If we had infinite resources and time, we could scrutinize all passengers equally. But we don’t. Either we prioritize screenings on the basis of reliable data and rational risk analysis — or we kid ourselves and, sooner or later, sacrifice lives on the altar of “political correctness.”
The searing images of thousands of New Orleans residents, stranded by floodwaters because they had no means to evacuate Hurricane Katrina, have exposed an abiding truth about poverty in America. Despite more than 35 years of solid economic growth and income gains, the nation’s poverty rate is no better than it was in 1968, just four years after President Johnson launched a war on poverty.
No one can predict precisely where Hurricane Rita will slam to shore, but one thing is certain: The federal government, reeling from an ongoing pummeling for its slow and bumbling response to Hurricane Katrina, is putting on a full-court press now to prepare for the coming ‘cane.