So here's what FEMA did in Alabama after the tornadoes struck, while they were busy frittering away our taxpayer dollars:
* $15.2 million for housing assistance grants to help with recovery rental expenses and home repair costs;
* $5.9 million for other needs assistance to cover essential disaster-related needs, such as medical expenses and lost personal possessions.
* 44,562 registered for disaster assistance;
* 20,220 applications issued by the U. S. Small Business Administration for low-interest loans to eligible homeowners, renters or business owners;
* More than 8,000 damaged homes and property inspected;
* 42 counties declared for individual assistance; and
* 18 disaster recovery centers opened.
* 2.1 million meals ready to eat (MREs);
* 1.4 million liters of water;
* 136,000 tarps.
Yep! All just a huge waste of taxpayer dollars to the Libertarian mind! Far better it is to just trust everything to insurance companies and the profit motive! Who needs government assistance! Look at Haiti! Their government has helped none at all, and look at the glorious recovery they've made as a nation!
Virulent invective aside, what Libertarians do not understand, indeed refuse to understand, is that no matter what, they will pay for disasters that happen to other people. If the tax dollars are not available for responses like those that FEMA provides (which aid even in the worst instances is more than what victims by themselves can hope to receive otherwise), then the people, who all too often will not be covered by insurance (since insurance companies really hate covering acts of God), will be left in the same situation as the victims in Haiti. Crime will rise sharply, and tax revenue will plummet or even become nonexistent. Jobs disappear, and people are suddenly stuck in a cycle of grinding poverty for years and years and become a drain on the federal and state budgets, using money that would otherwise go to things like defense or education or NASA or what have you. Again, every taxpayer will pay for disasters that happen to other people, and hopefully the reader of this article will come to understand that it's a heck of a lot cheaper to pay the tax dollars up front than to pay for what can become a never-ending aftermath. Again, think Haiti.
Sure, in Ron Paul world, millions of Americans would fork over a few dollars, churches would respond, and so on and so forth, but would this be enough? Perhaps for one disaster, but would they continue to do so when the disasters strike again and again and again as they have this year, now that America has thus far (not counting Joplin, MO) been struck by