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During a GOP presidential primary debate, Mitt Romney said the Federal Emergency Management Agency, America's chief defense against natural disasters, "absolutely" should be abolished. He said responsibility for rescuing Americans from hurricanes, earthquakes, twisters, floods and the like should be turned over to states -- "and if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better."

This guy is going to be an awesome President !!!

Unphuckingbelievable

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Brownie to Obama, YOU REACTED TO SANDY TOO QUICKLY!!!

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/ex-fema-director-michael-brown-criticizes-obama-reacting-202803013.html

Former FEMA director Michael Brown, who was heavily criticized for the agency's failure to prepare for Hurricane Katrina, has criticized President Obama for responding to Hurricane Sandy too early.

In an interview with Denver Westword, Brown said, "One thing [President Obama's] gonna be asked is, why did he jump on [Hurricane Sandy] so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in ... Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas? Why was this so quick? ... At some point, somebody's going to ask that question."

Brown said the president may have had a more positive effect had he waited until Sunday afternoon to address the storm instead of holding a press conference that morning.

Brown's insinuation that Obama responded too early is a gutsy move considering his role in the 2005 disaster. Brown, who was famously called "Brownie" by President George W. Bush, was seen as a symbol of government failure to protect and evacuate people from the path of Katrina.

In emails he wrote that later became public, Brown came off as inexperienced and uncaring. On the morning of the hurricane, Brown wrote, "Can I quit now? Can I come home?" to Cindy Taylor, FEMA's deputy director of public affairs. Later, in a separate email, he wrote, "I'm trapped now, please rescue me."

Brown resigned from his FEMA position a short time later. He now co-hosts a program on Denver talk radio.

Can someone slap this fool for me. React too quickly? and people wonder why katrina was a disaster.

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Brownie to Obama, YOU REACTED TO SANDY TOO QUICKLY!!!

http://news.yahoo.co...-202803013.html

Former FEMA director Michael Brown, who was heavily criticized for the agency's failure to prepare for Hurricane Katrina, has criticized President Obama for responding to Hurricane Sandy too early.

In an interview with Denver Westword, Brown said, "One thing [President Obama's] gonna be asked is, why did he jump on [Hurricane Sandy] so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in ... Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas? Why was this so quick? ... At some point, somebody's going to ask that question."

Brown said the president may have had a more positive effect had he waited until Sunday afternoon to address the storm instead of holding a press conference that morning.

Brown's insinuation that Obama responded too early is a gutsy move considering his role in the 2005 disaster. Brown, who was famously called "Brownie" by President George W. Bush, was seen as a symbol of government failure to protect and evacuate people from the path of Katrina.

In emails he wrote that later became public, Brown came off as inexperienced and uncaring. On the morning of the hurricane, Brown wrote, "Can I quit now? Can I come home?" to Cindy Taylor, FEMA's deputy director of public affairs. Later, in a separate email, he wrote, "I'm trapped now, please rescue me."

Brown resigned from his FEMA position a short time later. He now co-hosts a program on Denver talk radio.

Can someone slap this fool for me. React too quickly? and people wonder why katrina was a disaster.

this cant be real...

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This is the last person who should be giving advice on any natural reliefs. It is because of him that people want to make cuts to FEMA. Obama is actually showing why FEMA can be vital in disaster relief when working along with the state/local government.

I honestly do not know why this man does not just disappear. I would have never let my name get close to newspapers after the fiasco that was katrina. I would be in some middle of nowhere state like Montana in the forrest where people do not known me at all.

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FEMA doesn't manage the first response. That's up to the states. FEMA is there for the long term management, and while I do think there should be a federal coordinator in large disaster situations, the states can handle most of that much better than the federal government, as evidenced by Katrina.

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Even with FEMA, the federal government is not equipped to handle disasters as well as state and local governments who already have resources on the ground.

ok

The biggest failures of Katrina were at the state and local government levels. FEMA was definitely a problem but it wasn't the main problem.

What? Doesn't this contradict what you just said?

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Romeny is now encouraging all his followers (oops, I mean supporters) to make a canned food donation to the Red Cross. The Red Cross has made it clear that they do not need canned foods, they need money and blood donors.

Yep, Romney knows how to respond to those natural disasters.

Romney is campaigning. He just turned his campaign events into "relief" events. I will give him a B for trying to help, but an F for effort. He basically did not want to look bad, because he is campaigning, while Obama is hard at work with governors/mayors to fix the problems, but just changing the name does not change the event.

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Romney is campaigning. He just turned his campaign events into "relief" events. I will give him a B for trying to help, but an F for effort. He basically did not want to look bad, because he is campaigning, while Obama is hard at work with governors/mayors to fix the problems, but just changing the name does not change the event.

Yes, Romney should be working with mayors and governors as well, even though he has no official capacity.
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Yes, Romney should be working with mayors and governors as well, even though he has no official capacity.

Never said he should work with mayors or governors. He should be running real relief rallies or sticking to the campaign. Not fake relief rallies that happen to be at the exact same place as his campaign rally. Why not have a rally in NY or NJ near the areas of the storm. Ohio was not damaged. Making people wait until you get to the event to start taking goods is not a good look. It should be about giving not giving so you get a photo op.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/30/1152540/-Romney-lines-everybody-up-to-give-him-stuff-the-Red-Cross-says-it-doesn-t-want

Also Rumors that the donations are not going to NY or NJ, but swing states like PA/NH/VA

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^^^^

More pettiness. Yeah, you're not voting for Obama.

Nope. I am not voting for bronco bamma. Gary Johnson all the way. I want our budget balanced yesterday not 10 years from now.

it is only pettiness, because it is against your guy. I would not have a problem if Romney continued to campaign(I stated as much), since he has no power, but to turn campaign rallies into photo op relief rallies is disgusting. Help because it is the right thing to do, NOT because it makes you look good. Also if the rumor is true, Help everyone not just the states that could flip to your favor.

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Never said he should work with mayors or governors. He should be running real relief rallies or sticking to the campaign. Not fake relief rallies that happen to be at the exact same place as his campaign rally. Why not have a rally in NY or NJ near the areas of the storm. Ohio was not damaged. Making people wait until you get to the event to start taking goods is not a good look. It should be about giving not giving so you get a photo op.

http://www.dailykos....it-doesn-t-want

Also Rumors that the donations are not going to NY or NJ, but swing states like PA/NH/VA

Photo ops. Bush didn't go right after Katrina because assets would have been pulled from the relief work. Bloomberg declined Obama's offer because of JUST that. When a President goes into an area like this its a NIGHTMARE for the people on the ground. The president CANNOT do anything, and should stay out of everyones WAY. The assets to secure the President is a TOTAL waste in these area's and a helicopter flyover is ALL he needs. I cannot believe people think a President going into a ravaged area like this is a good idea. Its all for the photo shot.
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Nope. I am not voting for bronco bamma. Gary Johnson all the way. I want our budget balanced yesterday not 10 years from now.

it is only pettiness, because it is against your guy. I would not have a problem if Romney continued to campaign(I stated as much), since he has no power, but to turn campaign rallies into photo op relief rallies is disgusting. Help because it is the right thing to do, NOT because it makes you look good. Also if the rumor is true, Help everyone not just the states that could flip to your favor.

Gary Johnson would have cut FEMA.

Good luck with the rest of it. It's still funny hearing you tell us you're supporting either Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. They are literally polar opposites economically, yet you narrowed it to those two.

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Gary Johnson would have cut FEMA.

Good luck with the rest of it. It's still funny hearing you tell us you're supporting either Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. They are literally polar opposites economically, yet you narrowed it to those two.

If Gary Johnson is going to cut FEMA, then why did he says I see a role for FEMA?

http://hammeroftruth.com/2012/gary-johnson-on-fema-i-do-see-a-role/

Must hurt to be wrong all the time. Do you have the attention span of a gold fish? It seems like every post I make, you pick up key words, then fill the details with your own conclusion. I never said I am supporting either Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. It was always Gary Johnson or Bronco Bamma. Second, I have told you I am not a single issue voter like yourself. You are voting based solely on economics, but I am not. I am looking at the whole platform.

I have said I agree with some of the things in Jill Stein's Green New Deal, but I believe it is creating too large of a government. I love the idea of Medicare for All, but the idea of the government employing everyone at a livable wage and affordable housing is going about what I feel the duty of Government is. I agree to a good amount of things in Jill Stein's plan, but I do not fully support her.

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During a GOP presidential primary debate, Mitt Romney said the Federal Emergency Management Agency, America's chief defense against natural disasters, "absolutely" should be abolished. He said responsibility for rescuing Americans from hurricanes, earthquakes, twisters, floods and the like should be turned over to states -- "and if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better."

This guy is going to be an awesome President !!!

Unphuckingbelievable

NOW he likes FEMA

"I believe that FEMA plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for and respond to natural disasters," Romney said in a statement supplied by his campaign Wednesday. "As president, I will ensure FEMA has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission, while directing maximum resources to the first responders who work tirelessly to help those in need, because states and localities are in the best position to get aid to the individuals and communities affected by natural disasters."

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NOW he likes FEMA

"I believe that FEMA plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for and respond to natural disasters," Romney said in a statement supplied by his campaign Wednesday. "As president, I will ensure FEMA has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission, while directing maximum resources to the first responders who work tirelessly to help those in need, because states and localities are in the best position to get aid to the individuals and communities affected by natural disasters."

I'm pretty sure Governor Romney has figured out by now that it does not matter a whit what he said ten years ago, ten months ago, ten weeks ago, ten days ago, ten minutes ago, or ten seconds ago. He is wholly unencumbered by the burdens of conviction. Somewhere, Senator Kerry is yanking his hair out and punching holes in walls.

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I'm pretty sure Governor Romney has figured out by now that it does not matter a whit what he said ten years ago, ten months ago, ten weeks ago, ten days ago, ten minutes ago, or ten seconds ago. He is wholly unencumbered by the burdens of conviction. Somewhere, Senator Kerry is yanking his hair out and punching holes in walls.

It really is amazing, this guy is a much bigger flip flopper that Kerry ever was. How about his tax returns or should I say lack of. Good read on this, I say the Obama campaign missed the boat on this. http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/109464/romneys-secrecy-did-he-get-away-it#

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