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So, basically, Romney would be comfortable allowing the private sector to best take care of the disaster in New York and, indeed, all up and down the Eastern seaboard. Perhaps it is because Romney thinks that the kind of disaster that occurred due to Hurricane Sandy is virtually impossible. In fact, as Forbes reported in August, Romney treated the "rising sea levels" that we are dealing with "as a mere rhetorical device, a laugh line to mock Barack Obama‘s grandiosity. And he milked it for a few long seconds as the crowd at the Republican National Convention laughed."
The Romney camp would like us all to forget this now, as they continue campaigning under the guise of "hurricane relief" but we should not forget. We should not forget that while party politics are a grim and dirty game and that many members of the Democratic Party have their own shady history and that NYC is a singular place in that it tends to look beyond political lines because of our foundationally progressive and liberal(yes) orientation, we should not forget that there is one candidate out there who is ON RECORD as stating that he does not support the efforts of FEMA at times of disaster relief. Romney believes that it is "immoral" to add to the deficit in order to help people who are in desperate need through no fault of their own. Romney does not, however, believe it is immoral to spend on the military or to be all warmonger-y with Iran in an attempt to win over certain segments of the voting population.
Romney has a wildly different view of what is "immoral" than, at least, I do, and I'm sure many New Yorkers do. Romney is a man who believes that 47% of this country does not deserve to even be considered because they take some form of government assistance, and yet Romney has no trouble employing government loopholes to assist himself out of paying tax rates comparable to Americans who make a fraction of what he does. Romney is friends with despicable toadies like Donald Trump who grandstand and bloviate about giving millions of dollars to charity, while having no intention of actually doing so.
It is important to politicize this hurricane because many of the people who are desperately in need of help right now will only be able to get it from the government. Even if you are lucky enough not to be one of those people in need, knowing the situations that these people face, knowing that next time it could be you, are you really ready to vote for someone who will blithely take it all away? And why shouldn't he? Romney can take care of himself. He doesn't care about you. Mitt Romney doesn't care about you. Don't forget that. It might be the most important thing to remember as we recover, together, and look toward the future.
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