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Bill McGurn, Who Lived Through It, on the Meaning of Hurricane Sandy

Bill, writing in today’s Wall Street Journal:

Judging from their numerous appearances on our TV screens, Michael Bloomberg and Barack Obama have come through Hurricane Sandy just fine. The same cannot be said for their brand of governing. Of all the vulnerabilities exposed by this storm, the biggest hit may have been to Blue State Liberalism….

For all the talk about infrastructure, it never seems to get the repairs or upgrades it needs. For all the talk about public education, it is precisely the people whose interests liberals supposedly protect—racial minorities and the poor—who suffer most from a failing public-school system….

In New York we get a mayor who makes war on Big Gulp sodas while proving himself inept at basic government functions such as clearing snow. At the national level, we get a president who vows to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy even though some might not be without power if regulators in Washington and New York hadn’t been making the environment so hostile to new investment.

Scott Reusser comes to mind once again, doesn’t he? We really, really need to vomit the liberalism out.

  1. BlueAnt

    Peter, if only we had another week or so for this argument to permeate the national consciousness.

    Instead, what I’m mostly seeing come out of Hurricane Sandy (from a political perspective) is misplaced admiration for a President who “stops politics” to hug crying victims and shake hands with a governor from across the aisle.  It’s a false picture, of course, just like Obama’s ability to lead and unite based on charisma alone was a false picture in 2008.

    But it’s the main picture coming out of Sandy right now, and right now is when the election is being held.

    Intellectual arguments like McGurn’s take time to make.  Emotional arguments like a full color picture of Obama hugging people are cheap and instant.  And they spread faster across the Internet.

  2. david foster

    I live in the Washington DC metro area….I was astonished, yesterday evening on the radio, to hear an ad for **discount generators**.

    A competent FEMA would have been buying generators within a 500 mile radius of NYC and shipping them there post-haste, leaving local stocks of these machines way too low for discounting.

  3. raycon and lindacon
    david foster: I live in the Washington DC metro area….I was astonished, yesterday evening on the radio, to hear an ad for **discount generators**.

    A competent FEMA would have been buying generators within a 500 mile radius of NYC and shipping them there post-haste, leaving local stocks of these machines way too low for discounting. · 5 minutes ago

    A self reliant electorate would have cleared the shelves of generators before Sandy made it to North Carolina.  FEMA, nor any government agency, will never the the flexibility to do what the folks who  live on my block can do.

  4. paulebe

    Is that really the lesson here?  That “blue state liberalism” has drained the populace of the personal responsibility and initiative to take care of ourselves?  To the point made above, why are these individuals relying on FEMA in any way??  

    This isn’t red state or blue state stuff.  It’s about pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps, brushing ourselves off, fixing the damage, and moving on.  A significant chunk of our population has no earthly idea how to do this because our manevolent government has assured us they can do it better.  They can’t and never will.

  5. Fricosis Guy

    The party of slavery and sedition will find another scapegoat for its failings.

  6. KC Mulville

    No matter what the theory, there must come a point where we look at the reality in front of us and say, “this isn’t working.”

    Liberal government may have a lot of compassion for the poor, but they do little to relieve it.

    Matthew 7: Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven

  7. James Gawron

    Peter,

    Boy, do I wish Benghazi and Sandy had both happened a month earlier.  The MSM&ObamaTeam know how to stall out a story.

    If Romney wins now it will be because the American People were too tough and smart to fall for the garbage.

    Regards,

    Jim

  8. BlueAnt
    david foster: 

    A competent FEMA would have been buying generators within a 500 mile radius of NYC and shipping them there post-haste, leaving local stocks of these machines way too low for discounting. 

    A competent organization would have stored up supplies in vast warehouses, watched the weather all year, and lined up supplies on trucks to head into the affected area before the storm hit.

    Oh wait, there are such organizations.  But they don’t have abbreviated names like FEMA.  They have names like Sears, WalMart, and Ace Hardware.  Yes, once again, it’s capitalism to the rescue!

    “More than 100 truckloads filled with generators, chainsaws, wet and dry vacuums, flashlights, batteries and lanterns, along with dehumidifiers, utility and sump pumps are headed east from distribution points in six areas, including 42 distribution centers from as far west as Memphis and Chicago,” Sears Holding spokesman Tom Aiello said late Tuesday…

    Ace Hardware distributed more than 20 tractor-trailers full of generators to stores in the storm-affected areas…

    This is hardly a new phenomenon; WalMart was shipping trailers full of generators and water to New Orleans after Katrina, before the feds even got there.

  9. Bill McGurn
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    Paulbe, With all due respect, it is an issue. Mayor Bloomberg shows it with every breath he takes. This is a guy who wants to tell people how much soda they can have and rabbis how to circumcise babies — but cannot plow the streets or get relief to people. We are now reading how he has refused to put the National Guard to work — against the governor’s desire — because doing so would indicate the problem is much bigger than he cares to admit. The point is that this kind of stuff doesn’t hurt the people in Manhattan who can buy other options, but it kills the people in more modest communities such as Rockaway or Staten Island.

    Almost every move to expand/improve the power grid is opposed by environmental activists and Democratic pols. There is zero incentive for companies to invest. And what do we see instead: at my house this weekend, where we had with us two families without power, we see on t.v. the pols all congratulating themselves — Bloomberg, Sebelius, Napolitano, even Peter King. It shouldn’t be like this in the greatest city in the world.