How many times can a man turn his head

How many times can a man turn his head November 6, 2012

“Disasters are inherently political, because government is political, and preventing and responding to disasters is a primary role of the state.”

The federal government’s response has been great. I was on the phone at midnight again last night with the president, personally, he has expedited the designation of New Jersey as a major disaster area. … The folks at FEMA, Craig Fugate and his folks have been excellent.”

I cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and for the people of our state.”

(Jack Ohman via

“A Republican strategist defended his party’s presidential candidate Monday for saying he would privatize disaster relief programs or leave states to fend for themselves.”

“Romney’s budget plan would mean at least a 34-percent cut to FEMA’s budget.”

“Willard Romney and Paul Ryan … are on record — and on audiotape, and on video, and all over the Intertoobz, and, for all I know, bellowing from the fillings in your teeth — as recommending that the federal government’s responsibility for things like disaster relief be either handed back to the states, or privatized entirely. They have made this argument in public. They have made this argument as part of the reason why you should vote for them. They also have similar plans for the National Weather Service, and for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and they have made those arguments as part of the reason why you should vote for them.”

“George Bush the elder turned the agency into a dumping ground for hacks, with bad results; Clinton revived the agency; Bush the younger ruined it again; Obama revived it again; and Romney — with everyone still remembering Brownie and Katrina! — said that he wants to block-grant and privatize it.”

Romney Refuses to Comment on Plans to Eliminate FEMA, 14 Times

“There is no better way to make government ineffective than to appoint people who want to undermine it.”

“Is it solar flares? Is it the Mars wobbles? Is it the Earth’s axis tilting in a different way?”

We who believe in the western renaissance are fighting for our lives.”

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