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Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas


Monday, June 02, 2008

Privileged beach bums...the latest American sponges

To democrats, there's nothing that the taxpayers of America should not be on the hook for....even the bad decisions by other Americans to build their houses where hurricanes hit......

WASHINGTON -- As hurricane season begins, Democrats in Congress want to nationalize a chunk of the insurance business that covers major storm-damage claims.

The proposal -- backed by giant insurers Allstate Corp. and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., as well as Florida lawmakers -- focuses on "reinsurance," the policies bought by insurers themselves to protect against catastrophic losses. The proposal envisions a taxpayer-financed reinsurance program covering all 50 states, which would essentially backstop the giant insurers in case of disaster.

The program could save homeowners roughly $500 apiece in annual premiums in Florida, according to an advocacy group backed by Allstate and State Farm, the largest writers of property insurance in the U.S.


Of course the insurance companies love it, what company wouldn't love to be "insured" against loss by the government? And of course Florida's lawmakers love it, by looting other Americans' pocketbooks, they can keep their property values high, development high, and lots of tourist dollars flowing.

Why should my tax dollars be used to insure against disaster, an industry whose business model is betting against disasters? Isn't that what the premiums of policy holders do? If the costs of hurricane recovery are too expensive, then raise the premiums. If home-owners complain about the high cost of insurance, tell them to move! Taking money from me to insure the continued comfortable lifestyles of rich beach bums is reprehensible!

Craven democrats will use literally any excuse to get Americans to depend on government for still more of their lives. The government(taxpayers) has no business propping up the tourist industry and/or real estate market of Gulf states by bilking taxpayers who're smart enough not to live in disaster-prone areas.

4 comments:

Kevin said...

What is worse is that most Americans don't realize that they are the ones on the short end of the stick here. They think, how nice of the government to make sure that the insurance companies have money to pay for my house when it gets blown away, without realizing that its the homeowners money paying for it.

Kevin said...

What is worse is that most Americans don't realize that they are the ones on the short end of the stick here. They think, how nice of the government to make sure that the insurance companies have money to pay for my house when it gets blown away, without realizing that its the homeowners money paying for it.

Ed said...

And not just any homeowners. Homeowners like me who chose not to live in hurricane alley, tornado ally, wildfire West, or a flood plane. Granted, Birmingham ain't exactly the fast-paced bustling metropolis of the South, but my house is fully and affordably insured against any eventuality, natural or man-made. Why should I shell out one red cent so somebody else can afford to live dangerously?

Kevin said...

For instance, why should we have to pay for the idiots who decided to live next to the ocean, in a city below sea level? We didn't live there because we knew what would happen if a bad storm hit, yet we still have to pay for it when disaster strikes. Remarkable concept.