A year and a half ago, during a GOP debate, when asked by a journalist if he would oppose Federal aid to disaster victims, or replace it with something else, Mitt Romney said yes. He would want to cut agencies such as FEMA, he indicated, but would provide aid to the states, or allow privatization of emergency services.
CNN/JOHN KING: ...FEMA is 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 that the states should take on more of this role. How do you deal with something like that?
ROMNEY: 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.
The questioner seemingly could not believe Romney's willingness to cut Federal aid to disaster victims, and asked about it again:
KING: Including disaster relief, though?
ROMNEY: We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.
"No sense at all." Someone should call Mitt on this -- ask him if he still wants to cut Federal aid to hurricane victims. Except that he doesn't take any questions, which may be why he hasn't gone on any talkshows, when major shows -- including Saturday Night Live -- would love to book him.
After all, he's such a funny guy.
[Pic of Mitt Romney and Meatloaf singing "America the Beautiful"]
When the aging two-hit wonder endorsed Romney a couple of days ago, Meatloaf said: "There has storm clouds come over the United States."
On this we all can agree. According to Dr. Jeff Masters, who has been blogging about hurricanes since l995, tropical cyclone Sandy is already one of the largest hurricanes ever recorded, of near-record size.
Update: Ryan Grim reached the Romney campaign last night and they confirmed bia email that yes, they want to cut Federal aid for aid to the states, even in emergencies such as hurricanes.