The mayor of a Texas town devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion told the Dallas Morning News that the disaster has changed his views on the state’s laissez-faire view of business regulation. Watching his townspeople struggle to hew their lives…
Seems like there’s one more person who realizes that the rhetoric about government aid does not match the actual application of said aid in real life after a disaster. We see it time and time again where people rail against the federal government coming to the aid of fellow Americans after a disaster hits. It seems like those who are against government aid switch to being for government aid when they’re the ones who are the victim of the disaster.
I feel bad for the people in Texas, but then again, I don’t. They have been fed the line of “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps”, and they bought into it to the point where they elected their government around that principle. Now that the rubber is meeting the road, there is no government there to help, just as they voted for. Charities are just now starting to distribute money collected for the victims there, but this is only after about six months since the explosion.
It’s heart breaking to see fellow Americans suffer like this, but it reminds me of the times my mother and grandmother let me make bad decisions after they had given me sage advice. After suffering through the consequences of my bad decision, I came away from the situation with a bit more wisdom than I had before. I’m not suggesting that we should be dependent on government to bail us out after every disaster. In situations, such as this one, the government could have played a vital part in keeping it from happening in the first place. When you ask for less regulations, you have to be willing to accept the repercussions of your decision, whether good or bad.
- Donation Money Finally Going to Texas Fertilizer Blast Victims (insurancejournal.com)
- Texas lawmakers, state agencies discuss West explosion (thescoopblog.dallasnews.com)
- Sure, Everything’s Under Control (esquire.com)