FEMA Chief Says Puerto Rico Needs $50 Billion to Rebuild

By | April 9, 2018

  • April 9, 2018 at 7:44 am
    PolarBeaRepeal says:
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    This is a great opportunity for FEMA to take the lead in rebuilding a catastrophe devastated area in a sensible, forward thinking manner; i.e. rebuild outside high-frequency flood zones and away from coastal areas and coastal inlets subject to recurring hurricanes/ flooding. US taxpayers should watch FEMA closely to see if they succeed or drop the ball in that regard, and respond with praise of FEMA if they succeed, or letters of objection to our Congressional representatives if FEMA fails.

    • April 9, 2018 at 8:06 am
      sal says:
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      very well put, sir.

  • April 9, 2018 at 1:20 pm
    reality bites says:
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    Puerto Rico is essentially an impoverished territory-island. Great place, great people, but broke. They cannot afford to rebuild resiliency like in Bermuda, but they should, from zoning right up through post-construction inspections.

  • April 9, 2018 at 1:24 pm
    Jack says:
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    Why does anyone really buy flood insurance. Shouldn’t it just be free, shouldn’t everyone have “access” to flood coverage?

    You do realize how many “insurance” carriers operate out of PR? Why were they not insured for this? I know…1.because it will never happen and 2. they couldn’t afford it. The same excuse used by Americans. It’s time for FREE flood insurance folks.

    By free, I mean the government pays me to write the policy, I still get my commission, etc.etc.

  • April 9, 2018 at 1:36 pm
    Jack Kanauph says:
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    I remember reading after the hurricane that PR has 3 million people living there and 400,000 government employees, or 7.5 people for each gov’t employee. The US has 323 million people living here and 2.7 million gov’t employees or 120 people for each gov’t employee. Time to increase the unemployment rate in PR to make them great again, or at least cost effective.

  • April 9, 2018 at 1:44 pm
    Jack Kanauph says:
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    PR needs to reinvent itself into a Tourist haven. Put up hotels and restaurants, start businesses to support hotels and restaurants including some farming and livestock. They have great weather year round except for the occasional hurricane. It is their chance to start over, and have all brand new hotels.
    Also, does FEMA’s numbers include the costs to put up over 300,000 PR residents in our hotels in Florida and NY for over 6 months, paid by the gov’t?

  • April 10, 2018 at 7:58 am
    Roland says:
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    In America, the will of the majority is supposed to rule, correct?
    Politicians blabber that because Americans are generous people, the government must give aid to victims of natural disasters. But that is ridiculously illogical.
    If a majority of people are in favor of helping, then millions upon millions of them will do it themselves privately, and no government funding will be needed.
    If, on the other hand, a majority of people don’t want to help those victims, then forcing them to do so via taxation is undemocratic.
    So which is it? Depending on what percentage of Americans want to help, government aid to hurricane victims is either undemocratic or unnecessary. Either way, it shouldn’t exist.

    • April 10, 2018 at 1:23 pm
      Agent says:
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      Here is an idea. How about the government cut off all foreign aid to countries that don’t like us and send it to Puerto Rico, our territory? Also, get the money from the Clinton Foundation after they ripped off Haiti and send it down there. After all, they were supposed to be a “charitable foundation”, right?

      • April 11, 2018 at 8:08 am
        Roland says:
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        You’re on the right track, but I say cut off foreign aid to all countries, period. Then leave that money in the hands of the productive people who earned it so they can spend, save, invest or give it away as they see fit. I do believe that Americans are charitable. Imagine how much more they’d give if, in the Land of the Free, governments weren’t stealing half of everything they earn.
        As far as the crooked Clintons are concerned, don’t get me started…

  • April 21, 2018 at 5:55 pm
    Sean Gorham says:
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    Only looking to the end results to judge FEMA is folly. One must also look at Congress to see what strings are attached to the funds, or if the current President withdraws, or stops the funding. As an example, the levy’s in New Orleans were not built to proper standards because of the red tape of Congress, not the Army Corp. of Engineers.

    In regard to the government taking tax payer money to fund FEMA, or other disasters, that is how a society works. The government must be involved, and is only involved when volunteer systems have failed.

    If we are to dissect our taxes for disasters or flood issues, as an issue one does not like, then does that mean you are ok with everything else? What about oil, farm, ranchers, gas, subsidies?

    undemocratic or unnecessary? Not at all, some wastefulness, you bet. However, I would rather pay taxes knowing some of my dollars are going to support programs I do not like, than turning ourselves into a third world country. By its very nature, a democracy is working to build and support a society, taxes (revenue, or funding) is needed to support, and help the democracy flourish.

    It is easy to say, for example, that those who have flood insurance should pay more, which is what the Republican led Congress did a few years back, ONLY to retreat, with all sorts of reasons one could use to be grandfathered.

    Finally, if one reads past the headlines, one would see that the Clinton Foundation did spent a great deal of money in Haiti, and did a lot of great work.

    My concern for all of this is not Republican or Democrat, but how lazy and selfish we have become on not wanting to help others, of getting our news from the headlines.

    It is just luck that one day, all of us will be a victim of a disaster, looking for government assistance that others not involved in a disaster feeling those getting it are not worth getting it.

    Then, if we were in a natural disaster, who are you going to look for, wait for the goodness of Americans to send money, or Uncle Sam.



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