"The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. ... It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."
-- Adam Smith
"I am not among those who fear the people. They and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1816 "[F]acts are before ideas." -- Mikhail Bakunin, 1882
Somehow I just knew when I clicked that I'd find a Bush/Katrina vs. Obama/Colorado discussion.
Carry on. All I want to say is that the tragic Colorado fires haven't received nearly the media coverage that Katrina did.
Obama's visit did have an effect. While everyone was distracted by his presence, the burglars went into the evacuated areas. Good thing he showed up.
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
― Stephen R. Covey
His reponse to Texas was quite different: Bastrop County Complex fire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman