Mitt Romney’s Bizarre Relief for Sandy Victims in Ohio

Oct. 30, 2012 After hurricane Sandy left millions without electric power, the Romney campaign announced their holding a bizarre relief event in Ohio a key state for his win for the White House.

There are not many of the 7 million people left without electric power or heating that would trust putting the relief and repairs into the hands of a private company as Romney would when he destroys FEMA in the federal government if he wins.

This comes from the candidate who said relief efforts and funding for FEMA  is “Immoral”.

The Romney people think this will keep his name relevant in the network news, as people struggle to keep warm, without electricity, without water in some cases.

Romney will hold his political fake event in Dayton, Ohio asking for: canned food, used clothing, used shoes and plans on donating these gifts to the Red Cross.

However, the Red Cross does not accept food items, and released this statement:

Unfortunately, due to logistical constraints the Red Cross does not accept or solicit individual donations or collections of items. Items such as collected food, used clothing and shoes must be sorted, cleaned, repackaged and transported which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel.

The Red Cross does accept bulk quantities of product and services when these items meet our service delivery needs. These donations typically come from manufacturers, suppliers, and/or distributors that can package the items in bulk, palletize them and transport them directly to Red Cross sites. Financial contributions allow the Red Cross to purchase exactly what is needed for a disaster relief operation. Monetary donations also enable the Red Cross to purchase relief supplies close to the disaster site which avoids delays and transportation costs in getting basic necessities to disaster victims. Because the affected community has generally experienced significant economic loss, purchasing relief supplies in or close to the disaster site also helps to stimulate the weakened local economy.”

What the victims of hurricane Sandy need now is cash, lots of cash not cans.

Romney’s Plans of Rescue and Destroying FEMA:

This fake concern doesn’t match up to Romney’s Boca Raton statements that he does not work for the “47% of Americans that vote for Pres. Obama -those people who are dependent on government for food”.

The people who are without homes, without food, without heat need cash, lots of cash not canned goods and Romney’s plan will not help them, especially when there is no logistical way to get any canned food to these 7 million victims. Yes, victims of a natural disaster of which there are many in the past few years.

Those same people under a Romney administration would not have FEMA for assistance and rescue, since Romney wants to privatize FEMA, or give it to the states to manage. This idea would also be a disaster of logistics, since FEMA is already a coordinated effort of the federal government’s massive resources, along with the state resources, volunteers, fireman, police and rescue personnel that cannot ever be managed by the private sector.

After Mitt Romney cuts vital programs such as national disaster relief and response like FEMA people will be left stranded or dead if they don’t have the money to pay for a rescue mission.

The Tea Party House republicans aided by Eric Cantor denied 1.5 billion funding to FEMA unless other programs were cut, which delayed and eliminated relief funding in 2012. Congress has only a 10% favorable rating with the public and 90% unfavorable the highest poor rating in history.

Mitt Romney’s ideas have already been proven hugely impossible mistakes and with Romney In Charge, we can only expect more photo ops like Paul Ryan’s cleaning already clean pots in a St. Vincent DePaul charity.

Mitt Romney is wrong on defunding FEMA and here’s why:

1) Americans rely on coordinated massive efforts in cases of huge storms and disasters that cannot be handled by the private sector few companies that would do it only for profit.

2) Americans pay taxes for FEMA relief and a disaster only has to happen in their state for them to realize the value of a federal, state and local city relief efforts to save people’s lives. A corporation would not have the same investment in the public good.

3) FEMA is already established and can respond quickly to a disaster as opposed to leaving it to some company that wants payment before they release assets. Survivors of a storm would have to pay to get rescued under Romney’s plan of eliminating FEMA.

Good reasons all for people to heed the warning that cuts to FEMA will only cost them more and cost lives in emergency situations and is just plain idiotic, stupid and wrong. There are somethings in government you just cannot leave in the hands of for profit corporations and this is a major one.

We have to remember, Mitt Romney called FEMA an immoral program in a debate with John King with CNN during the primaries.

Immoral? Isn’t it immoral to let people die in a disaster?