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Wouldn’t It Be Terrible If Romney Did Away with FEMA?

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On November 4, 2012 @ 4:59 pm In The Point | 9 Comments


The latest talking point by a desperate Obama campaign and its media cronies is that Romney will not only do away with Big Bird, but also with FEMA [2].

At a Republican primary debate in June of 2011, CNN’s John King asked Mitt Romney for his views on disaster relief. “FEMA is about to run out of money, and there are some people who say, ‘Do it on a case-by-case basis.’ And there are some people who say, ‘You know what, 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?”

Mr. Romney responded ““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.”

Naturally Hurricane Sandy Mitt feels somewhat differently. His campaign released a statement Wednesday that reads: “”I believe that FEMA plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for and respond to natural disasters. As president, I will ensure FEMA has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission, while directing maximum resources to the first responders who work tirelessly to help those in need, because states and localities are in the best position to get aid to the individuals and communities affected by natural disasters.”

No mention of the private sector; or of how it’s “immoral” to amass debt and thus absolutely necessary to cut the federal budget. Just a bland assurance that FEMA will have “the funding it needs to fulfill its mission.”

Actually Mitt Romney is saying the same thing in both cases, just taking a different angle on the opinion that FEMA has a role to play in coordinating relief but that local communities and states are in the best position to actually conduct that relief.

But the New York Times might want to note that Obama’s FEMA appears to be a big fan of outsourcing FEMA’s disaster relief to the private sector [3]… a week too late.

FEMA only began to solicit bids for vendors to provide bottled water for distribution to Hurricane Sandy victims on Friday, sending out a solicitation request for 2.3 million gallons of bottled water at the FedBizOpps.gov website. Bidding closed at 4:30 pm eastern.

Breitbart News spoke with contracting officer Annette Wright, who said that the winning vendor would be required to deliver the 2.3 million gallons of bottled water to an East Farmingdale, New York distribution center that was listed in the solicitation request by Monday, November 5th. Ms. Wright was unable to say when or how the water would be delivered from the distribution center to needy Hurricane Sandy victims in New Jersey, Staten Island, Long Island, and other boroughs of New York City. Vendors “are currently being evaluated,” she said, and when the vendors are announced, they will provide information on how local distribution will occur.

It’s almost like FEMA is a completely useless government bureaucracy. Speaking as one of the people, who until recently, needed water, we got it from private sources, we did not get it from either federal, state or municipal sources. Unless you count fire hydrants that people forced open as a municipal source.

In the hierarchy of uselessness, FEMA has been the most useless, New York City second to most useless, and New York State, third to most useless, which makes it the winner. Your mileage may vary.

Either way, FEMA under Obama is completely unprepared for disaster relief. It’s so unprepared that it has to put out a bid for water a week too late that will arrive even later. But Mitt Romney is completely crazy for talking about moving disaster relief over to the states and the private sector. Even though Obama has moved disaster relief over to the states and the private sector through sheer and total incompetence.

There are two ways to move responsibility back to the states and the private sector. One is through delegation and the other is through absence. Romney proposed delegation. Obama has enacted absence.

Oh, but the Democratic argument will be that it’s only because FEMA had no money to stockpile supplies and FEMA had no money because of the Evil Republicans.

Somehow Obama managed to get trillions to blow on European electric cars, rum distilleries in the Caribbean, every solar company Al Gore was invested in, every windmill from here to Tuscaloosa and research studies into why golfers play golf badly. But when it comes to FEMA or Benghazi consulate security, there’s no money and it’s all the fault of the Republicans that Obama is and remains an incompetent failure at anything that doesn’t involve accidentally killing Bin Laden.

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[2] but also with FEMA: http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/01/romney-on-fema-then-and-now/

[3] Obama’s FEMA appears to be a big fan of outsourcing FEMA’s disaster relief to the private sector: http://coalitionoftheswilling.net/?p=21131

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