Mitt Romney said America shouldn't be in the business of providing federal disaster relief and that it would be better for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's functions to be handled by individual states or even the private sector.
Queried directly on the topic by CNN's John King during the June 13, 2011 Republican presidential primary debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, Romney said the federal government "cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids."
Originally posted by FMFYou worry about that kind of stuff later.
How many days did they have to sort out bringing their houses and infrastructure with them?
Originally posted by FMFThere are high risk areas and not so high risk areas. Those who lived in high risk areas should have cleared out. Those who didn't should take personal responsibility for their actions.
In the days leading up to the storms, weren't there said to be - potentially - 60,000,000 affected by it? They should have all "got out of town"?
Originally posted by EladarHow many millions of people do you think ought to have "got out of town:?
There are high risk areas and not so high risk areas. Those who lived in high risk areas should have cleared out. Those who didn't should take personal responsibility for their actions.
Originally posted by FMFHow many live in high risk areas?
How many millions of people do you think ought to have "got out of town:?
Originally posted by FMFI don't know how many people live at sea level in the region. All I do know is that anyone who wanted to leave could have left. There was no mass exodus. The people who are there chose to stay.
Yes. That's what my question was asking you. In the days leading up to the storm how many millions of people in the north east U.S. would have been subject to your advice to "get out of town"?
Originally posted by FMFThat we live in a country where people don't want to take responsibility and want to depend on the goverment which in the end nobody can afford?
So was Romney right?
Originally posted by EladarI don't see how helping people after a catastrophic natural disaster is a "waste of money". When you say "We need to change the mindset of this country", do you mean that people in your country need to think helping people in the wake of a calamity like this is a "waste of money"?
Yes, I believe that is the spirit of what he said. The Federal government is too big and too wasteful. Power corrupts so if you disperse the power you lower lessen the corruption.