First Wealth Redistribution & Now Stupidity Reallocation?
Ok, so Obama wants to redistribute wealth, agreed? I don’t have to explain THAT statement, do I?
Now Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is on a campaign to reallocate the economic impact of stupid people onto the shoulders of private business and, presumably, their customers. [Note: what I say here is not meant to demean or diminish in any way the many REAL victims of Sandy.] After the devastation of super storm Sandy in the New York City region, many schools on Long Island were closed for an extended period of time. New York State schools are required to teach a minimum of 180 days. School districts were closed one, two weeks, some longer.
Now the schools have to make up those lost days. Thusly the mid-winter vacations in February are canceled. Fine. But wait! Horror of horrors, some families had planned vacations for that time period. Said vacations were paid for and were generally not refundable. “Oh, the humanity!”
Enter the “intellectually challenged” masses who decided NOT to purchase airline/vacation cancellation insurance when they booked their vacations. They saved a few bucks not buying insurance. They gambled and lost.
Not to worry, here comes their Superhero Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (a/k/a “The guy who never met a problem he couldn’t milk to get votes”). Good ol’ Chuck said “Having to cancel a long planned vacation because of the storm is bad, but being forced to shell out hundreds or thousands in cancellation or change fees is worse,” said Schumer. “Many businesses in the wake of Hurricane Sandy have stepped up to the plate and gone out of their way to help those affected, and I would urge the travel industry to do their part as well.” [Emphasis added] Hey Chuck, it is true that MANY have gone out of their way to help actual Sandy victims; people died, folks have lost their homes, people are still without food, etc…
Chuck, here’s my question: “Why should the travel industry have to bear ANY financial burden because people were too stupid to buy cancellation insurance?” Should insurance companies volunteer to “step up to the plate” and provide financial coverage to renters who lost everything to Sandy but did not buy renter’s insurance? Jiminy, if anyone answers “yes” to that last question, we are truly lost.
Economic “stupidity reallocation” is just as Anti-American as wealth redistribution. Period. On the plus side, since all those parents likely put in for time off at work already, in anticipation of going on vacation, now they’ll be home to help their kids with their homework! Maybe their stupidity will skip a generation?
Read the full press release here
Schumer Calls on Airlines and Cruise Lines to Consider a Special Refund or Credit Plan for Families and Teachers Affected by Superstorm Sandy Who Are Forced to Cancel Upcoming Midwinter Vacation Plans