Letting “The Market” Decide

By NBC’s Jo Ling Kent

GILFORD, N.H. — After a lunch speech today, Ron Paul slammed the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and said that no national response to Hurricane Irene is necessary.
“We should be like 1900; we should be like 1940, 1950, 1960,” Paul said. “I live on the Gulf Coast; we deal with hurricanes all the time. Galveston is in my district.
“There’s no magic about FEMA. They’re a great contribution to deficit financing and quite frankly they don’t have a penny in the bank. We should be coordinated but coordinated voluntarily with the states,” Paul told NBC News. “A state can decide. We don’t need somebody in Washington.”

Fox News thinks that while we’re at it we should eliminate the National Weather Service as well.

Perhaps it’s time to also do away with “Federal” forests. We could just let “The Market” decide, couldn’t we? No need for Federal managers, ‘ologists, foresters, firefighters, and certainly not planners!

3 thoughts on “Letting “The Market” Decide”

  1. “No need for Federal managers, ‘ologists, foresters, firefighters, and certainly not planners!”

    Of course, that is exactly what the preservationists are saying! No need for forestry, either!! Gaia knows best!!! *smirks*

  2. Both sides of extremism worship their gods while pretending that their forests will be “saved”. Feds are seen as meddlers from both extremes, while they push their own extreme ideas, based not on science but on twisted rhetoric. The Sagebrush Rebels wanted (and still want) their state lands for themselves, to do with what they please. Preservationists want the lands for themselves, as well, not caring what disasters will befall public lands, as long as no one profits. Preservationism seems more and more like a subset of the anti-corporate idealism of the left. If you are anti-corporate, you MUST also be against the cutting of trees for a profit, regardless of unintended circumstances. I tend to think that if the Forest Service could, somehow, make forests resilient, healthy and functioning without anyone profiting, “green” folks would be all for it.

    Then again, the Earth First types consider man to be a plague upon the earth, and must not be allowed to harm their green cathedral. The political rhetoric has been extended to the state of Texas, where liberals are saying “Burn, Baby, Burn”, as per the LA Times. Well, now that Oregon and Washington are on fire and having dry lightning, here in California, will we see the same attitudes, as people’s lives go up in smoke?


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