After A Week Without Power, New Yorkers Resort To Dumpster Diving

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This is happening right now in the largest city in the most prosperous nation in the world:

How did this come to be? Walter Russell Mead has an idea. Maybe this is what happens with government concerns itself with micromanaging our lives – like, say, regulating what size soft drinks we can buy – instead of attending to the big problems:

Admittedly, getting public support and finding the money for flood protection would be hard, but it is exactly that kind of hard job that governments are supposed to do. Leadership is getting the important things done, not looking busy on secondary tasks while the real needs of the city go quietly unmet.

The problem with nanny state governance isn’t just that it’s intrusive. It isn’t just that it stifles business with over-regulation, and it isn’t just that it empowers busybodies and costs money. It’s that it distracts government from the really big jobs that it ought to be doing.

Mayor Bloomberg has done an admirable job under great pressure as the city reels from Sandy’s attack. But an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure. The city needed flood protection for its subways and electricity grid—and it didn’t get it. If the Mayor had spent less time and less of his political capital focusing on minutiae, this storm could have played out very differently.

Remember, Mayor Bloomberg said that global warming was the deciding factor in who he endorsed for president. If that’s true, if the mayor truly believes that human activities is creating violent weather patterns, then shouldn’t his city have been a little more, you know, prepared for something like this?

It’s amazing to me how many people who claim that global warming is a crisis don’t act like it’s actually a crisis.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Thresherman

    I’ll believe global warming is a crisis when those that claim it is a crisis start acting like it is a crisis.

    • robert108

      Evidence would be even more convincing.

      • Realitybasedbrc

        When has evidence ever changed your mind about anything, big180.

        There is a tremendous amount of evidence to support this.

        • banjo kid

          Where is it at ? in the back room of Manns apartment at the college along with his puky stick graph that has been shown to be WRONG.

      • banjo kid

        climate depot shows1,000+ scientists agree that it is not man who warms the planet but the sun .

        • AV

          So, out of the millions of scientists, 1000 is an extremely small number, isn’t it?

          • banjo kid

            Are you saying there are one million that say warming is caused by man ? name them , I can name the 1,000 but you have to show me the million that say it is man caused first .

          • AV

            There will be millions and millions of scientists that have no reason to reject the hypothesis that changing the chemical composition of the atmosphere will change the climate.

            And I personally know dozens of scientists, and am one myself, and I know of only one that denies climate change, and he’s my brother!

          • yy4u2

            You give us scientists a bad name.
            Geological data shows that earth has been much cooler as well as much hotter. What caused that to happen? The data from the recent decades does not show global warming; although it does indicate climate change. And that’s an oxymoron as climate is not static much like the economy is not static. Both are incapable of being controlled no matter how many liberals scream from the mnt tops that it can be done…always with a little more time and a lot more money.

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    What did they waste their share of Obama’s “stimulus” money on?

  • robert108

    Looks like “Sandy” is obama’s Katrina, with New Yorkers being the Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kim.watson.3914 Kim Watson

    But Rob, it hasn’t been a week. Technically, this was after three days.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Well, since monday. And i guess I’m in a “friday” state of mind already.

      • banjo kid

        That is a good place to be .

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      But yeah, you’er right.

  • mikemc1970

    But, but Obama and FEMA are doing such a bang up job. Surely the waters have receded by now and the earth has begun to heal.

    • Onslaught1066

      And what about all the aid pouring in from the middle east where Dumb-O has improved our international standing?

      “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
      Barrack Mahdi Obama – “Audacity of Hope”

      “We will stand on the throat of the great Satan should the wind of opportunity present itself.”
      al qaeda in Libya 9-11-2012

  • matthew_bosch

    I think this an action of thrift not of necessity.
    Owner of grocery store throwing out perishables due to lack of power.

    At least I hope so…

  • Thresherman

    But Andrea Bitchell, NBC News, said that it was wrong for Romney to send food instead of cash.

    • banjo kid

      You can bet if Obama loaded up a truck of food it would have been headline news about how much he cares and what a wonderful way to touch the people in this disaster , so presidential don’t you know.

  • matthew_bosch

    I suppose it’s my Midwestern bias, but shouldn’t it be common duty that each able bodied citizen have at least a week’s worth of self-sustaining resources set aside, so capital designated for emergencies can be first devoted to the disabled, helpless and elderly? I know for some its asking to much…moving on.

    • Snarkie

      In NYC people live in the amount of space such a supply would take up.

  • SigFan

    I really hope these people get the relief and supplies they need soon – to see NYC reduced to this is a travesty. And situations like this are why the hicks in the sticks like me have several months emergency food, generators and fuel, water, firearms and ammunition. Better to have these things and never need them than need them and not have them.

    • banjo kid

      They only had about two weeks to prepare and did not ?

      • SigFan

        Yep – it’s not like they didn’t know this storm was coming and that it had the potential to be a disaster. I guess it’s just a case of people thinking it can’t happen here – big mistake.

  • banjo kid

    You mean they could not find and capture a few squirrels or maybe a cat or dog and fry them on an open fire ? Just joking about the cats and dogs . but I would look any where except the garbage dump for food .

  • Harold

    New Yorkers just call the DNC headquarters in New York and they will solve all your problems soon. Be patient it takes time to make all that free stuff Obama promised us to start arriving. Just be thankful that Obama has all this green energy his administration has been funding and pushing as an alternative to gas and coal. Soon it will arrive and everything will be A OK there.

  • Harold

    Doesn’t look like food stamps are getting the job of feeding the people done in New York City. Well at least those stamps are free like Obama promised they would be. If anyone wants to donate money to the Red Cross please do so, don’t think there will be enough food stamps to go around this time. So even though many people are fools in my view who live on the east coast they are none the less fellow americans and do need our help.

  • The Fighting Czech

    According to a pamphlet a former employer was handing out to its employees they were laying off. One should not be ashamed of rummaging through garbage cans for items one can use….Its just another form of recycling…

  • mikemc1970

    Barrack Obama must hate white people. That is the only reason he could be leaving the people of Staten Island to freeze and starve.

    • Onslaught1066

      “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
      Barrack Mahdi Obama – “Audacity of Hope”

      Not sure if White Muslims would be an acceptable exception or not.

  • JanuaryJones

    WE are responsible to take care of ourselves! Have at least a month’s worth of food, water, meds, tp, first aid kit and an alternative source of heat if you live in a cold climate. I don’t expect the government to wipe my ass. I can do it myself :)

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