Before we legalize destruction of public properties: A few words of caution

Criss Jami (born Christopher James Gilbert) had this to say: "If you build the guts to do something, anything, then you better save enough to face the consequences.”

Criss Jami (born Christopher James Gilbert) had this to say: "If you build the guts to do something, anything, then you better save enough to face the consequences.” 

In whatever way you view it, I am fully with some national conference delegates insistence on their opposition to proposed allocation of five percent of federal revenue to rebuild insurgency-ravaged areas.... let the states affected rebuild whatever their citizens destroyed.

Setting aside 5% of the federal government allocation to future destruction in any part of the country is like legalizing destruction, riots and sabotage. Now people may willfully destroy knowing that there is free money from the central government to rebuild. Local Politicians will also be more encouraged to sponsor thugs to destroy knowing that it is FG that will bear the cost.  Also when the money are not expended, it is more likely to be stolen by the politicians if the funds idle for so long. No one will take note of this anyway and it will become another appendage of corruption, eventually. 

The delegates proposing this aspect of  revenue allocation, should focus their energy instead, on funding and more efficient working of National Emergency Management Agency to reach out affected people facing humanitarian crisis in any part of the country and also discharge its humanitarian works. They should also look maximizing the performance ecology fund. many states are not benefiting from the fund.

When people destroy properties within their states, the state and local government should tax them to rebuild those properties, or better still, the wealthy sponsors of those destruction should pay for the reconstruction of any damage their actions instigated. There should be clear difference between natural disaster and deliberately induced disasters. When people know that they will always bear the cost of whatever they destroy and politicians sponsoring thugs are made to paid for the damages, there is possibility of people taking responsibility to protect their own infrastructures instead of destroying them under whatever guise and hoping someone else will pay for the reconstruction.

I love what Jose Saramago, a  Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature,  wrote and it makes perfect sense: “If, before every action, we were to begin by weighing up the consequences, thinking about them in earnest, first the immediate consequences, then the probable, then the possible, then the imaginable ones, we should never move beyond the point where our first thought brought us to a halt. The good and evil resulting from our words and deeds go on apportioning themselves, one assumes in a reasonably uniform and balanced way, throughout all the days to follow, including those endless days, when we shall not be here to find out, to congratulate ourselves or ask for pardon, indeed there are those who claim that this is the much talked of immortality.”

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