When the government should be here to help

Damage from Hurricane Maria

According to Ronald Reagan, “the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.” As with so many other aspects of his presidency, he said his lines well, and the Hollywood polish made a lot of his audience suspend disbelief. Arms manufacturers did not regard helpful tax dollars as scary, and wealthy Republicans were pleased to be aided by transferring away the…