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Friday, January 1, 2016

Who you gonna call when the water rises?

Posted By on Fri, Jan 1, 2016 at 8:36 AM

CALLING UNCLE SUGAR: Sen. Jason Rapert looking for government help.
  • CALLING UNCLE SUGAR: Sen. Jason Rapert looking for government help.

Flooding
in Arkansas re-introduces an issue that illustrates the selective view of government by some politicians.

That is: Government is generally bad unless I need it. See an article in today's Democrat-Gazette.

High water has again inundated some flood-prone regions of the senatorial district of Jason Rapert of Bigelow/Conway. Rapert wants state action. NOW. Everyone has long known the levees in the area are in need of maintenance and improvement, he says. Gov. Asa Hutchinson isn't hankering to leap into this issue at the next legislative session, with good reason.

The levees are not the responsibility of the state or federal government. Levee maintenance costs money. The old system of levee districts in which those protected by levees  governed and even paid for the districts' needs, is largely non-functional. Fix one levee and you might be on the hook to fix all of them. Hard to do when you are cutting taxes for everyone but the working poor, with particularly rich attention given the ultra-wealthy.

So who you gonna call? Jason Rapert turns to Uncle Sugar, as Mike Huckabee  once named a free-spending government always ready to provide for those who can't provide for themselves. 

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