2011 VIDEO- Mitt Romney: Federal disaster relief "immoral." Tell that to Hurricane Sandy victims.


Remember this moment from the GOP primary?

As I watched the Sunday talk shows today, I got angrier and more frustrated wondering how any voter could support the Romney-Ryan ticket. Romney would appoint Supreme Court justices who would deny women the most basic rights and who would encourage that so-called "small government" the GOP claims to revere so much the right to make women's most private, personal medical decisions their own.

And now that Hurricane Sandy is upon us, it's time to emphasize that if Romney and Ryan got their way, FEMA would be a thing of the past.

Privatizing this country is a priority for Team Romney, but they fail to explain that making money puts the needs of Americans second, because profits and the bottom line are all private businesses care about. For example, if education were privatized, educating kids wouldn't matter nearly as much as how much cash schools could pull in. The future of our children and this country would be jeopardized while corporate earnings would soar.

So try to imagine what would happen if the U.S. government were forced to hand over disaster aid to a private company.

As my Twitter pal Malacandra just tweeted:


Via Mother Jones:

The Ryan budget makes no mention of FEMA or the Department of Homeland Security of which it's a part. In fact it makes no mention of any specific cuts to non-entitlement programs. We can't say for sure, in other words, the extent to which disaster funding would be scaled back. But the overall math suggests that it would be drastic. [...]

Romney's own proposed budget (which like Ryan's fails to identify specific cuts) would create much the same bind.

Willard M. Romney: From binders to bind.

H/t: The National Memo

  • If Romney gets elected,we are in trouble!  I fear for the country because if you blend that fool with the republican congress, we will wind up with a stew so toxic, the country will be headed  for the biggest virus ever.  REPUBLICANITIS!

  • RE: the states should handle disaster relief...

    you'd think that someone who calls himself "a businessman" would realize it makes no sense to duplicate FEMA 50x at the state level, when disasters rotate around the country.

    Then again, it's my problem, expecting intellectual honesty from Romney...

  • But the SLC winter games receiving $1.5 billion in Federal money, 68% of their funding, that's just peachy.

    Then again, it's my problem, expecting intellectual honesty from Romney.

  • Femavsromney


    *affect many states
    *may be worsened by polution from many states (including those not affect by the particular storm)
    *may be worsened by polution from other countries with who America has not made polution a stronger enough factor in our international dealings
    *affect on the national economy

    As such storms and storm recovery from them are not a state problem. They are a national problem and should be dealt with on a national level.

    When it come to business, Romney recognizes that there are efficiencies gained by companies that have experties in particular areas. Thank G-d storms and emergencies (tornados, earthquakes major fires etc) are infrequent enough that states do not have the experties nor resourses to deal with them.

    The answer is of course that states should form alliances and co-insurance organizations for such events. 

    The alliance and co-insurance between states has in fact been arround for 200+ years and works fairly well - it is known as the United States of America.

    Wall Street closed in face of a storm, but FEMA worked overtime.  

    Problems of national magnatude are best dealt with on a national scale. Storms such as this one was/is a national emergency and thank G-d for FEMA. 


  • Its a no brainer for Gov Romney to reply to tranfer Federal Disaster relief to State or Private sector. I wish to repeat " tell that to " Huricane Sandy Victims" 

  • Romney and Ryan are such jerks. If their idea is to turn disaster relief over to states. Some states would go bankrupt. And if turned over to private firms those firms would go bankrupt. Can you imagin $billion of dollars for this Sandy relief going to the states or a private firm. All people in the US should help in relief as well as states and private corporation. And FEMA should remain to help also.

  • Older_Wiser2

    Thanks for this!   I absolutely loathe this man, who has no core, and only looks to line his own pockets.  He doesn't give a flying fig about the people of this country.

    While Pres Obama is showing extremely excellent leadership in this situation, Rmoney runs to Ohio.

  • Mitt Romney: Federal disaster relief “immoral."

    And yet, rape in "certain situations" is "legitimate."

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