I was just reading this news item, which discusses the provisions that various emergency agencies have set up in order to take care of animals during disasters.
This is certainly nothing new, and itís eminently practical since livestock are a major form of agricultural assets. Protecting farm animals against needless death is a way for the state governments to protect their tax base.
But people are taking steps beyond moving cows or horses out of harms way. Emergency shelters for people are now preparing to meet the needs of pets as well as their owners.
Megan McArdle says that itís very difficult to declare yourself wealthy because the goalposts keep retreating as you move up the income ladder. Thatís certainly true, but I think that Iíve found an indicator of the relative wealth of the nation as a whole.