Small Government Proponents Look Small During National Disasters

You never hear calls for smaller government when natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy strike.

Small government proponents not only look small, they look out of touch. They seem inept and they appear unqualified to effectively run a country during a national disaster. It’s all to easy for politicians to join the choir of government naysayers, but it takes leaders to lead and to defend big government even if it’s not the consensus during times of calm.

Most Americans have never heard of the National Response Coordination Center, but they’re lucky it exists on days of lethal winds and flood tides. The center is the war room of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where officials gather to decide where rescuers should go, where drinking water should be shipped, and how to assist hospitals that have to evacuate. – A Big Storm Requires Big Government, NYTimes


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