Ron Paul says that we don't need FEMA and that we should go back to handling disasters like they did in 1900. I couldn't agree more!
Before we discuss it, here are some fun facts about the 1900 storm from the City of Galveston 1900 Storm Committee and the Galveston County Daily News:
• 8.7 feet: The highest elevation on Galveston Island in 1900.
• 15.7 feet: The height of the storm surge.
• 28.55 inches: Barometric pressure recorded in Galveston, 30 miles from where the eye of the storm is best estimated. At the time, this was the lowest barometric pressure ever recorded.
• 6,000 to 8,000: Number of people estimated to have died during the storm.
• 37,000 people: Population of Galveston in 1900.
• 3,600: Number of buildings destroyed by the storm.
• 130 to 140 miles per hour: Speed meteorologists estimate the winds reached during the storm.
• $20 million: Estimated damage costs related to the storm. In today's dollars, that would be more than $700 million.
Okay-they were not able to figure out exactly how many people died. But, hey, they were within 2000. Close enough! Also, did you notice that-even without government regulation-only 3600 buildings were destroyed? Isn’t this proof positive that building codes-and government regulations in general-aren’t needed?
But, enough trivia. Ron Paul got me thinking about how great 1900 was and what a great idea it would be to bring it back!
After all, 1900 is the year that the Gold Standard Act was ratified, placing the United States currency on the gold standard. I get a little misty thinking about this-don't you? OHHHH the gold standard! If only......damn Roosevelt!
Also, in 1900, only 3.5 percent of the U.S. work force was organized and employers were free to hire and fire at will and at whim. The freedom employers had from the interference of corrupt labor unions must have really freed them to create good paying jobs. If only we could rid ourselves of the unions, we could once again experience this golden age prosperity for the working man. No unions! No minimum wage! Just the right to work-and not just in the right to work states! Bringing this back is a sure fire way to create good jobs-I'm positive about that.
In 1900 employers were able to pay women only 53 percent of what men are paid for the same work, and in some industries they were able to get away with paying only one-third as much. Thus, women weren't so tempted to work as they are now and more of them stayed home to raise children as God intended!
Of course, the year was not all good, US Socialist Party was formed at Indianapolis in 1900. It's my understanding that this group went on to be re-named the Democrat Party and came to champion all sorts of dangerous policies that have undermined our freedom.
I say, you go Ron Paul! Rick Perry wants to take this country back to the radical 1950's-WHAT A WIMP! What we need now are those Victorian values that made America great! Bring back 1900!