I was watching CNN this morning and they were talking about rebuilding New Orleans. Apparently there is a controversy about how much of the city to rebuild. Should parts of the city that are most vulnerable be rebuilt or should they be turned into parks that would not only protect the city but add protection in case of future hurricanes?
I guess my answer is that people should be allowed to build their houses in whatever areas they want. If they want to rebuild in an area that is likely to suffer a large amount of damage again, okay. Let them. But they don’t get any taxpayer help. And they don’t get a single penny of help if a disaster like this happens again. You want to live in a dangerous area, fine. But you don’t get any help if something goes bad. Personal responsibility, yo.
Now I’m sure that this is not the “politically correct” viewpoint, especially since a large number of the people effected by this would be poor and black. But I don’t think it is my responsibility to subsidize stupidity.
And I say this knowing full well I live in a part of the country that could be devestated by a huge earthquake. I’m working on that in my own head.