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.”
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.
"Who's that?"— John Ferguson (@Fearguth) September 21, 2017
"It's Jeb Hensarling. God told him to move to where he'd be safe from hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, and earthquakes." pic.twitter.com/GL6RpXMZCx
You know @RepHensarling some people have had MULTIPLE natural disasters but don't have the means to move. How about being empathetic??— Jay Marroquin (@JayMarroquin) September 22, 2017
@RepHensarling Where & how do you expect poor working class to move from flood prone areas? Did it occur to you they don't have your means?— karol jones (@JonesKfmald) September 21, 2017
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:
@GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, At some point, God is telling you to pay attention to climate change. Are you listening?— Homeless Commando (@Guttergums) September 22, 2017
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