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Actually, I never left ... Rode out the storm, ignored the "mandatory" evacuation, just me, some friends, and our rations.
In a way, the weeks after the storm were pleasantly quiet ... I know, it was serious (hey, I'm living it). But at 8 at night, with no power (and some very decent weather), a small fire going in the makeshift grill (I think it was a wheelbarrow) ... In a way it was very peaceful.
Once power came back I was at the shop clearing out the mess. 17" of water (we got lucky) still makes a mess.
Did FEMA and the gov't take care of you 100%?
is Bush bad for not insisting you get out?
How dare you be self sufficient. You're making our gub'ment obsolete. I hope you at least took a free boat ride with Sean Penn and his photographer.
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When will people wake up and realize that other than National Security and infrastructure, we do not NEED the government?
It seems to be part of the human condition that people gravitate towards family, then tribes, then villages, then states, and so forth. Other than that, National Security and infrastructure are such big words, I could agree with you even though I favor bigger government. My belief is that big government works when it is transparent and fails when it is secret and protected (as is the case under Bush).
No, Turd, your mistake is that you mistake openness for failure. Because parts of our government are open, it's very easy to see what it does wrong. Special interest groups, the media, and politicians all seize on any opportunity to expose a scandal or example of incompetence. It's good news.
Private business and individuals are not nearly as exposed as government, so people like you think they're cleaner. Yet, that's fairly illogical. The likelihood of a government employee being caught is far greater than the the likelihood of someone in private business. In addition, there's no reason to think that the humans who make up the government are any less representative of all of us than those who make up the private sphere.
If you compared government to private business, they both work about as well. Businesses are as likely to pollute, shortchange their employees, not pay their taxes, and go bankrupt as government is as likely to be overly bureaucratic, inefficient, etc. So, why is one so much worse than the other?
I suppose if you're obsessed about wasting money, I can see your point, but I think there are several issues more important than wasting money.
The states get less scrutiny and thus are more easily corrupted. Look at Lousiana for proof! I think the key to government is openness and a free press. In this regard, I agree with groups like the ACLU.