Fred Maddox, 75, of Houston, Texas has received aid from the federal government following Hurricane Harvey. Maddox doesn't think that the people of Puerto Rico are entitled to the same thing.
“It’s a problem, but they need to handle it. It shouldn’t be up to us, really. I don’t think so. They’re sitting back, they’re taking the money, they’re taking a little under the table. He’s trying to wake them up: Do your job. Be responsible.” Those in the [Maddox] neighborhood without flood insurance were able to apply for and receive assistance from FEMA — including the Maddoxes, who recently had $14,000 in federal money land in their checking account."
The Hogg family debated whether Puerto Rico should receive the same Hurricane relief as those in Texas. Her husband, David Hogg, says no.
But David Hogg, a retired electrical engineer who once worked at NASA, also said that Puerto Ricans’ “lack of responsibility is not an emergency on my part.” The same goes for Texans without flood insurance, he said. His wife frowned, stared at him and asked: “So you have no mercy?” “Uh-uh. No mercy,” he said. “They should do what I do: Spend the money, get insurance.”