Hello to all of you in the Eastern third of this great country, currently hoarding boxes of wine and tarp and more boxes of wine in order to hopefully get through Frankenstorm without killing your loved ones in a fit of cabin fever. How is that going for you, gathering all those supplies and whatnot? Would it go EVEN BETTER if you knew that there was no FEMA? Or, what if you knew that FEMA had been turned into a profit-making machine for Job Creators? Would that make you work EVEN HARDER to prepare for the oncoming storm? Absolutely it would, says Mitt Romney, and also, do you think that FEMA will help you pick of the pieces of your ruined lives if the worst should occur? LOSERS. This is nothing short of immoral.
Here he is, way back in the primary debates, arguing that he wouldn’t have given a thin dime to the residents of Joplin, MO, because of how letting them die in the streets, surrounded by rubble and eaten by stray dogs, would have been better for the deficit. Would you cut disaster relief, the moderator asked him? And 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? “We cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids,” Romney said. “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.””
See, he’d just “send it back to the states,” along with Medicaid. And birth control. And gay marriage. The states are going to be pretty busy under a Romney presidency, trying to pay for hurricanes AND Poors and Olds and babies, but whatever, it’s just Poors and Olds and babies of people who are probably Poors, so who gives a fuck. As for privatizing FEMA, well GOSH, why wouldn’t we? Remember how well it worked out for Katrina survivors when they were given free formalahyde-infested trailers courtesy a public-private partnership between FEMA and some horrible firm that surely had ties to the Bush administration?