Where’s Trent Lott’s porch?

“Out of the rubble of Trent Lott’s house — he lost his entire house — there’s going to be a fantastic house. And I’m looking forward to sitting on the porch.”—Bush, September 2, 2005

Oh how I wish some reporter would ask aquestion on this. Such as… Mr. President will you fully support an investigation of insurance fraud perpetrated against Trent Lott’s porch… oh and the thousands of other porches of the people of the Gulf Coast?

Mr. Lott, a Republican and former majority leader, is one of thousands of homeowners on the Gulf Coast who have been fighting with their insurers over payments for damage in Hurricane Katrina. In an interview yesterday, he said he was angry about the insurers’ “insensitivity and outright meanness” in rejecting many homeowners’ claims.

He said he inserted a provision into legislation, signed by President Bush last week, directing the Department of Homeland Security to investigate potential fraud by the insurance industry. Mr. Lott said he was also drafting legislation to challenge the industry’s exemptions from antitrust laws and had asked his staff to investigate the industry’s tax rates.

“I am outraged,” he said. “I’m concerned there are lots of abuses in the aftermath of the hurricane.”


Insurance is mainly regulated by the states. But the federal government has authority on antitrust and tax issues. The insurers have been exempted from some antitrust laws since the 1940’s. These exemptions permit them to share industrywide information on claims costs and project future costs.


Mr. Lott said he had sought the Homeland Security investigation because he believed that the insurers shifted the cost of many claims to the federal flood insurance program that they should have paid themselves.

Mr. Lott said he wanted Homeland Security to determine if the shifting of costs to the federal program “was just an occasional mistake or systematic.”

“I think it was systematic,” he said.


6 thoughts on “Where’s Trent Lott’s porch?

  1. It’s astonishing to me how all it takes is for one of these “people” to feel the pain of the real world, and suddenly they’re all for investigatin and rules and what not.
    Real servants of the people, aren’t they?
    Duckman GR

  2. ~ scary background music ~
    Why is Trent Lott a big government socialist who wants the Federal government to interfere with the private sector? Why is Trent Lott advocating class warfare by demanding that the government take money away from business and hand it to deadbeats who can’t even rebuild their own homes?
    (Paid for by Absolute Fascists for Senate)

  3. Funny how Lott carried the Insurance Biz water and was pious…until he lost his [second] home. And don’t argue the point about first/second either, he had two. Or maybe I missed one elsewhere.
    Mr TrailSafety

  4. You would never believe how bad it is here. I know one or two people who had good experiences with their insurers, but everybody else is extemely angry and frustrated. The lastest news concerns State Farm. Seems that have a long prestigious pedigree of cheating their homeowner policy holders. I believe the Louisiana State AG is working on suing some of these companies. Mississippi’s AG has been at it since shortly after The Storm.
    (p.s., I blog at realitique.com but had trouble remembering my password here)

  5. Sen. Trent Lott With The GOP Response To The President’s State Of The Union Address
    Jan. 27, 1998
    Big government or families?
    But we have only just begun the difficult job of stopping big government, making it more responsive and — perhaps hardest of all — rebuilding the trust you used to have in your elected officials.
    The president seems to think that big government can solve all your children’s problems if you will just give government more of your money – and more control over your lives. Nonsense!
    But you know that Americans are still …, over-regulated and over-governed.
    Author: Sen. Trent Lott
     November 4th, 2005
    Yes, I have been very critical of FEMA and its performance in Katrina’s wake.  But to those who think this is a criticism of the president or abandonment by me of basic conservative “small government” principles, think again.  If anything, Katrina shows how a bloated, big government bureaucracy slows down or, worse, breaks down in times of crisis.
    And just for good measure from the same 1998 response:
    It is morally wrong for citizens in a democracy to be presumed guilty until proven innocent.

  6. That doesn’t qualify as empathy. I’ve still yet to see any from the Republicans.

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