Like 9/11, Hurricane Harvey brought us together.
In awe at the destruction 50 inches of rain did to East Texas and our fourth-largest city and in admiration as cable television showed countless hours of Texans humanely and heroically rescuing and aiding fellow Texans in the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.
On display this week was America at her best.
Yet the destruction will not soon be repaired. Nearly a third of Harris County, home to 4.5 million people, was flooded. Beaumont and Port Arthur were swamped with 2 feet of rain and put underwater.
Estimates of the initial cost to the Treasury are north of $100 billion, with some saying the down payment alone will be closer to $200 billion. In inflation-adjusted dollars, the cost of Harvey will exceed that of the Marshall Plan, which rebuilt Europe after World War II.
Though the country has appeared united since the storm hit, it is not likely to remain so. …
No, it won’t last. In fact, as one team of overweight, low-IQ felons after another take the field today, the Harvey effect begins to fade. After tomorrow’s Day of Prayer (which will surely gripe some in and of itself) the unity may be over.
As for tending to our own house – there’s still a fortune for some to make meddling overseas, the consequences be damned.
Still, it has been nice, this week, to see so many come together. It’s sad that it takes a disaster to do it.