Friday, September 23, 2005

Billions For Rescue, Not One Dollar For Rebuilding

By Mark Moore (click "comments" below for article).


Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Arkansans have responded well to the Hurricane Katrina disaster. They have led relief and rescue operations. They have taken evacuees into their homes. I have seldom been more proud of my state than I have been through this disaster. We probably have more former NOLA residents here, on a per capita basis, than any other state in the union. Even at the Missouri line where I live, people from NOLA have been given housing and welcomed into the community.

This is not happening because of a government program, it is happening because a large portion of our population has the resources and desire to help. It is through the virtue of the populace. A virtuous population is the only real defense against Big Government.

Certainly it is the proper role of government to protect the life of it's citizens. I am pro-life. I believe that the billons required to rescue the hurricane victims was well spent. I believe it was a constitutional duty of government.

I have a lot of family in Houston. As I write these words another giant storm is set to assault that city. I may have to take in evacuees from the next disaster- my cousins. They live in a low-lying area and might lose their homes. I have had to think about this a lot. It still does not change my position. We should spend billions of federal dollars for rescue, but not one dollar for rebuilding.

Why am I or any other citizen obligated to spend hundreds or even thousands of my own dollars (hidden for now because it will be done through deficit spending) to rebuild a city below sea level? The same thing will happen again. Those people were encouraged to stay by federally subsidized insurance programs that never should have been started.

No. The Federal Government cannot guarantee to all citizens that they will never lose any property to natural disaster- especially those citizens who insist on building in dangerous areas such as below sea level in a Hurricane zone. President Bush has no right to promise dollars out of your pocket or my pocket to rebuild someone else's property.

I talked to a truck driver the other day who took relief shipments into NOLA. She said that she needed an armed escourt. She brought water and food, but the people in line getting these things were complaining that they did not bring money! The ingrates seemed to buy into President Bush's plan, which seems to be to have FEMA helicopters drop emergency supplies of tax dollars by the bale into the area, and plug the levees with more mountains of cash.

I exaggerate only mildly. FEMA was handing out bank cards with $5,000 worth of cash on them. It is well documented that some of the "victims" went out and spent it on booze and prostitutes. Government relief only works for a virtueous population. Virtue is the only sure defense against both anarchy and Oppressive Big Government.

I staunchly oppose running up the national debt to rebuild a city that is below sea level. I will oppose federal funds to rebuild Houston, even if my cousin's homes are destroyed and I have to take them in.

Where is the voice of fiscal sanity today? I have heard about enough clowns on this board suggest that the Constituion Party is somehow "nutty". The current "party of fiscal conservatism" has run up national spending and debt to record levels and now proposes rebuilding a below-sea-level city in a hurricane zone. Tell me, whose ideas make more sense? Whose proposals are more rational?

The GOP better return to its roots or it will lose it's base.

10:45 AM, September 23, 2005  
Blogger Mr. Toast said...

Calm down, Mark! The prez told us he wasn't going to raise taxes. In fact, the third shift is printing those badly needed extra dollars right now!

5:57 PM, September 23, 2005  
Blogger terrymcdermott said...

Mr.Toast that is creating a bigger problem, by printing money that has no value in gold or silver. I feel that if this practice continues, we will have a depression.

4:14 PM, September 24, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I think he was being sarcastic tmd.

We know that printing money with nothing behind it causes a hidden tax called inflation- and America is set up to get a huge dose of it thanks to the profligate spending of the Demopubs and Repulicrats.

7:24 PM, September 24, 2005  
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