Monday, October 29, 2012

Romney Called Federal Disaster Spending "Immoral," Advocated Privatization

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) praised President Obama for his responsiveness to Hurricane Sandy and sought to expedite federal assistance to his state. Christie spoke after Obama's conference call with governors whose states are in Sandy's line. What Christie did not say is that he wishes disaster relief were privatized instead of coordinated by the federal government. Though Mitt Romney–naturally–is now flip-flopping on the issue, let's remember his call, following tornadoes and floods, for the privatization of FEMA. Watch Romney during the primary debates argue that federal spending on disaster relief is "immoral" and advocate that such services be transformed into a for-profit industry:

ROMNEY: 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. [...] We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.

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