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Mitt Romney is now trying to walk away from his statement to John King that to add additional funds to FEMA was "immoral" because it increased the deficit.

1. Most states and local government CANNOT run a deficit - while they can sell bonds, the interest and repayment of those bonds have to be within in a balanced budget.  And in many cases they most go to a referendum to have the authority to burden the government with the bond debt.  That means they lack the resources to respond to emergencies.

2.  While all governments COULD have emergency funds set aside for the inevitable crises, often it is simply not enough.  Some catastrophes are simply too large -be they terrorist attacks like Sept. 11, 2001, hurricanes, earthquakes.

3.  Many crises cross state boundaries - it is far better to have one point that can move immediately to coordinate, especially since many of the resources that need to be applied are federal.

4.  To insist on cutting other government services to pay for emergencies is itself immoral.   It would be the same as stopping all other government services to pay for the military response to Pearl Harbor in order not to run up the debt.

5.  To place financial concerns over the immediate needs of people and communities is also immoral.  It is one reason why some government services should NEVER be privatized.  They should not be the subject of profit as the primary motivation, even as some of those who are hired to help provide those services will provide.

Just thoughts of an aging hippy.

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  •  Tip Jar (25+ / 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 Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 01:17:40 PM PDT

  •  I would think that FEMA is (10+ / 0-)

    a very basic part of promoting the common welfare.  I mean hell, when the roads are flooded, you have no safe drinking water, no electricity and you can't buy groceries, I would think that it behooves the federal government to step in.  Any asshat who is worried about the DEFICIT while whole communities are suffering is just plain wrong and has no business anywhere near the oval office.

    "I watch Fox News for my comedy, and Comedy Central for my news." - Facebook Group

    by Sychotic1 on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 01:28:26 PM PDT

    •  And At Times They Can And Do (7+ / 0-)

      I recall getting a few articles from my former professors at LSU after Katrina hit. It was the first time a MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) unit had ever been set up on US soil. They corded off the track field and helicopters for hours, even days kept coming in.

      Sad it happened. But kind of cool it did happen cause it was needed. I can and will fault Bush for the response 24/7. But every government group I know that could helped, tried to help. Often in stunning ways.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 01:53:57 PM PDT

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  •  I Agree... (7+ / 0-)

    but then I'm another one of those aging hippies.

    "The Trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." attributed to Lily Tomlin

    by uniqity on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 01:28:28 PM PDT

  •  Wouldn't it be hilarious if Romney just came out (0+ / 0-)

    and said, "Look, I'm not opposed to FEMA, and I don't want to leave crisis-management and recovery solely in the hands of the states, or private entities. I was just saying that, or rather implying it, as a cynical ploy to win the GOP nomination."

    Barack Obama is not a secret socialist class warrior who wants to redistribute wealth in America. But I'll still vote for him, anyway.

    by looty on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 01:29:20 PM PDT

  •  Since Republicans are responsible for the LARGEST (6+ / 0-)

    Percentage of the National Debt it is truly hypocritical for him to fake concern for other peoples children and grandchildren who would suffer the most under his immoral management style. Her isn't concerend about anything but his pocketbook and his ego... The sociopathic jerk.

    How can you tell when Rmoney is lying? His lips are moving. Fear is the Mind Killer

    by boophus on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 01:30:18 PM PDT

  •  And, there's one other practical concern (11+ / 0-)

    It can be difficult to respond when your command posts and equipment are inaccessable or inoperable due to disaster, and many of your response team members are injured, missing, stranded or otherwise unable to respond.       Consider the state of local crisis response teams in New Orleans, or the fate of local crisis response teams in the 911 disaster.     After the collapse of the second building, local crisis response capacity was significantly diminished.   In more rural states, if the capital is hit by a major disaster, the State's capacity to respond may be nearly totally decimated.

    In a major disaster, your local crisis response team may be the people who are most in need of rescuing, since they will be required to try to remain as near as possible to the disaster area in order to respond quickly.    And, it is important to remember that emergency responders are also people with families to care for.   The capacity of local emergency responders who have families in the disaster zone may be limited due to their obligation to respond to crises in their own families caused by the disaster, such as parent who has lost as spouse in the disaster and has a child to care for.   That is assuming that your local crisis responders survived the initial disaster.

    There are very good reasons why it is preferable for the federal government to send in resources from the outside to deal with disaster.  The State may be too close to the problem to deal with it effectively.

    •  This. (1+ / 0-)
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      Sandy affected most of the population centers of the eastern coast of the US. There were neighborhoods with trees down to the point of impassibility according to the news - in ATLANTA.

      It's going to take equipment from inland to deal with this, just from the sheer amount of things that need attention all at once. Inland is across multiple state borders.

      Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

      by Cassandra Waites on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 05:14:27 PM PDT

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  •  There Is A Story I Like To Tell (7+ / 0-)

    I was a grad student at LSU. I recall the day or so before Andrew hit like it was yesterday. People there often called me a "Yankee," which I took offense to. But in this story it was maybe accurate. At the time there was no Internet access, cell phones, or 24/7 cable news.

    I recall the lady that lived next to me filling up her bathtub and every pot and pan she had in her house with water. Canned food ready. I was like "what are you doing?" For me a hurricane was only something I'd read about (if that).

    She said getting ready.

    She helped me tape off my windows and as she left handing me her keys and saying "good luck, use anything you need."

    I thought that was funny, but in the end I used a lot of the things she left me. No water for four days. No power for nine days.

    For most of that time FEMA was the only group on the ground. I would have gotten by without them, but alas only for the kindness of that lady (oh I wonder where she is).

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 01:38:27 PM PDT

  •  Republican policy is immoral (10+ / 0-)

    The repeated refusal to help others, to act through compassion, and to take up the responsibility that comes with being our brother's keeper, that is the very core of an immoral approach, and has been since deep biblical times.

    It is long past time to push back against the arrogation of moral authority by the so called "religious" right.  The difference between the political wings is entirely to be found by how we answer whether we are our brother's keeper.  The GOP represents the institutionalization of the resounding "hell, no!" that would murder its brother out of jealousy and greed.

    Romney is in no position to discuss  what is and is not immoral, since he has shown by his actions he has absolutely no understanding of the meaning of the word.

    This has been a golden age for confirmation bias. - David Brooks

    by Mindful Nature on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 01:44:00 PM PDT

    •  Pharisee's Incarnate. (3+ / 0-)
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      Just to use a biblical reference that they'd appreciate.  Though the price does seem to have gone up these days, as even with speculation in metals 30 silver pieces won't buy you much.

      •  A pertinent quote (3+ / 0-)
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        Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to his disciples,
        saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees sat on Moses' seat.

        All things therefore whatever they tell you to observe, observe and do, but don't do their works; for they say, and don't do.

        For they bind heavy burdens that are grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not lift a finger to help them."

        -Jesus (Matthew 23:1-4)

        This has been a golden age for confirmation bias. - David Brooks

        by Mindful Nature on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 03:11:06 PM PDT

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  •  What morality? We are an evil people which is why (0+ / 0-)

    We don't have nice things.

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 02:59:49 PM PDT

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