Romney was asked at a presidential debate whether FEMA should be shut down in light of the deficit. Romney replied that FEMA should “absolutely” be shut down. He was asked specifically if that included disaster relief. He replied that it was “immoral” to provide such relief in the face of “larger debts”, emphasizing that “it makes no sense at all” to have such programs.
As the gusty winds and harsh rains of Hurricane Sandy pound the northeastern United States; Florida rescue crews have made their way to the area to lend a helping hand to those who will be affected by Hurricane Sandy.
As Hurricane Isaac threatens the Gulf again, we will see if Katrina and Isaac serve as bookends of GOP hostility to federal disaster relief. An odd stance for a party that claims to “choose life” while watching people die in natural disasters rather than provide an adequate response.
As Floridians prepare to face the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane season, the Republican-led House of Representatives has a message for victims of disasters: you may be out of luck if you want government assistance.