It is a drop in the bucket in our federal budget and so many lives in the Pacific Northwest are at risk. Plus, money for scientific research and equipment does help support good paying jobs. *Also, to the jerks suggesting that red states shouldn't have to pay for natural disasters in blue states, you should be careful what you wish for. The blue states already subsidize the red states heavily. Blue states pay WAY more in federal taxes than they get back. Red states are the takers in our federal system--look it up if you don't believe me. Red states are also more prone to natural disasters like hurricanes and tornados. And it would be pretty heartless for a Democrat to tell Mississippi to fend for itself next time it gets hit by a hurricane. We are the UNITED STATES of America.