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Government not moving fast enough for NYT


The editorial in today's New York Times is straying from the paper's typical line that a big government is needed to solve problems.

The day after Hurricane Sandy devastated large parts of New York and New Jersey, NYT published an editorial headlined "A Big Storm Requires Big Government." It criticized Mitt Romney for past comments in which he suggested disaster relief would be better handled by states rather than federal the federal government.

Less than two weeks later, NYT isn't satisfied with the government's handling of the situation:

For all the efforts of federal, state and local officials to help people after Hurricane Sandy, unacceptable pockets of suffering remain. ...

More than 400 buildings run by the New York City Housing Authority were affected by the storm. Mr. Bloomberg said Thursday that 70 percent of these buildings now have heat and hot water and 82 percent have electricity. But that leaves 120 buildings and the people who live in them without heat or hot water and 72 buildings and their residents without electricity. ...

There seems to be no clear answer for why it has taken so long to send out temporary generators and boilers to help these residents.

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