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Thoughts for all the folks on the west coast of Florida who are about to get hammered.  I hope they've heeded the warnings to evacuate.

It's rainy and blustery on the east coast of Florida, but not too bad.  We've lost a tree in the side yard.  Some traffic lights are out, and I did hit a squall that basically blinded me for a few minutes on the drive into work. The tornado alerts kept going off all night long on the iPhone.

All fine in Key West.  Although supposed to just be a tropical storm  the wobble made it closer to a Cat 1.  We lost power from 10 last night to 11 this morning.  Some downed trees, a lot of tree limbs and debris, flooding in the areas that tend to flood and unfortunately a fire at a strip center and 15 to 20 apartments above the shops.  From what I hear total loss. 

From 2010 to 2021, Florida grew about 15.6% in population, while the US grew a total of about 7.3%.
Here is an article about insurance in Florida.
Some of the billions of dollars which will need to be spent to restore the state will be covered by insurance.  A lot will not be.  Florida has no state income tax.
It relies upon tourist income for the state treasury.  Those dollars will not be flowing in as great numbers as before for awhile.  Miami and Ft. Lauderdale are ok, but the west coast is a mess and Orlando has a lot of damage as well.  Repairing roads, bridges, state buildings, and other state infrastructure will be really expensive.
I don’t know how they will pay for the repairs.

Lots of politicians do 180's.  "Read my lips, no new taxes."  "I will not send American boys 10,000 miles away to do what Asian boys should be doing."  The list goes on.

On Sept. 1, President Biden gave a speech and said, "

...the Republican Party today is dominated, driven and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans. And that is a threat to this country."
On Sept 2, in answer to a question from a reporter, Biden said,

.... I don’t consider any Trump supporter to be a threat to the country."

They change positions back and forth like windshield wipers.

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