ABC News reports that the victims of the La Conchita landside deserved the destruction because they knew that their neighborhoods were prone to same.
Everyone who lived in La Conchita knew the danger of potential mudslides, but they chose to ignore it or live with it.
I'm a big proponent of not having the government subsidize development in hazardous areas, be it the California coast, the Mississippi delta, or the Florida panhandle. The government should not be in the business of bailing out insurers and mitigating their risk pool.
I guess it's OK for ABC to belittle Californians who choose to live in million dollar homes, but I searched the ABC news website and didn't see any stories on the poor residents of Sri Lanka, Sumatra, or Phuket, Thailand who choose to live in the path of a deadly tsunami. According to ABC news rich, white Americans have choices, but poor, brown Asians don't.
CORRECTION - The people in La Conchita live in modest homes with a nice view of the Pacific. The homes are, by no means, seven figure homes; I just have fallen into the equity trap that has plagued all of us in California. Most of the homes are in the $300,000 plus range. Thanks to Marko for the heads-up.