Not doing stupid stuff is a good start and a big improvement
Fri Sep 1, 2017 10:09am

"So, in the 10 days between the executive order and the storm, all of these problems occurred? LOL... sure... let's blame Trump for stuff that happened before he was in office."

No, I'm blaming Trump for the future disasters he is causing with his ignorant gutting of regulations.

"The point you struggle with when it comes to 'remaining wetlands'... the ENTIRE AREA is wetlands. So, if you can't pave over ANY more wetlands, you can't pave AT ALL anymore. Same with New Orleans."

No, the entire Houston or New Orleans area is not wetlands.

"Under what constitutional authority does the gov't have to force people to leave or prohibit people from moving to New Orleans? or Los Angeles?"

The power to tax is the power to control. Property taxes. Make it too expensive to live in areas where people should not be living.
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot SPOT

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone?
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
Then they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em

Don't it always seem to go,
That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone?
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot

  • Again, easy to say what NOT to do...Sprout, Fri Sep 1 9:55am
    But it doesn't say what TO do... Easy to say where NOT to build. But it doesn't say WHERE to put the houses and other support structures for the next 10K people in the Houston area... I guarantee you ... more
    • Not doing stupid stuff is a good start and a big improvement — Jeeves, Fri Sep 1 10:09am
      • live in cities like Houston, New Orleans, Los Angeles, etc... Interesting.
        • That would keep the population down,Jeeves, Fri Sep 1 4:53pm
          You could do it by lottery if you want. But the population in wetlands needs to be severely limited.
          • Interesting....Sprout, Fri Sep 1 6:20pm
            How remarkably discriminatory against the poor. It doesn't bother me, but I suspect the advocates for the poor would be unhappy with your proposal to price them out of many of the major cities.
            • It won't "price them out of the cities"Jeeves, Fri Sep 1 7:11pm
              Only the wetlands. Which tend to flood anyway. The current system tends to concentrate the poor in flood-prone areas. Why not put the wealthy, who can afford the loss, in the floodplane?
              • But why would they?Sprout, Fri Sep 1 7:37pm
                If you make the flood prone areas more expensive the rich will buy up the non-flood prone areas. Rich folks generally didn't get rich by making foolish financial decisions. So, if you make the flood... more
                • Let's just say I don't agree
                  • OK... I'm hard pressed to understand whySprout, Fri Sep 1 8:06pm
                    wealthy folks would intentionally choose to build on land that will be VASTLY more expensive tax wise voluntarily as opposed to building on land that would be much cheaper tax wise to build on?
                    • Now you understand Jeeves, Fri Sep 1 9:20pm
                      The goal is to have people NOT build on wetlands/floodplains. 8^)
                        • No you don't.HeavyHemi, Sat Sep 2 2:26pm
                          Why do you insist that something thinks or is saying something despite them telling you directly you're wrong?
                          • If not, who do you expect to END UP with it? By reducing the SUPPLY of a commodity without reducing the DEMAND for a commodity, how do you plan on AVOIDING a price increase? And if you don't, who do... more
                            • It's the tax structure that forces the destruction of the environment. In my county not so very long ago standing timber (TREES) was taxed. What did that encourage? Yep, you guessed it. Land holdings ... more
                            • You mean I can only use your metrics?HeavyHemi, Sat Sep 2 5:41pm
                              That the ONLY way to implement policy is via taxation. Methinks you're repeating the same mistakes we point out to you time and time again: The argument you are having in your head, isn't the one... more
                              • Taxation was the proposed solution...Sprout, Mon Sep 4 4:57pm
                                Not my proposal, but the proposal we have been discussing. Care to offer a different proposal? One that WOULD in some way not only prevent construction on flood prone lands, but ALSO ensure that real ... more
            • Why do you believe only the poor live there?HeavyHemi, Fri Sep 1 6:23pm
              How remarkably narrow minded...and of course not an honest and accurate reflection of the content of his post. Grow up.