Earlier this week, Arkansas officialdom was griping about federal rules to insure levee stability and to better regulate development in flood plains. The consequences of doing otherwise are readily evident still in Katrina-ravaged New Orleans.

Now officialdom is complaining about making new construction in the state’s significant earthquake zone comply with the demands of the risk. Too expensive, they say. Someday, it will be too expensive that we did otherwise. (See San Francisco, above.)