Romney backtracks, embracing FEMA

After days of dodging the issue during fake storm relief events, Romney has finally come up with a response to the question, “Now that the hurricane has passed, do you regret your comments about wanting to cut funding for FEMA?”

Reversing his previous position, he today announced that he appreciates FEMA and wouldn’t dream of giving the agency less than it needed to function… even though the Romney/Ryan budget still calls for cutting the agency’s budget by at least 34%.

Here’s a clip from the Huffington Post:

…Now, a week before Election Day, after of a massive disaster, Romney’s campaign is reassuring voters that his administration wouldn’t leave disaster victims in the lurch. The public’s attention is locked on the devastation caused by Sandy at a time when Romney and President Barack Obama are locked in a close presidential campaign. With Obama heavily involved in getting federal funds to those in trouble, the Romney campaign moved quickly to reassure the public it supports a strong program of storm relief.

“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.”

Wednesday’s statement came after the candidate ducked a spate of opportunities Tuesday to personally clarify his position and the statement essentially endorsed the current disaster aid system.

But what the campaign wouldn’t do is say whether a President Romney would insist that help for disaster victims be funded by cutting other programs in the federal budget, as many conservative Republicans insist…

For what it’s worth, I don’t imagine this guy is buying it.

[warning: Profanity.]

For those of you who didn’t follow that first link, the man in the video is angry because Romney, after promising not to politicize the storm and saying that he’d cancel his campaign appearances out of respect to the families devastated by this natural disaster, went on to do the exact opposite, holding events in Ohio that, in every way, looked like his previous events, but with the addition of canned food, diapers, granola bars, and a few banners declaring these campaign stops to be “storm relief” events. And, the saddest part is, it’s been discovered that the Romney campaign bought these food donations, spending, in one case, $5,000 at a local Wal-Mart, only to hand them out to supporters outside a rally, so that they could then be photographed as they entered with “donations” in hand. If I’d just lost my home, I would have found it a disgusting spectacle as well. But, Romney got the photo he needed of his compassionate supporters handing him bags of food, demonstrating that individual charity can, in times of crisis, be more effective than intervention from big government. Meanwhile, up and down the east coast, a newly recreated FEMA saved lives all day long, not just handing out granola bars, but actually pulling people from the rising water, bringing them to safety, and putting them in temporary shelter.

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  1. Edward
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    That’s a really powerful piece of video. My heart goes out to the young man, and I hope, in time, he can let go of the anger.

  2. Knox
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    At least have the courage to say what you believe. If you really believe in privatization then stand up like a man and make the case that it’s better. This is bullshit. These people following the ever-morphing Romney are the exact same ones a few years who said “oooooh ooooooh Kerry is a flip flopper, and thus unfit to serve.” I have no respect whatsoever for you. And you know who you are.

  3. Posted November 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s hilarious that “socialist” Obama has been getting all the center-right business endorsements. First Michael Bloomberg the other day, and then this from that bastion of leftism, The Economist:

    “Mr Romney has an economic plan that works only if you don’t believe most of what he says.”

  4. Posted November 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    It must be pointed out that the endorsement from the Economist was hardly emphatic.

    Regardless, they weren’t kind to Romney in the least.

  5. Watching Ypsi.
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Doesn’t matter to them.
    They make billions regardless.
    It does to us.
    We are the masses.

  6. Edward
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately none of those “conservative” media orginazations speak to the new Republican party. These people get their news visually, from Fox. They don’t read the Economist.

  7. Posted November 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    More than 3 million people in the US read the Economist either online or in print.

    Given who their readership is, I don’t think it’s fantastical to assume that they are without influence.

  8. Watching Ypsi.
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Pete Larson, LOL.

  9. Edward
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Look at the viewership numbers for Fox News.

  10. Posted November 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Fox News viewers probably decided who they were going to vote for in 2008.

    OK, I see that you are restricting the discussion to Fox News viewers, and, overwhelmingly Fox News viewers are Republican. You are probably correct that the Economist would have little effect.

  11. Mark K
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    What a angry Liberal loser! Always someone elses fault, you were warned to leave and didn’t. Now it’s all Romneys fault. Obama is president, not Romney. Obama has $millions in the bank too, and I bet by the time Obama is Romneys age he will have far more money in the bank then Romney. What a fucking baby that guy is, I bet he’s mad he can’t use his bridge card, or his Obama phone right now. His kids are across town, why? He divorced their mother? sure he has it bad, sitting in his nice car, video taping himself crying like a little girl, I bet it was his kids mother that left that loser piece of useless shit. I hope his gets the uncontrollably shits while in traffic and shits himself, which I’m sure he’ll blame Romney for also. With crying losers like that no wonder this country is going to hell. Man up for once in your life, AND STOP CRYING!

  12. Knox
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    I think you’ll need to watch it again MK. The guy doesn’t blame Romney for the storm. He’s simply disgusted that Romney had the audacity to use his personal misfortune for political gain. And I like how you’ve created a whole background story in your mind about this man, his wife that left him, etc. You are a fascinating man.

  13. Posted November 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    I think that Mark K might actually know the guy. He seems to know a lot about him.

  14. Brainless
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Holy shit Mark K, what are you gonna do when Obama wins and people keep getting jobs and healthcare and we actually start doing something about the environment? It’s going to be horrible for you. You have sympathy, sir. No one should be forced to live like that.

  15. kjc
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    where do I get this Obama phone?

  16. Rose
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    There is absolutely no scientific evidence of “global warming.”

    Climate change has been occurring since the birth of the planet.

  17. Posted November 4, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Ease present us with evidence that there is no evidence.

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