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After Sandy: Rebuild or retreat?

Hurricane Sandy is expected to be the most expensive storms in history by media reports.

So here are some points to guide the debate:

1) Congress is set to debate a 60 billion dollar relief package.

2) The area being rebuilt is in a flood plain

3) The area has been rebuild many times

4) Where does insurance come into play VS federal intervention.

5) If you know your in a flood pain and still build .... who is responsible for the loss .... shoud you be eligable for federal relief funds.

We have seen relief and federal funds abused. As an example the former mayor of New Orleans Ray Negin was just indicted by a grand jury on correution charges. New Orleans 5th district is still boarded up and billions in all kind of aide are still unaccounted for.

So when do we the people say we do not want to keep throwning money at recurring problems.

This is not about being mean to people it is about building something that you know will be destroyed and then asking the government to refund you for your loss.

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    Jan 24 2013: RC, Your right. There are two distinct problems those who profit and those who need and ain't gettin nuttin. Army Corps of Engineers are expensive and their results have been called into question often. I published a conversation not long ago on the major Aide agencies, on how much of the money reaches the project site. The record for some of the biggest is awful ... but their CEOs are making a bundle in wages and perks.

    Puerto Rico is still basically at the same point ... New Orleans 5th district is still boarded up and a TV special showed one store had opened in the area. Five months after Sandy there are still areas of Manhattan that still have no power. I did see that a boardwalk and a entertainment pier were being restored. So the question remains where did all the money go.

    In our state we have a Dept of Emergency Services. Funds and resources are directed to them. They MUST document each expense by law and are audited. It appears that the means the Federal government uses is to throw money at all problems and make a visit for Photo Ops. In short it is politics and not humanity. They have plenty of money and are not required to stipulate its application or distribution. There are plenty of agencies that track pork that can validate this. Bet the penthouses of the rich political doners have power.

    Further if where you build is a documented flood plain and you sign a paper ackowledging this then your should not be eligable for federal assistance. Your protection is through insurance.

    At some point WE THE PEOPLE should be alarmed at federal intervention. People who continue to do the same things over and over and expect different results do not deserve our trust, our vote, or our assistance.

    Thanks for the reply. Bob

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