“The power under the constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can and undoubtedly will, be recalled.”

~ George Washington (1787)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

An example of why Big Government isn't a good idea

One blogger I linked to earlier said it best:  Big Government, especially when in full Nanny State Mode, focuses on the small problems and minutiae, and ignores the big problems.  That was in regards to the crisis in New York City, where the city government focused on soft drinks, salt, and transfats, but ignored or downplayed flood protection and response planning. 

The links below are not a time line of the tragedy, nor is this an attempt to analyze the response by any one government.  I know for a fact that there are many agencies and fine people doing their best to help the victims of Hurricane SANDY.

Rather, these are examples of what happens when a government, or the chief executive of a government, loses sight of that big picture, sets their priorities in an questionable manner, and actually adds to the problems, rather than solving any. 

And what happens when people start helping each other, and themselves, rather than expecting The Government to step in.

And at last: