And those who confuse fear and panic with rational preparedness cause early unnecessary death for themselves and their loved ones.
Ben Franklin also championed PUBLIC fire departments which led to taxes to pay for those departments which I’m sure were resisted by libertarians as an intrusive government program until their own home was burnt down because there was no one available to keep their neighbors house fire from spreading to their own.
Also, here is the complete quote for Rahn Emanuel, Nov. 19, 2008: You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before. I think America as a whole in 1973 and 1974, and not just my view but obviously the administration’s, missed the opportunity to deal with the energy crisis that was before us. For a long time our entire energy policy came down to cheap oil. This is an opportunity, what used to be long-term problems, be they in the health care area, energy area, education area, fiscal area, tax area, regulatory reform area, things that we have postponed for too long, that were long-term, are now immediate and must be dealt with. This crisis provides the opportunity, for us, as I would say, the opportunity to do things that you could not do before. The good news, I suppose, if you want to see a silver lining, is the problems are big enough that they lend themselves to ideas from both parties for the solution.
The earliest use of the quote in print is attributed by Charles Doyle of the University of Georgia, coauthor on the Yale Book of Modern Proverbs, which cites in 1976, M. F. Weiner writing in an article in the journal Medical Economics entitled “Don’t Waste a Crisis — Your Patient’s or Your Own.” Weiner meant by this that a medical crisis can be used to improve aspects of personality, mental health, or lifestyle. For example, fighting a bout of Dengue fever can lead one to quit smoking.