FEMA: favoring the rich while burdening Stockton?

NBC aired a Feb. 18 expose on the government agency that has caused Stockton so many headaches with its ever-shifting flood plain maps and pricey flood insurance requirements.

Now the FBI is investigating whether FEMA constantly exempted bigshot waterfront homeowners and condo highrises. 

“According to an analysis of federal records by NBC News, the changes shift the financial burden for the next destructive hurricane, tsunami or tropical storm onto the neighbors of these wealthy beach-dwellers — and ultimately onto all American taxpayers,” NBC reports.

So if you’re a multimillionaire living in a place sure to flood — therefore to require a taxpayer-funded government bailout — FEMA will cut you slack. But if you’re in one of the nation’s poorest regions, in places such as Smith Canal, which never flood, FEMA will make you pay dearly.

Heads should roll.

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