Axe FEMA, Romney Says – as Hurricane Sandy Looms

Axe FEMA, Romney Says – as Hurricane Sandy Looms

Monday, 29 October 2012 13:38 By Jeff Fecke, Care2 | News Analysis

Hurricane Sandy threatens to be one of the most devastating storms ever to strike the United States. But if Mitt Romney were president, disaster relief would be up to the states.

Stands behind “disband FEMA” comment

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.”

Given the chance to back away from the statement, the Romney campaign instead told the Huffington Post that Romney meant what he said. …… [read more]

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  • Cyril Balkaran  On November 2, 2012 at 11:36 am

    The FEMA of the USA is the Agency that responds to situations as Hurricane Sandy’s destruction of places in the USA. Can we ever be fully Prepared for Nature’s wrath. The answer is simply NO! The post storm Assessment and the Search and Rescue Teams is what we should perfect and have everyone on the alert so we can save lives. Physical destruction will always be dealt with after the fact that the storm has moved on. No amount of PreStorm watch will ever be sufficient in these times where Nature is reacting to man’s destruction of his own Environment. This is the Price we have to pay for our own lack of diligence in dealing with the Super Environmental Issues. The GReen house Gases, the Ozone Layers, the Pollution of Air, Land and the Seas. In the USa alone 50,000 flights were cancelled. Think of the Aviation fuel used in flight and the spent gases polluting the atmosphere in a single day!

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