A great column from the Foundation for Economic Education. Money quote:
A prime example is New York City. It established an Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in 1996, which allegedly “works to mitigate, and plan and prepare for emergencies . . . and seek funding opportunities to support of [sic] the overall preparedness of the City of New York.” Why do I suspect that bit about funding is its real raison d’etre?
No matter: the OEM considers us all morons, unable to discern its true intent, if its “Quick Heat-Beating Tips” are any indication. First on the list is “Stay out of the sun.” Whoa-ho! There’s a novel idea! And leave your fur coat in the closet: instead, opt for “lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.” We should also “drink plenty of . . . water,” and “keep rooms well-ventilated with air conditioners and fans.” Duh. Folks without a.c. or fans can “keep [their] windows open.” Such invaluable tips are one reason we pay Our Rulers the big bucks.