Oct 29 2012
06:28 pm

Axe FEMA, Romney Says - as Hurricane Sandy Looms

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.

"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," said Romney in 2011. 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

No regard for the immediate future of families and kids in harms way today. What a creep.

Andy Axel's picture

The fuller quote:"We cannot

The fuller quote:

"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." (emphasis added)

Helping those in immediate need is immoral. That's what he believes. Austerity before aid.

jbr's picture

One good thing about Romney

One thing about Romney changing his mind so much, when he says something that impractical, he can just not do it.

redmondkr's picture

There is what I'm assuming to

There is what I'm assuming to be a fake tweet on Facebook with Romney advising those in the path of Sandy to evacuate to one of their other homes.

Tess's picture

Money quote

“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”
― Maya Angelou

CE Petro's picture

House Republicans

have voted to cut disaster relief.

Just want to point out it's not just one nut job that doesn't believe in helping those that need it, it's a whole gaggle of nut-jobs that think their fellow man (and women) should just suffer, because it's their own fault they can't get out of the way of a storm/earthquake/forest fire/etc.

Republicans last year held disaster relief funding hostage several times, demanding offsetting budget cuts. They also attempted to slash disaster funding in a 2011 continuing resolution. The Budget Control Act itself, meanwhile, cuts $900 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Of course, if disaster relief is privatized, well then RMoney's buddies will just continue to exploit the less fortunate and downtrodden. Qu'ils mangent de la brioche!

R. Neal's picture

NYT: A Big Storm Requires Big

Min's picture

Since his state has been devastated...

...NJ Governor Chris Christie seems to have really warmed up to the President and the idea of big government.


Rachel's picture

I saw him on television last

I saw him on television last night praising Obama for calling him and calling support from FEMA "excellent."

The guy often rubs me completely the wrong way, but he can be brutually honest and I give him credit for doing that this time.

BTW, Steve Doocy is a pitiful excuse for a human being.

Andy Axel's picture

I'm gaining new respect for

I'm gaining new respect for GOPers who openly defy party politics to put Doocy in his place. Witness Ben Stein telling Fox & Friends that Romney's tax plan amounts to magic beans...


Tamara Shepherd's picture


We may also recall how, following floods in Nashville a while back, Ron "Give 'em the Boot" Ramsey signed on to a letter from a host of Republican legislators beseeching Obama for federal funding.

Andy Axel's picture

Constant refrain: "But that

Constant refrain: "But that was different."

(I'm still waiting for the objections to maintaining New York City as it was before the flood because it is located next to the ocean and between two rivers. "But this is different!" Of course it is. Of course it is.)

bizgrrl's picture

Just what I was thinking.

Just what I was thinking.

redmondkr's picture

Smack in the middle of CNNs

Smack in the middle of CNNs extensive coverage of the aftermath of Sandy comes the headline a moment ago, ROMNEY IN 2011: CUT FEMA

BJ Bell 's picture


Sadly, some disasters are too big for any State to handle without Federal assistance.

FEMA is not perfect but I can assure you that many States are glad to have them as a resource at this time.

Romney was the last choice for the Republican party, and it's obvious why this is the case.

redmondkr's picture

Interesting that Romney told

Interesting that Romney told supporters (in that leaked video of last February) that, should some disaster occur that provided him with a political advantage, he would be sure to exploit it.

EricLykins's picture

I'm not making this up. The

I'm not making this up. The guy that resigned from being in charge of FEMA two weeks after hurricane Katrina asks "Why was this so quick?"

Andy Axel's picture

Drownie should be making this

Drownie should be making this criticism from a jail cell, as far as I'm concerned.

Somebody's picture

Which is better, FEMA or tomato soup?

Somebody's picture


You know, this whole Romney-with-soup thing really gets me, even more than I originally thought it would. What he's doing there is exactly the wrong way to do disaster relief. It's a random call for food and supplies, with no specific need or destination identified in advance. So people clean out their cupboards or stop in at Sam's to gather up whatever their well-meaning little hearts imagine someone might need, and it's packed up and shipped to... somewhere... just follow the sounds of the chain-saws.

On the other end, people will receive not enough of what they do need, and too much of what they don't. (I know it's just a month until Thanksgiving, but a pallet full of mix-and-match year-old cans of pumpkin pie mix? Really?) What's worse, no one on the receiving end is set up to sort and distribute whatever has been collected. Plus, the people who collected the stuff get a rush and are left with a warm feeling from their generosity, and, satisfied they've done their part, won't feel the need to write a check to the Red Cross any more.

redmondkr's picture

CNN just ran video of

CNN just ran video of Romney's canned goods collection in Ohio. One thing I noticed was the practically empty stands in the background.

Of course the goons haven't as yet had a chance to Photoshop the gathering.

The Red Cross says bringing them 'stuff' only impedes their work as it takes time and effort to sort and clean and such. They really prefer cash.

Rachel's picture

Romney has decided the stuff

Romney has decided the stuff isn't going to the Red Cross. Instead, his campaign will distribute it in New Jersey.

How very efficient of him.

reform4's picture

But, but, but....

... where the hell would Romney get CASH?????


redmondkr's picture

He needs to con Karl Rove and

He needs to con Karl Rove and the Koch brothers into sending some of that ad money to the Red Cross.

EricLykins's picture

The campaign announced they

The campaign announced they would load supplies into a campaign bus for delivery in Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania – all swing states impacted by the storm.

Rachel's picture

Strictly humanitarian then.

Strictly humanitarian then. No politics involved.

IIRC, NJ and NY were the hardest hit. No supplies for them from Romney?

EricLykins's picture

and, there's this:

and, there's this:

EricLykins's picture

Romney in Ohio

Factchecker's picture

And the event began with the

And the event began with the video of Romney, The Leader, that plays at most Romney-Ryan events. See, here's the problem: There is almost no way an incumbent president or a challenger can help disaster recovery with his physical presence. A presidential campaign is preceded by secret service and trailed by a swollen press entourage. Traffic must be routed around the area where the candidate/president is speaking, until the guy leaves the site. What possible purpose does that serve when people are scrambling to collect aid? I'm really not criticizing Romney here -- I don't see the upside of any politicians swooping in to "get some devastation in the shot," as Bill Frist infamously told a cameraman in Haiti.


Somebody's picture

I guess we'll find out in New

I guess we'll find out in New Jersey today, but presumably there is a Secret Service protocol for when the President needs to travel light. Helicopter in, no visible advance staging, no press releases announcing where, specifically, he'll turn up, and only one or two pool reporters tagging along to cover what happens. Much of a president's or a governor's touring of a disaster area is symbolism, but it can serve a purpose, if it's done in such a way that people can find out that the guy in charge is paying attention, but without the un-needed distractions of an extended entourage.

On the other hand, there really isn't much point in a candidate turning up, because he's in charge of nothing (and imagery of him packing boxes of soup only underlines that fact...). Unless the incumbent is tuning up his Stradivarius while Long Island burns, a challenger's presence won't add any particular reassurance that hope is just an election away.

redmondkr's picture

If Romney visits with a

If Romney visits with a disaster victim, in a swing state of course, I wonder who will provide the sleeve for him to wipe his hand after the photo op?

Rachel's picture

If Romney insists on doing

If Romney insists on doing something (which is a noble thing), let's see him a) write a big check to the Red Cross, and b) find some way to personally help in NY or NJ. Those aren't states he'll win, but it would demonstrate he's really gonna care about the entire country. Holding a "relief event" in Ohio is silly and the worst kind of campaigning.

R. Neal's picture

Report: phony Ohio "relief" event staged by Romney campaign

The Making Of Romney's Storm Relief Event

But the last-minute nature of the call for donations left some in the campaign concerned that they would end up with an empty truck. So the night before the event, campaign aides went to a local Wal-Mart and spent $5,000 on granola bars, canned food, and diapers to put on display while they waited for donations to come in, according to one staffer.


Empty-handed supporters pled for entrance, with one woman asking, "What if we dropped off our donations up front?"

The volunteer gestured toward a pile of groceries conveniently stacked near the candidate. "Just grab something," he said.

Two teenage boys retrieved a jar of peanut butter each, and got in line. When it was their turn, they handed their "donations" to Romney. He took them, smiled, and offered an earnest "Thank you."

This should be the front page headline of every newspaper in America tomorrow.

EricLykins's picture

start hoarding canned goods

Factchecker's picture

Canned food drives

Yglesias: "The problem is that, economically speaking, it’s totally insane."

And this man Rmoney is the business expert who would be our country's economic savior.

EricLykins's picture

Making matters worse, the

Making matters worse, the aide said, “Chris Christie isn’t returning his calls.”
“Mitt was trying to explain his position on FEMA to reporters yesterday and he got all excited because his phone started vibrating,” the aide said. “It turned out it was just Ann.”

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