Mitt Romney Politicizes Sandy Relief Efforts for His Own Gain
During the second presidential debate, President Obama accused Mitt Romney of
politicizing the Libya attacks for his own personal gain. It was an accusation
that the former governor vehemently denied, but one which also rang true. When
Sandy was beating on the East Coast's door and edging toward the eastern shores
of Lake Michigan, Romney claimed he would suspend all campaign efforts in Ohio
out of respect for victims of the superstorm.
That couldn't be further from the truth. A previously scheduled campaign
event set for today in Dayton was scrapped, true. But in its place is what is
billed as a "storm relief event." According to the New York Times, the
event is being held in the same place with the same celebrity guests, and the
same campaign music will be used as previously planned. The only difference is
that attendees are being asked to bring donations of canned foods the campaign
will distribute at a later time.
So, Mitt will appear on camera, at a previously canceled campaign stop,
smiling benignly, waving to his supporters, and trying to pass this off as
something that isn't a campaign event? Please.
Not only that, but the GOP hopeful, in a bid to appear presidential, called
governors of states affected by the superstorm. Of course, he only called
Republican governors, calling them "hurricane governors." He didn't call
Democratic governors to offer his good wishes and help. It's been reported that
the Republican campaign is picking up supplies and distributing them to folks in
need, but even the Red Cross (which Romney did not consult) has said that
anything other than manpower and money will hamper relief efforts.
The Red Cross lays it out in its website, stating:
"Items such as collected food, used clothing and shoes must be sorted,
cleaned, repackaged and transported which impedes the valuable resources of
money, time, and personnel."
To add even more insult to injury, New Jersey governor has given high praise
to President Obama, calling his reaction and conversations with the president
"outstanding." He also said he didn't give a damn what Romney thinks about FEMA
or relief efforts right now.
It's ironic that during the biggest storm in recent history that the former
Massachusetts governor still believes that FEMA should be dismantled and
privatized. Privatizing FEMA would be even worse than privatizing prisons. All
you have to do is look at privately-owned prisons for proof that profits take
precedence over human lives. What would happen if FEMA were privatized but folks
in poor areas couldn't afford to be saved? Would they charge them and bill them,
or leave them to die?
Mitt Romney's motives during Sandy have been questionable at best, despicable
at worst. He has not earned the right to become the president of the United
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