Breaking our backs

These financial woes that were caused by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, which are downright unconstitutional, deliberate and ill-intended, are breaking the backs of the majority of senior citizens and the poor, who own or are paying rent for the majority of the properties located in the established flood plains in Pennsylvania. The price of flood insurance in many cases, exceeds their yearly income.

Most of our elected leaders believe within themselves that there is no blanket solution, or no 100 percent cure-all for this problem, no matter what we do. They are 100 percent cure-all wrong, and they should have killed this Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 instead of making it another ridiculous law, which is creating untold physical and financial problems for those who deserve it the least.

If the federal government cannot and will not pay homeowners for any damage to their properties caused by flooding, as they did in the Agnes Flood of 1972, then the homeowners should be informed by our government of their decision. The general public would accept this decision. In turn, all homeowners would be free of any ultimatum being passed down to them by the federal government.

Let these people live as they wish, by making their own decisions. If this is to be, our government should notify other countries of the world that emergency donations for natural catastrophes would also be discontinued, but this will never happen. Such an action would tarnish the image that our country has become notorious for throughout the world. It would be unwise for our government to impose restrictions on its population, while it exonerates foreign countries, by freeing them for blame for natural disasters.

No state or federal law should have the power to cause hardships or increase the number of homeless in America. All these local meetings by those who voted for this obnoxious Reform Act instead of rejecting it should be ashamed to even show up for their own organized meeting. It’s time to revert back to the Proverb known throughout the world, that what is good for the goose, is also good for the gander.

Weldon C. Cohick Jr.