Saturday, January 19, 2013

Subsidizing coastal living and building is unwise

Here is a link to an opinion piece I wrote that appeared in the Tiger News on Friday. I have blogged about this before but this combines a few of my blogs into one article.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I'm outraged that Christie is outraged

Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey is upset that congress has failed to give New Jersey $60 billion dollars for Tropical Storm Sandy relief. I think he has no right to be upset.

It is not the responsibility of every taxpayer in the country to subsidize the rebuilding of New Jersey. If private citizens want to help New Jersey out they can donate to the Red Cross, send money directly to local mayors, etc. Why should the people of Ohio or Kansas or North Dakota be forced to send their federal tax dollars to New Jersey so that the people who want to live near the beach can do so for less than the real cost?

I think that the people on the coasts should be responsible for their own rebuilding. It if is too expensive for them to rebuild then I guess they shouldn't do it. Why should everyone else in the country continue to rebuild in an area that will continue to be destroyed? Isn't that the definition of insanity?

U.S. Rep Peter King sums up nicely the true desire of local politicians like Christie:

"The FEMA money is not going to rebuild businesses, that's not going to provide food and shelter, and it's not going to reimburse the local governments." 

Ah yes, reimburse local governments. Why should the locals pay for clean up? We should all clean it up for them and then they can just reap the private benefits of living near the ocean.

I hope that congress doesn't give Christie a dime. But unfortunately I know that congress is full of spineless jellyfish who quiver at the thought of people not liking them so I am sure that he will get his $60 billion, and that is the true outrage.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Consumers are so much better off today

More evidence that American consumers are better off today than ever before, courtesy of Don Boudreaux.

I have stated many times on this blog and in conversation that American consumers are better off today than at any point in history. Unfortunately this fact is often ignored by Paul Krugman, Michael Moore, and other liberals who long for the "good old days" of the 1950's when everyone could get a "good" union job. Jobs are bad people, consumption is good. And consumption has never been cheaper.