Once upon a time, a giant fire-breathing lizard emerged from the depths of the ocean into a great city. The tottering creature destroyed building after building, ripped out power transmission cables and crushed entire schools of children and teachers under foot. The teachers had their unions, the utilities their lobbyists and the children were lamented loudly by cartoonists. So, when the legislature convened in extraordinary session, the focus was on any profiteers who might benefit from the ongoing carnage. The hearings were generally considered probative, albeit tardy in the press.
Moral: There is no crisis so dire that in its midst the prospect of a profit will find thieves reluctant or public servants resistant.
CHAFF, n. A kernal of legislation, the grain of journalism. Weep germ.