Re: [SoCalFire] Costs
- Let's also put this into a slightly larger perspective. Congress is
about to give President Bush $87-billion of our (and our childrens' and
grandchildrens') money to chase some terrible people and rebuild two
entire countries in the middle east.
Dang. Going with the current damage estimates, if those funds could
have been diverted to California, they could have provided $32 MILLION
(yes $32,000,000) worth of fire prevention, engines, and firefighters to
EACH of the 2700 homes that has been destroyed. I'm no expert, but my
gut instinct tells me that a homeowner with $32-mill would have been
able to arrange a darn nice defensible space for his/her property and
neighborhood, and squirted a few drops of water, gel or whatever if the
flames did get close. And then afterwards, the thousands of pieces of
firefighting equipment could have been distributed to a helluva lot of
departments all around California... heck the whole country. (OUR
country, that is, not that far-away one where we ain't wanted anyway).
But as someone mentioned previously, everyone has slightly different
$32-million per home. Huh.