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Monday, October 29, 2012

Mitt Romney on Hurricane Sandy: “We Cannot Afford Federal Disaster Relief”

OK, so Romney wasn’t talking about Hurricane Sandy when he said this last year.  Nevertheless, this is a chilling portrait of how President Romney would respond to a natural disaster.

(H./T to okjimm where I learned about this story.)

During a debate last June, CNN’s John King was talking about recent floods and tornadoes, including the devastation in Joplin, MO.  King said:  “FEMA is about to run out of money, and there are some people who say do it on a case-by-case basis and some people who say, you know, maybe we're learning a lesson here that the states should take on more of this role. How do you deal with something like that?”

Romney said:

“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 ourselves the opposite question. What should we keep? We should take all of what we're doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we're doing that we don't have to do? And those things we've got to stop doing, because we're borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we're taking in. We cannot —”

King: “Including disaster relief, though?”


“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.”

It doesn’t get any more crystal clear than this, people — straight from the horse’s ass’s mouth.  If you live in a region that’s prone to floods, droughts, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes — you’ll be on your own next year.

President Romney says Suck It Up.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Old Conservative Hypocrisy, dating way back to when the Conservatives kept pushing Carter for a totally balanced budget, then when their states kept getting hit by Hurricanes and Tornadoes they came running to Carter for relief then got upset when he asked "and what part of your budget should I take this from?"

As a Californian it might be a better idea to deny them aid as Meteor-logically balanced states like California keep subsidizing these states who get annually hit by bad weather and their representatives (who keep screaming about smaller government, balanced budgets, and keeping the federal government out of their affairs) then come running with their hands out DEMANDING the Feds fulfill their obligations to them and not let American Citizens Suffer.

As an American, I'd like to see all Americans helped, but a part of me would just love to deny these people who keep claiming the Government shouldn't do these things until they themselves are in trouble.

Another thought - Another reason why aid happens is because these Storms always hit the Coast hardest and that where all the richest people live.


October 29, 2012 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Don't worry, Mitt the "compassionate" will flip just long enough to support hurricane relief, then go back and call for ending FEMA and disaster aid.

He knows his base will let him have it both ways.

October 29, 2012 at 5:36 PM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

Good ol' Mitt. Fucking moron.

October 30, 2012 at 3:04 AM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

I have often wondered what the country would be like had the Confederate States of American been successful at succession. I suppose the states would have taken on many of the roles now done by the federal government. All states would have to have income tax sufficient to fund the government and supply governmental services and each state could decide for itself the extent of whatever services it wanted.

Had this happened 150 years ago it might have worked. After all, the founding fathers never envisioned the federal government dominating the states. But that horse is out of the barn. The union victory in the civil war forever changed the balance of power between the federal government and the states, indeed, the very nature of the nation itself.

So shut the fuck up Mitt and go to work making it work.

October 30, 2012 at 4:04 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Hey now, he is at least sending Mr Bus to swing states filled with top ramen and crappy shit for the commoners. Even though Red Cross has said please don't do that, it is not a good idea, well Robme has ideas of his own. They are all bad, but he has them. Even Gov Creosote from NJ is praising PO today for FEMA. Robme only called guvs from red states that might affect the election, so we see where his priorities lie don't we? Damn I wish I could find the Doctor and have him take me in the TARDIS till next week, with his timey wimey stuff, when we don't have to see or hear about this fucker again.

October 30, 2012 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger okjimm said...

gees, Erik..//hese Storms always hit the Coast hardest// ya...guess you never went through a tornado...and the Mississippi floods, and there are no fires in Montana and earthquakes only hit the 'California Coast'. And if you relied on a Governor like Wisconsin's Walker...why gosh, he would just say, "too bad, Hope you have insurance, cause the State hasn't the money to help"

Romney just said the expedient thing at the expedient time. He really does have any ideas, nor an agenda.... other that saying "Don't pis on the JOB CREATORS.

Well, if the JOB CREATORS were so fucking good.... there would be plenty of jobs!

Try this one...

...purely economic decision....screw the 400 out of work...forget about trying to make a power plant viable....Romney wouldn't help them... nope. "Let them burn COAL....or drill for OIL....

No... Romney will never help anyone who cannot HELP ROMNEY.

October 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

I'm sure Romney thinks if people need help after a disaster they should ask their parents for a loan -- same as when they need a college education. He should talk to Trent Lott, who learned what disaster aid can mean, and how private insurance can skip out, after his home near the Mississippi Gulf Coast was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

This is just one more instance of Romney having no idea what it's like for people who aren't rich and ruthless. Add it to the long list of things he's been wrong about.

But hey, it's OK with a whole lot of fools because he's not a Kenyan-born socialist subversive who hates America and has that unacceptable dark-skin problem.

October 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Another example of this rightwing hypocrisy is California's wildfires. People whose million dollar homes are burning just love them some of that Big Government, at least until the fire gets put out.

Dave: You're right, his "base" doesn't seem to mind that Romney is flipflopping all over the map. Maybe they're too dumb to notice.

Carlos: Yup, definitely a fucking moron.

Mr. C: You're right, this is the way it is now, and it's up to the president, whoever it is, to make it work.

Jess: I was glad to see Christie praising Obama's response to the storm. And Christie might go mano a mano with the mayor of Atlantic City, LOL.

okjimm: After those 400 power plant workers lose their jobs, they'll join that "47%" group that Romney hates so much.

SW: Romney has zero understanding of how anyone could possibly need help from the government. I mean, sheesh, all they have to do is network with some of their old prep school buddies, or maybe withdraw a little bit of extra cash from their Cayman Islands accounts.

October 30, 2012 at 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What I meant was The storms hit the beachfronts first. East or west, beachfront property usually has the richest houses, or the most expensive resorts.

About the only constant in California every year is Wildfires, when's the last time you have heard of a serious earthquake out here?


October 30, 2012 at 8:28 PM  

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