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  •  rmoney/ryan's response: those people should move (1+ / 0-)
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    I.e., "Why are we having to continually pay for disaster relief for people that knowingly live in a place with hurricanes??  Are those people stupid??  Cut 'em off, then they'll figure out that they should move someplace drier!!"

    "When and if fascism comes to America...it will not even be called 'fascism'; it will be called, of course, 'Americanism'" --Professor Halford E. Luccock of Yale Divinity School; New York Times article from September 12, 1938, page 15

    by demongo on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 02:34:58 PM PDT

    •  Or at the very least, (0+ / 0-)

      why didn't they buy some houses in the mountains, or at the beach?

      Remember what happened when we turned the country over to that dumbass rich kid? So now we're thinking about doing it again? Really?

      by DaveW on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 03:38:03 PM PDT

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    •  "Those people should move" (0+ / 0-)

      On the coast south of Tallahassee, FL there was a famous seafood restaurant.  Because of hurricane driven storm surge it had been re-built with Federal assistance about a half dozen times before Hurricane Dennis struck in 2005.  The surge from Dennis also destroyed the interior of the restaurant.  This time FEMA said, "No, you get no funds for restoration."

      That said (written), there is a good case to be made for re-location of residential New Orleans.  That area is riddled with seismic faults, sliding into the Gulf, and is sinking behind the levees due to soil compaction.  Sea level is rising and there is not enough sediment being transported down the Mississippi River to replace the inundated land and the constantly eroding shoreline. Coastline stabilization and storm surge reduction by re-building marshes is a fraud, perhaps perpetrated by the marsh grass lobby.  Some very precise (and repeatable) measurements have Grand Isle sinking as much as 2 inches per year.  

      But one does not cut off funding for the people, leaving them to their own devices.  One humanely assists in building a new, safer New Orleans.  The funds saved by stopping the wasteful expense of levee building and re-building would be enough to fund a re-settlement in a safer place.  Add to that the funds saved by not re-building homes after every storm and there should be a net savings for the Federal budget.  The only question might be "is it possible to re-build the cultural heritage of NO?"

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