The Way Things Are:
At all levels, the government’s response to Sandy and utility corporations is an insult to decency. At every turn, human need conflicts with the profit motive, and human misery serves the prerogatives of the Democrat/Republican corporate/financial elite.
Like everything else, rescue resources race to the top. Electricity was restored to the New York Stock Exchange quickly so that Wall Street investors could resume reaping profits. But politicians abandoned the poor and working-class residents. For them, corporate-run media calls for ‘self-reliance.’ It tells victims that government can’t do everything and recovery will take a very long time. Class matters for aid received.
It is said that a fiscal crisis limits government's response to Sandy's victims. But the Bush and Obama administrations made some $23 trillion available to Wall Street criminals. Having handed them the keys to the US treasury, the fiscal sharks are making more loot than ever.
But neither Obama nor Romney offer Sandy’s victims any relief. Both bow before the ‘Grand Bargain’ to slash $4 trillion from the federal deficit. This means vicious cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and other programs. This makes the population even more vulnerable to future disasters and will cost human lives.
A Socialist Perspective:
Banks stand to be nationalized and converted into publicly owned entities. The working class stands to take control of these resources so that human need presides over greed and ever-greater enrichment of the fiscal aristocracy. Wealth belongs to the working class which produces it.