Wouldn’t you like to be a prepper, too?
In New York City, hungry survivors of Hurricane Sandy have been reduced to dumpster diving in search of food:
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On Coney Island, looters are having a field day:
“Look, they’ve been looting our wallets for too long,” said a young male who claimed he helped himself to a TV at the Rent-A-Center.
“It’s about time we start taking this sh—back,” the youth, who identified himself as Jesse James, told the Daily News.
A small business owner has it right:
“We are supposed to come together as a community during times of crisis, not pick at each other like vultures…Next time I’m getting a gun.”
Sadly, that’s exactly what Socialism leads to: the belief that what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is also mine for the taking. This is what redistribution and an entitlement mentality look like in action. Anybody who takes advantage of a tragedy or disaster like this to victimize others belongs in jail. Many of them bragged about it on Twitter. I say show up at their doors with a warrant.
On Staten Island, desperate residents are begging the government for food, water and fuel:
The residents of Staten Island are pleading for help from elected officials, begging for gasoline, food and clothing three days after Sandy slammed the New York City borough.
“We’re going to die! We’re going to freeze! We got 90-year-old people!” Donna Solli told visiting officials. “You don’t understand. You gotta get your trucks down here on the corner now. It’s been three days!”
Staten Island was one of the hardest-hit communities in New York City. More than 80,000 residents are still without power. Many are homeless, and at least 19 people died on Staten Island because of the storm.
Too many Americans have been lured into dependency on government agencies to provide for and rescue them in emergencies, rather than learning to prepare to take care of themselves and their neighbors in case help is slow to arrive.
The Wall Street Journal reports that instead of encouraging preparedness, personal responsibility and private charities that specialize in disaster relief, liberals are are attacking Mitt Romney for suggesting that local officials can do the job better than bloated federal bureaucracies like FEMA:
As for Mr. Romney and FEMA, the liberals are excavating remarks from one of the early GOP debates. CNN’s John King asked if “the states should take on more” of a role in disaster relief as FEMA was running out of money.
Mr. 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 ourselves 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 more this year than we’re taking in.”
This isn’t an argument for abolishing FEMA so much as it is for the traditional federalist view that the feds shouldn’t supplant state action. As it happens, the response to Hurricane Sandy has been a model of such a division of responsibility.
Citizens in the Northeast aren’t turning on their TVs, if they have electricity, to hear Mr. Obama opine about subway flooding. They’re tuning in to hear Governor Chris Christie talk about the damage to the Jersey shore, Mayor Mike Bloomberg tell them when bus service might resume in New York City, and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy say when the state’s highways might reopen
Energetic governors and mayors are best equipped to handle disaster relief because they know their cities and neighborhoods far better than the feds ever will, and they know their citizens will hold them accountable. The feds can help with money and perhaps expertise.
The larger liberal fallacy here is that effective government requires bigger government. Americans expect a government, at whatever level, to do its core functions well. But the bigger and more costly the government, the more likely it is to do more things poorly.
The rush to use Hurricane Sandy to justify a bigger federal government makes us wonder if there’s an excuse liberals won’t use to grow Leviathan?
No centralized government bureaucracy can foresee every need and meet it as quickly and efficiently as free people of goodwill who voluntarily do what they can to help their neighbors:
Cross posted at ThoughtsFromAConservativeMom.com