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    Mitt Romney on federal disaster relief

    "As Hurricane Sandy looms and flooding begins, the Republican presidential candidate's primary remarks are getting a second look," says Garance Franke-Ruta atThe Atlantic. During a GOP debate, Romney "said America shouldn't be in the business of providing federal disaster relief and that it would be better for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's functions to be handled by individual states or even the private sector." That comment looks immensely short-sighted right about now.
    What do you think of his remarks?

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    Re: Mitt Romney on federal disaster relief

    Here is a link to the transcripts.

    Mitt Romney in 2011: 'We Cannot Afford' Federal Disaster Relief - Garance Franke-Ruta - The Atlantic

    Mitt Romney said America shouldn't be in the business of providing federal disaster relief and that it would be better for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's functions to be handled by individual states or even the private sector.
    Mitt Romney on federal disaster relief-hurricane-sandy_2381667b-jpg

    It seems to me some regions can be so overwhelmed they might need the unified body of the United States of America to provide aid.
    Last edited by Turin; 10-31-12 at 01:30 AM.

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    Re: Mitt Romney on federal disaster relief

    I watched that clip very carefully and if you pay attention, he's not answering a question about FEMA, he's pontificating on the tired less government shtick. The interviewer tries to interrupt him with a FEMA question but he's caught up in his own little world and DOES NOT respond to the question.

    He has enough strikes against him that are real, so this non-contextual extract from early primaries seems kind of petty.

    As for FEMA, I have no clue what they do in between disasters. Probably something we wouldn't like. Most "federal assistance" comes in the form of money. How many bureaucrats does it take to write a check?

    Election day can't come too soon for me.

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    Re: Mitt Romney on federal disaster relief

    This article discusses it about as well as anybody else. Strange in all the coverage I have seen today about Romney, not one person mentioned Obama planned to cut FEMA by $1B and send a lot to the states to do like everybody is saying Romney would do, and the Romney/Ryan plan is not specific as to anything with FEMA.

    Obama cuts FEMA funding by 3 percent. Romney-Ryan cuts it by 40 percent. Or more. Or less.

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    Re: Mitt Romney on federal disaster relief

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    I watched that clip very carefully and if you pay attention, he's not answering a question about FEMA, he's pontificating on the tired less government shtick. The interviewer tries to interrupt him with a FEMA question.

    He has enough strikes against him that are real, so this non-contextual extract from early primaries seems kind of petty.
    No one interrupts him and he is asked directly about FEMA and hurricanes.



    He waffles and does not seem decisive or look like the CIC on this issue. I am glad obama is still POTUS during Hurricane Sandy.

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    Re: Mitt Romney on federal disaster relief

    This thread is deja vu
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    Re: Mitt Romney on federal disaster relief

    I watched a slightly longer clip and concluded he was not responding to FEMA even though it started out there. Below is from the transcript you posted but seems to be missing in the video clip.

    Why am I defending him? I don't know exactly. Just a truth issue from my childhood.



    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 (INTERRUPTING): Including disaster relief, though?

    ROMNEY: 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. (emphasis added)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    No one interrupts him and he is asked directly about FEMA and hurricanes.



    He waffles and does not seem decisive or look like the CIC on this issue. I am glad obama is still POTUS during Hurricane Sandy.

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    Re: Mitt Romney on federal disaster relief

    Actually ... that is included and please link your clip if you have one. The clip is clear and the question direct ... Romney waffles and cannot make a decisive point on this one ... he just mumbles about private or states.

    In my opinion states can be in such deep water ... they might need the unified body of The United States of America with a strong leadership by the CIC.

    Romney could have conveyed such and he did not. The clip is clear and no one stops him from speaking and the question is directly on disaster relief and discusses hurricanes.
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    Re: Mitt Romney on federal disaster relief

    Respectfully, I'm going to quit while I'm ahead



    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Actually ... that is included and please link your clip if you have one. The clip is clear and the question direct ... Romney waffles and cannot make a decisive point on this one ... he just mumbles about private or states.

    In my opinion states can be in such deep water ... they might need the unified body of The United States of America with a strong leadership by the CIC.

    Romney could have conveyed such and he did not. The clip is clear and no one stops him from speaking and the question is directly on disaster relief and discusses hurricanes.

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    Re: Mitt Romney on federal disaster relief

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    Respectfully, I'm going to quit while I'm ahead


    yea good decision on your part ... This one does not look good for your guy if one believes that the USA should have a unified body for first response disasters.

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