Romney Waffles on FEMA in the Middle of Hurricane Sandy (VIDEO)

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romney femaHow are you, East Coasters? Does Sandy rock it like a hurricane or what? This seems like a good time to flack back to what the candidates have said about federal disaster relief. So there are some rumors circulating that if Romney were president, he would get rid of FEMA. Get out! Is it true? Let's address those rumors and find out what he's really saying. 

In a primary debate, Romney said he supported letting FEMA shut down and handing responsibility to disaster relief to states. "Any time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better." Because we're just going further and further into debt and passing that debt onto our children is just immoral. Okay, got that? Going into debt to pay for disaster relief is immoral. Unless you're a state. 

Okay, well what if a state is bankrupt? It's okay for a state to go into debt to pay for disaster relief but not the federal government? And what's this about letting the private sector handle disaster relief? Because the federal government already works with the private sector for disaster relief efforts, but the difference is that it's the government that's in charge, not some consulting business that's going to work the profit angle and probably cut corners in order to make sure their CEO and board come out ahead financially. That's the whole point of the private sector. And that's why we don't let the private sector run everything.

Privatizing disaster relief! That gives me a headache. 

Okay, so now that Sandy is ravaging through the East Coast the Romney campaign has clarified their position. "Gov. Romney wants to ensure states, who are the first responders and are in the best position to aid impacted individuals and communities, have the resources and assistance they need to cope with natural disasters." Well duh, we all want that. Would this mean sending federal funds to states to help them handle disasters? Oh wait, we already do that. Also, that's the federal government still spending money. So he wants FEMA, he just wants to call it something else more popular, I guess.

Why do I think we need FEMA? Because natural disasters do not respect state borders. So we need to coordinate our efforts across state borders. I think states and feds should work together and both should have adequate funding.

And by the way, if you're wondering what a weakened FEMA under poor leadership would look like, I have one word for you: KATRINA.

Do you think we need federal oversight for national weather disasters like Sandy?

 

Image via CNN/Tomthunkit/YouTube

2012 election, in the news, mitt romney, natural disasters

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bills... billsfan1104

Grasping grasping grasping.

bills... billsfan1104

Katrina was a whole different disaster unlike no other. Bush was not totally to blame. You forget the inept Democrat governor and mayor.

JAFE JAFE

This post is so full of crap that I can smell it!

Pinkmani Pinkmani

Billsfan, you also forgot the people who thought they are stronger than mothernature and wouldn't evacuate; which then put our brave members of the National Guard in danger. 


God forbid, I needed people to help me out - I still think we need FEMA

tbruc... tbrucemom

This writer is grasping at straws and has been for a while hoping it will somehow get Obama re-elected.

Chas Holman

Mr Romney is a very dangerous man.



The wrong kind of leader in these precarious times.

bills... billsfan1104

Pink, I get that. I think Romney is trying to get ideas out there for debate.

bills... billsfan1104

I also think we need to come together and help our fellow Americans instead of bitching about something Romney said 2 years ago.

Caera Caera

FEMA is a disaster, and should be shut down. Those funds should be given to states on an as-needed basis.

itsgrim itsgrim

"Any time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better."  Future President Romney


That right there is the reason I'm voting for him.  Applies to every single messy, inefficient, bottomless money-suck federal program we have.  And yes - I'm riding out Hurricane Sandy right now.

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