By Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist
Off Beat: Flood Insurance? Forget about it!
Perhaps one of the first times in her life, Dianne Feinstein the 79-year old Senator from CA is worried about a tax. Could it be she knows her constituents may need to use the money to pay the increased premiums from Obama’s Health Care Denial program?
There’s good news for those of you who live behind levees: No need for flood insurance!
Strange as it may seem, that’s the decision Congress made last month when it approved the federal transportation bill, which included a reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program.
On the Senate floor, according to the Congressional Record, Sen. Dianne Feinstein praised her colleagues for removing the “residual risk” provision from the bill.
“That provision was a real concern to me and more than a dozen cities and counties in California,” she said. “It would have required nearly 1 million residents in my state to purchase flood insurance even though they live behind fully functioning levees that meet or exceed federal safety standards.”
It’s bad timing, she said, “when homeowners are struggling to pay their mortgages … (and) housing starts are near all-time lows.”
And, as everybody knows, a federally certified levee could never, ever fail. Ever!
Quote of the year
This gem comes from the Willows Journal. The city is putting a hotel tax on the ballot in November to raise money.
Roger Kumar, a hotel owner in Willows, observed: “I don’t believe in taxes. It is a communist way of making money. When my expenses go up, I work harder and smarter.”