DN Editorial: Disaster relief: Who built that?

Posted: August 31, 2012

A S THE GOP party faithful have spent all week being whipped into their anti-government frenzy, Hurricane Isaac - which bypassed Tampa but has done damage to New Orleans - should be reminding everyone why government services are essential and why atrophied government invites disaster.

When Katrina hit in 2005, Americans watched fellow citizens dying on national television, wondering with exasperation why federal resources were not deployed to help.

Abject failures on the state and local level made matters even worse. So did poorly constructed levees. But that's the thing: cops, EMTs, troops, FEMA, the Coast Guard (which performed admirably) bulkheads, floodgates, they cost money. Tax money.

Mitt Romney knows this. He's run a business and a state, and run them well. He knows there are things that only a properly staffed, properly supported government can do. Will he have the courage to stand up in front of the GOP and say so?

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