Friday, September 09, 2005

The Ideology of Disaster

In light of New Orleans, I've assembled a smattering of quotations into broken Grade 6 hamburger style format:

To those who wonder why so many stayed behind when push came to water's mighty shove here, those who were trapped have a simple explanation: Their nickels and dimes and dollar bills simply didn't add up to stage a quick evacuation mission.

There were many decent, innocent people trapped in New Orleans when the deluge hit—but they were trapped alongside large numbers of people from two groups: criminals—and wards of the welfare state, people selected, over decades, for their lack of initiative and self-induced helplessness. The welfare wards were a mass of sheep—on whom the incompetent administration of New Orleans unleashed a pack of wolves.

Now imagine that federal and state income taxes, Social Security taxes, and Medicare and Medicaid taxes had been abolished 10 years ago, along with the welfare-state programs they fund. Let’s assume that each of the families at the New Orleans Superdome and the Convention Center has paid, say, $500 per year in those taxes, which I think would be a fairly low estimate. That would mean that if they had chosen to save the money, each of those families would have had a $5,000 nest egg (plus interest), a sum that would have been more than sufficient to get them out of town and into a motel room for a while before Hurricane Katrina struck.

Unlike 9/11, when the cult of victimhood was temporarily suspended in honour of the many real, actual victims under the rubble, in New Orleans everyone claimed the mantle of victim, from the incompetent mayor to the "oppressed" guys wading through the water with new DVD players under each arm.

Welfare culture is bad not just because, as in Europe, it's bankrupting the state, but because it enfeebles the citizenry, it erodes self-reliance and resourcefulness.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way I see this is that G.W. Bush should have been screaming for other countries help for the first second it happened. But then again what do I know. I mean with out dady there he can't make up his own mind.


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