Why does it take a disaster to remove the red tape?

“I instructed my team not to let red tape and bureaucracy get in the way of solving problems” – President Barack Obama, November 3, 2012

After spending the week unexpectedly campaigning with New Jersey governor Chris Christie through the storm-ravaged state, President Obama implied he is a man of action by uttering the above line in his weekly address. Apparently, we are to be impressed and grateful that the president was magnanimous enough to command his government worker minions to back off and be less troublesome while half of New York City and most of the Jersey shore have knee-deep water in what used to be their driveways.

Rest assured that as soon as the water is pumped out of everyone’s living room, and the shattered pieces of boardwalk removed from their front lawns, that all that red tape will be quickly sewn back together.

So why does it take a disaster to get government to remove impediments to solving problems?  Continue reading