OK…I apologize…I got carried away with the paraphrase in the headline.
What Mr. Romney actually said is the federal government should pass disaster recovery on to the states or even better on to private enterprise where ever possible. So those of you on the east coast who have lost power, have had to evacuate, or are seeking shelter from the storm, SANDY. Just keep in mind what the chances of a safe and speedy recovery your neighborhood could expect under a President Romney.
Details are here! A few nuggets are here:
During a CNN debate at the height of the GOP primary, Mitt Romney was asked, in the context of the Joplin disaster and FEMA’s cash crunch, whether the agency should be shuttered so that states can individually take over responsibility for disaster response.
“Absolutely,” he said. “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. Instead of thinking, in the federal budget, what we should cut, we should ask the opposite question, what should we keep?”
The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent adds: “There’s another nugget here worth highlighting, though. In that appearance, Romney also suggested it would be ‘even better’ to send any and all responsibilities of the federal government ‘to the private sector,’ disaster response included. So: Romney essentially favored privatizing disaster response.”