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If you are going to use general tax fund revenues to rebuild the streets, then the streets should be open to everyone. This is not complicated.

If you choose to wall yourself off from "the rest of us", then don't come to the rest of us for financial assistance when your privacy plan doesn't work in your favor.

In the interest of public health and the common good, I have no problem clearing our their sewers, and even putting their water supply back in operating condition. But I wouldn't be willing to provide for private access with public monies. I wouldn't repair their walls and razor wire, I wouldn't spend on building them a sea wall, and I wouldn't use tax revenues to rebuild houses or other private properties since these residents, themselves, made the decision to sequester themselves from the rest of society.

How amusing that those who most loudly champion "personal responsibility for your decisions" suddenly want to go back in time and take the benefits of commonality, even as they want to continue their segregated lifestyle at public expense. They made a choice. I'd be willing to allow them to change that choice, but it would have to be totally, completely, and irrevocably. I wonder how many would accept that?

I disagree.

I am not a fan of gated communities, but the residents are still citizens, they are still tax-payers. You don't want to contribute to repairing or protecting their private property, but you don't object to repairing and protecting the private property of those who do not live in gated communities.

Under usual circumstances, the residents of gated communities pay their own expenses, including the expenses of maintaining their roads. Disaster relief is for disasters, and it is for all. Protecting the private property of the citizenry, even to the extent of constructing seawalls, is for the benefit of all, not just those living on public streets.

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