Jan 252008

The Wall Street Journal calls our attention to the fact that Florida is trying to get the rest of the country to pick up the tab for its socialized disaster insurance system. (The Panhandle Pander) That way the people who live there don’t have to take responsibility for choosing to live along disaster-prone coastlines.

And why should they? After all, a lot of these Floridians are retirees who fled the icy weather and inheritance taxes of other states. Why shouldn’t those left behind in other states pay higher taxes to support these peoples’ expensive homes along the coast?

And who could be so heartless as to turn down taxes needed to subsidize the properties on St. George Island like those that are pictured below. (Taken April 2006. Yes, I was on my bike, riding just enough miles up and down the island to make the mileage goal I had set for myself for the two-week vacation.)