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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Much Needed Funds Leaving Florida

I continue to see money pouring out of the State of Florida to help those less fortunate in Louisianna and Mississippi. That is very commendable, and I've sent money myself. However, I've not sent more than I could spare!

In other words, I fully realize that virtually the same disaster could hit here at any time and I have money set aside for it. But, I know of people who are sending any and all of their extra cash to others in other states. This concerns me, because I believe that we are getting close to tapped out. Additionally, other states are growing psychologically weary of the disaster. This means that when and if it becomes Florida's turn, there will not be as much money to go around. Sympathies will be worn out. Hey, don't shoot the messenger! I'm just stating a fact of human nature.

We have been brought up to have an entitlement mentality, but don't forget: the government's funds aren't limitless. Remember how we've been hearing for years that "The Big One" in California could happen at any time? Say that there is a huge earthquake on the other coast. Now the Feds have to worry about Louisianna, Mississippi, and California. If you add Florida to the mix, there will be little-to-no help left for us.

They were ill-prepared in Louisianna because their governments chose to be. Additionally, there was a misuse of Federal funds (Federal funds were sent to help Lousianna with the levees and dams, but weren't spent on them and people are asking: where did those monies go?) Because their politicians and businesses were ill-prepared at best or corrupt at worst, we are all now having to pony up additional money - either through voluntary contributions or future taxation due to Federal tax dollars being spent currently.

The Lousianna politicians need to be held responsible. Their lack of accountability allowed them to coast for too long and now we and their constituents all suffering as a result of it. In the meantime, we need to pull back on the fundraising and re-evaluate the situation. Can we truly to afford to give as much as we are giving?

12 comments:

Eddo said...

Amen!

I saw that the Red Cross raised 500 million already and the government gave 1.8 billion? I think the media and insurance companies always inflate the amount of damage and the cost to replace something. A lot of those houses probably looked pretty bad before the hurricane... And who decides what money goes where and how it is going to be used to rebuild? It seems that in the past it wasn't handled correctly and so if we give a surplus now where is it going to go?

Saur♥Kraut said...

Eddo, After I initially published this, I added the paragraph about the entitlement mentality. Hit your refresh button and read it. It suddenly struck me that if CA was also in the mix, we'd be done for.

BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Absolutely. Neither the funds nor resources are limitless, nor the help they can offer, as we have seen over these past two weeks!

Personally, if I needed help, I would go to the Red Cross, as they are an organization that can indeed be counted on in almost any situation.

Let us hope that nothing happens in your neck of the woods.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

That's a point worth pondering Saurk. I mean, a lot of the displaced people probably can weather the storm without assistance.

michelle said...

Saur, Saur, Saur...

I am so with you on this! I can't even add to what you said!

AP3 said...

It is all very scary, especially since with global warming these things are going to happen more and more.

Jeff said...

You're "worried" about California? Let it sink. Who would really be hurt? Wait!!! Nevermind, there's some really good pot growing land there. Keep it. Money to Cali Money to Cali.
Until later...

Senor Caiman said...

I have a barge full of summer thongs and Speedo's sitting out in the gulf getting hit with demurrage of $1k per day. I hate to tell you all this but I have no choice butt to pass this cost on to the consumer. You need to save a little extra money for next years suit.

Fred said...

BRAVO!! You nailed it perfectly. While the media takes pot shots at the federal government (for good reason), the most often overlooked problems were with the local and state governments. Heck, it's their crown jewel! (Or, was...)

United We Lay said...

I'm back. I wonder if all of that tax money should be spent on rebuliding. The government should fix and fund the levee system and the infastructure, but other than that, insurance companies and charities should handle the rest. Corporations have more than enough money to rebuild, and you can bet they're insured. We need tax money for other things.

Ms.L said...

YAY,another homeschooler!
We might just take over the world,hee;p
Thanks for your kind words on my blog,they mean a lot and I feel tons better:)*muah*

mal said...

I am disappointed (not surprised) that the media has been quick to villify the Feds while almost completely ignoring the incompetent foolishness that has gone on with in the state....