Services performed by the United States Embassy and the United States Coast Guard are not free. They’re paid for by federal taxes. Both the United States Coast Guard and the United States Embassy had to get involved after a religious family from San Diego set sail to the middle of nowhere on the Pacific Ocean. They said they were going “where God led them.” Apparently, God needs to brush up on his maritime navigation skills, because the family ran into a whole lot of trouble during their weeks-long journey, including storms, damage to their boat, and the dwindling of their supplies to almost nothing. Their eventual rescue has cost taxpayers big.
It’s quite ironic, actually; part of the reason the family set sail in the first place was because they didn’t agree with having to pay taxes for things with which they do not agree. Here’s a message for them: a lot of people don’t want to pay taxes to enable the United States Coast Guard and United States Embassy to waste time rescuing numbskulls from the ocean.
Despite their belief that “God” would help them navigate the rough waters of the sea, they ran into storm after storm and suffered damage to their boat. Lucky for them, the crew of a Venezuelan fishing boat was kind enough to pick them and eventually place them on a Japanese ship. The US Coast Guard stayed in constant communication with the rescue ships to ease the family’s journey to land. Once in Chile’s capital city of San Antonio, they luxuriated in a hotel until the US embassy arranged their flight home for them.
The fact that the United States played such a big role in the rescue of Hannah Gastonguay and her husband is also ironic, since they were originally leaving the United States in protest over “the United States’ involvement in religion.” It’s a rather safe bet that they’re pretty darn happy the United States government saved them from becoming shark chow.
The question is: why should taxpayers foot the bill for these not-so-bright folks to be rescued? As unhappy as they are about having to pay taxes for things that go against their beliefs, nothing compares to the disappointment many feel that this family has placed a major drain on resources which are supported by United States tax dollars. They ought to reimburse every dollar that went toward rescuing them from what was a very stupid idea in the first place.
No one would suggest that they deserved to die out there on the ocean, but this family’s hypocrisy is really astounding. And, since the Gastonguays are also very homophobic, many people have already questioned whether any of their rescuers are gay, which would add even more irony to the whole situation.
Further, if God was watching out for them, doesn’t it seem as though they would have made it to their destination unscathed? Oh, that’s right… “God works in mysterious ways.” Apparently, those ways include forcing rational people to pay for the rescue of those with ill-conceived ideas. This family, who claimed to be led by God, has cost taxpayers big. They should reimburse every cent of the cost of their rescue.
By: Rebecca Savastio