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    Just goes to show you how out of touch with the rest of the middle class he is! We pay for insurance, but it takes time to be processed and a check to be cut. If it wasn't for FEMA some would go without food, water, and shelter possibly for weeks at a time. Most of us do not qualify for any assistance anywhere accross the board it is nice when our government is actually helping those who pay the most out!
    Yes I know FEMA helps those with low incomes, but my point is those people get help everyday most of us do not. Turning this over to the private sector would be like throwing people to the wolves. I don't know about anyone else's state, but the state of Ohio does not have the funds for this kind thing to be set into motion.
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    Then perhaps you should look at our government in general. If all these representatives of our wouldn't steal from the funds our money goes to then we would have it for an emergency. It's not a right or left thing.
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    What a bald faced lie....anything to further the stinkpot liberal cause. The Barack Husssein Obama campaign is down the drain so they are running scared.
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    @PNWest Romney is in favor of cutting out the bureacracy in FEMA. If you had been hit by hurricane IKE on the Gulf Coast you would know what that means. If you had seen the environmentalist take over parts of FEMA concerning the temporary trailers for housing you would understand. People were living outdoors because environmentalists deemed the trailers unfit to live in. Government control of much emergency response is politically controlled as we saw Barack Husssein Obama do to Texas concerning wildfires and hurricanes. We need to strip out the top heavy bureacracy and do it right.
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    @seedtick Ike hit Galveston on 9/13/2008. In case you don't remember the President at that time was GW Bush. Clearly he was too incompetent to handle the job properly. The environmentalists never took over parts of FEMA during the Bush administration. And didn't you guys get hit harder by Rita than Ike?
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    @PNWest Rita tore my world apart. Ike, though, did more damage than Rita, just not in my area. Ike's storm surge covered everything south of Interstate10 from Lake Charles, LA to Houston and everything within 20 miles of the coast around Galveston. There were very few high spots that did not flood during Ike. We got great help from FEMA during Rita and Ike. But, after Rita, the first help we got was from Wal-Mart and the Baptist Men's group. Wal-Mart trucks rolled in and set up at a large Baptist Church before the winds completely died down. They distributed ice, water, and food. FEMA was there about 2 hrs later. They set up at a local high school and had National Guard troops passing out ice and water. The difference in Rita and Katrina was that the Governors declared emergencies in time for FEMA to respond quickly ahead of Rita. Before Katrina, Louisiana's silly Governor Blanco refused to declare an emergency so federal aid could be brought in quickly. Her reasoning was that she did not want "her National Guard" to be controlled by Bush who even personally called her in the last hours before Katrina hit. She would not relent. But, that would not have stopped the flooding of New Orleans and the trapping of so many in the Lower 9th Ward. Those folks were trapped because of dumb Mayor Ray Nagin. The FEMA relief was brought to around Alexandria, Louisiana and then could not get to New Orleans because of flooding. Bush did nothing wrong except failing to ignore Blanco and doing what he needed to do.
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    @seedtick No HEB around there? In Houston HEB was open with emergency lights right after Ike came through and helped the communities to get back on track greatly. They brought in the right kind of supplies and didn't gouge the public. Walmart too. FEMA was there and everyone pulled together. I hate seeing these kinds of tragedies politicized. When you are sitting in the dark in 90 degree heat with no idea when the power is coming back you really don't give a crap about red or blue.
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    I just listened to the video! Listen and maybe you can understand! He didn't say we can't afford FEMA. He believes the states could do a better job. Whether you agree or not, at least get the facts straight!
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    I'm not sure. Is this a serious story or is mary trying to counter Romney being endorsed by the Detroit free press? I would say that has to be devastating for pro-union anti auto industry Obama. I wonder if Romney's auto bump will bleed over to Wisconsin and Ohio? Just a suggestion Mary, how about if you put up an article about that. I think this kind of reporting is akin to tilting at winmills.
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    Whether Romney said we cannot afford FEMA or not is not my main concern. FEMA didn't even exist until it was created by Executive Order in 1979, so our nation lasted over 200 years without it. I'll go on record as saying that I believe there is no Constitutional Authority whatsoever for FEMA, thus it should be abolished. Now, back to what REALLY matters this election: The economy, and the fact that another four years of Obama will give us exactly what we've gotten for the last four, high unemployment, anemic (and slowing) economic growth, and greater federal deficits.
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    The liberal media completely ignores the report that requests for support in Libya were denied 3 times. As a result, our fellow Americans were murdered. The administration & the mainstream media ignore it. Instead, they report stuff like this. Or they report how Romney is hurting the hurricane relief efforts by donating a bus to deliver supplies to relief centers. Does anyone else see the clear bias here? I just don't understand it.
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    Just like you guys pretend that there werent 12 embassy attacks during the bush administration ? 10 of which resulted in deaths?
    Does anyone else see the clear bias here? I just dont understand it.
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    @pezcore64 I'm pretty sure that the families of those who were murdered "just don't understand it" either. And I don't think that bringing up the media coverage (or lack thereof) of embassy attacks during the Bush administration will make them feel any better.
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    @Bleeding_Blue But most of it was the incompetency of Nagin and his sorry bunch!.. Blamin' Bush again, huh?
    Not surprised " Bleeding_ Blue" , no one with a poster name like that will ever take responsibility, even when
    it's their party in the wrong , so typical. BTW--- Nagin was a Dem. and an incompetent Mayor , to say the least.
    Anyway, it's a real bad storm, so stay safe!
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    @Fishbone345 from the get go. This is a man who forced out a community loved DA Harry Connick Sr. and replaced him with the most corrupt piece of sh!t New Orleans ever saw Eddie Jordan. He did I based on race, because he wanted a "chocolate city" and ended up spitting on the legacy of Harry.
    That man funneled city funds into the casino's and away from the much needed ailing transportation and Levy's. Then he attempted to blame everyone but himself.
    He has the blood of all those dead in the city and I sincerely hope there is a hell for him to burn in.
    Don't defend that man, he is undeserving. Mimi is right on.
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    @Fishbone345 I'm not disputing this. Mimi made the charge that FEMA failed. I was simply pointing out the failure of FEMA, wasn't the group, but Bush's poor response time, and the moron Bush placed in charge of it. Nagin was part of the over all failure as well, but again that wasn't the point I was making.
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    @idlbeokay_bob I have never and never will.I am very happy taking care of myself,thank you. I understand that may be difficult for some to understand.It's okay, we all can't be responsible, what would the left do with no victims?
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    @bsking So said the Philistines as they walked past the man suffering alongside the road, until some bleeding-heart Samaritan came along and gave him aid.
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    @bsking After 9/11 FEMA was there for the victims and I for one was happy they were there to help. Here after several hurricanes and an oil spill a lot of people needed it. I have never made any claims and hopefully never will.
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    Memo to Romnesiacs - he really does want to eliminate FEMA because continued funding of it is "immoral." (One hesitates to ask his moral assessment of a couple of thousand dead New Orleanians.)
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    And those who failed to evacuate after ample warning was given are who's problem again? Ray Nagan's, then Mayor of New Orleans who blatantly tried to make the Katrina response a race issue, or the Governor of Louisiana or President Bush.

    Check out the National Response plan. Federal response was with in guidelines. Most do not understand that per the NRP(national response plan) you are required to self sustaining for at least 7 2hours. 3 days before help to get to you. That means you have to be responsible for yourself. Hard for most democrats and liberals to understand much less fathom the concept. But 72 hours is reasonable to me.
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    What is really immoral is financing 40% of our governments cost to future generations. But then I think our generation should fund our government. No generation has stolen from future generations like ours has for the last 10 years.
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    @IMAQT exactly where do you your information? What exactly have we stolen from future generations? Please educate me on this subject.
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    @VCP If you don't think our country has a debt problem, I don't have the time to educate you. Are you not aware of the fact that for every dollar spent, over 40% is financed?
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    How was anything in this post distorted in any way? The source was the GOP Presidential debate of 6/13/11. Granted that looking for wisdom onstage at a GOP debate is a pretty bad idea but you conservatives seemed to like it. Romney's words were Romney's words. They were not taken out of context. How hard do the facts have to hit you in the face before you acknowledge them. Romney thought FEMA is a bad idea and he said so. As is usual with most of conservative ideas they are wrong. Heck of a job Willard.
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    no she doesn't. order Brock Obama understands what mister woods said to him ..." better to die a hero then live as a coward"
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    @bsking The word "hero" is so over used in our society, most heros are not heros, they were just in the right time at the right place. The military is really good at making fake heros, soldiers eat that up and will do anything for a medal.
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  • #113
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    Absolutely....but that doesn't mean pay the government AND pay for disasters. That would also give the states one more reason to not need the government
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  • #111
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    Most things done at the Federal government level tend to be excessive and wasteful. Romney is right that it should be managed at the state level where residents have the maximum effect on how it's administered. But then sometimes state resources are overwhelmed and some help from the federal level may be necessary for unforeseen events.

    You always better off on being self reliant then having to depend on something or someone else.
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    it would be more efficient, to give the money to the state government. than wasting most of it, on federal beaurocracies. make the money available to states, as needed for disasters.
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    If Romney thinks "We cannot afford FEMA," what does he expect the East Coast to do with billions or more in damages and not a single state can afford to, nor has the resources to respond to such a devastating disaster? If you can show me a state that has billions of dollars in extra dollars on hand for any freak storm, than you can viably say that FEMA is no longer affordable. Federal Emergency Management Agency. It's sole responsibility is to respond to disasters that are outside the scope of an individual State's abilities. My state cant pay the teachers or take care of the roads on a normal basis. Add a billion dollars in damage and what are we supposed to do?
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