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    Re: Should Taxpayers pay to rebuild homes after Hurricane Sandy?

    Of course we should. We're a country. We strive together. We help our neighbors and our countrymen (and women, but countrypeople is a linguistic abomination). How can a person claim to love America yet harbor such disdain for so many Americans?
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    Re: Should Taxpayers pay to rebuild homes after Hurricane Sandy?

    Hey, just a heads up:

    I don't hold you in disdain just because I don't want to buy you a house.


    I do, however, hold anyone in disdain who wants to make me buy them a house.

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    Re: Should Taxpayers pay to rebuild homes after Hurricane Sandy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Of course we should. We're a country. We strive together. We help our neighbors and our countrymen (and women, but countrypeople is a linguistic abomination). How can a person claim to love America yet harbor such disdain for so many Americans?
    It isn't disdain, it's practicality.

    If you build your house in an area that is at risk of specific natural or man-made disasters, you insure your house against them. If you don't, it's a sad situation, but it isn't the responsibility of the rest of the country to rebuild for you in the exact same area with the exact same risks. There are ways we can help people who experience hardship that don't encourage them to repeat the same bad behavior. Rebuilding their house on the tax payers dime isn't one of them.
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    Re: Should Taxpayers pay to rebuild homes after Hurricane Sandy?

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Same point, really.

    MBig is trying to argue that eastern coastal state residents shouldn't be able to predict that they will need to invest in insurance coverage that includes damages caused by hurricane or sea-baring storm activity.

    His premise is idiotic, to say the least.
    I was just being a smart ass. But still should we have a recovery system for people in CA suffer earth quak damage?

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    Re: Should Taxpayers pay to rebuild homes after Hurricane Sandy?

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    I was just being a smart ass. But still should we have a recovery system for people in CA suffer earth quak damage?
    I don't think we should have a system that allocates tax revenues for the rebuilding of homes. Assistance can come in many forms. Obviously people have to live and work in California to meet the needs of the U.S. economy. But it is more than feasible for somebody living in California to insure their home against earthquake damages, and to build their homes to meet specifications for earthquake safety and durability. If they fail to take those steps, they're SOL when their house comes tumbling down.

    That doesn't mean we don't help in other ways...it just means we don't help them recover something they failed to protect on their own.

    It would be like me expecting the residents of Texas to replace my car after a tree falls on it because I only had liability insurance.
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    Re: Should Taxpayers pay to rebuild homes after Hurricane Sandy?

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    I don't think we should have a system that allocates tax revenues for the rebuilding of homes. Assistance can come in many forms. Obviously people have to live and work in California to meet the needs of the U.S. economy. But it is more than feasible for somebody living in California to insure their home against earthquake damages, and to build their homes to meet specifications for earthquake safety and durability. If they fail to take those steps, they're SOL when their house comes tumbling down.

    That doesn't mean we don't help in other ways...it just means we don't help them recover something they failed to protect on their own.

    It would be like me expecting the residents of Texas to replace my car after a tree falls on it because I only had liability insurance.
    I don't agree with your analogy. It was not an act of god that put you in that ditch. A hurricane, tornado, earthquake are acts of god beyond humans ability to control.

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    Re: Should Taxpayers pay to rebuild homes after Hurricane Sandy?

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    I don't agree with your analogy. It was not an act of god that put you in that ditch. A hurricane, tornado, earthquake are acts of god beyond humans ability to control.
    I changed the analogy probably while you were reading....
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    Re: Should Taxpayers pay to rebuild homes after Hurricane Sandy?

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    I changed the analogy probably while you were reading....
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    Re: Should Taxpayers pay to rebuild homes after Hurricane Sandy?

    I can't imagine losing everything and right now I think the important thing is to ensure these people have shelter, food, clothing, and other essential needs met.....there is a lot more involved besides building them a new house (I do not believe anyone should be given a free house) but as a nation we should be able to ensure their basic needs are met and offer low interest loans for home construction and provide emergency and cleanup assistance....it's not like they can put a new house up tomorrow and get on with their lives.

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    Re: Should Taxpayers pay to rebuild homes after Hurricane Sandy?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    The damage is estimated at $20 BILLION plus. Insurance is estimated to only cover half, few homes have full coverage and many have no insurance coverage at all. Should taxpayers pay to rebuilt homes damaged or destroyed by hurricane Sandy?
    Only if taxpayers get a benefit out of it that more or less outweighs the cost to them for doing so. Leaving hundreds of thousands of people without homes (I don't know what the numbers are, exactly), businesses ruined, etc., has a cost, both socially and economically. I have no idea exactly what that cost is, or how it compares to the addition tax burden. But if it is about equal or less costly, people having homes would seem to be the better option.
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