America First: Ukraine or Florida, Pick Your Moral Hazard

Southwest Florida just got a taste of The Great Reset thanks to Hurricane Ian. Substandard living conditions and a low quality of life, hallmarks of the WEF’s agenda. Only thing missing was eating bugs.

I live in Lee County Florida. It is true, much of SW Florida looks like a war zone after Hurricane Ian. Sanibel Island lost its bridge and saw heavy levels of destruction. Fort Myers Beach got steam rolled. Cape Coral, Punta Gorda, and the rest of Lee and Charlotte County got hit pretty hard. Some areas are still under water. Some areas of SW Florida had little issues with wind, but flooded. Other areas did not flood, but suffered severe wind damage. Other parts of SW Florida got hit with both.

Then there are other areas where nothing changed and people did not lose any power. This is an interesting phenomenon as in the past week you could have easily waited 2-4 hours or longer in line for gas and gone without power, while driving an hour or two in either direction, you could get gas, and groceries, and air conditioning. This reminded me of urban blight. People trapped in a reality that can easily be abandoned if they often simply thought differently and embraced change. Although, like urban blight, the lack of gas prevented one from taking that hour or two drive, as the limited financial resources might trap a person in an inner city.

I have been living in the stone age for the past week. No water or power. Water returned two days ago and power last night. Florida is not fun without air conditioning. On a side note, Florida should have a monument to William Carrier in every municipality. God Bless air conditioning!

Governor Desantis has been on top of the storm from beginning to end. The governor has both coordinated the state’s response and put pressure on utility companies to act swiftly. Being in an area that got rocked by the storm I was surprised to get power back in a week. I was figuring on a month. Some are still without power, but that appears to be being remedied. There are areas that I imagine will not have power so soon. These are areas of Charlotte County that are still under water and places like Sanibel Island that lost its bridge. Although, they will likely get up and running a lot quicker than people anticipate based on performance to date.

Floridians do not do drama the way people in the northeastern U.S. or people on America’s west coast do. This cultural difference is on display regularly as vacationers routinely visit the state. Still, many have experienced legitimate trauma from the storm and its after math. I know a few different people off the top of my head that had to evacuate during the storm because their house was being flooded. Contrary to what many may think, this is not out of stupidity. The storm track continued to change and did not settle on Lee County until 11 PM the day before it hit. Generally, if you are not in the path of the eye of the storm, you are better off not evacuating, unless, you are in an obvious flooding area.

The federal government response seems muted at best. This may simply be a limited perspective on my part, but from the ground, that is how it looks. Keep in mind, SW Florida is Trump country. It took all of two days for FEMA to deny my request for assistance. I am glad they thought about it so deeply, however. In the past I would have not bothered out of principal, but as you get older you get a little cynical, and figure, maybe you can get a little back. Thanks for keeping me principled FEMA…

SW Florida will deliver the reelection for Governor DeSantis. Is this impacting the federal response?

My guestimate is that there is about 300 billion in damages from the storm. There is also the loss of business and economic activity. Sure, like Covid, the big box stores will do fine. Small business will get hit hard at first, depending on the type of business. Construction will boom, of course.

Let’s consider the federal response and what it should entail. The United States has provided approximately 56 billion dollars to Ukraine. That number will likely grow. It is unclear how much the federal government will provide in aid to Florida after Hurricane Ian made land fall in Lee County. There is a strong argument that there should be an immediate influx of 56 billion dollars to Florida. Floridians pay a federal income tax at the point of a gun. Ukrainians do not. Quite frankly, if there is not such a federal response, then Florida needs to seriously consider nullifying the federal income tax in the state. Florida should nullify the federal income tax anyway, but we know that will not happen, yet. I say yet, because as The Great Reset moves forward nullification of federal funding appears the likely route of defense.

Florida will recover, regardless. Insurance costs will rise of course, but rebuilding will occur with or without federal money. Insurance funds will pay out and investors will build newer stronger more appealing structures compared to those that were destroyed. Florida’s economy will get a bump with the rebuilding. In fact, Florida was actually undergoing a healthy soft landing in its real estate correction. Now, housing shortages may make Florida real estate go back up, while the rest of the country sinks.

Let’s discuss the issue of a moral hazard. Continuing to subsidize non productive high risk behavior gives you more of the same. When the government interferes with the normal transactions of individuals it distorts market forces and the proper allocation and utilization of resources. For example, the state requires a license to practice medicine, then it requires a medical student to pay an exorbitant fee for an education in order to get that license. The cost of the education is then subsidized by the federal government. The academic institution artificially inflates the educational cost as it is subsidized by the federal government and required by the state for licensure. An individual following their calling in life, to heal, must jump through these hoops.

The moral hazard is compounded by the fact that the former student as a medical doctor has huge student loans, which unlike all other debt, cannot be erased by bankruptcy. Hint, this is the simple solution to the student loan crises. Allow bankruptcy to wipe out student loan debt. Equal rights under the law requires that all debt be treated equally. The doctor is now also not allowed to transact freely with patients, as the threat of rescinding licensure, and having no way of paying back student loans, makes it easier to force doctors to participate in the genocide that accompanied Covid treatment and Covid shots. I won’t address health insurance here.

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