I’m asking for Celso.
Zero Hedge reports that merely six hours after the Hurricane Irma disaster, your friendly socialist do-gooders in government leapt into action to help the residents whose property had been completely demolished by handing out nearly 1,000 safety violation citations:
“And we thought [the government official] was here to help us or offer some type of assistance with the trees, maybe he was going to bring us ice or something,” Perez told WSVN. Instead, the official slapped a safety notice on the only part of Perez’s fence still standing.
“I laughed,” he said. “I thought he was kidding. ‘You are kidding right? We just had a hurricane six hours ago.’ ‘No, I’m not kidding. I have to cite you for this.’ I just laughed. OK, whatever; knock yourself out!”
But Perez stopped laughing when the official told him he would be writing up a report and would be back to check on the property. Perez told WSVN that the man said he’d “have to write me a fine” if the fence wasn’t up to code by then.
“At the time this officer was out here, we didn’t have power, we didn’t have food, we didn’t have ice. He
Fortunately, we have commentator Ex-Oligarch to set us straight:
“… he, his family, and his neighbors were starting to clear fallen trees from the streets …”
That was Mr. Perez’s mistake right there. By voluntarily cleaning up the streets, he and his neighbors were cruelly depriving local county and municipal workers of their jobs — not just the couple guys who (eventually) do the work, but also the dozen who sit around observing, the team that redirects traffic, the manager who schedules the workers, the guy who tracks the equipment, the receptionist, the supervisor, the supervisor’s supervisor, the training staff, the IT department, accounting, the lady who files the forms, the boss’s son who X the forms, and who knows how many crucial public servants.
Of course, because of the scale of this storm, it is not just local government employees who will be injured by Mr. Perez’s heartless actions. Spare a thought for the poor government contractors who might have been engaged to clear the debris from the street; for their workers, supervisors, supervisor’s supervisors, lobbyists, sales staff, subcontractors, suppliers, and now that I think of it, the county’s own procurement and contract monitoring staff, not to mention the local politicians who depend on the financial contributions of vendors and contractors.
No, what Mr. Perez and his neighbors should have done to clear the streets was absolutely nothing. That way the road would have been professionally restored to safe and working condition by the best people to do the job. Sure, it may have been weeks or possibly months until the street was cleared, but that also would have delayed the arrival of the poor inspector who was instead forced by his dutiful nature to visit the area and perform his functions under such trying and stressful circumstances; in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, when so many structures had been thrown out of compliance with local ordinances. And instead of being welcomed with open arms by a grateful citizenry as he attempted to fulfill his civic role, he was met with hostility and even sarcasm by those who he was trying to assist. Street-clearing residents of Florida, I ask: have you no decency?
Thank you, Sir!
Now Quizzer wants to know: Are alligators in Florida doing the jobs that humans won’t do?