The Welfare State's Secret Weapon

How disaster relief, from the New Deal to Hurricane Sandy, has spurred positive views of government

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The Red Cross and the U.S. Army led the relief effort after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. The federal government and other sources, including individuals, local authorities, other states, and even other countries, provided a total of about $9-million in aid to the city.
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The poll-trackers say Mitt Romney was doomed in any case, but some Republicans have blamed Hurricane Sandy. As parts of Queens, N.Y., and the Jersey Shore burned or were washed out to sea, Mr. Romney found himself in the position of having to explain...

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