Our government gave us the tools to decide whether to batten down the hatches, ride out the storm, or batten down the hatches and evacuate the area. For some reason, conservatives believe this is only important when they are being affected.

The second part of this equation is this: local and state officials should have the equipment to help rescue Americans who are stranded and need help. And the third and final piece of the public safety and recovery equation is cleanup and rebuilding—and not just roads and bridges, but infrastructure, power grids, beaches, homes, piers, cellphone towers … and help with insurance to replace cars and factories and schools and jobs and much, much more.

None of these expenditures are trivial. This is the way government should work. So, the government does much more than maintain roads and protect us from invasion.

Wall Street does not devolve into chaos because of rules that we have set up through our government. In theory, businesses can’t do anything they want to, including poisoning US citizens, because of government rules and regulations. We need an active government that works in our best interest. That promotes justice. We need a government that helps to protect us from harm.

Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida, has petitioned the Biden administration for disaster relief. He is asked that we put aside partisan differences to help the citizens of Florida. Joe Biden has pledged support. He did not take the time to point out the ironic position that Governor DeSantis is in.

If you recall, in late October 2012, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the New York/New Jersey, causing widespread damage. It is estimated that Sandy caused almost $70 billion worth of damage in the United States. Then in his first term in the House of Representatives, Representative Ron DeSantis voted against the funding bill to rebuild New York and New Jersey. He argued that the bill was just another “put it on the credit card mentality” bill that he opposed. As governor, he doesn’t seem to want to play politics. He doesn’t seem interested in finding spending cuts to offset the federal spending that he wants to help rebuild his state. In fact, he suddenly seems happy about the “credit card mentality.”