There is a lot of controversy with this storm Irene.
It's a hurricane (now a tropical storm), what is controversial about a hurricane/tropical storm?
Sure Irene may have tremendous impact on people's homes and lives, however, does anyone think in the fictional 1984 sense or the Y2K scare sense, that the government sees this as a potential fear pumper to get people to consume products that potentially are low in sales?
Money can be made from any situation--if anybody is using this to come up with some kind of "nefarious" plot (or whatever the hell we're talking about here) to make money, I'd place more bets on private sector business owners, not Uncle Sam. And let's be honest, that's what Capitalism safeguards (the right to profit legally), isn't it?
I live in a section of the Delmarva Peninsula that got hit while Irene was still a category 1 and for the first time ever, I got to see and hear ads for Generac
all night last night; never heard of them until now. I'm not aware of the government being in cahoots with Generac, though.
I feel that way about Y2K, I may even feel the same way about Irene in regards to potential 3 week electric power outages where we all have to start buying up those water bottles, flashlights, snack supplies etc.
My entire town went without losing electric and my entire state is nearly up and running not even a full 24 hours after Irene passed.
Electric companies make more money when people have power, than when people do not.
Also, bottled water and snack food doesn't have any trouble selling in my experience. I'm not an economist, but I doubt that the government is getting kickbacks from Dasani, Deer Park, Aquafina, Nestle, Little Debbie or any of the other various manufacturers of these sorts of products. Whatever extra taxes they might be getting from the sale of these products, I wouldn't rationally assume that it was a planned move, unless you think the government cooked up hurricane Irene in some secret ocean facility unknown to the rest of the world.
Anyone here put their faith in government? That they are really out there to protect us?
As it was said above my post, I do what is necessary to protect myself and family (boarding up windows and driving to stay with relatives that live further inland). speaking strictly for my state, however, the National Guard should get medals for how quickly they responded to flooded areas, downed trees, distress calls that normal emergency personnel could not respond to etc. etc. Even as I drove home from work this evening, the National Guard is still out in force, helping to finish cleaning up debris. If Uncle Sam is out to get me, I sure as shit didn't know it.