[social-work] DISASTERS: HURRICANES : UNITED STATES: STATES: TEXAS : REBUILDING: Rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey a Task to Require Extraordinary Effort

 

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DISASTERS: HURRICANES :

UNITED STATES: STATES: TEXAS :

REBUILDING:

Rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey:
A Task to Require Extraordinary Effort

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Rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey:
A Task to Require Extraordinary Effort

By Harold Raveche

09/03/17 03:00 PM EDT

The Hill

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/349059-rebuilding-
after-hurricane-harvey-a-task-to-require-extraordinary-effort

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/yd3rf83a

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Before discussing the challenges of rebuilding, there is very good news for America from Harvey.

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The outpouring of volunteer assistance (think Cajun Navy) is truly an outstanding example of a citizenry united in selfless acts of rescue neighbors helping neighbors in crisis. This outreach by thousands of Americans to other Americans stands in stark contrast to the recent news of hateful acts perpetuated by an isolated (but highly publicized) few.

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The rescue operations in Houston, and nearby areas, have crossed racial, ethnic, religious and gender boundaries, very clearly demonstrating that Americans have great concern for all of their fellow citizens. This outpouring of humanity is a clarion call for all Americans to reaffirm that Americas rich diversity is the strength of our nation.

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With all the political interest in our national infrastructure, the rebuilding of Southeast Texas can serve as a first, shining example of how that national project can be made to work  and made to work directly for those citizens sorely in need of restoration of their everyday lives. Will the White House and Congress agree now on an infrastructure project, and move fast enough to help victims of Harvey rebuild, or will we have more red-tape and political posturing?

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Let us speculate that, in a rare show of consensus, even unity, the combined efforts of the president, Congress and the pertinent federal agencies can be marshaled to kick off one of the greatest public-service and civil-engineering feats ever attempted, in full cooperation with state and local authorities  with the showcase for the effort being the precincts surrounding Corpus Christi, Houston and countless other affected towns and cities near the Gulf Coast.

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Flexibility in legislation at the state level will be needed to supplement federal assistance. Famously anti-tax Texans may need to explore a method to raise discreet taxes and fees that expire against hard deadlines, with no renewal mechanism, with the proceeds dedicated solely to the relief and rebuilding effort.

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Of course, there is an upside to the rebuilding, especially in that it will invigorate the private sector and create jobs for those in desperate need. Many municipal and commercial buildings have been impacted and will need materials to rebuild. Damaged infrastructure will need repair and replacement, including roads, highways, railways, subways, ports, pipelines, generators, and sewer systems. This will create more demand for materials, supplies and skilled workers, ultimately benefiting the tax-base.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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[social-work] DISASTERS: HURRICANES : UNITED STATES: STATES: TEXAS : REBUILDING: Rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey a Task to Require Extraordinary Effort

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