Fitting the bill

Editorial in der New York Times:

 At a Republican primary debate last year, Mr. Romney was asked whether emergency management was a function that should be returned to the states. He not only agreed, he went further.

“Absolutely,” he said. “Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.” Mr. Romney not only believes that states acting independently can handle the response to a vast East Coast storm better than Washington, but that profit-making companies can do an even better job. He said it was “immoral” for the federal government to do all these things if it means increasing the debt.

Jeder für sich selbst. Sollen doch der Tornado-Staat Oklahoma seine eigenen Satelliten ins Weltall schießen, um die Bildung von Sturmzellen zu entdecken. Soll doch Louisiana den Mississippi mit eigenen Deichen absichern – aber natürlich nur auf der einen Seite des Flusses.  Die andere Seite liegt ja im Staat Mississippi. Der bessere Deich gewinnt!