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Romney now supports FEMA

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Yeah, but you voted for Bush twice and McCain...so where is the credibility on not wanting to put in failed policies?

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Where did he say he wanted to dismantle FEMA?

When asked about FEMA he said he wants to take power from the federal government and give it to the states, and even better, the private sector.

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When asked about FEMA he said he wants to take power from the federal government and give it to the states, and even better, the private sector.

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Not many things the private sector and states cannot do better than the Federal Government. What Romney is proposing is a better, more efficient system, not an abolished one. But those who bow down to the Fed Gov as master cannot see it. Maybe those in NJ with no gas wonder why they cannot buy gas from neighboring state without a lot of rules and regulations being waived. Maybe the red tape Obama mentioned in his "lean forward" speech the other day needs to be permanently gotten rid of. I guess nobody caught the admission of tons of red tape with FEMA.

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This country already tried what the human Etch-A-Sketch (Romney) is proposing. FEMA was created because individual federal agencies, states, volunteer organizations and private business were unable to effectively train, prepare for, and coordinate disaster relief. Every year tens of thousands of Americans suffered needlessly because of it.

Since the late 70's FEMA has done a good job of coordinating disaster preparation and relief.

That is, until GWB showed up and the wheels fell off.

One need look no further than how the Bush Administration handled Hurricane Katrina after downgrading FEMA's importance and loading it up with their political cronies instead of properly trained professionals. The Bush Administration gave a whole new meaning to the word "disaster" in Disaster Relief with their performance.

Katrina is a preview of the future for FEMA if Romney and the neocons get their way. It is deja vu all over again with Romney's ideas. The neocon base has completely blocked out the 8 years under GWB and yet they want to go right back to his policies. How strange is that?

This is a common theme among GOP supporters (e.g. banking reform, EPA, abortion, medicare, SS., women's rights, racial equality). They’re too young to appreciate the crucial events and human suffering that drove these changes, and/or they’re too self absorbed to value these changes, and/or they’re just too busy trying to stay in lockstep with the neocon beliefs of their leaders at FOX.

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nan you forgot to mention repealing of the Glass Stegall act and trying to reign in Freddie and Fannie pre financial meltdown. oops.

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Where did he say he wanted to dismantle FEMA?

He never said it.

In a debate in the primaries, he said that we should send back to the states what can be sent back to the states, and privatize what can be privatized. A relatively bland statement that doesn't really mean a lot.

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He never said it.

In a debate in the primaries, he said that we should send back to the states what can be sent back to the states, and privatize what can be privatized. A relatively bland statement that doesn't really mean a lot.

That's what he said stripped of all context, sure. But he said it in response to a FEMA question. If someone asks you about FEMA and you say "we should give power to the states and/or privatize," you're saying you want to get rid of FEMA.

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This country already tried what the human Etch-A-Sketch (Romney) is proposing. FEMA was created because individual federal agencies, states, volunteer organizations and private business were unable to effectively train, prepare for, and coordinate disaster relief. Every year tens of thousands of Americans suffered needlessly because of it.

Since the late 70's FEMA has done a good job of coordinating disaster preparation and relief.

That is, until GWB showed up and the wheels fell off.

I think you need to stop accessing huffington and go back and read the stories of some of the events that FEMA did a "good job" with.

FEMA was heavily criticised for several of the Hurricanes it delt with before Katrina. Katrina gets most of the coverage because it was an unprecedented disaster (the potential for which was known and ignored during the Clinton administration), but FEMA's response to Andrew, Hugo, Floyd and several other major events was error prone. Fortunately none of those responders had to deal with the issues that Katrina responders had to deal with, ie an immobile population, a pathetic response from local and state governments, and a city that is basically a bowl that sits below sea level.

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That's what he said stripped of all context, sure. But he said it in response to a FEMA question. If someone asks you about FEMA and you say "we should give power to the states and/or privatize," you're saying you want to get rid of FEMA.

Hogwash.

He said it needs to be more efficient and some control needs to be given back to the states.

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He never said it.

In a debate in the primaries, he said that we should send back to the states what can be sent back to the states, and privatize what can be privatized. A relatively bland statement that doesn't really mean a lot.

What the human Etch-A-Sketch said was a political remark intended as red meat for those neocons that believe the states and private business can do anything the feds can do, only better. Romney didn't count on Sandy making him have to reinvent himself, yet again.

Reality is, that states used to take the lead along with the private sector for most of our country's existence and we finally realized after a lot of unnecessary human suffering that it wasn't working very well.

Fortunately none of those responders had to deal with the issues that Katrina responders had to deal with, ie an immobile population, a pathetic response from local and state governments...

Exactly, let's look at Louisiana's ham handed state and local response to Katrina. It is a perfect example why we require a properly managed FEMA, instead of 50 miniature SEMAs trying to do the same job.

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and it only took a natural disaster in the economic center of the world.

During the primaries he wanted to dismantle it. Now he is making sweet love to it.

Not ready for prime time when these decisions effect so many.

Hmmmmm.......

Too bad Obama doesn't support FEMA.

http://www.nbcnewyor...-Dive/176839571

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