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His column, Romney would pass the buck on disasters, has the FEMA aspects of it featured in the Pundit Roundup on the Front Page.

But Romney's attitude on FEMA is only part of it, because his attitude on this agency is emblematic of his attitude towards the Federal government as a whole.

The title given the column by the editors does not fully represent the content.

Here are three key paragraphs from the column:  

Most disastrously, this is what Romney and Ryan propose for Medicaid, the health-care program for the poor. The GOP plan would give the states block grants that would not begin to cover Medicaid’s rising costs. Governors and legislatures would be forced to impose draconian cuts, with potentially catastrophic impact for millions of Americans.

Medicaid’s most expensive role — and thus, under Romney, the most imperiled — is to fund nursing-home care for seniors who classify as “poor” only because they have exhausted their life savings. Transferring the onus of Medicaid and other programs to the states would save money only by making it impossible to provide services at current levels.

For the hard-right ideologues who control the Republican Party, this would be a good thing. Our society has become too dependent on government, they believe, too “entitled” to benefits; we are unwilling to “take personal responsibility and care for” our lives, as Romney said in his secretly recorded “47 percent” speech.

There is more.

It is a powerful column.

Read it.

Pass it on, just as you should pass on the NY Times editorial about which Georgia writes just above her mention of the Robinson column.

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  •  Tip Jar (29+ / 0-)

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 04:48:57 AM PDT

  •  I know it's unseemly for Democrats to (9+ / 0-)

    make anything political, but IOKIYAR. So I have no doubt that Romney will begin criticizing Obama for not doing things fast enough or efficiently enough -- or he'll talk to one woman on a rope line who had a bad experience and exploit it for all it's worth.

    I do hope that reporters will show up at Romney's disaster rally today and pelt him with questions on how he would handle Sandy without FEMA since he thinks FEMA is "immoral".

    “Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan” is an anagram for “My ultimate Ayn Rand Porn.”

    by theKgirls on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 05:05:50 AM PDT

  •  Not to fear teacherken, rMoney bus is on the way (2+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, Molly Weasley

    to save the day.
    10,000 Books of -Morman- Moran, a case of band aids and a case of aspirin.
    What more could they want?
    WTF is wrong with these people?
    Strikethrough not working in preview

    "People who see a contradiction between science and the bible don't really understand either." PvtJarHead

    by Tinfoil Hat on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 05:07:07 AM PDT

  •  Unfunded mandates: budget shell game by GOP (3+ / 0-)
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    teacherken, blueoregon, Molly Weasley

    That's what the front page blockquote on DK mentioned. That phrase "unfunded mandate" jumped out at me because it was something I used to hear at nearly every municipal government meeting I had to sit through 20 years ago when I was a managing editor of a weekly newspaper in NJ.

  •  We wake up to a brand new world this am (6+ / 0-)

    Maybe Sandy will open some eyes that have refused to be opened before. We need our federal government-we need each other.

    I went to sleep last night in Oregon knowing that so many people were having a very bad night and that this morning they would first see the wreckage Sandy has left. Now it is New York and New Jersey but in another time it will be somewhere else.  I am so grateful that most of us came through this. But there will be many people that need alot of help - food, shelter, new clothes - Winter is coming.

    Most of us would not hesitate to help - these are the kind of people we need in government - luckily we already have a president that does not hesitate to help - we need to keep him. And throw out all those villains that would slash the help that is now needed - looking at you teaparty republicans. Maybe now people will have their eyes opened.

    Keep constant watch on your mind. - Dalai Lama

    by redstella on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 05:15:05 AM PDT

    •  Well.... (9+ / 0-)
      Maybe now people will have their eyes opened.
      Hopefully, enough people already do (with many more who are coming to their senses), and will re-elect the President.
      Unfortunately, there are a certain number of people who refuse to believe what they actually see and comprehend what they actually hear.  Willfully ignorant, willfully stupid.  
      They prefer lies from a slick (albeit very robot-like) and mendacious snake-oil salesman, oooops, I mean, republican candidate and his merry misogynist henchmen.  Sad, because many of these people who support Mittens will be the first he throws under the bus in the unfortunate case he's elected.  That MUST NOT happen.

      I think, therefore I am........................... Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose....AKA Engine Nighthawk - don't even ask!

      by Lilyvt on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 05:34:04 AM PDT

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      •  Direct relationship, Universal law: (3+ / 0-)
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        Lilyvt, teacherken, Mr MadAsHell

        I said, in another of Teacherken's great posts this a.m., that there was a direct relationship between one's appreciation of the federal government and their need for it.

        Generally the rich don't need a damn thing from anyone and therefore see the federal government as "taking" from them.  We, the relative poor - or in my case, the real poor, desperately appreciate the help from the federal government.  My family and I went through very very good periods and paid into the system but we are now dependent upon the federal government for a doctor's appointment for our 5 y/o little girl.

        But, when the rich DO need the federal government, they are the fastest to state so.  When they needed a no interest float of a $900Billion loan b/c they brought the economy to its knees, they didn't ask the "private sector, they went directly to and begged the federal government.

        It is possible that the magnitude of this storm and its damage will open some eyes as to the necessary role the feds play in ensuring "a more perfect union."   All we need is a few more to realize it.

        Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick. Message to Repug Fundies: "DO you really wonder "what would Jesus do?" I didn't think so.

        by 4CasandChlo on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 07:10:54 AM PDT

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        •  Ya know.... (2+ / 0-)
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          4CasandChlo, Mr MadAsHell

          I completely agree with you.
          It's the compassion to know that while we may not need government assistance, there are many who do, through no fault of their own.  
          There are many people who simply don't get that and blame those who do need help.  
          And, that's the separation of wheat from the chaff.

          I think, therefore I am........................... Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose....AKA Engine Nighthawk - don't even ask!

          by Lilyvt on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 07:48:33 AM PDT

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  •  Romney and the gop want nothing less than for the (4+ / 0-)

    poor and elderly, infirm and handicapped, and mentally ill, to "die off quietly". I won't step off into Godwin territory, but there is a comparison to be made.

    Beyond, Fema, there's also the CDC and a host of other agencies. If the gop had its way, we'd have Cholera in Connecticut, Vaginitis in Virginia, dysentery in Delaware, Plague in Pennsylvania.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 06:09:08 AM PDT

  •  Read it on facebook, thanks. (3+ / 0-)

    Incindently, did you hear a home near the Kennedy compound was destroyed? and how many of the 1$ have coastal home in the east? They expect government to be there for them, not the rest of us.

    "Let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation....It's how we are as Americans...It's how this country was built"- Michelle Obama

    by blueoregon on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 06:25:37 AM PDT

    •  I wonder if their friends and (0+ / 0-)

      relatives will send emails condemning their poor choice of a place to own a home.  The many chain emails and letters to the editor always claim that "victims" made their own poor decisions to live in an area subject to hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, blizzards, earthquakes, etc.

      The truth always matters.

      by texasmom on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 07:47:18 AM PDT

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