Helping the Gulf Coast

Navy support shipThe support lines for Katrina victims are finally starting to drop into place outside of the government, and as anyone who reads the site knows, we prefer private assistance and organizations that ask nicely to the public behemoths that take it at the point of the gun.

But hey, this isn’t the time for evangelizing. Instead let’s just get down to the nitty gritty here and let you know how you can help the people who are displaced in the wake of Katrina:

Geeks / Computer Industry
This encompasses a lot of libertarians I know, and if you can lend your hand or time, there is an effort underway over at Boing Boing to install a huge network at the Astrodome and set people up to get back in contact. I know it seems like a small thing, but these folks are gonna be offline for months, and some of them may be trying to run businesses or stay in contact with relatives this way.

Charities / Cash Donations
You have your pick here. I won’t bother listing them out and will instead direct people to the massive Instapundit post on the subject. Yahoo is linking to Network for Good. Suffice to say, cash is the gift of choice.

Open Your Home
There are also some places being set-up to help people find a place to stay for the months that these folks may be displaced. We are the most giving nation in world, and if you have an extra room and can open your arms and home to a refugee, please do. The place to do this seems to be on Craigslist, with cities affected highlighted with > red <. Oh, and please don’t be like these morons (or these).

6 Comments
  1. First, I must say that Hurricane Katrina is a complete tragedy to the victims and to all of America. Second, I just had to critique your comment when I read it. You Libertarians might prefer private assistance, but in the long run, it won’t do very much in the way of rebuilding. A dollar here and a dollar there can’t pay for all the housing and rebuilding of communities, which now are virtually ground zero.

    This is the main reason we need taxes; taxes to rebuild and improve quality of life. Do you think the impoverished, mostly African-American population in Mississippi and Louisiana will be able to start again new without assistance? The answer is no! Some of them probably had no insurance, so they lost everything (including the kitchen sink). This is a tragedy and these people need help now! How can you think otherwise? Oh yeah, that’s right, you’re the group who likes removing feeding tubes from innocent people.

    You surely wouldn’t give a damn about someone who lost their home. Think, you morons, think!

  2. SethWind:
    This is the main reason we need taxes; taxes to rebuild and improve quality of life.

    Hmm, someone hasn’t read their Constitution.

  3. SethWind:
    This is the main reason we need taxes; taxes to rebuild and improve quality of life.

    Not to mention, that many would disagree with this statement outright. What say you, John Marshall, back in 1819?

    “The power to tax involves the power to destroy; that the power to destroy may defeat and render useless the power to create;”

    Point being, every politician in congress thinks they know to spend OUR money better than we do. Would you be interested in the government taking 100% of our paychecks and then redistributing it based on “need”. Because I certainly need a new video game system hooked up to a new 60″ plasma screen. That would certainly be a worthy tax that would increase my quality of life substantially! And while we are at it, let’s give the same to everybody!

    But… who’s gonna pay for all this?

    Ahhh, the great mystery continues. Perhaps you need to do some thinking yourself.

    cheers

  4. Rick,
    You obviously misinterpreted my comment, “this is the main reason we need taxes; to rebuild and improve quality of life”. The government has never taken 100% of our salary, as you so vaguely mentioned above.

    We need taxes to improve our public education. Florida schools are among the worst. Some classrooms don’t have enough desks to accomodate the kids. What do you libertarians intend to do about it? (Make the students buy their own desks and carry them from classroom to classroom?!)

    Second of all, the poor, minorities, and the elderly, usually the most ostracized in society, need some assistance. Maybe they are discriminated against and can’t find employment, which gives us, as society, the full obligation to help them out.

    If a dog is down, you don’t kick it, you help it. But then again, you are the people who think starvation of innocent people is “humane”. Sounds like your thinking is a bit wharped.

    Rick, I

  5. We need taxes to improve our public education. Florida schools are among the worst. Some classrooms don’t have enough desks to accomodate the kids. What do you libertarians intend to do about it? (Make the students buy their own desks and carry them from classroom to classroom?!)

    Hi Seth,

    I don’t know much about Florida’s situation, but here in Ohio we actually have a rational education plan with our candidate for Governor (the site is still a bit rough around the edges).

  6. Seth,

    Actually, post WWII, the highest income bracket was taxed as high as 98 percent according to some reports.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/nrof_bartlett/bartlett200405170929.asp

    Besides, for some, if you add income tax, fica, state income, property, county, etc… you’ll quickly get up to at least 50 percent in some instances.

    secondly, we don’t need to improve public education, we need to end it. period. I encourage you to read a book by former NYS high school teach of the year, John Taylor Gatto, called
    “The Underground History of American Education” . This helps explain how public schools were actually meant to make children better workers for the Rockefellers and Morgans, and not to make them free thinkers.

    Notice how many dollars get thrown at public high schools and how little the children succeed? My crappy high school pays 2 times the amount of money per pupil than some of the mid range private schools here in Massachusetts… the funny thing is, those private schools beat the living stuffing out of the public schools with LESS funding. Imagine that?

    I don’t believe in starvation of innocent people. That’s just rhetoric that socialist use to belittle their opposition and shame them into paying for covering every need for every person. Like Mike said… My constitution doesn’t say I’m required to pay for your dental work, your health care, or your house if it gets lost in a mud slide. If you ask, I might donate. But you can’t have an IRS thug come to my house and take my money because it’s a “social obligation”. That’s a form of society with no property rights commonly called communism.

    cheers

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