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  •  MoT - the question is a complex one (3+ / 0-)
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    MinistryOfTruth, Justanothernyer, lcs

    Starting with the individual what personal responsibility does each of us have to insure our home and other assets from damage by floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. Wind is often covered by basic homeowners insurance, but water and earthquakes are not.

    At the city, county and state level what are the responsibilites for each level of government to protect, and insure, the infrastructure?

    What is the appropriate level of disaster relief that should be provided by the federal government? The first few days, a week, a month or more? Should it be the federal government that provides housing or assistance rebuilding? What role does private insurance play?

    I think this is a much more complex question than if we only raised taxes on the rich we could have the federal government provide more support to disaster victims.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Tue Aug 30, 2011 at 10:51:40 AM PDT

    •  Tipped for a worthy question (1+ / 0-)
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      VClib

      and a legitimate one

      At the city, county and state level what are the responsibilites for each level of government to protect, and insure, the infrastructure?

      What is the appropriate level of disaster relief that should be provided by the federal government? The first few days, a week, a month or more? Should it be the federal government that provides housing or assistance rebuilding? What role does private insurance play?

      These are all worthy questions. Of course, the GOP answer is "NO!" to all of the above, but these are serious questions.

      but I tend to err on the side of Ocaam's Razor, and prefer to tax the rich slightly more so that the rest of us don't have to drown. The details we can figure out afterwards, but I think the federal gov should raise the funds and direct the aid to states, and then the states can decide what way to use those funds best

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