National disaster fund needed

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Miami Herald
  • Updated: January 4, 2013 - 2:40 PM

Disaster relief shouldn't be political, as it was this week with superstorm Sandy.

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headliceJan. 4, 13 3:17 PM

I don't think that setting up another Federally Controlled, $$$Mulit-billion slush fund is a fiscally responsible approach to this issue. Maybe people that watnto get bailed out should actually purchase insurance like the rest of us that wish to protect our assetts.

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ranger78Jan. 4, 13 5:15 PM

How about only paying for people who can't get flood or disaster insurance. If you pass on the subsidized programs, you get no tax payer bailout.

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elmore1Jan. 4, 13 5:17 PM

If this moves ahead it should be funded by cuts to existing govt programs (not an incremental cost).

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mcjoe1Jan. 4, 13 6:11 PM

This funding hardly ever goes to rebuild people's homes without flood or disaster insurance. A big majority of it goes to rebuilding infrastructure used by all citizens. In this case a lot of it is also going to National Flood Insurance Program because its reserves had been depleted from all the claims.

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georgina17Jan. 4, 13 6:27 PM

Headlice and Ranger78: Where do you buy your affordable insurance for the event that the roads to your house will get washed out and the drinking water is cutoff or polluted? Sure, we could all find some outrageous policy to cover anything. I think Lloyds of London is still in business. However, I have always found the insurance companies to win the bets, so just ensuring you have coverage for every potential event is quite a task and costs more than I can afford. That's why large entities self-insure. This proposal is effectively that. By the way, these people in the states hit by Sandy pay taxes into the federal government at such a high rate compared to what they get back in services, etc. that they are the ones (along with MN) that are subsidizing most other states.

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arielbenderJan. 4, 1311:04 PM

ranger78Jan. 4, 13 5:15 PM How about only paying for people who can't get flood or disaster insurance. If you pass on the subsidized programs, you get no tax payer bailout.________How about you people who don't want to live in a civilized society, just get together, move to an island and have your own little utopia where you ignore the sick, needy and hungry and let them die? I'm so tired of reading the whining from all of you.

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