Archive for October, 2012
Monday, October 29th, 2012
Thinking back about Mitt Romney’s proposal during the GOP primary to eliminate FEMA and let states deal with natural disasters on their own.
“FEMA’s 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 and the states should take on more of this role.’ How do you deal with something like that?” – John King question at CNN GOP debate in January “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.” – Mitt Romney
“Disaster relief? There’s really nothing to it—
Just let states (or the private sector) do it.”
Mitt wants to let states deal with disasters on their own,
But in a major disaster, states can’t go it alone.
Replicating FEMA’s capability in each state would cost much, much more:
That’s one of the main things we have the federal government for.
(Of course, Republicans want to kill every federal program but defense,
So think about that if you’re a voter who’s still on the fence.
Repubs are also cutting state revenue and spending–
Not really the best time, federal disaster aid to be ending.)
Leaving disaster relief solely to each individual state
Would be like making each city block its own fire department create.
That would cost much more and be much less efficient:
The garden hose each block could afford just wouldn’t be sufficient.
By pooling that money, we get a well-equipped fire department to serve the whole town,
And helps prevent all of our houses from burning down.
FEMA is the same idea—they go wherever there’s a disaster:
They know what they’re doing, and can do it bigger, better, and faster.
Before FEMA, states had their own programs for disaster management,
Which often were characterized by inadequate resources and mismanagement.
Mitt Romney wants to go back to that failed approach,
Like he wants to return to GB2’s economic and foreign policy approach.
States still have disaster programs, but also get federal assistance when needed,
Which Mitt’s “let the states do it” policy would have superseded.
(Of course, Mitt said privatization would be a further improvement,
So maybe that would be step two after FEMA’s removement.)
Do you think the states on their own could a superstorm like Sandy address?
Vote Mitt, if you think the problem with Katrina was Bush should have done even less.
Here’s Mitt discussing his FEMA plan at the 1/19/12 GOP debate in Charleston.