Romney on Eliminating FEMA: “Absolutely!”

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on Oct 29, 2012
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“As the Frankenstorm Arrives, Romney / Ryan go Silent on their Plan to Cut FEMA & Disaster Relief.”

T-minus 24 hours until Romney claims he’s always loved FEMA and government disaster relief, tells an anecdote about helping a neighbor once, and blames Obama for causing the storm by ignoring climate change.

“As the Frankenstorm Arrives, Romney / Ryan go Silent on their Plan to Cut FEMA & Disaster Relief.” Read the full story here.

“We cannot afford to do those things”

We reported earlier this evening on a video from the Republican primary debates in which Mitt Romney responds “absolutely” when asked whether FEMA funding should either no longer be guaranteed and/or the agency disbanded and left to individual states to handle FEMA’s responsibilities.

Source: Romney confirms he’ll shut down FEMA.

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.’


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9 Responses to “Romney on Eliminating FEMA: “Absolutely!””

  1. elephantjournal says: Like if you think some things are best done together.

    Yoga for Cynics Don't worry about evacuating. If it's a legitimate storm, your home has a way of shutting itself down to protect itself. #RomneyStormTips

    Janet Rutigliano Not that we would wish this storm on anyone, but if it has to come, then a week before the election is good timing….

    Angela Barbosa I'm usually right with you on this stuff — and agree with the sentiment in principle — but not good form politicizing this right as the storm is battering our coast. Sorry, EJ.

    Tom Harris remember when obama said he would cut the deficit in half and not raise taxes on the middle class and be the most transparent pres in history….just sayin

    Kimiko Oyama This is the MOST APPROPRIATE time to talk about it. Good job Elephant Journal! Tom, did you remember when Congress said no, no, no?

    Angela, it's already been politicized–FEMA is funded by taxpayer dollars, as is disaster relief generally, and Romney and Ryan have promised to cut and privatize that. Would you like to be helped only if your state has their act together, or you can afford the ambulance/fire truck etc?

  2. elephantjournal says: To be fair, that was Romney months ago. Now, I'm sure, he has an entirely different position!

    Abbey Gagnon Respectfully, I think elephant journal alienates some people with these political posts. So many other great things you guys could post and do post…more of that please! Lets be an example of inclusiveness:-) To be fair, I think Romney alienates 47% of this country, and the rest of the 53% that, like Jesus (say), sees it as our duty to be compassionate and caring community. As I've said many times, I'm a moderate, and would support an old-fashioned Republican like Teddy or even (good God) Nixon—one who genuinely cared about small government, lack of involvement in foreign wars, bipartisanship and the environment. Let's remember the National Parks and EPA were Republican creations.

    Romney and the Tea Party, Ryan, and their policies are anything but inclusive. We go out of our way to include any articles–send one in if you like, Abbey, of any opinion, as long as it's respectful. We love dialogue. It's a little funny to me that the above blog is literally quoting Romney in his own words, in context, and you find that partisan. It's not. By definition. It's his own words. It is, as Colbert said, just that truth often has a liberal bias. ~ Waylon.

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  5. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Actually, Romney is right on this. As he said in Ele's quote, if we keep trying to have it all, all we're doing is chaining our kids to a life of debt.

    Libs and Dems don't worry about that, though. They are interested in "what's right," not what the numbers say.

    As for Romney suddenly going quiet? Bringing it up now would probably be more politically stupid than killing Big Bird.

    So Romney's right, but only if you don't look too far. Killing FEMA and Big Bird will not unbind our kids from debt. They are trivial. Nor will cutting off welfare payments or other things Reps like to bring up. The only solution is to radically cut the big three of debt: military spending, medicare-medicaid, soc sec. Since neither Reps nor Dems are willing to do anything about those, or even talk about them, I'm afraid our kids are doomed no matter which way you vote.

    If you want to vote against war, vote Johnson or Stein.
    If you want to vote against chaining our kids to a lifetime of drudgery, vote Johnson.

  6. @undefined says:

    Do your fb users know you post there names in the comments here? FB users have privacy rights and you are violating them!!!!!

  7. @undefined says:

    EJ's alexa rating down -25% due to Waylon's blind partisanship and attacking readers who dare speak up about it.

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