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Originally posted by mybigunit
Wow so much for self sufficiency and if you look at history the U for United means the individual self sufficient states in the republic are all united. Self sufficiency is the key here. Read the constitution. No where does it say the federal government will bail out cities like SF and NO during disasters. It is for the state to do and if the disasters are frequent then the state needs to charge a heft tax. Hey its a part of living where you live deal with it. I see when YOU dont have to pay the tab you dont mind living there. But when its others its fine. Self sufficiency people cmon this is ridiculous. We as a nation have the freedom to DONATE to the cause but should not be forced to with our tax dollars. That is where the freedom comes into play.
[edit on 31-8-2008 by mybigunit]
Now if NOLA gets destroyed and these people move back there to risk it all again then next time they should be on their own. Harsh I know but there comes a time when people should realize to stay out of danger if they can.
Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
reply to post by mybigunit
Yeah... screw the 500000 people living there so you can save a little bit of money every year. .
"That's the promise of America - the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother's keeper; I am my sister's keeper."
we rise and fall as one nation. If we could pick and choose what our taxes go to, we fall. If we don't fund the evacuation of 500000 people in grave danger of flooding and hurricane force winds, we fall. You should be proud that your tax money is going to save the lives of those people, and make sure they have someone safe, warm, and dry to stay. That they have something to eat and drink. You should be proud that you made a difference in a very grave situation. All of us taxpayers did. I disagree with the way our dollars are being spent in some cases, but this is one we should be unified on, these are citizens of OUR country, they deserve our help.
Originally posted by mybigunit
Its a free country and people are free to move.
Originally posted by Grumble
I don't mind a bit paying to help fellow Americans (or human beings, for that matter), but certainly we should be questioning a system which gives localities the power to allow unsustainable development which ultimately is insured by the whole nation.
There is nothing wrong in questioning people who claim an absolute right to freedoms which injure others.
If New Orleans as it exists today is unsustainable, then it needs to be redeveloped in more intelligent ways.
Originally posted by Roosje
From a country that is completely below sealevel my reaction
If evacuation will repeat itself over and over again taxpayers shouldn't pay for the evacuation, but for constructing something better to prevent it from happening again. Maybe naive, but i thought that already happened after the last time. Why did all the dutch engineers head that way?
Anyway...Every part of the country has it's risks another part has to pay for. That's the way society works! In the big cities there might be more crime and people from the countryside have to pay for it too. Is that honest? I think it is...The evacuation costs divided by 300,000,000 people how much do you realy feel of it?
Originally posted by wutone
My only opposition is paying for the guy rebuilding in the same spot that always gets creamed by natural disasters.