Out of the Blue

Flooding in the southeast (poor New Orleans!) and wildfires on the west coast are the latest disastrous weather headlines from what has been an intense summer and autumn (and we haven't even had a hurricane make landfall!). Meanwhile, the outlook around here remains fair and mild, more or less as it has been for months now. Again, this is nothing to complain about, but with other areas of the country facing such problems, it is enough to inspire one to feel a little guilty.

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There are times I think there should be certain areas of the country where if you want to live there, you agree to have the appropriate insurance and will rely on no government payments if your house is wiped out. Now these should be very limited and strictly defined, but there are locations that get wiped out every few years or so and people still insist on living there and getting government checks every time the fire or flood wipes out their belongings. These locations should be delineated based on statistical study of natural disasters and a one-time option for the government to buy out your house should be made at going market price. Obviously you could sell it at any time to a private buyer as well. Lots of folks have problems, sometimes more than once. I am all for helping them. But some stubbornly live in problem areas and refuse to help themselves.

Such areas would be, say, areas like New Orleans and parts of both coasts prone to repeat flooding, fires, and landslides. Tornados and hurricanes and EQ are random and infrequent enough that for the most part I don't think they would qualify.

Then again, maybe this is all just idle mumblings....

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