Romney on disaster relief: ‘We can’t afford to do those things’

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UPDATE at 11:22: The Romney campaign has issued a statement saying that the former governor does not support abolishing the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


“Gov. Romney believes that states should be in charge of emergency management in responding to storms and other natural disasters in their jurisdictions. As the first responders, states are in the best position to aid affected individuals and communities, and to direct resources and assistance to where they are needed most. This includes help from the federal government and FEMA.”
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The impacts of monstrous Hurricane Sandy are already being felt. Thousands are already without power, with the storm still 200 miles off shore.

Most dramatically, off the North Carolina coast, the crew of the HMS Bounty, a three-masted, 180-foot replica of the “Mutiny on the Bounty” original, has been forced to abandon the tall ship. High winds and seas initially prevented the Coast Guard from launching a rescue operation, leaving the 17-member crew to try to weather the storm in two lifeboats.  As of 9:15, helicopters had finally reached the scene and had begun hoisting crew members aboard.

A file photo of the HMS Bounty, now probably lost at sea. (AP)

A file photo of the HMS Bounty, now probably lost at sea. (AP)

Elsewhere, the storm is packing every bit of the punch predicted and then some. Predictions are that as far away from the coast as Lake Michigan, winds could reach 50 mph with waves as high as 25 feet. Along the Virginia-West Virginia border, snow may total two feet.

Stu Ostro, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel, predicts Sandy “will occupy a place in the annals of weather history as one of the most extraordinary to have affected the United States.”

Sandy possesses “a combination of track, size, structure and strength that is unprecedented in the known historical record there,” Ostro writes, calling it “a meteorologically mind-boggling combination of ingredients.”

“This is an extraordinary situation, and I am not prone to hyperbole,” he concludes.

Both Mitt Romney and President Obama have called off political events scheduled for Virginia. Obama has canceled events in Florida and Ohio as well, heading back to the White House to oversee storm preparations. He has also signed emergency declarations for seven states to make them eligible for FEMA assistance.

And what would a President Romney be doing in such a situation? If you take him at his word, he would prefer to be doing little or nothing.

Back during the Republican primary season, in the wake of devastating tornadoes that hit Louisiana, Missouri and Tennessee, Mitt Romney strongly endorsed the idea of ending federal disaster-relief programs and devolving that job to the states. As I pointed out in a blogpost at the time, that’s a dangerous proposal, because a state that has just been hit hard by a major natural disaster simply does not have the financial resources necessary to respond on the necessary scale.

But Romney, asked that question point blank in the debate by CNN’s John King, did not equivocate:

“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 ourselves the opposite question. What should we keep? We should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do? And those things we’ve got to stop doing, because we’re borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we’re taking in. We cannot…

KING: Including disaster relief, though?

ROMNEY: 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. It makes no sense at all.

I rarely quote myself, but in this case I’ll make an exception because what was said more than a year ago in response to Romney applies more than ever, with Sandy about to hit shore and wreak havoc on millions of people:

“… it is moments such as these that put the “United” in the United States. We are not self-contained human units each out to maximize individual wealth and consumption; we are Americans, and we help each other out. The notion that disaster relief is among “those things we’ve got to stop doing” is nonsense, and to base that suggestion on grounds of morality, as Romney does, boggles the mind.

After all, we are the richest nation the world has ever known. The concept that “we cannot afford to do those things” — “those things” being assisting our fellow Americans in a time when they have lost everything as a result of natural disaster — is unacceptable.

I’m not sure what Romney was thinking in those remarks. This was not some misstatement or misunderstanding on his part. I suspect, however, that this is what happens when a party becomes so trapped in its rhetoric that it no longer recognizes rational bounds or even basic compassion.”

And yes, I fully expect Romney to break out his Etch A Sketch and thoroughly repudiate his comments of a year ago. But the record should still be noted, because it accurately reflects the governing philosophy that Romney and his fellow Republicans would attempt to implement if given the chance to do so.

– Jay Bookman

764 comments Add your comment

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 29th, 2012
9:29 am

Mitt would be the disaster for this country….even worse that Bush in handling a hurricane

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 29th, 2012
9:32 am

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.

Well except in Mitt world all debt is not the same….debt for additional military buildup is okay, debt to cut taxes is okay…. debt to help people impacted by a disaster, well now, that would just be immoral.

N-GA

October 29th, 2012
9:34 am

Romnesia…..

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 29th, 2012
9:35 am

At least three times, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have publicly demanded that the federal government only disburse disaster relief funding if Congress agreed to offsetting budget cuts elsewhere…. In a March 23, 2004 speech on the House floor, Ryan proposed that any emergency spending legislation, including disaster relief, be automatically offset by an “across-the-board” budget cut

DannyX

October 29th, 2012
9:36 am

You’re doing a heck of a job Romnie!

Brad Steel

October 29th, 2012
9:39 am

As Romeny points out, if we support states rights and privatize everything, we will not have disasters or immorality. And as GOP climate scientist have proven, reducing capital gains and removing estate taxes will also prevent hurricanes in the US.

East Lake Ira

October 29th, 2012
9:40 am

but but but… Obama isn’t white!

stands for decibels

October 29th, 2012
9:40 am

But the record should still be noted, because it accurately reflects the governing philosophy that Romney and his fellow Republicans would attempt to implement if given the chance to do so.

Mitt Romney supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Republicans, pls refudiate.

stands for decibels

October 29th, 2012
9:45 am

To be fair to Mitt:

we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids.

If one were simply to substitute “the future for our kids” with “more and better tax breaks for rich people”, this becomes an entirely factual statement.

jewcowboy

October 29th, 2012
9:46 am

Where does this idea that everything in this country has to generate profits originate? And how many times does privatization of services have to fail, before those in charge see it as the boondoggle it truly it is? Oh wait…those pushing for privatization are those who ultimately profit from it. Never mind.

Bluespiper

October 29th, 2012
9:49 am

I’m no Romney fan, but I just listened to the comments made in the debate by Romney regarding this issue and after doing so I can say one thing…this article is a cut-and-paste smear job and is a logical fallacy to boot. Romney is not advocating for not supporting disaster relief, but is advocating for what he has always advocated for and that is having the states and private sector handling these kinds of events. I, for one, disagree with him, but this article’s assertion that “he would prefer to be doing little or nothing” is deceitful.

Williebkind

October 29th, 2012
9:50 am

Jay that was a “gotcha statement” in the middle of an explanation of another question. If you can not recognize what King was doing then indeed your college failed you.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

October 29th, 2012
9:50 am

Brrrr! It’s cold out here. Colder than the you-know-whats of a witch in a iron suit at the bottom of a well in Alaska.

The only good news is all them Yankees is getting what’s coming to them. Maybe that hurricane will just wash New York City and a few places like that away.

Anyhow, back to the topic, tho my fingers are so cold I can’t hardly type. I got nothing against using guvmint money to help good White people out if they ain’t Yankees or something like that. But I sure never liked it when they send all that money to help Those People down in New Orleans after that hurricane. It ain’t the color of the money, it’s the color of the people principle of the thing. So I reckon Mitt is kinda right. Anyway, he’ll be the new President in a few days, so he better be right.

Well, I got to go back out there tho I sure hate it. Have a good Monday everybody.

Butch Cassidy (I)

October 29th, 2012
9:51 am

Crashing at my friends apartment in Zone D. Apparently, by tomorrow, my building in Zone A is having a moat installed courtesty of Sandy. Maybe Romney would like to visit VA, NY, NJ and PA before the storm to solidfy his position on why the Federal Government shouldn’t be involved in disaster relief.

Jay

October 29th, 2012
9:51 am

Bluespiper, if the federal government devolves this duty to the states, as Romney proposes, then what exactly would a President Romney be doing?

Little or nothing? It would no longer be a federal responsibliity, correct?

Williebkind

October 29th, 2012
9:52 am

Now that the storm is hitting the northeast where millions of true liberals live and work, I expect they will get disaster relief very quickly and the amount will be doubled of what they need.

NamVet68

October 29th, 2012
9:52 am

If the Federal gov’t wasn’t taking so much of your money (and your state’s), you would have more to give to charities who do disaster relief, the states would help each other with resources as needed. Where in the Constitution does it say the Federal gov’t is responsible for disaster relief? BTW “General Welfare” does not mean disaster relief, nor does it mean gov’t handouts.

After hurricane Wilma, I was in south Miami with my chainsaw and other tools to help out. I was told to go home by federal disaster people who were standing around “evaluating the situation” when there were trees blocking the roads to the areas they were “evaluating”. Other people who had trucks full of bottles water and other supplies were turned back and told to drop off the supplies at (federal) gov’t “distribution points”. They did, and when they returned with more supplies, guess what they found still sitting the the distributions points? Everything they had previously brought. Most government programs are disasters of their own, if you add that to a real disaster, you get, well the Army terminology is FUBAR.

Fred ™

October 29th, 2012
9:53 am

Really Bluespiper? Can you provide some PROOF of your assertions?

moonbat betty

October 29th, 2012
9:54 am

Never fear, Obama’s here!

Everyone sit tight and wait for FEMA to show up.

AQ

October 29th, 2012
9:54 am

You fail to recognize, however, that the Federal government does not have the financial resources either. Your blind belief that they do epitomizes the collective mental fog of so many. The undoing of every democracy in history has been unchecked entitlements.

NotYou

October 29th, 2012
9:54 am

@Redneck – if someone told you that you were a great actor, I would seriously consider a second opinion. Horrible.

Jay

October 29th, 2012
9:55 am

No Willy, it was not.

If you wish, click on the link above to my earlier blogpost, where a fuller transcript is posted. The question from King was about federal disaster aid. There was nothing misleading, nothing to be misinterpreted. In fact, King gave Romney a chance to walk back that statement, and instead he doubled down on it.

Williebkind

October 29th, 2012
9:55 am

“if the federal government devolves this duty to the states, as Romney proposes, then what exactly would a President Romney be doing?
Little or nothing? It would no longer be a federal responsibliity, correct?”

Correct and that is exactly the point he made. Dont take money from the state and the state can take care of itself. Keep the federal government asa monitoring tool only. Keep the federal government doing as little as possible. That is the grand idea!

Peter

October 29th, 2012
9:55 am

What is immoral is the Republican agenda of controlling of women’s rights, and the fact all they are concerned with is WAR agenda, and Military so they can support Corporate America around the world.

A vote for Romney is a vote to set back Woman’s rights, and a sure bet he will take us into the next WAR.

Mark

October 29th, 2012
9:56 am

Wow, what intelligent discourse. Thanks for reminding why I canceled my subscription.

Atlanta Mom

October 29th, 2012
9:57 am

This is just one more example. As I have started telling my republican acquitances, if Romeny is elected I will be fine. My family will be fine. We have the resources that we will probably even pay less tax under Romney. But what about everyone else?

Williebkind

October 29th, 2012
9:57 am

It was a gotcha moment for King and that was his intent.

Fred ™

October 29th, 2012
9:57 am

AQ

October 29th, 2012
9:54 am

You fail to recognize, however, that the Federal government does not have the financial resources either. Your blind belief that they do epitomizes the collective mental fog of so many. The undoing of every democracy in history has been unchecked entitlements.
+++++++++++++++++++++++

Really? you have proof of this? Can you please cite for me the Democracy’s that have been “undone?”

kayaker 71

October 29th, 2012
9:57 am

Can you spell……. CHERRY PICKING? Bookman is very good at this aspect of his opinion column and wants to make us believe that Romney has no concern for those touched by disaster. Meanwhile, Bozo has finally stayed home from either a campaign event or a fund raiser to “manage the disaster from the White House”. What a crock!! This buffoon couldn’t lead ants to a picnic. Sort of like he “took out” Bin Laden. Another crock!!

Eric

October 29th, 2012
9:57 am

Is this your best journalism? – check youtube before posting a reply to this article. Written journalists need to do a better job with their You Tube searches before rushing to “print” an online article. All we have to do is listen to the full context of the readily available debate and it’s clear that Romney is talking about an approach to budgets – not a specific end to disaster relief. He’s talking a conceptual difference, an academic discussion about the approach to take. Journalists and politicians are in a race for king of nonsense while the rest of us wonder why.

Peter

October 29th, 2012
9:58 am

Williebkind

I expect they will get disaster relief very quickly and the amount will be doubled of what they need.

What a silly statement….. how much education did you get where you grew up ?

By the way what do you define as “kind ” since it is in your moniker ?

Verbal Kint

October 29th, 2012
9:58 am

Nice timing on this one Jay. Congrats. Hope you feel better.

Williebkind

October 29th, 2012
9:59 am

Peter

October 29th, 2012
9:55 am
That is the most moronic statement I have read all day but I am sure more is to come. Are you having problems getting women?

Peter

October 29th, 2012
9:59 am

kayaker 71 Another silly statement…….. Sort of like he “took out” Bin Laden. Another crock!!

Bin Laden is dead under the Obama Administration….. after Bush started the wars and accomplished zero, but bilk America !

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 29th, 2012
10:00 am

Both Mitt Romney and President Obama have called off political events

It’s understandable why the President would call off his campaign but that other guy is unemployed. What is he going to do to be of help?

Mitt, you don’t have the job yet.

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UPGRAYEDD

October 29th, 2012
10:00 am

Why are those who continually blaspheme the role of the federal government so vigilantly attempting to take it over? Where would a Red State go if a disaster exhausted its emergency funds?

When will Republicans stop basing government on “principles and values” and starting inserting pragmatic concerns into the equation?

Williebkind

October 29th, 2012
10:01 am

“This buffoon couldn’t lead ants to a picnic.”

I like that and may use it in the future.

Peter

October 29th, 2012
10:01 am

Williebkind Really woman problems ? Kind ? HA HA HA…….. you have zero education or very little it appears……

And Kindness is not part of your disposition it appears as well.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 29th, 2012
10:01 am

We are not self-contained human units each out to maximize individual wealth and consumption

Conservatives COMPLETELY disagree with this statement.

Brosephus™

October 29th, 2012
10:02 am

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. It makes no sense at all.

States can not rack up debts. If a state suffers a serious catastrophe, he’s basically saying F’U’ to the state. Last time I checked, we were still the UNITED States of America and not simply just a federation of states.

Jackass… :roll: :roll:

UPGRAYEDD

October 29th, 2012
10:02 am

Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh have made their living out of “gotcha moments” with the target nowhere near the studio to respond.

STUPID LIBERAL

October 29th, 2012
10:03 am

keep pushing the liberal adgenda, and watch WE THE PEOPLE push back..

Williebkind

October 29th, 2012
10:03 am

“When will Republicans stop basing government on “principles and values” and starting inserting pragmatic concerns into the equation?”

Exactly what is pragmatic concerns in your mind? In every institution I have seen or read about their mission statement had key words such as principles and values.

Rob

October 29th, 2012
10:03 am

It doesn’t matter. Romney could be Charles Manson or Jeffrey Dahhlmer and 40% of Americans are so full of racism and Obama hate, they are actually lining up to vote for this inept, Lying, Flip Flopping scoundrel. It doesn’t matter that Romney has not articulate a single plan or idea or that he will repeal Health Reform and make all Americans subject to being refused medical treatment due to pre-existing conditions. 40% of Americans are stupid, have low IQ’s, and are psycho-spiritually toxic. Only a complete moron could possibly vote for the inept LIAR Romney. These types of stupid idiots could not care less that Romney completely blew his trip to Europe or that he blundered the other 99.9% of his campaign….Romney has 1 decent debate performance and now he is qualified to be President!. This country is a joke and is going to hell in a handbasket. This election is the intelligent and the compassionate, empathic good people (Democrats) vs the stupid, low IQ, psycho-spiritually toxic, racist, misogynist, evil people (Republicans.) That is what is at stake in this election. The very future of this country hangs in the balance. The country is on the path of economic recovery and Americans are closing their eyes to progress and embracing the failure that is Mitt Romney and Republicanism because they are RACIST and have deep issues with Hate. Hate, Racism, Bigotry, and Misogyny will be the downfall of this nation and will bring an end to the USA if Romney is elected.

Georgia

October 29th, 2012
10:04 am

The Today Show has a segment where they are showing what foods to buy when a storm like Sandy approaches. There’s a table with a loaf of bread, and a gallon of milk, and the host of the show is asking questions about the two items, and the guest who researched and set up the display is doing her best to answer. “But what if all they have is rye bread left on the shelf, what do you do then?” “That’s a really good question, Katie. The smart money in that case is divided. Some think you should take what you can when a hurricane is approaching, but others insist that the only bread that can help you survive a hurricane is bleached flour white bread.”

“But why is milk so important for shut ins in a storm?” “Another great question, Katie. Some folks think that bottled water is the most important thing to buy. But in a storm, the milk does combine with the white flour bread to become more than the sum of it’s part as far as surviving a hurricane goes. and if you happen to spill any milk, then you have a great excuse to cry during the storm and nobody will know you’re really afraid.”

Okay, we’ll be right back after this commercial from the Chick Filet cows. What? The cows have all drowned and they cant do the commercial? Okay, then we’ll go to the Meow Mix kittens? What? No. Not those cute kittens too. Then let’s cut to the talking dogs…..forget it. I’ve got it, show the Charlie the Tuna piece…………

It’s chaos at the networks cause of the uberstorm know as Sandy.

Peter

October 29th, 2012
10:04 am

WillieBKind…….. Come on now tell us your education……. since you think a state like Alabama who is a Republican strong hold should not have gotten help after the monster Tornado that went through.

DannyX

October 29th, 2012
10:04 am

This is about personal responsibility.

If you are staying at your New Hampshire beach house and a storm like this develops, for heavens sake get in your private jet and ride out the storm in your California beach house.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 29th, 2012
10:05 am

private sector handling these kinds of events

You want private enterprise to profit on the misfortune of American families? That’s sooooo Republican of you.

Fred ™

October 29th, 2012
10:05 am

Wow Jay, am I crazy or do you get more and more Republican talkbots every day? Or is it just the same few using alts? Does it make you proud? It should. Apparently you are scaring someone because they just keep coming out of the woodwork.

I mean we have our regulars like Willie, and Kayaker, ect….. but there must be 10 new driveby trolls every day……

DownInAlbany

October 29th, 2012
10:06 am

THE REST OF THE STORY
The Bill Was HR 2206 – Emergency Appropriations;

Here’s how he voted May 24 2007:
Quote: The Senate passed the bill 80 – 14 . Those voting “no” (roll call vote)
Boxer (D-CA), Burr (R-NC), Clinton (D-NY), Coburn (R-OK), Dodd (D-CT), Enzi (R-WY), Feingold (D-WI), Kennedy (D-MA), Kerry (D-MA), Leahy (D-VT), Obama (D-IL)Sanders (I-VT) Whitehouse (D-RI) Wyden (D-OR

Somehow, though, this will in no way be of relevance to you people.

Peter

October 29th, 2012
10:06 am

DannyX …….. You are talking about the 15 folks who are by and large Republican’s ?

UPGRAYEDD

October 29th, 2012
10:06 am

Williebkind

The exhaustion of state emergency funds is a pragmatic concern. Deigning not to involve the federal government is a choice predicated on principles and values. When your principles are trumped by the facts on the ground, you and your ilk simply stomp your feet. That doesn’t solve or mitigate the problem.

Brosephus™

October 29th, 2012
10:07 am

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

October 29th, 2012
10:07 am

Privatize disaster relief? I would love to see the business plan submitted to the capital markets for how that will turn a profit. You could do worse though than invest in a disaster relief market private business…you could have invested in Genta.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 29th, 2012
10:07 am

Finn, you are missing the big opportunity. Think of what a private enterprise can charge for water to people stuck in shelters.

DownInAlbany

October 29th, 2012
10:08 am

All we have to do is listen to the full context of the readily available debate and it’s clear that Romney is talking about an approach to budgets – not a specific end to disaster relief.

Eric, don’t confuse them with the facts!

Ahem

October 29th, 2012
10:08 am

BOOKMAN:And what would a President Romney be doing in such a situation? If you take him at his word, he would prefer to be doing little or nothing.

(Which does not mean that nothing should be done.)

ROMNEY: “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. It makes no sense at all.”

Jay,
It is obvious to even a fifth-grader that Romney was speaking in the context of federal debt, the thing that will indeed kill the golden goose and NOT in terms of assisting those in need; something he has personally done more than you and I and the rest of those reading these words could ever be credited for in our lifetimes. Why so defeatist, Jay. States could have programs like GEMA and enter into compacts with neighboring states. Everything does not have to be done by a wasteful and inefficient federal bureaucracy. Why have you chosen to politicize the impeding storm, Jay?

Peter

October 29th, 2012
10:08 am

Williebkind.. There is no kindness in that fellow…. he has shown his true colors.

Plus he is anti American….. hate towards his fellow American’s.he has shown that today.

Typical Republican attitude.

ALL ABOUT ME !

TaxPayer

October 29th, 2012
10:09 am

Ahem

October 29th, 2012
10:09 am

Why have you chosen to politicize the impedingimpending storm, Jay?

Williebkind

October 29th, 2012
10:10 am

“Williebkind Really woman problems ? Kind ? HA HA HA…….. you have zero education or very little it appears……And Kindness is not part of your disposition it appears as well.”

I was using sarcasm in creating my name. Liberals trying to turn the greatest experiment into a failing socialist union, have made me more alert and aggressive.

MiltonMan

October 29th, 2012
10:10 am

We would rather have Obama in charge on thi. You know the same guy who said he struggled with 7th grade math.

Sagegirl

October 29th, 2012
10:10 am

There’s also this: Updated Monday, 9:10 a.m.–

The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent adds: “There’s another nugget here worth highlighting, though. In that appearance, Romney also suggested it would be ‘even better’ to send any and all responsibilities of the federal government ‘to the private sector,’ disaster response included. So: Romney essentially favored privatizing disaster response.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/the-morning-plum-on-the-auto-rescue-mitt-romney-has-run-out-of-answers/2012/10/29/89cb21ca-21af-11e2-8448-81b1ce7d6978_blog.html

TaxPayer

October 29th, 2012
10:10 am

So, conned, tell us all about how Mitt’s plans will reduce the federal debt. :lol:

Brosephus™

October 29th, 2012
10:11 am

DownInAlbany

For an “Emergency Appropriations” bill, there sure is a lot of other stuff in that legislation. Do you know exactly why those “No” votes were recorded as such, or did you simply look for Dems voting “No” on an emergency bill?

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:hr2206:

Peter

October 29th, 2012
10:11 am

Come on now Williebkind. change your moniker to a real representation of your true feelings……..

that would be Williebhate.

Peter

October 29th, 2012
10:12 am

YUP ….. YOU SAID IT BEST ! have made me more alert and aggressive.

Mark T

October 29th, 2012
10:12 am

The Romney campaign is reportedly using at least one of its campaign buses to provide supplies and relief for those who are likely to be hit by Hurricane Sandy in the coming days.

Having canceled campaign events in the area, Romney spokespeople are saying the bus will be used to transport donations of basic supplies to those in need.

“Bring donations to VA Victory offices. Romney bus will deliver them to those affected by #Sandy. #RomneyRyan2012,” Curt Cashour, Romney’s Virginia communications director, tweeted.

ABC’s Emily Friedman added: “Romney campaign will load storm relief supplies into Romney bus in Arlington Va today an will collect supplies at all VA victory offices.”

Conservative-leaning sites are describing the move as a “true example of leadership,” though the more politically cynical could interpret the move as a shrewd campaign strategy to shake off Romney’s “elitist” image.

Twitchy, which helped publicize the story by aggregating tweets on the subject, concluded: “Kudos, Team Romney, for stepping up immediately to try to aid those in harm’s way.”

President Obama has also promised to help those affected by the storm, saying the federal government will not get “bogged down” by “rules” and “red tape” in providing local officials everything they need to manage the crisis.

DownInAlbany

October 29th, 2012
10:12 am

Ahem

October 29th, 2012
10:09 am

Why have you chosen to politicize the impedingimpending storm, Jay?

Haven’t you heard? O has no (positive) record to run on! You know, even he said it, “…when you don’t have any fresh ideas, you use stale rhetoric…”

Fred ™

October 29th, 2012
10:13 am

Brocephus: I’m having a bad day. It’s my birthday and I’m still sick as a dog. The wife took the day off to take me anywhere I want to go and I’m stuck toilet hugging. LOL At least she’s getting some sleep………..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBjhGHLQnIE

Brosephus™

October 29th, 2012
10:14 am

DownInAlbany: All we have to do is listen to the full context of the readily available debate and it’s clear that Romney is talking about an approach to budgets – not a specific end to disaster relief.

……..

Ahem: It is obvious to even a fifth-grader that Romney was speaking in the context of federal debt, the thing that will indeed kill the golden goose and NOT in terms of assisting those in need

The sad part about your defense of Romney is that he was asked an EXPLICIT question about EMERGENCY FUNDING. You simply prove that he is incapble of handling an emergency because he didn’t even address the question asked if he diverted to talking about the economy.

:lol: :lol:

AQ

October 29th, 2012
10:15 am

Sure Fred. You can start with Mesopotamia, India, Sparta, and Rome. If you want to see one unraveling right now, consider Greece as the EU is imposing fiscal rule without representation of Greecieans. Another example of one headed in that direction is the United States of America.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 29th, 2012
10:15 am

lotta Republicans shucking and jiving on disater relief.

I think God has given us the October surprise.

Enough snark.

I pray that all stay safe and dry.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

October 29th, 2012
10:15 am

It’s understandable why the President would call off his campaign but that other guy is unemployed. What is he going to do to be of help?

Well, in the unthinkable case Romney’s not elected, I think he should take over that job Fred Thompson’s got, selling reverse mortgages. I just hate the way old Fred says “Cashhhhh.” It just ruins the whole ad. Anyhow, Romney knows more about cash than old Fred’s even thought of.

But that’s just my opinion. Maybe other people think old Fred’s good for something besides starting a groundswell and fizzling out.

Jay

October 29th, 2012
10:15 am

Sagegirl, that’s correct. It is also noteworthy that at the time, the Romney campaign made no effort to claim that he had been misinterpreted or had misspoke.

DownInAlbany

October 29th, 2012
10:15 am

Romney Campaign Bus Being Used For Hurricane Relief Efforts.

Yeah, he’s a cold-hearted son-of-a-gun!

Common Sense

October 29th, 2012
10:16 am

“Bluespiper, if the federal government devolves this duty to the states, as Romney proposes, then what exactly would a President Romney be doing?”

Try reading the Constitution for your answer,

The Federal Government was not created to cover everyone’s losses.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 29th, 2012
10:16 am

Luckily, we don’t have to be concerned with what a President Romney might do since he won’t ever be President. Not in 2012, not in 2016, and not in 2020.

Brosephus™

October 29th, 2012
10:16 am

Fred

Happy Birthday Bro. See if she’ll grant you a raincheck.

DownInAlbany

October 29th, 2012
10:17 am

For an “Emergency Appropriations” bill, there sure is a lot of other stuff in that legislation.

There’s “a lot of other stuff” in EVERY piece of legislation.

Rightwing Troll

October 29th, 2012
10:17 am

There’s the rub… we (and all you wingnuts) simply don’t know which one of the duplicitous Mittens’ will walk in the oval office on jan 21…

DannyX

October 29th, 2012
10:18 am

“Romney Campaign Bus Being Used For Hurricane Relief Efforts.”

Oh the humanity!

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 29th, 2012
10:18 am

Another example of one headed in that direction is the United States of America.

AQ is predicting a Romney presidencey. Bring on the austerity.

DownInAlbany

October 29th, 2012
10:19 am

You simply prove that he is incapble of handling an emergency because he didn’t even address the question asked if he diverted to talking about the economy.

Kind of like Obama avoiding the “Benghazi question” over the weekend? Nah, that’s different too, right?

TaxPayer

October 29th, 2012
10:19 am

Mitt’s Privatized Emergency Response Plan –available for the low, low monthly introductory price of just $1999.99 for residents of select towns. Call now for a personalized quote.

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

October 29th, 2012
10:19 am

Blogging while toilet hugging? Now that is dedication.

Thomas Heyward Jr

October 29th, 2012
10:19 am

I think I get Bookman’s ideaology.
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There is no compassion nor money ……except that flows through Barney Franks’ hands.
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Strange.

Jay

October 29th, 2012
10:19 am

Eric writes:

“All we have to do is listen to the full context of the readily available debate and it’s clear that Romney is talking about an approach to budgets – not a specific end to disaster relief.”

Not a specific end to disaster relief? OK, then let’s go ahead and post a longer transcript, so readers can judge for themselves whether Eric is correct or is just trying to confuse matters:

“KING: Governor Romney? You’ve been a chief executive of a state. I was just in Joplin, Missouri. I’ve been in Mississippi and Louisiana and Tennessee and other communities dealing with whether it’s the tornadoes, the flooding, and worse. FEMA is about to run out of money, and there are some people who say do it on a case-by-case basis and some people who say, you know, maybe we’re learning a lesson here that the states should take on more of this role. How do you deal with something like that?

ROMNEY: Absolutely. 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 ourselves the opposite question. What should we keep? We should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do? And those things we’ve got to stop doing, because we’re borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we’re taking in. We cannot…

KING: Including disaster relief, though?

ROMNEY: 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. It makes no sense at all.”

Again, the remarks were pretty widely quoted at the time, and the Romney campaign made no effort after that debate to “clarify” or to claim that he was being misinterpreted.

Rightwing Troll

October 29th, 2012
10:19 am

“So, conned, tell us all about how Mitt’s plans will reduce the federal debt. ”

They either can’t… or won’t… my money is on “can’t”…

Williebkind

October 29th, 2012
10:19 am

Peter

October 29th, 2012
10:04 am
Peter, my education is not the subject but your lack of comprehesion of the discussion between Mitt and King with Jay’s selective referencing does seem like you paid too much for your education. Unless the taxpayers footed the bill and you showed up for class.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 29th, 2012
10:20 am

Fred, happy birthday. Hope you feel better.

Really?

October 29th, 2012
10:20 am

What a novel idea…figure out a way to pay for an emergency by cutting something else. Like when your furnace goes out and you have to cancel your cable bill to pay for someone to fix it. There is a finite supply of tax money.

The problem right now is that anytime we figure out something that the government “should be doing” we are already spending all the taxes money on other things. So, as in a business or home environment, we need to redistribute our income away from something else we are currently spending money on in order to pay for the new expense. The government doesn’t do that, it just increases its income or its debt. That model is not sustainable.

Ol' TImer

October 29th, 2012
10:20 am

State’s Rightists want to give the states the right to choose which century they want to live in.

I can’t imagine LA or MS or any of the Gulf Coast states being able to financially handle a catastrophe like Katrina or Florida being able to handle Andrew.

It’s just another of the idiotic statement emanating from the mouths of Republican candidates who are trying to ride two horses — one being the Tea Party stallion with nostrils all aflair, ears laid back with lightening flashing from the eyes.

“Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.” ~Frank Dane

Jay is Douch

October 29th, 2012
10:20 am

Jay it is clear you are not a journalist and just a smear bagger. What a misleading headline “we can’t afford to do those things” after “Romney on disaster relief” . Why don’t you post a link to the whole text or print it. He was not saying that no relief should come from the Fed.

Williebkind

October 29th, 2012
10:20 am

Jay, Maureen said you were a brilliant historian. Maybe you should stick to it.

stands for decibels

October 29th, 2012
10:22 am

Do you know exactly why those “No” votes were recorded as such

yeah, I happened to google that particular bill and came up with this…
http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/110/house/1/votes/425/

Concur in Senate Amendment With House Amendment No. 2

This bill would provide funding in Iraq without setting withdrawal deadlines for troops, which anti-war Democrats sought in an earlier bill. Instead, it would set “benchmarks for progress that the Iraqi government must meet to continue receiving reconstruction aid,” the Washington Post reported. The bill would provide $100 billion in funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

(what can I say–whenever I see Bernie Sanders’ name among a straggley-few who cast a “nay”, I gotta figure it was for a good reason.)

Naturally, the not-very-smart are going to try, and fail (again) to turn this into some Obama “scandal.”

Rightwing Troll

October 29th, 2012
10:22 am

Here’s Mitten’s plan for emergency disaster relief:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/tennessee-family-home-burns-while-firefighters-watch-191241763.html

Pay the fee or watch it burn…

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 29th, 2012
10:23 am

JAY

In this particular instance, taking comments that are completely out of context to suggest that a sitting president would ignore a disaster despite the political consequences is asinine…guess you just had to figure out a means to fit the storm into a BO talking point…

I guess your next post will be the link stating this is a manmade storm

One of you weakest posts of all time…have another cup of coffee and re-load

Bill

October 29th, 2012
10:23 am

In your article, which is obviously designed to throw Romney under the bus, you fail to address the concept of Mutual Aid, which has been used successfully in many disasters, i.e. Katrina, Rita, Ivan, etc. States commit resources to assist those impacted and have these pacts already in place. If you take the full context of Romney’s comments perhaps it is more about the fiscal condition of the Federal Government and its waste than whether they can or cannot respond. Of course we also need Federal assistance, and right now the man in charge, Administrator Craig Fugate, is the best person for the job.

But, to simply think the Feds can continue to print more money is irresponsible and foolish.