Why don’t we take care of our people?
The fires in California are heartbreaking for the people who resided there. They have now been uprooted, lost their homes, lost loved ones and any semblance of their normal routines. The shelters that have been erected for them are sub-par. People are getting sick, there is a shortage of housing and a few weeks from now I can’t imagine the mental toll it will take on every survivor particularly the children.
Time and time again tragedies take place and we read, watch and see the everlasting tragedy unfold without a clear plan to help these people get back to some sense of normalcy as soon as possible. Why don’t we take better care of our own people when tragedy strikes?
The economic longtail makes sense for our country to erect make-shift homes immediately, to bring in social workers to help with the stress, to make food available, get the kids back in school, help with jobs and medicine. Most of the people affected by the fires do not have the means to get themselves back on their feet. It is heartbreaking.
At what point will we realize that jobs, preventative medicine, food and shelter for all creates a better economy for everyone?