As Sandy bears down on the East Coast, the fact that Romney thinks we can’t afford disaster relief because they might threaten upper-class tax cuts or military spending so wasteful even the Pentagon doesn’t want it seems relevant:
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.”
Related: the fact that Romney thought that American auto companies should be forced to rely on private capital that at the time didn’t exist (and hence go out of business) is, in fact, sufficient reason that Romney should lose Ohio and hence the election.
…much more from Alec Macgillis.