A Note to the East Coast

For all you hipster large and small towns in the northeast who have taken great pride in banning big box stores like Wal-Mart and Home Depot, good luck rebuilding after the storm.  I am sure you are going to be really happy that you banned retail establishments with worldwide logistics resources and that have developed special skills in routing supplies needed for post-storm cleanup.  Good luck getting a generator from that boutique hardware store you have been protecting.


  1. Steve Walser:

    Ouch! That has got to hurt.

  2. John O.:

    I'd also like to add, good luck to them with the maze of bureaucratic nightmare. They will find out how bad things get when bureaucrats in DC get to make all the decisions for them. All those small towns with their "uniqueness" and tight knit communities are just extravagance compared to the cheap, easy monotonous bland ideas the new planners from DC have in mind.

  3. insert_witty_online_name:

    I think you miss the point as to why they ban these businesses....

  4. sean2829:

    Actually it's not as bad as you make it out to be and that is fortuitous. You are right that the quaint seaside towns don't have big box stores. They are located inland a bit, off the barrier islands in areas that are less likely to flood.

  5. Whyshouldihavetoregister:

    No, I think he gets the point. It's still a stupid point.

  6. Daniel Hill:

    Of course they still have access to Amazon, the ultimate big box store!

  7. sabre_springs_mark:

    But, But, Obama promised to cut the red tape - of course he didn't do that for any other disaster - but this close to the election it is important.

  8. sabre_springs_mark:

    Kinda harsh to point out this failing at the height of the disaster, but it is however true.

  9. gmsc:

    He also promised to slow the rise of the oceans, and look how that worked out.

  10. sabre_springs_mark:

    The funny part is the storm increased in intensity because it encountered two cold fronts. Under global warming the north seas temps should be closer to that of the equator, so the effect should be lessened.

    Save the world with global warming!

  11. J:

    But Romney wants to champion small business! Isn't that one of his 5 points in his plan? I had no idea Walmart and Home Depot were small businesses?

  12. AnInquirer:

    The best way to champion small business is to have reasonably low and reliable marginal tax rates. What is not helpful to the typical small business is the policy of the current administration -- giving tenuous breaks to favorites and promising large tax increases in the future. This approach helps those in crony relationships, but does not help the general arena of small business. Important note about small and large businesses: Small businesses are known for new ideas and risk taking -- starting things and providing new jobs. Large businesses are known for efficiency. Often small businesses sell out to large business which make their ideas affordable to more people and eliminating unnecessary payroll. It may sound cruel, but it is a very useful system -- consumers get more products at affordable prices. Also, the small businesses continue to emerge as long as government provides an atmosphere of encouragement, reasonable low marginal tax rates, minimal regulation and assurance that tomorrow will not bring significantly different policies.

  13. gregnullet:

    And they tend to be more close knit and self-reliant than the big box 'burbs.