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The question popped into my head while I was sweeping.  The TV was on for background noise.  MSNBC's Tamera Hall was keeping me updated on the day's events.

But something in the tone of her voice caused me to stop my chores and sit.

Across the screen was that red "Breaking News" and the story about the thousands of motorists stuck on highways in Georgia.  About the kids who had to spend the night in schools.  About the businesses who let people out early- only to discover that the roads had not been cleared.

And what do all the 'people in charge' say about this disaster?

We were not expecting such a big storm.  We didn't think it would be that bad.  We were not prepared.

I live in New York, and even I knew that the south was going to be hit with a storm that would be devastating to their way of life.  I mean, we can barely handle the snow storms up here, and we have plows and salt and snow emergencies.

The meteorologists have been calling this storm (Leon) for almost four days.  They have been predicting dropping temperatures and snow and ice.  Some even warned that an area not prepared for this storm would be in trouble.

And so, all major municipalities should have been "on alert".  I wonder.  How many meetings were held as to what to do, how to do it, and when the solutions would be put into action?

I don't know about you, but this is what I expect from my government.  As a citizen, I need my government to protect me- keep me safe from harm.  That is what they are elected to do.

So, now this is what I cannot understand.  For all the hype about 'keeping me safe' from those horrible terrorists, so much so that most of my freedoms are now gone, how can I ever believe that when push comes to shove the government would know what to do?

Because they can't even handle a snow storm.

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