We already knew that Romney’s resume as not stellar. As a crony corporatist he outsourced more jobs than he created. As a he built it all on his own without help conservative Superman, well, he reaped huge profits, but pawned the losses off on employees and the gov’mint. So it is not much of a surprise that he was the same kind of compassionate conservative that George W. Bush was, Governor Mitt Romney’s Dismal Record of Disaster Management
Now that he’s again decided to mention (obliquely) that he was our governor once, and we’re all up here in the Commonwealth (God save it!) being awakened by the sweet sounds of woodchippers in our streets, we should look back at the one natural disaster (locally, anyway, Katrina being a whole ‘nother story) that occurred while Willard Romney was still nominally governor of Massachusetts: the great Mother’s Day floods of 2006.
The entire region was under flood warnings, but the problem was especially acute along the Merrimack River, especially in the city of Lowell, where Romney’s response was considered, well, leaky. The right-leaning Lowell Sun was particularly displeased.
We find it inconceivable that Gov. Mitt Romney claims the state can do nothing to help those residents still struggling to rebuild homes and businesses after the May flood. Massachusetts is sitting on millions in unspent emergency funds from Hurricane Katrina and more than $1 billion in cash reserves, yet Romney has failed to even respond to the Lowell delegation’s requests to discuss additional aid for victims. The governor’s spokesman — since Romney can’t be bothered to comment now that the photo opportunities have dried up even though some residents’ basements haven’t — said the state will not consider spending its own money for flood victims until it’s clear how much cash the federal government will give.
Romney is on record as wanting to abolish FEMA – Hurricane Sandy Exposes Mitt Romney’s Self-Made FEMA Problem. You know because that is what George Washington would have done. Romney, yet another self-sufficient Republican clown also made his fiscal record look a little better by simply refusing to pay the state’s bills. What is it about the word disaster that conservatives do not understand. It is a situation where the average person does all they can to protect themselves and their property, but are not much of a match for floods or storms as big as ten states. The message to America as governor and as candidate, is just do what Ann and Mitt did whenever they have a disaster, tell the help to clean up and call them at their other mansion when things are cleaned up. How do you screw up an easy public relations opportunity like helping aid storm victims? Only Mitt Romney could figure out how to turn goodwill into a cheesy exploitative campaign tactic, Romney Campaign Plays Convention Video At ‘Non-Political’ Storm Relief Event in Ohio. I do want to give credit to Romney supporters did show up at the combo campaign rally/relief effort with donations. Individual Republicans like some of my neighbors and co-workers don’t act like monsters day in and day out, they just vote for monsters and regressive public policy. maybe I’m just lucky, I don’t live next to any Republican Ted Nugents, Wash. Times’ Nugent Closes Romney Campaigning With Attack On Detroit
According to Nugent, President Obama is “doing everything he can to take the whole country down” the same path as Detroit:
It is so very true that my birth city of Detroit was the cleanest, most neighborly, positive-energy, work-ethic epicenter of planet earth when I was born there in 1948, right on through to the 1960s. Enter the liberal death wish of Mayor Coleman Young and a tsunami of negative, anti-productivity policies by liberal Democrats that put a voodoo curse on our beloved Motor City. When you train and reward people to scam, cheat and refuse to be productive, there is only one direction that society can go: straight down the toilet. It is truly a heartbreaker. Some wonderful people are still to be found back home, but they are outnumbered by the pimps, whores and welfare brats that have made bloodsucking a lifestyle. And now we have a president who is doing everything he can to take the whole country down that same path. Truly amazing.
Nugent also claimed that The New Deal and Great Society economic programs “succeeded in brainwashing a segment of our country to believe Fedzilla would provide for anyone who decided, for whatever reason, to not be productive.”
The New Deal was responsible for creating the Social Security Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Housing Administration, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programs to combat poverty were responsible for the creation of Medicare and Medicaid, and a variety of other anti-poverty programs. These initiatives dramatically reduced the rate of poverty, particularly among the elderly.
If Nugent had any friends in Detroit they must have been very tolerate to put up with a guy with soiled his pants to dodge the draft. Note that Nugent has continued the conservative trend this election year of not even bothering with code words for racism. Goodness forbid that he place some of the blame for Detroit’s problems over the years on a car industry that stood by and let Japanese and German auto makers ( both countries have unions and public health care) eat Detroit’s cake. Nugent displays a pretty good example of the hundreds if not thousands of contradictory and nonsensical myths conservatives have to hold in their head at any one time. Back before the debates Romney started running a false attack ad that accused Obama of gutting the work requirement for people to get Temporary Assistance to Needy Families( this program is aimed at helping children of working poor parents). I remember one of Romney’s pollsters said that the aid was getting a really good response. That might have been the same spokesperson who said they would not let their campaign be dictated by fact checkers. If there is one thing conservatives love it is the myth that the working poor are America’s deepest most consequential problem. The working poor, according to conservatives are guilty of everything from being responsible for the housing bubble to the general decline of western civilization. So why not ride the backs of the working poor to the White House, Mitt Romney Releases Another False Ad, Revives Claim That Obama ‘Gutted’ Welfare Reform.