Nick Gillespie on 3 Incredibly Stupid Responses to Hurricane Sandy—and Every Other Disaster You Can Remember


Writes Nick Gillespie:

Every time a disaster strikes—whether it's natural, man-made, or a combination of the two such as Hurricane Katrina—politicians, the media, and the public immediately start playing out a script that is every bit as threadbare as it is stupid.

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results, then we are never so nuts as when in the grip of a big storm, earthquake, accident, or attack.

The classic trilogy of ill-informed responses includes wholly unoriginal and unconvincing claims that the catastrophe will be great for the economy, that it proves that federal government needs even more power and authority, and that the event perfectly illustrates the pet theory of whoever happens to be weighing in.