ROMNEY ADVOCATED POTENTIALLY PRIVATIZING FEMA FOR DISASTER RESPONSES

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    Oct 31, 2012 9:23 PM GMT
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    As the East Coast braces for a massive storm, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are trying to cover up the fact that if elected they intend to cut funding for both FEMA and disaster relief. Here is something to think about while we watch Hurricane Sandy morph into a perfect storm, what if there was no federal disaster relief? What if states were left to fend for themselves?

    Well if Romney and Ryan are elected on November 6th…we will sadly find out the answers to these questions. There will be no doubt that the federal government’s ability to respond to natural disasters would be significantly hindered under a Romney-Ryan administration.

    At least three times, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have publicly demanded that the federal government only disburse disaster relief funding if Congress agreed to offsetting budget cuts elsewhere. This would hold desperately-needed disaster relief funding hostage unless Congress agreed to cuts elsewhere in the budget, an extraordinarily difficult prospect even in normal circumstances.

    Last year, after a major tornado and flood struck the United States, Romney was asked in a debate on June 13, 2011 about whether the agency should be shuttered so that states can individually take over responsibility for disaster response. He was asked specifically about turning FEMA over to the states – here was his response:

    Absolutely, 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. Instead of thinking, in the federal budget, what we should cut, we should ask the opposite question, what should we keep?

    The debate moderator John King asked Romney…

    Including disaster relief, though?

    In which Romney responded:

    We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. 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.

    So let me get this straight… it’s ok for Republicans to spend trillions to fund a war in Iraq that was based on a lie without budget cuts but it’s immoral to spend money on American citizens in a disaster without cuts?



    The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent adds:

    There’s another nugget here worth highlighting, though. In that appearance, Romney also suggested it would be ‘even better’ to send any and all responsibilities of the federal government ‘to the private sector,’ disaster response included. So: Romney essentially favored privatizing disaster response.

    Ryan’s 2012 budget took a similar approach to disaster funding. As The Hill noted in May 2012, Ryan’s budget called for any disaster relief funding to “be fully offset within the discretionary levels provided in this resolution.” In other words, Congress would have to agree on cuts elsewhere in the budget if it wanted to dole out funds after a disaster.
    The real world consequence of this type of policy decision will mean that your ability to survive or recover from a natural disaster will be based on where you live, the severity of the event, and whether or not your state decided to budget for disaster relief. It will be 50 different states doing it 50 different ways. This is the inevitable result of the Republican “starve the beast” plan; Romney and other Republicans promise to cut the size of government but don’t say what. Well – this is the kind of “government waste” that Republicans are talking about.

    Governor Romney’s campaign was asked about this and here was their response:

    “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.”

    Romney has a history of saying he’s going to cut government. When you ask him what – he says “We’re going to work that out with Congress”. He never says what. When he actually slips up and says something like what he said in plain day on video when he was trying to win over conservatives, the Romney campaign just back tracks – shakes the etch-a-sketch and says we didn’t say we’re going to cut that. So – he wants everyone to think that everyone gets everything and no one has to pay for it. Believe me – someone is going to pay for it.



  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 31, 2012 9:27 PM GMT
    The tick-tocking must be getting louder in your head because you keep showing your desperation. It's okay, we'll be here in your time of need to comfort you on Election Night. If your head explodes we'll help pickup the pieces.... icon_wink.gif

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    Oct 31, 2012 9:33 PM GMT
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    Oct 31, 2012 9:35 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidThe tick-tocking must be getting louder in your head because you keep showing your desperation. It's okay, we'll be here in your time of need to comfort you on Election Night. If your head explodes we'll help pickup the pieces.... icon_wink.gif

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    Desperation? Do you have anything to add besides that clock of when your head is going to explode when Obama wins on Tuesday?icon_lol.gif

    How about talking about the above topic where Romney wants to privatize FEMA? Oh yeah that is right. Instead of actually adressing Mitt Romney's faults it is easier to dodge it by spamming the boards with a countdown clock to when Mitt Romney becomes irrelevant.


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    Oct 31, 2012 9:39 PM GMT
    My GOD! Thanks for posting this. I would have voted for Romney but now that you've exposed him as wanting to abolish FEMA, I will certainly vote for Obama.

    I'm sure thousands on here are also changing their minds, just like me, thanks to this very informative post of yours.
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    Oct 31, 2012 9:43 PM GMT
    DontQuoteMe saidMy GOD! Thanks for posting this. I would have voted for Romney but now that you've exposed him as wanting to abolish FEMA, I will certainly vote for Obama.

    I'm sure thousands on here are also changing their minds, just like me, thanks to this very informative post of yours.


    Are you seriously chastising someone for posting negative information about one of the candidates? Hypocritical, smelly sock.
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    Oct 31, 2012 9:48 PM GMT
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    DontQuoteMe saidMy GOD! Thanks for posting this. I would have voted for Romney but now that you've exposed him as wanting to abolish FEMA, I will certainly vote for Obama.

    I'm sure thousands on here are also changing their minds, just like me, thanks to this very informative post of yours.


    Are you seriously chastising someone for posting negative information about one of the candidates? Hypocritical, smelly sock.


    Hypocritical smelly sock is right. Him and the rest of the posse can post as much garbage as they like (especially false garbage at that) and it is okay but God forbid someone shows the other side and I get under this socks skin like no other. I actually like unnerving him a bit. I obviously get under his skin seeing this is the second time he posted the same exact reply to me. Me posting how much of a scum bag Romney is if it does nothing else but annoy this sock it is worth the effort. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Oct 31, 2012 9:52 PM GMT
    David4985 said
    CuriousJockAZ saidThe tick-tocking must be getting louder in your head because you keep showing your desperation. It's okay, we'll be here in your time of need to comfort you on Election Night. If your head explodes we'll help pickup the pieces.... icon_wink.gif

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    Desperation? Do you have anything to add besides that clock of when your head is going to explode when Obama wins on Tuesday?icon_lol.gif

    How about talking about the above topic where Romney wants to privatize FEMA? Oh yeah that is right. Instead of actually adressing Mitt Romney's faults it is easier to dodge it by spamming the boards with a countdown clock to when Mitt Romney becomes irrelevant.

    CuriousJockAZ has given up trying to defend his endorsement to Romney, and so now answers every negative revelation about his candidate with this childish paste.

    Kinda reminds you of a toddler's pout, doesn't it? icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 31, 2012 10:01 PM GMT
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    CuriousJockAZ has given up trying to defend his endorsement to Romney, and so now answers every negative revelation about his candidate with this childish paste.

    Kinda reminds you of a toddler's pout, doesn't it? icon_razz.gif


    Oh, I dunno. One of the things I HATED about many conservatives during Bush II's second term was how they characterized anyone to the left of Atilla the Hun as a whining toddler throwing a temper tantrum. If I were Todd, I'd get kind of annoyed around here too.

    Of course his political views are COMPLETELY wrong. icon_razz.gif But I wouldn't call him a toddler.

    The smelly socks, on the other hand, I just don't get. What are they trying to accomplish? I hope just to have some fun, cause they're not managing to do anything else.
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    Oct 31, 2012 10:04 PM GMT
    showme said
    DontQuoteMe saidMy GOD! Thanks for posting this. I would have voted for Romney but now that you've exposed him as wanting to abolish FEMA, I will certainly vote for Obama.

    I'm sure thousands on here are also changing their minds, just like me, thanks to this very informative post of yours.


    Are you seriously chastising someone for posting negative information about one of the candidates? Hypocritical, smelly sock.





    agree with showme



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  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 31, 2012 10:11 PM GMT
    showme saidOne of the things I HATED about many conservatives during Bush II's second term was how they characterized anyone to the left of Atilla the Hun as a whining toddler throwing a temper tantrum. If I were Todd, I'd get kind of annoyed around here too.

    Of course his political views are COMPLETELY wrong. icon_razz.gif But I wouldn't call him a toddler.



    Thank you, Showme. I think it's pretty clear that most, if not all of us are suffering from Presidential Election overkill. I don't know about you guys, but I am OVER IT! Tuesday cannot get here quickly enough. I'm just having fun with the silly countdown clock, mostly to just remind us that the big day is getting closer by, well, the minute icon_lol.gif Mostly my hope once it's all over is that, regardless of what happens, that we put it all behind us and move on. I know for me that if Obama wins, I will sure hope for him to have a successful 2nd term. If Romney wins, I hope others will do the same. One thing for certain is that this country needs to come together -- period.
  • Timbales

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    Nov 01, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    Obviously a for-profit private company is going to provide the best disaster relief to those who can pay the price during an emergency.
  • MusclFurPeX

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    Nov 01, 2012 2:56 AM GMT
    Romney compared cleaning up Hurricane Sandy damage to cleaning up a football field after a big game! ROFL!