Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Former Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass):
"In this terrible situation, let's be very grateful that we had a well-funded, functioning government. It is very fashionable in America ... to criticize government, to belittle public employees, talk about their pensions, talk about what people think is their excessive health care, here we saw government in two ways perform very well," Frank said on CNN's "Starting Point," noting the cooperation between state, local and federal authorities.

"No tax cut would have helped us deal with this or will help us recover," he said. "This is very expensive." (My emphasis)

"We're not asking people, look, do you have private health insurance or not, can you afford this or not? Maybe the government's going to have to pay for it," he said. "And this is an example of why we need -- if we want to be a civilized people -- to put some of our resources into a common pool so we are able to deal with this, and to deal with it, you can't simply be responsive once it happens."
Barney's right.  The resources to cope with such a tragic event have to be available before the disaster takes place.  And let's remember the first responders and volunteers risked their lives rushing in to help the wounded, not knowing whether there might be another explosion.


Russ Manley said...

No! No! It's government that is the enemy of our great country, destroying all the value we hold dear. Big government supported by massive taxation is a plot from the depths of Hell to destroy America! All those police, firefighters, paramedics, and hospitals should be turned over to private enterprise so they can be truly efficient. Victims should be asked when first approached if they can afford to pay for help or not; if they were too lazy to save for a rainy day or disaster, well too bad! No help for them! They are merely parasites sucking the lifeblood out of the honest, hard-working real Americans who make this country great!

You don't believe me, just ask your beloved Governor Jindal.

Grandmère Mimi said...

My governor Jindal has already answered the question by firing thousands of public servants, because private companies can do better. The results are not good.