Feb 7, 2011
“I want to thank all Chicagoans for the patience they have shown through this historic storm and its aftermath...” declared Mayor Daley. Maryland Governor O’Malley agreed that the “storm has been unpredictable as to how and when it would start.”
In fact, politicians, government officials and news media all pretended that severe disruption and damage in the Midwest and along the East Coast was produced by the exceptional severity of the storms.
Serious storms? Yes. But there are serious storms every winter. The big shots are just blaming Nature for problems they created.
Cutbacks in air and ground crews and among terminal maintenance workers resulted in hundreds of thousands of people being stranded for days by the airlines – some of them in airport terminals.
Thousands of commuters were stranded on highways in the Baltimore/Washington area because of layoffs of city and state road workers, and the contracting out of snow and ice removal to private contractors, some of them more willing to take the money than do the work. To add insult to injury, hundreds were billed for towing after being forced to abandon their stuck cars overnight.
In Chicago, Washington and other cities, tree limbs left untrimmed over power lines, and weak cable connections left unimproved because of utility company layoffs, caused millions of people to spend hours or days without electricity, heat and refrigeration.
Here’s a word of advice to all these cut-throats: There’s still a lot of winter left. Hire more workers!