Stick with the desert, Kyl.
In his latest attempt to prove that he is indeed the wingnuttiest of the wingnutty Senators from the Republican party (although Rick Santorum still has a commanding lead), Arizona Senator John Kyl came up with this gem on Sunday.
...the question is if people know year after year after year a natural disaster occurs in a particular place and people continue to build there and want to live there, should they bear the responsibility of buying insurance or should everyone else bear the responsibility?”
The only way this even begins to make sense is if you consider the eastern coastline of the US south of, say, Virginia all the way to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico all the way to the tip of Texas to be one contiguous area and define that as "a particular place" where natural disasters happen year after year. This comment is especially ludicrous as concerns New Orleans.
I can't be the only one who remembers all the pre-hurricane coverage noting that New Orleans hadn't had a major hurricane hit since Camille in 1969, which was 36 years ago. New Orleans had scares, to be sure, but the storms always seemed to veer off at the last moment to the east or west. So let's just stop it with the "year after year" garbage.
As far as the idea of insurance is concerned, look at the numbers. When you're impoverished and your choices are whether or not you eat or you insure your few crappy belongings that sit in your rental house, the choice is clear. I'm pretty sure John Kyl has bever had to make that kind of choice, but I have. Asking these people to take out insurance is insane.
Let's address the hypocrisy in this statement as well. It's easy to talk smack about personal responsibility when the vast majority of the displaced people being shown on tv are 1) poor, 2) black, and 3) don't vote for your party. Where were the calls for personal responsibility last year in Florida when they were ravaged by 4 hurricanes? FEMA couldn't hand out checks fast enough. They were handing out checks so quickly that they disbursed over $30 million to people who were nowhere near the storms. Could it have something to do with the fact that it was a Presidential election year and the Republicans were looking to pick up a Senator's seat as well?
Give me a break. The reason these idiots are so willing to talk smack right now is because it doesn't cost them anything to do so. Poor black people are easy to beat up on, after all. The Republican party's been doing it for nearly 50 years now.
UPDATE: Looks like Kyl's a hypocrite on a personal level as well. Seems he was all about federal assistance for his constituents who lost their homes to forest fires, which, as we all know, are a yearly hazard. Hat tip to Crooks and Liars.