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Perhaps it may seem insensitive and unpatriotic to some for me to run such an ugly cartoon at this time of national mourning. To those of you who hold this view, I must respectfully say fug you. Some of my younger readers may not even remember Ronald Regan’s presidency, and I would not want them to be misled by the onslaught of state propaganda they’ll be subjected to this week. Calling him the Great Communicator is like calling Hitler the Great Negotiator, and if we’re going to credit him with winning the Cold War we may as well credit him with the Challenger disaster and the return of Halley’s Comet. Let me tell you what it was really like:

Even at age twelve I could tell that Jimmy Carter was an honest man trying to address complicated issues and Ronald Reagan was a brilcreemed salesman telling people what they wanted to hear. I secretly wept on the stairs the night he was elected President, because I understood that the kind of shitheads I had to listen to in the cafeteria grew up to become voters, and won. I spent the eight years he was in office living in one of those science-fiction movies where everyone is taken over by aliens—I was appalled by how stupid and mean-spirited and repulsive the world was becoming while everyone else in America seemed to agree that things were finally exactly as they should be. The Washington Press corps was so enamored of his down-to-earth charm that they never checked his facts, but if you watched his face when it was at rest, when he wasn’t performing for anyone, you could see him for what he really was—a black-eyed, slit-mouthed, lizard-faced old son-of-a-bitch. He was a bad actor, an informer for McCarthy, and a hired front man for a gang of Texas oilmen, fundamentalist dingbats, and right-wing psychotics out of Dr. Strangelove. He put a genial face on chauvanism, callousness, and greed, and made people feel good about being bigots again. He likened Central American death squads to our founding fathers and called the Taliban “freedom fighters.” His legacy includes the dismantling of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, the final dirty win of Management over Labor, the outsourcing of America’s manufacturing base, the embezzlement of almost all the country's wealth by 1% of its citizens, the scapegoating of the poor and black, the War on Drugs, the eviction of schizophrenics into the streets, AIDS, acid rain, Iran-Contra, and, let’s not forget, the corpses of two hundred forty United States Marines. He moved the center of political discourse in this country to somewhere in between Richard Nixon and Augusto Pinochet. He believed in astrology and Armageddon and didn't know the difference between history and movies; his stories were lies and his jokes were scripted. He was the triumph of image over truth, paving the way for even more vapid spokesmodels like George W. Bush. He was, as everyone agrees, exactly what he appeared to be—nothing. He made me ashamed to be an American. If there was any justice in this world his Presidential Library would contain nothing but boys' adventure books and bad cowboy movies, and the only things named after him would be shopping malls and Potter's Fields. Let the earth where he is buried be seeded with salt.

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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.

FEMA doing a fine job

Like I said earlier, all we need is an attentive media and Toby Keith saying BO doesn't like white people and we are back to Katrina

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Politics rule.

Of course I am certain MSNBC will be raising a ruckus over this. Not

http://www.waff.com/story/19981857/some-nonunion-ala-crews-turned-away-from-sandy-recovery

hate it for the folks in NJ, but, hey, they are making their bed.......

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Mayor diverting huge generators to Central park for "NYC marathon" instead of using them for people in need.

Man, if only he were a Repub, he would be skewered. But, he and the President are safe, Dems abusing Dems with Dems in the media. a non story.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/staten-island-residents-plead-article-1.1195599

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You know how I know most of you have never been through a disaster?

You claim that FEMA is doing a good job......

The only things that held small towns in NC together during Bertha, Fran, and Floyd were locals, not some damn federal government agency that doesn't know it's ass from a hole in the ground.

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But, it makes Liberals feel good to say "they" have done something to help.

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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.

Nope ... that's only your interpretation of what he said.

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Nope ... that's only your interpretation of what he said.

Kinda like roads and bridges?

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Kinda like roads and bridges?

Not at all ... direct quote from Obama:

"Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen."

Show me a direct quote from Romney that says, "I want to dismantle FEMA" or anything remotely close to that. You can't.

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you didn't build "that" refers to infrastructure and anyone who isn't retarded makes that connection when given the full quote.

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you didn't build "that" refers to infrastructure and anyone who isn't retarded makes that connection when given the full quote.

WTF ... it says right in that same sentence "if you have a business .... you didn't build that." Now, I'd never call anyone "retarded" (thought that was a huge no-no for liberals), but if you can't read the entire sentence of less than 10 words and know what it means, then you have a terrible reading deficiency. It may not have been what he MEANT to say, but it is exactly what he DID say ... and I believe he meant it exactly the way he said it.

And, by the way ... if you have a business (or even if you don't) you certainly DID build "that" if "that refers to roads and bridges ... because we're all taxpayers who pay for that infrastructure.

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The following editorial appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday, Nov. 1:

Hurricane Katrina's direct hit on New Orleans in 2005 brought disaster in many ways: almost 1,800 lives lost, $108 billion in property damage and for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a lingering reputation for failure.

In fact, it might have meant the end for the agency, which can trace its roots back more than 200 years. There's been talk in the long presidential selection process leading up to next Tuesday's election that FEMA might be a worthy target for elimination or privatization in the name of federal budget-cutting.

Hold on. FEMA, the dope of Katrina, may be turning into the hero of Superstorm Sandy.

In terms of lives affected, Sandy is bigger than Katrina. Millions of people live in the path of the superstorm, which moved onshore Monday in New Jersey. FEMA's success in its mission of coordinating federal relief efforts, assisting state and local emergency response teams and, as the name says, emergency management, was essential.

From all accounts so far, including praise from state and local officials across the disaster zone, the agency has met the challenge admirably.

Still, it's reasonable to ask whether FEMA is really necessary. Could states or private industry do the job?

No. There could be no better demonstration than Sandy that a well-run federal emergency response is crucial in a major disaster. If we didn't have FEMA, we'd need the same agency by another name.

At a time when all federal resources must be available to help, coordinated by full-time professionals in emergency management, with relief supplies at hand and ready for distribution, with expertise to help state and local response efforts in ways that have been worked out well ahead of time, FEMA or something like it is called for.

That didn't happen with Katrina. But FEMA obviously has been reshaped and given competent leadership since then. It appears to be working now.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/11/02/3897615/fema-showing-it-can-do-a-good.html#storylink=cpy

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