Don’t Build Your House on a Sandy Land….

November 20, 2012

When I was a kid, we used to sing this song in VBS:

Don’t build your house on the sandy land,
Don’t build it too near the shore.
It might look kind of nice but you’ll have to build it twice
Oh, you’ll have to build your house once more, more, more
You better build your house on a rock,
Make a good foundation on a solid spot.
Then the storms may come and go, but the Peace of God you will show

I always thought it was a dumb song because it’s moral was so obvious. I had never been to an ocean beach, but I imagined a group about as smart as the three little pigs, building a house of sticks on the shores of Lake Michigan. Of course it would wash away. Who is that stupid?

I now know that Americans in general are collectively that stupid. I love it, however, when my fiscally conservative side and my environmentally conscious side converge on an issue such as this.

This morning I read the following article in the “Going Green” section of the Times:

After Sandy: Why We Can’t Keep Rebuilding on the Water’s Edge

Months… maybe even years ago, I read this article from John Stossel and it’s always stuck in my head:

Taxpayers Get Soaked by Government’s Flood Insurance

Finally! Something we can agree on! I hate to even say this phrase, but this sort of thing is why our country is heading towards a fiscal cliff. Government flood insurance is bad fiscal policy. It’s bad environmental policy. Yet all anyone has to do is show some pictures of a destitute family at a temporary FEMA shelter and we are all convinced of the necessity of government safety nets and intervention for natural disaster. How can the common man be expected to stand up to an act of God after all?!

Well he can’t. And it’s about time we owned up to the fact that maybe he shouldn’t. These are the only two articles I have ever read that bother to point out that government policies such as this actually encourage people to put themselves in harm’s way. And then we get to pay to do it all again when the storm eventually strikes. When will we learn?

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