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McClintock says it's unfair for people living on high ground to subsidize "those who freely choose to live in floodplains." He'd require that any federal assistance be in the form of loans, as opposed to the current cost-share arrangement involving local, state and federal funds.
The 100,000 people who live in Natomas should take notice. They've been paying higher flood insurance rates and levee assessments since the
If McClintock had his way, Natomas property owners would pick up the tab for the remaining
People who live in
The answer appears to be yes. "Ideally,
McClintock's position reflects how far some elected leaders have drifted away from the concept of shared societal responsibilities. When levees are upgraded in Natomas, they not only benefit property owners there, they protect an international airport, a interstate highway and all the travelers that use that infrastructure. We suspect that many taxpayers in
McClintock also seems to have forgotten the origins of federal flood control. The federal government got involved with levees -- through the Federal Flood Control Act of 1928 -- because so many historic U.S. cities are located in dangerous flood areas. Ideally, our nation's forefathers might have located
It should also be noted that the 1928 federal law made clear that local governments must share in the cost of levee protection. In particular, cities such as
In all likelihood, McClintock's policy perspective is not widely shared, and we are not sure even he is truly committed to it. In 2009, McClintock helped secure a
Asked how he justified the grant, which McClintock touted on his website, his spokeswoman
In other words, a very rough-and-ready set of principles.
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