The cost to Americans for disaster-prone areas is growing beyond already unbelievable amounts in tax
dollars. To what end? An unlimited number of restorations that will again be
destroyed the next time disaster will surely strike? Isn't this like flushing an
enormous cosmic-sized toilet?
Has anyone ever wondered why a different
approach hasn't been taken or even considered in regard to the repeated
restoration & emergency funding which is costing ALL Americans exorbitant
amounts for those who insist on rebuilding after each event of devastating
damage to their homes in the hurricane and tornado prone areas of the
WHY? Are they just STUPID? Or are WE? (We,
as in many of whom CAN'T even afford to buy OUR first homes, let alone a
Most Americans will never be able to afford
to buy homes, not vacation homes, not even OUR FIRST HOME EVER. WHY? Because
those who have LOST homes because they choose to build in areas KNOWN to be
risky keep qualifying for Federal aid to rebuild. Doesn't anyone else see how
WRONG this is? How ridiculous?
There IS an alternative to the
repetitive, continual, pouring of much needed funds into lost causes which these
"unfortunates" are perpetrating ~ an alternative which could very well save
TRILLIONS of tax payer dollars as well as (potentially) millions of
When newly devastated by a known and
probable natural disaster, when those who've re-qualified for Federal aid ONCE
AGAIN, ONE MORE TIME, THIS TIME ~ GIVE EACH HOMEOWNER a CHOICE: to
RELOCATE with a property exchange (full ownership of their new property) to less
disaster-prone areas (not too far distant or further, also, their choice) at the
cost of Federal AID (this ONE LAST TIME), or choose to forfeit THEIR
PROPERTY* at their own loss! There should NOT BE perpetual REWARD for
foolish choices ~ especially when paid for by hard-working Americans who may
NEVER be able to afford to purchase their own homes!
*Such properties would then become Federal
properties to be restored to park land, for seasonal recreation for tourists ...
NOT for private residential properties. These areas have proven to be too
risky for residential property development and should never be released for
commercial sale or development again as long as the potential risk exists.
(Think about it, please.)
Those who refuse to relocate, should be
granted one last chance to keep their property, but if they can't afford to
rebuild with their own financial resources, they must forfeit that
property, having refused relocation assistance and property
No one who has invested in property need
ever be wiped out again by such frequent natural disasters. (And tax dollars
should NEVER AGAIN be required to restore to these repetitive supplicants for
aid when they've been given this option!)
Once an area has been shown to be a known
risk, it qualifies for such a program. No one need lose property rights and
should be given a choice of several suitable areas to relocate. Logically,
by the very choice of their initial property investment in a risky area, they
gave been given a 2nd (or more as the cases may be) chance to rebuild their
homes in a safer area, and, therefore, also, to rebuild their lives.
Many Americans are forced to relocate their
homes and lives at least once, so it's not so tragic to be given the chance to
find a safer "home." Why must they be so selfish to demand reclamation of
property that will again (most likely) be devastated once again, and the cost to
other Americans more likely who will never have homes of their
I seriously and logically demand that this
alternative be considered.
The savings of our tax dollars must be
Billions in Federal aid have been repeatedly
been rendered to these "fortunate unfortunates." Yes, they have lost their
homes, and, yes, we do feel compassion for their losses, BUT why do
millions of Americans who can't afford to buy a home have the taxes they pay go
to those who are foolish to continue to rebuild in these disaster-prone areas?
It's just not fair and it's NOT JUST.
Let's consider alternatives ~ If cost must
be occurred, let's have it make sense. Let's give them a CHOICE! If legislation
is necessary, let's get to work on the details, let's discuss, let's figure it
out. There HAS to be a better way ~ that is fair to ALL Americans, not just
favoring those who've chosen to live in those disaster-prone