Three strikes rule

The heat in recent days has set my mind spinning …

Many Republicans in Congress, including many Representatives and Senators near and dear to our hearts right here in Central Pennsylvania, strongly opposed relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, demanding that any money spent on restoring NY-NJ-CT-RI shoreline communities be offset by spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.

The wheeling and dealing done behind closed doors in an effort to bring enough of them into agreement on appropriating funds for Sandy relief held up repairs to the shore for more than two months.

Many residents of the area spent the winter of 2012-13 in the cold and dark, exposed to the elements while the government fiddled and diddled, arguing about what turned out to be little to nothing in the grand scheme of things.

Well, how about this:

The government could institute a “Three Strikes Rule” for efforts to restore property destroyed by natural catastrophes such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and fire. The rule would be simple, and would read as follows:

“The government will appropriate whatever funds are needed to restore areas adversely affected by natural causes twice, and only twice. After that, you’re on your own.”

Short, simple, and easily understood by all, eh?

Nah, it’ll never work … but what if it did?

Stanley Gould


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