Here We Go Again...When Will We Ever Learn?

It’s looking like Gustav is going to give New Orleans a direct hit. Twelve of fourteen models have the hurricane running right over the sub sea level city.

For the last three years we have been spending BILLIONS of dollars of tax payer money to fix the damage of Katrina. Now, we are going to have to do the same for Gustav and it is very likely that much of that will be to rebuild what we just got done rebuilding.

My question is this…

When will we learn? When will we say that enough is enough?

How much longer are we going to keep repairing a city that never should have been built in the first place? When you have to build artificial barriers to keep the water out, would that not indicate that we shouldn’t be there? Does it make sense to build in an area that should be a lake and nature seems to want to make it that?

Don’t evacuate, abandon. At the very least, stop sucking money out of the National Treasury to bail out people that will just need it again later for the same problem.

This time around we need to do one of two things for the victims…

1) Have them sign an agreement stating that if they stay and get wiped out again, Federal funds will not be available. The risk they take is their’s and their’s alone.

2) Allow them, to use the funds to relocate to a safer location.

In either case the taxpayers are protected against irresponsible behavior. I understand how hard it would be to leave a home. I get that. But wouldn’t it be better to build a home where you don’t have to worry about losing it to the waters flowing to where they are supposed to be in the first place?

Many of Katrina’s victims have stayed away. Let’s see how many of Gustav’s victims have the sense to do the same. We have three families here in my neighborhood that fled Katrina and they are watching Gustav and quite happy they have made a home here in the Adirondacks where all we have to worry about is snow removal.