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.There is more.
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.
It is a powerful column.
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.