3 Stupid Responses to Hurricane Sandy – and Every Other Disaster You Can Think Of

This sort of response – that the feds should not only be on the hook for just about everything that happens everywhere but that Washington alone is capable of coordinating effective relief efforts, is widespread.

And simply wrong. As Matt Welch noted earlier today, FEMA spends a whopping “$10 billion on disaster coordination and relief.” For all sorts of reasons – the foremost being the immutable law of geography – first responders will always be largely drawn from local and state sources. Those are the people who will not only be most numerous but will also have the best knowledge of a given area. And other than immediate humanitarian aid, is there any reason to shift the costs of living near the ocean, or a river, or in a fire-prone desert area to taxpayers who choose not to inhabit places that are so risky and expensive? In a 2004 story for Reason, millionaire TV anchor John Stossel wrote about how federal dollars rebuilt his waterfront home on Long Island. Who would have thought that wealthy, politically powerful people would be able to get cheap insurance from the feds?

via 3 Stupid Responses to Hurricane Sandy – and Every Other Disaster You Can Think Of – Reason.com.

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