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Created by John Eipper on 09/13/17 3:16 AM

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Red States and Disaster Relief (Paul Levine, Denmark, 09/13/17 3:16 am)

With the present focus on the terrific storms, questions are being raised about who pays for the damage.
Two recent Washington Post articles address these issues. They both make credible points. What do our readers think?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/when-a-red-state-gets-the-blues/2017/09/05/57a5461a-9254-11e7-aace-04b862b2b3f3_story.html?utm_term=.b92dbc50be93

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/texas-desperately-needs-harvey-aid-but-the-low-tax-state-shouldnt-get-a-handout/2017/09/06/43ccd926-925b-11e7-aace-04b862b2b3f3_story.html?utm_term=.6f841de2a2f3

JE comments: Provocative pieces.  They will ruffle feathers but change few minds. Garrison Keillor's "aw shucks" demeanor (first link) pokes hard at Texas: how can Texans adhere to their conservative ideals and still ask for $150 billion in government handouts? Keillor, a Minnesotan, asks in turn for "winter relief." We Michiganders could use some of that, too.

Harvey and Irma (now "Harma") hit Red states the hardest--or exclusively, if we count Florida as Red. Might this change some minds about climate change and the role of federal government?


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  • Federal Disaster Relief and Ideology (Tor Guimaraes, USA 09/14/17 6:39 AM)
    Probably one of the very few great benefits from having a super-powerful federal government is its hopeful (Katrina aid seemed to be part of the disaster) capability to help the nation with the massive natural disasters that we have been having. As a sad joke, I might include Nazi Germany and Tojo's Japan as natural disasters, too.

    Only a distorted ideologue like Sen. Ted Cruz would not see that (as someone said) one cannot provide in such cases by asking individuals to help. To me, people who frown on federal government help for citizens hammered by these overwhelming disasters seem to be the ones who also tend to support large massive welfare programs for special interest groups.


    If the federal moneys are not used to help people suffering from natural disasters, the damned politicians will find unnatural ways to spend the money such as the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, etc.


    JE comments:  Remember the classic Reagan quote (issued ironically), "I'm from the Federal Government, and I'm here to help"?  It set the mood for conservative thought for a generation.  Will the current wave of natural disasters change the tone?

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