Romney supporters, what should NY and NJ be doing for themselves that FEMA is currently doing for them?


"During a CNN debate at the height of the GOP primary, Mitt Romney was asked, in the context of the Joplin disaster and FEMA's cash crunch, whether the agency should be shuttered so that states can individually take over responsibility for disaster response.

"Absolutely," he said. "Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. Instead of thinking, in the federal budget, what we should cut, we should ask the opposite question, what should we keep?"

"Including disaster relief, though?" debate moderator John King asked Romney.

"We cannot -- we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids," Romney replied. "It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to

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@No Religion, interesting point.

Can I ask since you are so well informed what % of the National Guard is now deployed overseas?

Is it higher or lower % wise?

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    Not a Romney supporter but as a N.J. EMT, Economics major, and N.J. Resident I think you may be interested in what I have to say.

    First, let me say something good about FEMA; the ICS and NIMS systems are extraordinary, as proven time and time again in Florida during their hurricane disasters.

    Now onto the unfortunate consequences of a bureaucracy like FEMA:

    With FEMA it has made it easier for the Federal Government to send our National Guard Units overseas to "police" the world. This has proven to be a disastrous consequence of not just our foreign policy, but the department that has made it possible, FEMA. Instead of having our most important resources here in the States, when a natural disaster takes place, the are overseas. Remember Katrina, 35% of the L.A. National Guard were overseas during the disaster, thus inhibiting the State's ability to respond to the hurricane. Maybe without FEMA Americans will not be so willing to send the Guard Overseas.

    Second, FEMA allocates resources away from the States and creates a lot of "Red Tape" to get those resources fully utilized. Just today in Burlington County, New Jersey, the Human Services Department could not reimburse the people of their County for lost foodstuffs because FEMA declared that it was not effected enough by the storm to be eligible for aid. So these resources cannot be used by Burlington County Residents, that are paid for them mind you, because they're being funneled elsewhere.

    Source(s): NJ Resident NJ EMT Not a Romney Supporter
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