Most of us in NJ are generous, and glad to pitch in when there’s good to be done. Got to ask yourself the question, Why isn’t Christie asking for our sacrifice or seizing the opportunity to prevent the next crisis? Promoted by Rosi.
Back in the days following the 9/11 attacks Americans were in a unique place. We were angry, but it was expressed as much in a desire to work together to make things better as it was in a desire for revenge. We wanted to be asked to make a sacrifice, to volunteer for big projects, to change the country for the better to not only protect ourselves but also improve ourselves.
Instead, President George W. Bush asked us to go shopping.
Just a little before the 9/11 attacks George W. Bush selected a little known lawyer with no prosecutorial experience but a lot of experience raising (and giving) money for GOP campaigns to be the US Attorney for New Jersey. His name was Chris Christie, and he is now our Governor.
Last year New Jersey was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, a massive storm of unprecedented strength and severity. From Morris County down to Atlantic County, from the Delaware River to the Shore our state was powerless, our roads unpassable, and our infrastructure collapsed.
But the people of New Jersey shared generators, conserved gas, opened their Internet connections, put extension cords in their front lawns so families who didn’t have power yet could charge their phones and computers and medical equipment. They came together again, just as they had after so many New Jerseyans died in the attacks 11 years before.
And again, we are not asked to change or improve. Our leader, Bush appointee and devotee Governor Christie, doesn’t note that this kind of storm is more frequent under global climate change. No one is asked to add solar panels to their home, insulate to use less electricity and gas, get a more efficient car, car pool or anything else to help.
Nope, once again we get the Bush Republican solution to everything:
“I want everybody out here,” [Governor Christie] said. “I want your wallets open. I want you spending your money. I want you on the beach. …
“I would encourage people to extend their summer into September, to frequent these businesses and then for the businesses to take a look at how they’ve done and what we can do to help them out.”
That’s right: Go Shopping!