Disaster Mitigation and Jobs Creation Act of 2009: Saving Money, Creating Jobs

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Dr. Stephen Blythe, a Family Physician in Florida, although only a candidate for congress at this time, has a simple legislative proposal that will create tens of thousands of jobs, if not more, lessen damages during natural disasters, and save money on insurance at the same time.

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this one can help many Americans - even taxpayers who end up paying for disaster relief - as well as provide positive effects on the economy by putting hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work!

Dr. Stephen Blythe, a Family Physician in Florida, although only a candidate for congress at this time, has a simple legislative proposal that will create tens of thousands of jobs, if not more, lessen damages during natural disasters, and save money on insurance at the same time.

"It's great when one single government program can address three major national problems" says Dr. Steve Blythe.

Blythe, a Melbourne Family Physician who is running for congress to represent Florida's 15th District on "the Space Coast", understands the strength of hurricanes after witnessing several up close and personal four years ago. "We were lucky" he says, "that we only had 115 miles-per-hour winds. Trees were down, power lines were down, and a lot of minimal to moderate roof damage was suffered, but we weren't wiped out like the Gulf Coast during Katrina." But like much of the country, Blythe's district has now been hit hard by te housing slump and layoffs in the construction industry. The economic slowdown is complicated here by huge increases in homeowner's insurance rates, with many homeowners paying $10,000 per year or more for insurance with $10,000 deductibles.

"The problem of job loss, expensive insurance and natural disasters is affecting many areas of our country," notes Blythe. "When I am elected to congress, the first bill I will introduce will be the Disaster Mitigation and Jobs Creation Act. This bill will establish a low-interest loan program to help homeowners in areas prone to floods, hurricanes, and wildfires harden their homes to these hazards. In coastal areas this will include hardening the roofs and replacing windows with hurricane-resistant windows capable of withstanding winds of 150 MPH." He points out that this will not only put construction workers back to work, it will lower insurance rates and lessen damages the next time a hurricane hits.

Likewise those in flood-prone areas could receive help raising their homes or even relocating their homes, and those in areas prone to wildfires could receive assistance with replacing roofing and siding materials as well as windows with fire-resistant ones. Blythe also notes that most windows are made regionally within the United States.

"Unlike many government projects," notes Blythe, "this one can help many Americans - even taxpayers who end up paying for disaster relief - as well as provide positive effects on the economy by putting hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work!"

Other issues for Dr. Blythe in his campaign include the 47 million Americans who lack health insurance. "I am in favor of a national health program that guarantees that NO American is denied needed care. The disparity in our health care system is looking more like that in a third-world country every day," says Blythe, who has provided medical care in a number of underdeveloped countries. "While we work towards a national health system I have plans to fix some of the blatant problems that make our system unaffordable for so many."

Blythe faces a primary election on August 26th followed by the general election in November.

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