Then I got to see first-hand
what I'd seen on several occasions on American television.
Often when some natural disaster comes along, people go straight to that
mythical beast "The Government" asking for money. In this case,
loans with very low or even no interest were offered, but angry crowds
demand outright grants which didn't have to be repaid.
I don't have any outright
problem with government help for innocent victims of unavoidable disasters,
but often these disasters are not only avoidable, they're predictable,
like hurricanes periodically wiping out very expensive homes built right
on beaches in the hurricane zone.
One storeowner in Bound Brook
said he wasn't going to rebuild, because this was the third time in 29
years that he'd been flooded. The reality is that this area
is a flood plain, and everyone who's lived here any length of time knows
it. Floods are what happen in flood plains.