Sunday, September 04, 2005

 

2 cents on Katrina

I think Katrina has convinced me of massive tax cuts, massive federal tax cuts that is. And of course massive state tax hikes. The federal government is a black hole in terms of money, efficiency and accountability. Katrina proves that the state of Louisiana cares more about the flooding in their state than the federal government. I think it should be that way, giving more and more control to Washington over the things like disaster planning and relief is a very, very bad idea. Have you noticed how much easier and effective it is to express discontent at your state and local rather than the federal government? The state of Louisiana start around and waited for the federal government to respond. I think the state of Louisiana were lax about their preparedness because they thought the federal government would take care of it. The state wasn't prepared, the federal government was inefficient and slow.
Cutting the bugdet of the federal government, allows the federal government to be leaner and keep their functions spare. Raising state taxes would allow more work on what is most important to their constituents. More importantly, it is easier to see the flow of money on the state and local level.
I am just afraid that after Katrina, more and more people are willing to give more control to their lives to the federal government. You will start to hear more calls for more funding and to make the federal government more and more responsible for disasters. This I think is the wrong direction.

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