Last December, during the Republican debates Mitt Romney commented that it is, “immoral” for the federal government to unnecessarily spend money on disaster relief in the face of yawning deficits.” More recently he intimated that he would send FEMA responsibilities back to the states where they could be handled more efficiently.
“We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral,”
We now have a hurricane/mega-storm affecting as many as twenty states. Who thinks that a state-by-state response is the way to go? Could you imagine the chaos that would ensue from all those various governments attempting to coordinate relief efforts? Can you imagine the number of people who would die?