October 30, 2012
Let the states handle it!
A few months ago, Mitt Romney opined that having the states handle emergencies, rather than FEMA, would be a good idea! In one of the debates he repeated that turning FEMA over to the states is a good idea. An even better idea would be to privatize FEMA! Youch! Is he nuts? His comments help us understand how little the GOP believes in government.
Imagine Hurricane Sandy without an emergency plan in place to restore electricity, close down, arrange transportation and the coordination of state, local and federal plans to save lives. Don't you wonder? I sure as hell do.
As I sat on the stage at Fighting Bob Fest, listening to Bill McKibben's forecast that disaster is just "around the corner," I could not help but imagine what will happen in America when the oceans rise, Florida disappears, and the weather is so unpredictable that no one will be able to plan. July 2012, said McKibben, was the hottest month in recorded history. He warned that if the climate heats up one or two degrees, it won't matter who is in the World Series.
Look just at the recent hurricanes. Sandy: cost $20 billion; Irene, August 2011: $16 billion; Katrina: $108 billion. At this pace, we will run out of money.
I think I heard the first May Day call from Chris Matthews on Hard Ball. At first he was dismissive. What is going on out there? I am not talking about global warming and climate change! When I was a kid in Philadelphia, hurricanes happened in fall! Whoa Nelly. Chris demanded some answers and a way to tell hurricanes to get back in line. Later in the day, Matthews actually mentioned climate change as the culprit.
But not from the news people "reporting" on the disaster wouldn't mention climate change. Instead of talking about the causes of these weather patterns, they show us talking heads standing in a wind/rain storm to show rain, water, snow, more water, trees down. Could someone start taking climate change seriously?
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Haven't you heard? Climate change is a "Liberal Term."
The anti-intellectualism and anti-science philosophy of the Republicans/TeaPartiers/Regressives is a self destructive platform.
Fifty percent of the economy is predicated on basic science research, little of which is paid for by business.
-Fredo | Little Chicago, WI | October 30, 2012
We are in the middle of the Perfect Storm where the cons are creating fear and panic as they cry for the dismantling of government and privatization of vital government services. Milton Friedman economics. Shock Doctrine scenarios. Mitt Romney as POTUS?
When did we become so desensitized to what's happening around us? We can recover from natural disasters, but could we ever recover from a democracy that would become a playground for the wealthy and powerful?
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Madison | October 31, 2012
We have ample evidence of what happens when localities handle disasters. Check out how the floods on the Mississippi River in the 20's were handled. Not well. In fact Herbert Hoover made his name organizing relief for that. Of course the lesson was lost when it came to handling the Great Depression.
You will have to forgive Republicans. They have succumbed to mass psychosis due to a black man winning the White House. This psychosis allows them to hold the view that the same government that cannot organize a two car funeral is also so effective and sinister that it could use the pretext of emergency relief to enslave the whole country, take all our guns, fly the black helicopters, and put us in concentration camps where would use food stamps and welfare checks to buy beer and big screen TVs.
And they want to run the country? Gimme a break.
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | (Glad) I Escaped, WI. | October 31, 2012
Grieb: When Romney gets elected, get ready to serve 2 yrs as missionaries and tithe to the Romney form of governance. Even though the right does not believe in Darwinism or evolution, you can bet that we will be left to fend for ourselves. It will then be survival of the fittest a la Ryan.
-Pietr Haikuu | Hurley, Wis | October 31, 2012
Just think of the jobs Sandy will create. As the area struggles to recover, there will be opportunity for goods and services. There's work to be done and there are plenty of unemployed to do it. Why aren't politicians talking about this?
-Dana | Waunakee WI | October 31, 2012
Let's see here GD the President is a liberal Democrate. He has socialist tendencies. He has never held a job in the private sector. His big economic plan was barrowing $800 billion dollars. That combined with his other deficit spending puts us $5 trillion deeper in debt. This is a man who said George Bush's deficit spending was terrible. He has made Bush look like a Amatuer. Then there was Health Care passed on a party line vote that had no popular support then or now. Lastly leaving 2 seals on a roof calling in coordinates and laser designating a target to die with no help and no support is disgusting to say the least. It's really too bad he isn't white so I could over look all that and adore him just like you.
-SW | Waukesha WI | November 1, 2012