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Re: OT: sponge burning!

Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:

> On Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 01:39:40PM -0800, Steve Lamb wrote:
>> Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
>> > Do you have a proposal for solving that problem?
>>     Going back to a limited federal government as the founding fathers
>> envisioned?  Returning the states' voice in the federal government? 
>> Revamping
> That's just plain crazy talk.  We need the government to step in and fix
> every last little thing for us </sarcasm>
> exhibit 1: Hurricane Andrew - destroyed practically all of South FL
> federal disaster relief ~$12 Billion
> exhibit 2: Hurricane Katrina - destroyed practically all of South LA, AL
> and parts of MS and TX.
> federal disaster relief ~120 Billion (yes an entire order of magnitude
> higher) and still counting
> I'm all for limited government getting out of people's way.

Opening another can of worms, it seems like everyone would be a lot better
off if New Orleans was rebuilt further inland.  "But it has all this
history!"  So what!  So did most Alaskan villages and towns prior to the
Great Alaskan Quake of 1960, and most of those rebuilt 5, 10, 20 miles or
more from their original locations (notable exception being anchorage).

>> the tax laws so that the rank and file citizen knows exactly what they're
>> paying instead of what they're "getting"?
> http://www.fairtax.org - total control over how much tax you pay
> Good luck getting many entrenched politicians to support it though.  The
> lobbies would end.

You should consider pulling an initiative in your state to instate term
limits on your national politicians if your state doesn't already do that
yet.  Oregon's already doing it's part in avoiding Entrenched Politician

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