Yesterday while Mitt Romney was busy staging his campaign event disaster relief event in Ohio, (cough-cough) reporters asked him 14 times if he still stands by his statement that he would get rid of FEMA, handing disaster relief back to the states, but he ignored them, refused to answer, and kept loading a truck with items the Red Cross neither needs, nor wants, so they could drive that truck to an undisclosed location somewhere in New Jersey.
A fair question right before people are expected to vote for him and it deserves an answer, but I guess Romney expects votes based on just how awesome he tells you he is, since he hasn't answered reporters questions, nor given an interview in weeks. Still, voters deserve an answer.
Well, Charles P. Pierce over at Esquire provides a glimpse at how a President Romney would handle a disaster. (Besides collecting canned goods which are no help at all.) He writes about how then Gov. Romney dealt with flooding in Lowell Massachusetts back in 2006, which rankled even conservatives in the state.
The entire region was under flood warnings, but the problem was especially acute along the Merrimack River, especially in the city of Lowell, where Romney's response was considered, well, leaky. The right-leaning Lowell Sun was particularly displeased:
We find it inconceivable that Gov. Mitt Romney claims the state can do nothing to help those residents still struggling to rebuild homes and businesses after the May flood. Massachusetts is sitting on millions in unspent emergency funds from Hurricane Katrina and more than $1 billion in cash reserves, yet Romney has failed to even respond to the Lowell delegation's requests to discuss additional aid for victims. The governor's spokesman — since Romney can't be bothered to comment now that the photo opportunities have dried up even though some residents' basements haven't — said the state will not consider spending its own money for flood victims until it's clear how much cash the federal government will give.....
....Look, America, we here in the Commonwealth (God save it!) may not know much, even though we occasionally act like we know everything, but, trust us. We know this guy. There's a reason why he's going to lose this state by more than 20 points. The only thing about him that you can depend on is that there's never any room in the lifeboat for The Help.
On top of this, just try to imagine a President Romney gutting FEMA and turning over disaster relief to the states. Can you imagine what would happen in Florida? How would Gov. Rick Scott handle disaster relief when the next hurricane hits our state? The last time there was the threat of one, Scott showed up about three days later to tell people to "be prepared" after the threat had passed for the most part.
When a hurricane, or other disaster hits Florida, do you really want to hear "we're Mitt Romney and Rick Scott, and we're here to help?"
On second thought, they would probably never say such a thing, much less do it.
If you haven't already done so, think before you vote.