I was reading a post from a meteorologist describing that hurricane Sandy affected 78% of the people in the U.S. in some manner. Then, I saw a report on CNN showing Mitt Romney helping carry boxes of supplies to disaster victims, but the headline was “Romney wants to cut FEMA.”
Don’t worry, Mitt changed his mind again.
He initially believed that the money could be better administered by States. In his mind, there was no need for FEMA.
“After major disasters struck the U.S. last year, Mitt Romney suggested closing FEMA, the emergency response agency, so that states could have greater control over disaster relief. “And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better,” Romney said during a GOP presidential debate in June 2011.
Those words came back to haunt him, though, as Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Coast and left at least $20 billion in damage in its wake. At first, the Romney campaign vaguely stood by Romney’s plan to get rid of FEMA and put states in charge of disaster relief. And one GOP strategist defended Romney’s idea to dismantle FEMA. But as Politico notes, the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign now insists that Romney would keep FEMA in place:
“Gov. Romney believes that states should be in charge of emergency management in responding to storms and other natural disasters in their jurisdictions,” Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said in a statement. “As the first responders, states are in the best position to aid affected individuals and communities, and to direct resources and assistance to where they are needed most. This includes help from the federal government and FEMA.”
It is easy to change your position when you are not actually holding an office. Romney knows that. When you have responsibility for helping people in need, it is hard to turn your back on them. Mitt seems like a fair weather friend.
“Superstorm Sandy becomes historical storm
Posted by David Epstein October 30, 2012 02:07 PM
Meteorologists have long known that eventually a major coastal storm would strike New York City and the surrounding area with incredible ferocity. The past twenty-four hours has proven Sandy to be that storm. If you add up all the people in the country who got affected by the storm in some way, even small, nearly 78% of the population of the United States has had their weather influenced the storm. Heavy rain, thunder, wind, snow and cold were all a part of the meteorology of Sandy. The storm will continue to move through New York State and into Canada before dying out and dissipating later this week. The after effects of the storm will be felt for days, weeks and for some individuals the rest of their lives.”