Originally posted by BrokenCircles
However, to answer your↑ question:
[color=DFFFBA]Because that's what we 'snippin' pay them for. If the government can't keep their end of the bargain, then they need to stop
taxing stealing all our dam money.
In an ideal world, I would say that you're absolutely right. But we don't live in an ideal world.
Your tax goes to paying for the largest military in the history of the world, it goes into perpetuating a system of economic decline and increasing
debt, it goes into bailing out failed corporations and is funneled up towards the most wealthy people in society. Sure, a % of it goes into emergency
management, but in every example we see government failing in this respect.
I was watching the 7/7 documentary commemorating the 7th anniversary of the London bombings last night, and apart from all the honesty, harrowing
tales of what happened in each instance and the emotion and psychological trauma of it all, the next biggest part of the story for me was how
It took emergency services more than 40 minutes to even get to those trains. Although the inquiry after the fact cleared all responders and said their
delays did not contribute to the deaths of victims, we know this is simply not plausible. If someone is bleeding out they need urgent medical
attention, and waiting 40 minutes WILL kill them.
Radios failed, phones failed, traffic management failed, the staff directing the underground failed... There was a lack of urgency, a refusal to
understand what was happening, a breakdown of such basic systems and comprehension that is just inexcusable.
Are we to believe that they only noticed on that day that radios and phones were sporadic at best on the underground system? Why was that never
discussed before? How did they allow that basic loss of communication to go unresolved for decades? It simply makes no sense. And if this was just a
bad day when everything just suddenly stopped working (as has been suggested before) who operates those systems and who controls them? They should be
I use this example because central London is one of the most heavily protected and most prepared areas of the UK when it comes to disaster management
and terrorism response. London is the seat of UK government, it has been the target of the IRA for decades. If the response to an expected attack like
this was so poor in the most prepared city in the UK, imagine how unprepared the services would be in response to something less likely and plausible,
or outside of London.
My main point in discussing this is to try to raise opinions about the response to such scenarios, and although I agree with you on your point, that
cannot be changed. The government will continue to tax you and continue to tell you that it's for your own good. And they'll continue to fail every
time their preparedness is put to the test.
edit on 4-7-2012 by detachedindividual because: (no reason given)