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Subject: Re: OT: Tribes: To what tribe do you belong? Date: 9/8/2005 10:18 AM
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"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. "

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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 directly
back into the economy - that it provides jobs and income and
re-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 man
the docks --- all the businesses in the area.
The number of pipelines criss-crossing Lousiana do not exist in a
vacuum.

Howie52
If you ask if I would choose to live there - no. But there
are reasons folks do live there and will return.
Every flood along the Mississippi River, Red River, Ohio River - there
are arguments raised as to why folks rebuild in the flood plains.
Why does the government provide assistance to rebuild a building
that will be underwater again in 20 or 30 years.
They are good arguments and have points.



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