"Nobody is being asked to stop being an American by moving out of the flooded area, so what justifies subsidy by all of America? Nobody is asked to stop being a Lousianan by moving out of the flooded area, so what justifies subsidy by Louisiana? The people of NO live in a sump. My parents live in a house that has a basement that will flood if the sump pump fails. If that happens, should someone from the federal govenment show up to pump out their basement, repair their pump, buy them a new washer, dryer and water heater and then restock their food? It's lunacy. "^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^There are a lot of folks who live in flood plains. Logical?Only to the folks who live there.What justifies a subsidy?Well, one could argue that folks have paid taxes.One could argue that the subsidy provided goes directlyback into the economy - that it provides jobs and income andre-growth of the region. The city of New Orleans - although decribed as a sump - is just like any other city ----- it is a home to workers who manthe docks --- all the businesses in the area. The number of pipelines criss-crossing Lousiana do not exist in a vacuum.Howie52If you ask if I would choose to live there - no. But thereare reasons folks do live there and will return.Every flood along the Mississippi River, Red River, Ohio River - thereare arguments raised as to why folks rebuild in the flood plains.Why does the government provide assistance to rebuild a buildingthat will be underwater again in 20 or 30 years.They are good arguments and have points.
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