The damage is in the billions, millions are without power and the death toll seven days after the storm hit is rapidly approaching 100. Tempers flared as thousands were stuck in lines waiting to fill their cars with gasoline that just wasn’t there. Major cities flooded. The stock exchange was closed for two days in a row, and the New York City subway needed to be drained.
Occurring as it did during the presidential campaign, Sandy ignited a national discussion about how best to respond to such emergencies. What roles should federal, state and local governments have, and who should take the lead. There was also another round of “global warming is bringing us these catastrophes” pro and con.
In the end, we learned the same lesson we always do and promptly forget: No matter how much we think we are in charge, Mother Nature always has the last word.