What can ya expect when gettin’ your daily fix of Lewis? A good deal o’ politics, update to current events, and whole bunch of personal insight and sometimes satire. Jason’s show today was a bit of each. He touched on hurricane Irene, its victims, and the moral values behind giving vs being “forced” to give. He said that others (liberals, the media, what have you) might call him “heartless,” but he stands behind discretion in giving.
Jason and a caller debated whether giving should be done out of goodness of one’s heart, or forced by the gov’t. One would assume – Jason meant the taxes we pay which go directly to help those affected by Irene and other storms through means such as FEMA and the Red Cross. Jason made an interesting point with that – he said he doesn’t mind giving and helping, but he’d rather the people didn’t know of what’s coming their way.
Personally, I don’t stand behind this statement. But I get where he’s coming from. For people sitting on welfare, I can more-or-less agree that the process can turn seemingly endless. But for hurricane victims, many of whom had been hard workers before and likely after the disaster, there doesn’t “appear” a need to push them to “fend” for themselves. Either way – this was the topic of the show. Those who disagree, please comment! Jason Lewis is on 1130AM from 5 to 8pm on radio and online. Until the station is back on FM (supposed to be 102.5FM when FCC agreements are done), online might be the answer to those with HD radios and whose AM radio doesn’t work as well.
On that note – millions are still without power between NY, SC, and VA. According to Nasdaq.com, as of 10pm Sunday: 250,000 people are without power in NJ, 72,000 in NYC and Westchester County. According to Angel Gonzalez of Dow Jones Newswires:
“Raleigh, North Carolina-based Progress Energy said that 176,000 customers were still without power as of early Sunday. The highest number of outages reported by the utility at any one time was about 280,000 around 2 p.m. local time Saturday, and in total, more than 440,000 customers have lost power ‘for varying periods,’ the company said.” The “millions” quota is mentioned on the radio as a grand total, however. The article itself says “over a million.”
Fox News reported that roughtly 44 people have thus far died in this storm. Videos of reporters are surfacing on YouTube who’re covered in some sort of foam and sewage. An Ocean City, MD reporter gets covered in foam and what’s described as “probably the remnants of raw sewage” on the YouTube page.
The people of Minnesota are registering the disaster in their own ways. Betty of Brooklyn Park has a half-brother in the East Coast, but he’s doing fine; must’ve not been in the hurricane’s path. My mom, on other hand, heard of the hurricane, but didn’t know it’s NY. She knew people lost power, but didn’t know anyone died. SHe thought the hurricane hit South-East and East Central US. She hasn’t been worried about our relatives in NY for that reason, yet.