Skip to comments.Allen West Offers Solutions, Freshman Dem Whines[Do nothing Congress]
Posted on 08/21/2008 6:43:50 AM PDT by Fox_Mulder77
On Tuesday August 19, 2008, Rep. Ron Klein (D) took an opportunity to whine about his failure to get a national catastrophic insurance fund bill passed. He blamed John McCain and Se. Mel Martinez for his failure to get the bill passed through a Democrat majority in both the House and Senate. Of course, tropical storm Fay was approaching the State of Florida when he decided to bring the issue up.
Here's LTC Allen West's response to Rep. Ron Klein:
Tropical Storm Fay reminded us of a promise by Ron Klein - to ensure access to affordable insurance that would protect Florida homeowners in the wake of powerful storms. Klein blames his Republican colleagues in the Senate for his own failure to pass legislation in a Congress controlled by his own Democratic Party.
Klein has time during his five week taxpayer-funded vacation to complain to the press and assign blame for his legislations defeat in the Senate. Similar versions have failed before. Quitting after the first try and whining about it wont bring much needed relief to Florida homeowners and their families. The people of the State of Florida need a Representative who will be a tenacious advocate for their interests in the U.S. Congress. That means not giving up after the first try.
That also means developing a sensible interim course of action now that will provide relief to Floridas families. Here are some suggestions:
1. Take a Regional approach to the issue. Florida is not the only state to suffer catastrophic losses in a storm. 2. Have insurance companies pool resources across state lines to minimize risk and increase coverage options. 3. Allow tax credits to cover catastrophic repairs beyond insurance payouts. 4. Continue to refine the process in later phases but get workable solutions on the table now!
The 110th Congress charged in with new members such as Ron Klein, on promises of action and change. They have done less than any Congress in twenty years, with only 294 laws enacted, 81 of which named post offices. My advice to Ron Klein is to stop bashing the people he should be working with and develop legislation that will pass the House and Senate for the sake of Floridians and all Americans. Or step aside. We need action, not excuses.
Could you ping the Florida FReepers on this?
I like West...but if he is for government subsidies for people who live in hurricane and flood prone areas, by their own choice, I might have to reconsider. I hope I’m wrong.
Thanx for the ping Foxy
He's not for that. This is about wind damage coverage for the State of Florida. Not flood damage. And he's clearly supporting a regional solution between States that have the same problem as Florida.
Thanks for the ping!
GO Lt.C. West. I hope Klein has no choice but to debate and Florida sees what an incompetent boob they have elected!
Name a place that is not subject to some form of natural disaster.
Even where I live is...but I don't ask other taxpayers to subsidize my insurance. I pay state income tax, Florida residents don't. If they want some government entity to pay for their insurance they can have their state institute an income tax too. No cake and eat it too if I'm paying for the cake.
Yes, but this is his "interim course of action" and he clearly implies that he thinks federal legislation to "bring much needed relief to Florida homeowners and their families" is the long term solution.
I disagree. Col. West is definitely not a big government guy.
Straight down the Mississippi and I'm there. Chicory coffee and beignets at Du Monde...yum.
Re: No cake and eat it too if I’m paying for the cake.
I live on the gulf - by my choice - so I alone am responsible for whatever happens to me, my family and my stuff if we have a disaster. I feel the same way you do on lots of issues - like the CHIP program. If people already have children they can’t afford and expect me to help pay their bills, why are they having more children? Seems like we have little say anymore about how others spend our money.
Fox, if that’s the Allen West ping list, I’d be honored to be added
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