Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the Northeast and area politicans are tripping over each other trying to leverage the oportunity to create the aura of ‘leadership’. Amazingly, many coastal areas in the Southeast deal with multiple hurricane threats per year but since it’s the Northeast the pols and media are acting like it’s THE WORST THING EVER! This despite the fact that Sandy might not even have hurricane status when it makes landfall but why let little things like ‘facts’ get in the way of politians and the media trying to benefit by scaring the masses.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo managed to get to a microphone and TV camera ahead of NYC’s unctuous mayor ‘Nurse’ Bloomberg and took the opportunity to shut down the transportation infrastructure of one of the world’s most important cities. Never mind that this could keep New Yorkers from easily evacuating should the storm really become serious, but why waste an opportunity to look like you’re doing something? Cuomo shut down the city’s schools along with the MTA subway, bus and commuter train service before patting himself on the back with this inane quote:
“You don’t want to be overly panicked and overly prepared, but you want to be prudent, you want to do what’s necessary.”
Translation–”instead of waiting to take the prudent course of action based on events I’m going to contribute to the hysteria by doing something. I’ve got my political career at stake.”
With Cuomo shutting down the infrastructure obviously ‘Nurse’ Bloomberg had to do something–so he ordered some mandatory evacuations that aren’t *really* mandatory since he won’t be arresting people who stay. Either that or his police force is too busy with problems like offshore sports betting and oversized soft drinks:
“If you don’t evacuate, you are not only endangering your life, you are also endangering the lives of the first responders who are going in to rescue you. This is a serious and dangerous storm.”
The transportation system was also shut down during Hurricane Irene–also billed as THE WORST THING TO HAPPEN EVER and a storm that eventually brought little more than rain and wind.