As the rescue and restoration work continues, the death toll in Florida from Hurricane Ian reached 68 people as of Monday. The majority were in hardest-hit Lee County, where at least 18 victims drowned. A massive effort is underway to find anyone else who might remain trapped under debris, to rescue thousands who are stranded, and to restore electric power. I hope you'll pray for the victims and the safety and success of the rescuers.
As mentioned yesterday, here are some organizations that could use your help to help the victims, including one I personally endorse, Samaritan’s Purse.
Four people were arrested in Lee County for allegedly violating the “zero tolerance” policy on looting in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Fortunately, they did not have to learn why Gov. DeSantis reminded everyone that Florida is a “Second Amendment state.”
Despite Gov. DeSantis delivering a textbook example of preparation and leadership in a crisis, the liberal media continue to snipe at him, as they’ve been doing since before the hurricane even arrived. Two attacks are especially ridiculous. Some outlets are trying to blame him for not predicting that the hurricane would hit Lee County hardest (it took a last-minute turn that wasn’t even predicted by the National Weather Service, which was giving him his information; apparently, he’s supposed to be able to predict storm patterns better than they can.)
And Politico launched an idiotic attack on DeSantis for taking federal disaster relief funds, snarking that Florida would “benefit” from billions of dollars; and that DeSantis criticizes Biden, “but he sure does like the president’s wallet.” DeSantis’ spokeswoman Christine Pushaw fired back, “What is wrong with you? It’s not ‘the president’s wallet,’ it’s the American taxpayers’ money” (I’ll add that as an economic powerhouse that led the COVID rebound, Florida has provided a lot of that federal tax money.) She continued, “Americans in any state hit by a disaster are entitled to federal disaster relief funds, whether or not you approve of the Governor. The media disgusts me more every day.”
Couldn’t agree more. And don’t even get me started on the use of the word “benefits” to describe what Floridians are going through.