done  properly at the state level, with assistance, they could provide disaster relief. A smaller coordinating function from the government could serve that larger need. It’s simply the “big government is the answer” philosophy that always mystifies me. Aren’t we looking for a better way? Do we just want to throw big government and our money at things and think they’ll be solved? Here’s another quote from the article:

“Does Mr. Romney really believe that financially strapped states would do a better job than a properly functioning federal agency?”

First of all, it was impossible for me not to laugh at the phrase “properly functioning federal agency.” Before I start laughing again, let me just float this out there. Name one problem that a bureaucracy has solved. One. I’m waiting. Problems are solved by people. Before you start the inane argument about government, yes some is always required, otherwise we have chaos. At some point in time, all bureaucracies simply exist to exist, they just exist to serve themselves. They become inefficient. Think driver’s license bureau and the IRS. Think a private company couldn’t do better? If you don’t, you’re delusional. One more example, with apologies to my father-in-law. The post office. Want to know what I think of the post office? Read this.  Hey, I don’t hate them, but they won’t stop bringing me this junk.

Anyway, I wish we could have an old fashioned disaster, and you know, just come together to help, raise some money, help out those that are affected without some celebrities making asses out of themselves or making a political issue out of it.

By the way, before you Google “Twin Sisters” on Google images, make sure you have your settings to “Moderate.” Just a tip.

One comment on “Katrina and Sandy (Twin sisters and political hurricanes)

  1. fmlinardo says:

    Slate magazine sent out a few tweets that Romney should donate some of his fortune if he wanted to help out so much. There is a lot wrong with that statement and its sentiment. Not the least of which is the fact Mitt had already made a sizable monetary donation to go along with food and resources he’s been personally providing since the storm hit. All done long before the magazine started to assault his character in a public forum.

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