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Remember when Romney said disaster relief should be left to the states and the private sector?

When Hurricane Sandy has finally run its course in who-knows-how-many states back East, voters in those areas would do well to remember THIS:

During a CNN debate at the height of the GOP primary, Mitt Romney was asked, in the context of the Joplin disaster and FEMA’s cash crunch, whether the agency should be shuttered so that states can individually take over responsibility for disaster response.

“Absolutely,” he said. “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?”

“Including disaster relief, though?” debate moderator John King asked Romney.

“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.”

Matt Yglesias offers THIS WORTHY SLANT on the matter:

Disaster relief, I would argue, is a great federal program precisely because of the debt issue.

If a storm damages basic physical infrastructure (power lines, bridges) and imperils human life it would be the height of penny-wise, pound-foolish thinking to suppose that the afflicted area should wait months or years to repair the damage. Ultimately, anyplace is going to go back to robust wealth creation faster if basic stuff gets fixed up faster. But that requires financing by an entity capable of rapidly financing expensive projects—i.e., the federal government. Left to its own devices a storm-ravaged Delaware or Louisiana is going to be squeezed between balanced budget rules and falling sales tax receipts and be forced into an increasing state of dilapidation.

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7 Comments

  1. Just leave it to the private sector so they can price gouge on everything we need for an emergency.

  2. Governor Romney wanted to let home foreclosures hit bottom (his words, not mine).

    He says we can’t afford FEMA (his words, not mine)……..

    The Governor is a very dangerous man. Certainly the wrong type of leader for these precarious times.

  3. Romney (and Ryan) have no workable plans to solve ANY of our major issues including Medicare, Medicaid, providing a safety net for the poor and unemployed, War, the housing crisis, banking reform, etc. etc..
    I sincerely hope that at least SOME of the traditional Republican voters wake up and see the snake oil salesman for what he is! And don’t worry – you won’t be going to purgatory for voting Democratic this time!

  4. “But that requires financing by an entity capable of rapidly financing expensive projects—Ie. The federal government”

    And what exactly will we do when the federal government can’t borrow any more money mr /ms Cunningham?

    Gov. Romney isn’t my ideal candidate. But he has a lot of concepts that are right. Letting states fend for themselves wont create this dependency on big governmwnt
    I think that most people have grown up with this idea that big government can sovereign anything by throwing money at it. I am a part of big government. You’re taxes are paying for a nice pay check for me and my schooling and housing etc. And I can tell you, its wasteful. There is so much waste.

  5. If mitt gets elected then America deserve to get what is coming. No mddke class only poor and rich classes. Everyone knows its the poor and middle class that’s bringing back the economy.

  6. We are going to purgatory for voting Democratic last time.We wont have to go anywhere if the vote goes Democratic this time. It will come to us in the form of Communist China, and the Islamic Muslim Brotherhood. They’ll most likely seek retribution of debt in the form of viable media outlets. Journalist will be the first ones made to Tso the line for their new owners.
    Let us continue to our livelihood in the hands of a Socialistic Muslim, grow the national debt and be financially indebted to a Communist country.
    What could possibly go wrong?

  7. I get both sides. I mean this federal debt is out of hand. WE need to help our kids out a little bit. What we shouldn’t do is expect the government to handle everything, because then honestly we are giving away our rights and liberties. But in cases like disaster relief it is true that we need some help. We need the government to step in and provide those things we can’t.

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