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Mr. Romney & Disaster Relief

By The Reverend Published: November 1, 2012

Asked about devastating tornadoes at the time in Joplin, Missouri and elsewhere, GOP primary candidate, Mitt Romney responded to a question by CNN's John King inquiring whether disaster relief should be handled by the states rather than the federal government. Here's Mr. Romney's response....

"Every 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."

John King countered...."Including disaster relief?"

Romney was unmoved...."We cannot -- we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids," Romney replied. "It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we'll all be dead and gone before it's paid off. It makes no sense at all."

In a nutshell, that exchange....combined with Mitt's reprehensible, faux-food collection photo op stunt on Tuesday....tells you all you need to know about how Mr. Romney would lead our nation.

"Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction." Whether that "something" is Medicaid for our most vulnerable citizens....or disaster relief to vulnerable citizens buried under a hurricane.....the GOP presidential candidate claimed that giving those responsibilities to states and taking those responsibilities from the federal government....is the "right direction."

Or even better yet, said Mr. Romney...."..if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better."

Is there anyone out there who actually believes that disaster relief following Katrina, Irene, tornadoes in Missouri, or Superstorm Sandy would have been "better" if individual states, alone, were responsible for providing relief?

Further, does anyone think that sub-contracting state-led, disaster relief to private, for-profit businesses (assuming they exist) could get the job done more effectively and efficiently than FEMA?

When huge natural disasters occur, which would you prefer? State-directed small ball efforts possibly driven by profit motives....or the full force and power of the U.S. federal government? Or, as the NY Times put it,...

"Does Mr. Romney really believe that financially strapped states would do a better job than a properly functioning federal agency? Who would make decisions about where to send federal aid? Or perhaps there would be no federal aid, and every state would bear the burden of billions of dollars in damages,"

The reason given by Mr. Romney in defending his less-effective disaster relief policy of keeping the big, bad federal government out of it....is...it costs too much for the feds to provide disaster relief and our children and grandchildren just can't afford it. Too much debt being added to our children's backs.

Yet, this is the same Mr. Romney who would repeal Obamacare, cut taxes, and increase defense spending...which amounts to $8 trillion in new debt placed on the backs of those same children and grandchildren Mr Romney is oh-so-worried about.

Mr. Romney called the debt incurred by the federal government for disaster relief "immoral", but apparently, debt incurred by lowering tax rates, expanding the military-defense complex or repealing a democratically-passed national health care bill which extends health insurance coverage to 30 million more Americans.....is all exquisitely moral.

From senior and children's health care, to defunding Planned Parenthood, to "better yet" privatizing of disaster relief services....Mr. Romney does not have a "United" States viewpoint of .....our United States. Instead, Mr. Romney has a "heckuva job, Brownie", "you're on your own" viewpoint.

Worse yet, Mr. Romney doesn't have the courage of his own stated convictions....

....presidential candidate Mitt Romney refused to answer at least five questions from reporters about whether he would eliminate FEMA as he has said previously in a debate.

None of Mr. Romney's policy positions "add up", even the ones he doesn't refuse to answer questions about. Mr. Romney's campaign has been nothing but a sick game of hide and seek laced with lies. By now, he should be regarded by all serious-minded folks as a national embarrassment.

Staging a phony food-drive photo op of political exploitation in the wake of the worst storm to ever hit the United States.....and reaffirming his desire to do away with 'big government' FEMA while millions of eastern seaboarders are still under water only illustrates further why Mr. Romney is not fit to be our president.

 

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