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Getting Serious

There is a monster storm battering the east coast.  They are reading barometric pressures that have never been seen in recorded history.  This is what climate change looks like.  Because higher temperatures spawn killer tornadoes, and freak late October hurricanes.  Greenland is melting.  If the Gulf stream shuts down England will freeze.  Drought is destroying crops across much of the nation.  Can we have a conversation now?

And here’s Mitt Romney on the topic of FEMA during a GOP debate. 

“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 our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.”

A storm of this magnitude is beyond the ability of a state or, god help us, the private sector to manage.  There are some things that require marshaling the resources of the federal government.

This is going to make voting hard for a lot of people out east, but I beg you go to the polls and do not try this dangerous Republican experiment or we may all be drowning in the dark in the not too distant future.

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