And now the “clean up”

all in this together

Like the incessant rain from the super-storm the rest of the nation has been saturated with the pictures of devastation, reporters standing in sewage and politicians realizing there is a need for big government. And in all of this, there is an election short days away. It is said that traumatic events bring out the true spirit of an individual. This is the individual who may espouse a certain ideology one day but when the proverbial shit hits the fan, show their true colors. Witness the transformation or rather the inspiration of Chris Christie of New Jersey. In rather short order, he gave us hope that in a crisis we really can work together for a common cause…the people. Would that this spirit could work it’s way back to Capitol Hill. We can hope. I am trying to keep my cynicism from creeping in after this latest storm has passed. It’s hard.

What makes this country great is not so much a strong military or taking out Osama. These tasks are usually left to the few. No, our greatness is the many many good people that make up this country. Bloomberg answered questions about taxes being so high in New York. He responded by saying, for your taxes you get something. Fair enough. For our taxes we have FEMA. Can you imagine if FEMA was privatized? How would we get enough money to pay them (The “Cleanup Corporation”)so that the private company can make its profit and pay it’s investors? There is a place for a tax payer subsidized FEMA agency. We get something for it. You know it and I know it and Chris Christie knows it, and the people of New York and New Jersey certainly know it.

And then there’s “heckuva job Brownie” whom President George W. Bush infamously praised for doing a “heckuva job” in the aftermath of Katrina in 2005, told a Denver paper that Obama had acted too quickly in mobilizing relief for Sandy. We all know what kind of a job Brownie did after Katrina. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate dismissed criticisms of President Barack Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy lobbed by Michael Brown by saying “Better to be fast than late.” I believe that Brown was suggesting that Obama was just trying to look good. Of course he would say that.

But above and beyond all of this misspeak by Brown or King or Romney is the fact that ordinary Americans are reaching out to each other to try and preserve, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and this is not new the seem to always do this, it is truly the American spirit. So when I read that the Koch’s are going to spend millions to run negative ads against Obama between now and election day I wonder if the money could have been better spent oh, I don’t know…maybe in disaster relief. And I’m wondering perhaps that Donald Trump could channel some of the 5 million he wants to put up for the President’s college records and passport verification wouldn’t be better used in helping to clean up the streets outside his casino and the neighborhoods around it.

No it is small, anonymous Americans who will make simple sacrifices for their neighbors. Those stories won’t get reported. The what I have I can share mentality is what makes this country truly great. I know Ayn Rand would not agree but then her stories are for the selfish and the self-absorbed.

and so it goes…

A little song, a little dance, a little coffee down your pants... 40 years in the high school classroom and now on my own. A chance to think about stuff and how it affects everyone, not just me. Now residing in Oregon volunteering for a refugee organization.

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