GOP Lawmaker To Hurricane Victims: 'God Is Telling You To Move'

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Rep. Jeb Hensarling thinks that, by repeatedly repairing the homes of flood victims, the government is "encouraging and subsidizing people to live in harm's way."

Jeb Hensarling

People are none too pleased with Congressman and Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) after he offered this pithy advice for those struggling with frequent flooding: "At some point, God is telling you to move."

In an interview with CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Thursday, Hensarling said that tax dollars shouldn't go to repeatedly repairing the homes of individuals living in areas prone to natural disasters. He said his concern was that the federal government is "encouraging and subsidizing people to live in harm’s way.”

As reported by The Hill, the recent hurricanes have cost billions of dollars in damages, and the lawmaker appears to be blaming those most impacted by the storms for living in their destructive path.

Using a Baton Rouge home that had flooded 40 times and been repaired at the expense of almost half a million of taxpayers' dollars as an example, Hensarling made his point as to why the National Flood Insurance Program needs to be reworked.

"If all we do is force federal taxpayers to build the same home in the same fashion in the same location and expect a different result, we all know that is the classic definition of insanity," he reasoned.

Well, Twitter had something to say about that.

As some already pointed out, moving out of disaster-prone areas is simply not an option for many already living in poverty. Uprooting is expensive, and it presents its own financial and social risks that some cannot afford to take, even when faced with the possibility of future hurricanes.

To compound the insensitivity of Hensarling's statements, the representative has an abysmal scorecard when it comes to voting for legislation that positively impacts the environment. Anything he has to say about natural disasters leaves a terrible taste when taking into account all the things he's refused to do to combat global warming.

As one Twitter user advised the congressman:

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