Romney No FEMA Fan

A 2011 Mitt Romney statement in which he took a dim view of FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and stated the disaster relief should be handled by the states and the private sector will almost certainly circulate around over the next two or three days. With Frankenstorm looming, will Joe and Jane Dumbass take note and draw lines between the dots?

“The Romney campaign said early Monday morning that Romney stood behind a statement first made during a 2011 Republican debate, in which Romney said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be disbanded, and its powers either privatized or given to the states,” says a 10.29 report.

“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,” Romney said during a 2011 Republician debate. “And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.”

“Asked by debate moderator John King if that included cutting disaster relief, Romney said, ‘We cannot…we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids.'”

  • Ponderer

    It may not matter if up to 10 million people can’t even find out what he said. Already have power going out all around in Western Mass, and we’ve just got the earliest kiss of this sucker tapping us.

  • Stewart Klein

    This needs to be played over and over in Pa and Ohio over the next few days while the power is still on. Winds in northeast PA as I’m typing this about 45mph sustained with stronger gusts.

  • MooType

    There’s a reason that Jeff has to link to a pretty goofy report to back up his Romney/FETA theory. Even the editors at the Atlantic can’t go along with the lie that Jeff (and other poor suckers here) are buying hook, line, and sinker.

  • Stewart Klein

    There’s a reason that Jeff has to link to a pretty goofy report to back up his Romney/FETA theory

    That’s it. I could live with Mitt packing the supreme court into reversing Roe v Wade, giving tax cuts to billionaires, getting rid of Obamacare etc. but when he starts messing with the cheese on my Greek salad, that’s going too far.

  • Rashad

    It’s quite a stretch to make it seem like he’s saying the government shouldn’t help in disaster relief. He’s saying the states are the ones who should be doing it. Much of the problems during Katrina can be attributed to the state/city being incompetent.

  • austin111

    Uh and so rashad by that you mean the incompetent state and city should take over? God help save us from morons.

  • MooType

    Hey, that FETA/FEMA goof was pretty cool. And I agree with austin111 that New Orleans, for example, would have been much better off if it wasn’t for all the incompetence at the state and city levels.

  • Rashad

    sigh. Yes. City cops are often incompetent as well, but I wouldn’t want Marines to be the daily officers on the streets. Every state has learned from NO’s fumble of Katrina, and even take more precautions than necessary. They’re well prepared.

  • Abbey Normal

    The right loves their disconnected theories, I swear. Whether it’s standing squarely against teaching sex education in public schools even though studies show it reduces abortion rates, or denying climate change while trying to eliminate federal spending on disaster relief, you can always count on demonstrably stupid policy positions. Why? Because like Sandy is a Frankenstorm, modern Republicanism is a Frankenparty, made up of wildly disparate parts (rich, hardcore profiteers; wayward libertarians; evangelicals; gun nuts; racists; etc), and thus prone to gurgling up the most destructive, inconsistent, whack-job policies imaginable.

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