Why won’t Mitt Romney come clean on how he really feels about FEMA?

Ed has already covered Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s 2011 comments that he’d love to not only do away with FEMA, but also privatize disaster relief, but I find it extremely telling that Mitt Romney (version 2012)
really, really really doesn’t want to answer questions about whether he still supports eliminating FEMA.

“Governor, are you going to see some storm damage?” one reporter asked.

Several others again asked Romney whether he would eliminate FEMA.

“Governor, you’ve been asked 14 times. Why are you refusing to answer the question?” one asked.

Despite Mitt Romney’s refusal to show a little backbone and answer for previous comments he’s made, his campaign aides indicated Romney would not abolish FEMA if he became president. Of course, I don’t think any rational person would believe anything that comes out of the mouths of Mitt Romney or anyone associated with his campaign, because telling the truth isn’t a strength of Mitt “say anything to get elected” Romney.

Is this the first Hurricane Sandy-related anti-Obama attack?

According to a report in SFGate.com, a woman in northern Virginia received this piece of attack literature on her doorstep this morning.

Image courtesy SFGate.com

According to the SFGate.com report, the literature was produced by Americans for Tax Reform, an anti-tax group run by Grover Norquist. You may remember Norquist as a prominent critic of President Obama and as a right-wing ideologue who demands that Republican candidates and elected officials sign a “no tax” pledge.

In the wake of a natural disaster as epic as Hurricane Sandy, an anti-Obama attack that referencing said natural disaster seems to me to be stunningly tone-deaf and remarkably callous.

Donald Trump is one class act!

Here’s the response of Mitt Romney supporter Donald Trump in the wake of the devastation wrought upon tens of millions of Americans by Hurricane Sandy.

Yeah, Donald Trump is one caring, compassionate, and classy guy!

Disgraced former FEMA Director Mike Brown attacks President Obama for responding “too quickly” to Hurricane Sandy

Mike Brown, the disgraced former Director of FEMA, has brass balls…

Yesterday, ahead of the storm’s pummeling of the eastern seaboard, Brown gave an interview to the local alternative paper, the Denver Westword, on how he believed the Obama administration was responding to Sandy too quickly and that Obama had spoken to the press about Sandy’s potential effect too early.

Brown’s attacks on President Obama are tremendously ironic (not to mention ballsy) considering his haphazard and slow-as-molasses response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans in 2005. Following widespread and bipartisan criticism of his handling of FEMA’s response to Hurrican Katrina, Brown resigned from his position as director of FEMA less than two weeks after Katrina hit New Orleans.

While Mike Brown may think President Obama has responded too quickly in regards to Hurricane Sandy, I’m willing to bet the tens of millions of Americans affected by that storm will be thankful for a quick response by the various government entities responsible for the areas affected, so that they can start to put their lives back together.

RwP: Panel Discussion Part 1 – “The Economy”

This is Part 1 of Rants Without Pants’ panel discussion that consists of Stacy Harbaugh (Communications Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of WI), Dusty Weis (Former CBS Reporter for WTDY and WIOD), BJ Buss (Compassionate Conservative) and Michael Grover Bartnik (Non-Ideological Guy in Hat). There will be 4 Parts. This is Part 1 where we discuss the economy.

Next topic, Voter Suppression, will be posted in a few days.

For more videos, you can go to www.shabhead.blogspot.com.

When is “storm relief” not “storm relief?” When Mitt Romney’s involved!

As I asked in the title of this entry, when is “storm relief” not “storm relief?” The answer is simple…when Mitt Romney’s involved!

On Monday Romney’s campaign announced Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would focus their efforts Tuesday on helping people affected by the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, earning the campaign some praise for putting aside politics to focus on relief efforts.

However, it certainly seems the Romney/Ryan campaign’s Hurricane Sandy “relief efforts” are nothing more than politics as usual.

Here’s a photo (via Ari Shapiro’s Twitter feed) of a press credential from a Hurricane Sandy “relief rally” held yesterday by Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

Clearly Mitt Romney has declared “Victory” over Hurricane Sandy.

As noted by Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post, Romney held a rally on Tuesday as part of his campaign’s “storm relief” effort, but the event was held in Ohio, which is not just far from the epicenter of the storm’s devastation but also happens to conveniently be a crucial swing state for Romney’s presidential campaign.

So while Mitt Romney and his campaign handlers thought it would be a fine idea to hold a campaign event/photo op designed to make it look like Romney was “doing something” in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it turns out Romney’s efforts may not have been that helpful after all.

And while Mitt Romney has been floundering around trying to look at least a little presidential in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the actual president, President Barack Obama, has been “incredibly supportive and helpful” and “deserves great credit” in the words of Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a state that has been absolutely devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

A tale of two campaigns in one photo

Any time Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talks about how he wants to “get tough on China” and create jobs in America, just think of this photo.

On the left is a hat from the Romney/Ryan ticket with its “Made In China” label, while the hat on the right from the Obama/Biden campaign shows it was “Union Made In The U.S.A.”

Report: Paul Ryan’s ‘Problematic’ RNC Spending Spree

I’ll admit I’m a little slow up the uptake with this story, but given that we’re just 8 days from election day, I’m having a hard time keeping up with all the information that catches my eye.

According to a report by Hunter Walker of Politicker, Republican Rep. (and vice presidential candidate) Paul Ryan may have violated federal campaign finance laws relating to expenses related to the 2012 Republican convention that were charged to his Congressional campaign.

According to the quarterly campaign finance disclosure filed in October, Mr. Ryan’s congressional campaign spent $59,603.41 that was specifically identified as convention-related expenses between July 26 and October 17. FEC regulations require candidates who, like Mr. Ryan, are actively running for multiple federal offices to “designate separate principal campaign committees and establish completely separate campaign organizations.” These separate committees are prohibited from transferring “funds, goods, or services, including loans and loan guarantees” between themselves. Expenditures made by a vice presidential candidate while participating in national campaign activity in the course of a campaign are considered “expenditures made by or on behalf” of the presidential campaign they are associated with.

The FEC has issued advisory opinions explaining what expenses are allowed for candidates attending their parties’ conventions. In one of these, the commission notes that convention expenses cannot include “any use of funds in a campaign account of a present or former candidate to fulfill a commitment, obligation or expense of any person that would exist irrespective of the candidate’s campaign or duties as a Federal officeholder.” In the same advisory opinion, the commission said “regulations covering delegate activity indicate that such costs would be for the purpose of influencing a Federal election and, hence, not a personal use.” In other words, in Mr. Ryan’s case, this means he would be permitted to use his campaign account only to fund expenses related to him and his campaign staff attending and holding events explicitly associated with his re-election effort, not for general convention expenses which would be considered part of the effort to boost his campaign with Mr. Romney. If a committee pays for someone to attend the convention and they participate in activities related to multiple campaigns, their expenses must be paid incrementally by the separate committees involved. Furthermore, convention guests whose expenses are paid for by one of their campaign committees must be “integral” to their campaign efforts.

However, though Mr. Ryan spent more than $75,000 at the convention, his campaign manager, Kevin Seifert, told us his congressional campaign staff includes only five people and the bulk of his RNC expenses came from the purchase of over 20 hotel rooms.

According to Hunter Walker’s report, Mr. Ryan’s largest RNC expense was a $34,854.35 payment for “hotel rooms” at the Marriott Tampa Waterside, which also happened to be the “home base” of the Romney for president campaign in Tampa Bay. Apparently Ryan’s Congressional campaign (which sent just 5 staffers to Tampa Bay for the GOP convention) reserved 20 rooms at the Marriott Tampa Waterside.