With more than a dozen states still reeling from the massive impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is coordinating the complex rescue, recovery and repair response. But last year, Mitt Romney said disaster and emergency management should be left up to the states and private corporations.
An editorial today in The New York Times reminds us that in a Republican primary debate last year, when Romney was asked if he believed emergency disaster management should be taken away from the federal government, “[h]e not only agreed, he went further.”
‘Absolutely,’ he said. ‘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.’ Mr. Romney not only believes that states acting independently can handle the response to a vast East Coast storm better than Washington, but that profit-making companies can do an even better job. He said it was 'immoral' for the federal government to do all these things if it means increasing the debt.
Maybe under the Romney plan, we’d all get vouchers (a.k.a coupons) to use for cot space in a shelter or a spot on a rescue boat.
Read the full editorial, including Paul Ryan’s efforts to deny FEMA requests for disaster relief.