When a guy pays for home insurance and federal flood insurance is it asking too much that he be able to collect in a reasonable time? I had minimal Sandy damage. Actually most was caused by the follow on nor’easter, but my insurance company covered my losses within two weeks. I don’t consider that as receiving a handout. Rugged individualism is fine but if taxpayers from NY, Pa. Mi. Etc. had
not ponied up the bucks for Hoover Dam, Phoenix and San Diego would still be one horse towns. This argument has gone on since 1789 when Hamilton and Jefferson dueled and it has never been settled. One thing is certain. Neither extreme side in that argument is good for the nation and the People.
I don’t see anything in this thread about denying homeowners reimbursement for their insured losses. Taking tax payer money and giving it to those who refused to buy insurance - that’s a different story.