September 30, 2005

Quote of the Day: Jeff Flake, Arizona Congressman

Filed under: Economy,Quotes, Etc. of the Day,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:00 pm

I’m sure there will be howls of protest and accusations that Mr. Flake is a meanie lacking compassion, but here it is (link requires subscription; HT Club for Growth):

In the wake of Katrina/Rita, we risk setting an even more unsustainable precedent that it is the responsibility of the federal government to ensure that victims of natural disasters are made whole as well.

After the next tornado in Kansas or wildfire in Arizona, these communities will assert similar claims on the nation’s Treasury, and a compassionate Congress will have no right to ignore their petition. And then?

Whether we want to admit it or not, the Republican Congress’s failure to discipline itself is sending us all down a flower-strewn path to financial insolvency. That the Democrats would get us there faster should be of little consolation to anyone.

It is NOT the responsibility of the federal government to make everyone whole. Taken to its extreme (which is, Mr. Flake points out, where we are heading), such an approach would make Uncle Sam the property and casualty insurer of FIRST and ONLY resort.

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