Bobby Jindal and volcano monitoring.
Man I can't stand republicans!
Should volcano monitoring (and indeed any natural disaster) be within the remit of government?
Here an analysis over at ScienceBlogs: http://scienceblogs.com/authority/2009/02/volcano_monitoring_and_the_sti.php
And here's some comments of a Jindal supported:
I don't care who's job it is to finance it. I just know that if I live next to, fly around or buy produce that's grown at the foot of a volcano, I don't expect someone in Peoria to subsidize my lifestyle.
Some people prefer the risk. What makes you think it's moral to use force against them to pay for what you want?
Also, though all may benefit (though I doubt it) how is it just to force one person who benefits little to pay the same as someone who benefits greatly?
Commercial organizations whose business in dependent on the information would probably pay a premium for real-time reports. That's just an example of how a market could respond.
If you never use the services for which you paid, how do you benefit?
I fail to see where you explained the morality of forcing someone to pay for you or another.
"It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring" -- Carl Sagan