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  •  This is wonderful. (23+ / 0-)

    The combination of government AND community relief efforts illustrates what Obama tries to explain over and over again -- we succeed best when we work together.

    Speaking generally (not just about Sandy relief efforts), there's a place in the world for large-scale coordination that can best be accomplished by government resources -- at any level. There's also a huge need for individual contributions to help mitigate the great need in our country -- ongoing or special situations like Sandy.

    I was listening to public radio last night -- the feature was about political differences causing tension in -- and sometimes breaking -- close personal relationships. Part of the story was about two sisters, one conservative and the other one liberal.

    I won't go into the details, but one thing really struck me. The conservative woman asserted that liberals are selfish (although she admitted that she couldn't reconcile that belief with the fact that her sister was an extremely generous person!).

    When asked for an explanation of her belief, she asserted that liberals don't want to help anyone, they just want the government to do it.


    "I think in America, the opposite of poverty is justice." Bryan Stevenson

    by gfre on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 01:37:39 PM PST

    •  Another "front line" in relief/recovery (19+ / 0-)

      Walls appear to be falling down, the walls that too often separate us by income/opportunity/politics/age/geography, as evidenced by…

      1.    A local community center in Far Rockaway that opened a week before the storm managed to bring in a solar generator truck from Green Peace.

      2.    An Occupy Sandy volunteer asked if they had space available to operate a kitchen and serve as a distribution hub for food/water and other supplies as well as to coordinate people coming out to just work on clean-up.

      3.    On Saturday, Nov 3, the National Guard dropped by, with two truckloads of food and water asking Occupy Sandy volunteers to distribute to those in need.

      So there we have both Green Peace and the National Guard supporting an Occupy group that spontaneously stepped into a wide gap left by all the big support systems, that people know about.

      Groups like the Red Cross, and so on, just didn't have boots on the ground in these neighborhoods, that could respond quickly to the challenges that the storm brought, namely total loss of transit infrastructure, total loss of power and near total loss of delivery capabilities.

    •  What I would tell her (13+ / 0-)

      is that some problems are too big for individuals to do all that needs doing. (Sandy is a good example.) On a personal level, for example--say a good friend of yours has her house foreclosed on, due to medical expenses. What can you possibly do to help her?? You couldn't pay her mortgage for her, right? You couldn't pay her medical bills for her. Presumably you don't have room to house her and her family with you. As a society we have to organize a system to prevent people from falling into the cracks like that. That requires some government policies to regulate the insurance co.'s, banks, etc.

      A conservative lady I know responds pretty well when you talk to her about more/better regulation.

      I love it that Obama's channeling Harry Truman: "I don't give 'em hell; I just tell the truth and they think it's hell!"

      by sillia on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 02:03:53 PM PST

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