There used to be some product, margarine, IIRC, that had my title as their catchline in their commercials. So I’m reading an article about the severe mess in South Carolina, No, not the rains, but the absurd state of dam safety, no flood warning systems, and uncontrolled building in flood zones. Now I sympathize with the ordinary people in South Carolina about the disaster that has befallen them. But the wakeup call has to also impact their head-in-the-sand politics.
You see, nature doesn’t care about politics. It doesn’t even care about human beings. It just is what it is. Living in the fact-free world of climate change denial doesn’t have an iota of effect of rain. Deniers may stop all progress in the political system but the rain just keeps on falling. And now profits for the Kochs are actually damaging real human beings, so maybe reality will finally begin to balance ideology. But being it’s South Carolina, a state whose legislature tried to ban any discussion of sea level rise or flooding, maybe not. Awh, they’ll just go to the evil big government in Washington and get the people from the other 49 states to pay for their neglected infrastructure.
Now wait a minute you say – this is a natural disaster and everyone should have sympathy for the people of South Carolina. But here’s the thing, according to this article (from a Carolina paper, not the evil leftie media):
South Carolina has for years had one of the nation’s weakest dam safety programs, consistently ranking near the bottom of rankings in federal and state government reports.
In 2013, the state spent less than $200,000 on its dam safety program, employing a handful of people devoted specifically to inspecting and regulating the structures. That’s roughly the same amount the state spent on the program in 2010, when a national report rated South Carolina 45th nationally in financial resources committed to dam safety.
and just to add fuel to the fire:
All told, South Carolina has 2,300 dams, most of them privately owned and made of earth.
So while South Carolina argued about continuing to fly the Confederate Flag, symbol of slavery, meanwhile they almost totally ignored climate and then flooding and then dams. I’m sure this ridiculously low level of spending was justified by a Repug legislature as controlling spending of big government so they could give tax cuts to the rich.
South Carolina effectively has followed another Repug mantra and that is privatized most of their dams, with rare inspections, and no warning systems for dam breaches. Brilliant, guys, head-in-the-sand: just deny that climate exists or that public works are needed and it will all go away.
It may be a natural disaster, undoubtedly exacerbated by the, of course, liberal conspiracy known as climate change, but it is a manmade political disaster that the dam situation is abysmal and that real people died and their homes flooded over an irresponsible dogma of small government.
I hope the people whose lives have been so disrupted manage to ask a few questions about why this was allowed to happen. Unfortunately, most likely, given it’s South Carolina, they’ll blame Washington (while simultaneously expecting huge funding from Washington, and Obama, of course) and many will claim this is their sky-man’s wrath over SSM. Fine, deal with real problems with political talking points.
But you can’t fool Mother Nature.