The Fastest Way to Disaster Recovery

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Stealing
from those of us outside the hurricane areas is completely legal.
Why isn’t the theft put upon us just as real as that by hurricane
looters?

It’s
not looting because the United States Government is the thief. Stolen
from us to help those who are looted from in the hurricane’s aftermath.
If all this confuses you, then you understand the way things work
as well as anybody.

The
Crying Will Begin — But It Won’t Be the Victims

The
President will be on the air a lot crying for more money. He will
probably say something along the lines of, “Americans are already
struggling due to high gas prices but we need to buckle down and
help those hurricane victims to survive and rebuild over the weeks
and months ahead.”

Notice
that he won’t immediately remove all taxes on gasoline. Wouldn’t
that give us a lot of extra funds to help those hurricane victims
more than we’re able to do now? He won’t immediately issue the order
to open up Alaskan drilling because that would lower energy prices,
weaken our dependency on Saudi Arabia, and make Americans far less
reliant on the government.

Congress
will be crying for more money. Members have already bandied about
the idea of gasoline rationing to help ease the pain. This is further
proof that the government creates the very opposite result from
its stated goal almost 100% of the time. Rationing always decreases
supply and increases extra long-term pain.

Louisiana’s
Governor will be crying for more money. Her budget just won’t come
close to covering the expenses the hurricane will force onto his
office.

New
Orleans’ Mayor and the other devastated towns’ Mayors will be crying
for more money. They will ask that FEMA and other government agencies
extend their funds and services indefinitely.

FEMA
will be crying for more money. They simply won’t have the budget
to handle this one. Oh and something has to be done to better fund
FEMA for such disasters in the future.

All
of these cries for money share a common theme — the government and
all its agencies assume the relief money will come from you, the
taxpayers, who are not hurricane victims. They not only want the
taxes they’ve confiscated, they want you to pony up additional money.
And we will. But there’s a better way.

The
Solution

The
solution is one of those easy ones. That’s why no government official
will implement it.

There
exists a way that any Mayor will get at least twice the amount of
funds his city needs for the recovery effort than he’s ever going
to get the usual way (through government theft, with the bureaucracy
keeping a hefty middle portion for overhead).

He
needs to go on the air and say this:

“As of this
morning, my office has been instructed to return any and all government
money that will be sent to help the recovery effort. From this
point forward, we will refuse all financial help from any and
all government-related programs. President Bush, keep your money.
Congress, keep your money. Governor, keep your money. Even better,
don’t keep what you would send to us. Instead, take what you would
send to us and return 100% of that relief money, pro-rated, to
every single taxpayer who put it in your accounts.”

Yes,
I realize a Mayor cannot physically say these words. He will always
choose to sacrifice his own people and their recovery on the altar
of taking every governmental dime.

But
he could get at least twice what he will get through the normal
channels of governmental theft of the non-victims with this approach.

He
would then go on the air, after saying what I recommend above, and
say:

“The compassion
of Americans, when victims are truly helpless and hopeless, is
limitless. Now that I’ve instructed the government coffers to
stay completely away from my town, I want to talk directly to
you, my fellow Americans.

“We do sincerely
need your money. The situation here is worse than we can tell
you. It’s worse than we can understand ourselves at this point.
I know I speak for everybody in my city. We’re asking you, every
American, to help us please. We need food and fresh water. If
you have food, if you have water purification equipment, and medicine,
please send us some. Please send as much as you can.

“We need
money to buy those items from large and small companies who might
not be able to give them to us but who can sell them to us at
their cost.

“We need
clothing. We need transportation. If you have spare clothing of
any kind, our people need you to give us what you can spare. If
you have any vehicles that run, our people can use those. Vans
and small busses would really be useful to move people from one
section to another as needed. There’s no guarantee you’ll get
the vehicle back — and you probably won’t. If you have no clothing
or vehicles to give us, we need money to buy them from those of
you who might not be able to give clothing or medicine or cars
to us but who might be able to sell them to us at a steep discount.

“If you
work in a company that makes items we need or that processes food
we can use, consider working an extra half hour for us without
pay for one or more days each week for a while. Perhaps through
that free labor your company would be able to send us those items
that your loving hands made for us.

“We need
volunteers to help us clear massive amounts of debris once the
water clears. Once the water clears and we give you the go-ahead,
please come help us. Even if it’s for one day. Even if it’s for
one hour. Start wherever you can help. We don’t care how much
you do. We just need you to do something. Our people will be devastated
for years and they will be in shock for weeks and months. They
won’t be mentally or physically able to help you much because
their lives are devastated. So just pitch in and understand that
we might not be able to help you a lot. We might not always think
to say ‘thanks’ but it’s only because we won’t be out of our shock
for a long time. We will love you for it. Many of us have just
been ruined in less than 48 hours. But your help will ease our
recovery. Your compassion, help, and love will improve not only
our physical lives but in our mental ability to cope and begin
anew.

“We need
contractors who understand electrical systems. We need water engineers.

“We need
so much in addition to food, clothing, and volunteers that we
cannot even yet imagine what we need. So for those of you who
might live too far away to send us items or your presence, you
can still help us. You can send us money. Send us what you want
to send us. We have no source but you the American people. The
United Nations would never send aid workers to any American cities
ruined by disaster. No foreign country has yet to offer funds
and history shows they probably won’t. We voluntarily just cut
off the American government spigot. Not only would they not give
us enough anyway, but strings would be attached and for every
dollar they have to give us, they’ll keep a hefty portion for
themselves.

“If you
send us money directly, 100% of what you send will go to our recovery.
We will use some to purchase massive amounts of supplies. We will
use some to hire huge construction equipment. We will use some
to rebuild our infrastructure. We will give much of it directly
to our citizens once they return and begin to realize what they
lost.

“Please
help us. Please don’t wait. We are begging you and we are proud
that we can beg you. Our consciousnesses are clear because we
have no other option. We will love you and be grateful forever.”

The
Result

I
have a simple question for you:

Do
you see that New Orleans and any other town’s Mayor would get far
more help, compassion, and recovery money after that speech than
they will ever get otherwise?

I
suggest that they will get at least twice as much. I suggest that
the recovery effort will go twice as fast as it otherwise will.
I suggest our country will be far better after this disaster, far
closer, far more compassionate, far more respectful of each other,
and — yes — even far better off financially.

Sure
there are private firms, relief agencies, and many people personally
helping out now in spite of the government trough doing the same
and profiting every step of the way. But we are already strapped
due to the incremental government theft of our wallets for the past
40-65 years. When we do send money to help such disasters, we unconsciously
note that somebody else is already spending money they systematically
took from us over the years. So we give far less.

Such
a program would be so successful that the nature of every recovery
effort on earth would change and pattern itself after this free-market
solution where the victims — through a close representative no higher
than a Mayor — receive direct aid and help from the world around
them.

Our
Current Caregivers Destroy Us

We’ve
seen time and time again that welfare teaches families not to care
for their own. We’ve seen time and time again that regulation such
as the Americans with Disabilities Act create discrimination against
those they say they help. We’ve seen time and time again that government
relief agencies create new problems, cost far more than predicted,
and teach entire societies they can look the other way.

Today,
our national motto is “Somebody else will take care of it.”

Instead
of training us to ignore our fellow man, why not try a different
approach that will succeed, move hearts, and create a bond of national
fellowship?

September
1, 2005

Greg
Perry [send him mail] might
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