Mitt Romney’s message to those in Hurricane Sandy’s path is simple: I want to shut down FEMA because you don’t need any federal disaster relief, your states should handle it. In fact, the whole thing should be turned over to the private sector.
“We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things (disaster relief) without jeopardizing the future for our kids,” he told CNN’s John King during a Republican primary debate last year in New Hampshire, one of the states in Sandy’s path this week. He went on:
“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.”
With priorities like slashing the federal budget and cutting taxes for his fellow millionaires that means “we’ve got to stop” spending money on federal disaster relief, he said.
But all is not lost. Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, asked the audience at a rally in Ohio to pray for everyone in the path of the storm.
This must be comforting to the millions of people who will be looking to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help in the coming weeks. They must be thinking, “You’re doing a heckuva job, Mitt, just like Brownie did in Katrina.”