Bravo to the folks at the New Yorker magazine. In their account of the post-Sandy environment, there are useful insights into why resilience is such a difficult goal. In fact it appears that NY and NJ they will be lucky to achieve recovery with some mitigation, let along the longer term and larger concerns their political leaders have articulated, given the way Congress is operating presently.
I cite the article less for the political machinations described than for (a) the specific examples of day-to-day decisions that impair the ability of organizations to function during and after a disaster and (b) the description of the prevailing philosophy of many conservatives. Both are major impediments to the resilient end state so many of us would like to see.
See: The G.O.P.’s Sandy Problem; New Yorker Magazine, Jan. 3,2013. I urge you to read the whole article. A couple of summary paragraphs are below:
Even if Congressional Republicans weren’t working to keep progress on Capitol Hill at a continual halt, even if they didn’t make passing something like a budget all but impossible, getting the funding to protect the East Coast from storms like Sandy approved would be a difficult task at best.
For one thing, they’ve put themselves in a position where they are almost forced to oppose spending on disaster mitigation. Approving funding to prevent hurricane damage means acknowledging that there is a continuing danger from hurricanes and that it is getting worse, and that means acknowledging that the funding is not just part of some liberal global-warming conspiracy.
Feel free to comment. Remember, I did not write this, I am only reporting on it!