Sunday, March 11, 2012
Tornado Relief? Bad Policy
I would be castigated as a heartless idiot by the liberal media, but I think that the disaster aid system is screwed up. Case in point: Obama offers disaster aid to Indiana counties hit by tornadoes. "Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and homerepairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs, according to Daniels' office." This is a very shortsighted policy that is only going to cause long-term harm. It is exactly the kind of government intervention that was opposed Climatopolis. While I certainly think that people affected by the tornado should get some help, they should not simply be left to go back to business as usual. They are living in high-risk areas that have a significant possibility of being hit with future storms. People should be encouraged to move to a safer location. They should not assume that the government can pick them up whenever a predictable storm happens. I am not completely familiar with the area, but a quick Google search indicates that Jefferson County is a common home of tornadoes. And if homes are going to be repaired, they must be repaired to withstand a tornado, not merely to survive until next year. I also don't think that rural areas should be subsidized at all, but that's another story.