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

    Quote Originally Posted by iliveonramen View Post
    I hope you have earthquake insurance...a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Texas in 1931. That was less than 100 years ago. If you don't your just being irresponsible.

    We have actually had a few around here lately.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Never having owned a home myself, I'm not too familiar with the ins and outs of homeowner's insurance. But if that's a problem, it seems to me that the easier solution would be to fix the homeowner's insurance market, rather than have the government essentially insure the homes itself. I don't think it would be out of line to pass some new insurance regulations that mandate that insurance companies which cover hurricanes also cover flooding (since most consumers would associate the two, and wouldn't read the fine print). Consumer protection would seem to be the issue, not the lack of available insurance. I don't really see any reason for the government to be involved in the homeowner's insurance business itself, absent any reason to think it could do a better job than the private sector.
    Well I agree consumer protection is a large part. I think acting like idividuals are just being irresponsible though is incorrect. Growing up in Florida which is hurricane prone you kind of see how Floridians would be in big trouble without their state run insurance Co.
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    Re: Should Taxpayers pay to rebuild homes after Hurricane Sandy?

    Quote Originally Posted by iliveonramen View Post
    I hope you have earthquake insurance...a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Texas in 1931. That was less than 100 years ago. If you don't your just being irresponsible.
    My insurance covers structural damage related to shifts or movements of the top soil caused by both natural seismic activity and also by man-made instability related to ongoing natural gas extraction and frakking.
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    Re: Should Taxpayers pay to rebuild homes after Hurricane Sandy?

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    None hurricanes only happen in the Atlantic. Typhoons happen in the Pacific
    Semantics distract from the argument...
    "Bad things" occur all over our nation...and the world.
    Yes, people should have insurance, and the right insurance...which is costly, un-affordable for many.
    I'd not write any insurance for any city 8 feet below sea level...this is insane !
    I'd think that storm/flood coverage should be inexpensive in NYC, not so for NO.
    The argument may be - should government displace the insurance companies ?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    I'd say it's more likely for a sea-baring storm to high the east coast than an earthquake.
    Actually we had an earthquake summer before this one North of DC. swaying buildings here in NYC and damaging the Washington Monument etc.
    Another point on the Richter scale would have been interesting.

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaeasque
    It's more likely for a blizzard to hit the northern east coast than a dust storm. You see what I'm saying, right? If your area has been hit in the last 100 years with a major natural disaster, you insure against it. Haven't you heard about 100 year flood plains? It's the same premise. Your argument that people shouldn't have to insure against something that doesn't happen incredibly often is idiotic. Insurance is designed to protect against the unexpected, not the everyday events of life. That's the point of insurance. If you fail to utilize it correctly it isn't the tax payers' responsibility to replace your ****.
    The last time water came near this high, but Not as high, was the Hurricane of 1821.
    Other storms not close enough to do the flooding damages of this one - and No storm in recorded history (I don't think) this Wide in significant damage.

    That 1821 Hurricane which was the closest to this in severity, if Not area, was 10 years after the New Madrid earthquake, which monumentally destroyed a good part of the Mississippi River valley. Should they be buying Earthquake insurance or screw em?

    **Generally I am Not for Federal help in what are by your own correct (IMO) standards are common problems.**

    As I said earlier, there are truly grievous cases, such as below-sea-level AND Hurricane prone New Orleans which get both FEMA and rebuild aid, when they should only get Relocation aid... once.
    Not to mention the whole Gulf and Southern Atlantic coast where Hurricanes are common.. along with FEMA et al.

    Helping the Uncommonly hit heavily populated corridor from Washington to NY to Boston get back on it's feet I think is not only proper but beneficial the country as a whole.
    It is, after all, a significant percent of the country by population alone.

    Bottom Line: I feel if we are going to have ANY Federal disaster aid.. this easily/necessarily qualifies.
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    Re: Should Taxpayers pay to rebuild homes after Hurricane Sandy?

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    It isn't practical to insure your house against the most common natural disasters known to affect your area? That's what you're arguing against, in case you weren't aware.
    No, I'm arguing that insisting that it must be private insurance is stupid. Do you know what the FEMA is? It's insurance. A collective insurance policy that we all pay for. This thread is about whining that people are paying for something that they don't directly benefit from as much as they'd like. It comes from a very small-minded perspective, where a functioning nation doesn't benefit everyone in it. Let's just take NYC as an example. It's a big financial hub for the whole country. How would you like to have a lot of that break down just because someone didn't have the right kind of insurance? No, that's stupid. Disaster response like this is a big national insurance policy that we all pay for that deals with the major problems that need to be fixed right away. Just because the storm doesn't happen in your back yard doesn't mean it's not important, or that it doesn't affect the whole country.
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    Re: Should Taxpayers pay to rebuild homes after Hurricane Sandy?

    Quote Originally Posted by mbig View Post
    And you think Hurrricane damage is a "common issue" in NJ/NY/NYC/CT? To name just a few of the 20+ states hit. NC, commonly hit, and a few more exceptional.

    8' below sea level New Orleans or the rest of the Gulf Coast for that matter, shouldn't even have people returning, much less subsidizing it in any way.
    The thing is, can insurance companies be trusted ?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    No.

    I wouldn't oppose low-interest loan offers (a la FHA 203B loans) for those who need new housing, but if you don't insure your home properly it isn't the responsibility of everybody else to cover it.

    When we insured our home I made sure that we had coverage that corresponds to common issues in our area: tornadoes, internal damages related to foundation settling, and constriction/warping damaging related to excessive drought (i.e.: our roof decking had warped during the 2011 drought, causing severe leaking and damage...turns out, insurance covers those damages if you have the right policy).
    Do you have any idea how much flood insurance costs and the escape clauses in them. Thesee people have never had a need (except those right on the shore) for such insurance. A middle class family could not afford it and forget about the lower class they have to eat.

    I believe the last storm of this size to reach NJ was 50 years ago and it was nothing like this one.

    My answer would be as you said low cost loans and some kind of subsidized funding for homes that are certified as totalled so that these people have a chance at rebuilding. For those whose houses are totalled and the people want to move, the some kind of low cost mortgage.

    Under ordinary circumstances like around the Mississippi where flooding is common or along the Florida coast I would agree completely with you. Buy what you need because these people choose to live in a hazardous area.

    The people in question (again except along the shore) did not and so they should be given some type of a break.
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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?
    Its easier to love a thing, an inanimate object, than its people.
    That we have trouble with.....do we ever !

    Coverage :
    Its either government taxes - more of course
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    better insurance .
    Both would be too expensive..
    BTW "country persons" would be worse yet !

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

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfman24 View Post
    Do you have any idea how much flood insurance costs and the escape clauses in them. Thesee people have never had a need (except those right on the shore) for such insurance. A middle class family could not afford it and forget about the lower class they have to eat.

    I believe the last storm of this size to reach NJ was 50 years ago and it was nothing like this one.

    My answer would be as you said low cost loans and some kind of subsidized funding for homes that are certified as totalled so that these people have a chance at rebuilding. For those whose houses are totalled and the people want to move, the some kind of low cost mortgage.

    Under ordinary circumstances like around the Mississippi where flooding is common or along the Florida coast I would agree completely with you. Buy what you need because these people choose to live in a hazardous area.

    The people in question (again except along the shore) did not and so they should be given some type of a break.
    Our government would be better off buying insurance policies (with taxpayer funds) that cover disaster areas rather than paying out of taxpayers' pockets after the fact, in my opinion. With all the bureaucracy that's in FEMA and other disaster-relief programs, an insurer would underwrite risks much better and more efficiently than our government can self-insure.

    FEMA's budget (alone) is upwards of $13 billion a year. My mom having had experience with FEMA shows me there is so much fraud and waste involved in claims management that taxpayers are not getting half-enough bang for their buck.

    FEMA tells us that they have adequate funds to cover this disaster -- they're planning on $3.6 billion. What did they do with the other $10 billion this year? Well, at least part of it went to pay their 7,400 employees. Government cannot do things as efficiently as the private sector.

    Edit: Having the private sector insure these losses would entail people being forced to insure their own risks to a greater extent than they do now -- flood zones/hurricane alleys/forest fires/etc.

    Re-edit: FEMA said it has a total inventory of more than 5 million liters of water, 3 million meals, 900,000 blankets and 100,000 cots at its distribution centers throughout the nation. This reserve is chicken feed.
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