From National Journal, Governor Romney on FEMA:
When asked about disaster relief and FEMA’s role in a debate in June of 2011, Romney said, “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,” according to a transcript of the debate.
He added: “Instead of thinking, in the federal budget, ‘What we should cut,’ we should ask the opposite question, ‘What should we keep?’ We should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do? And those things we’ve got to stop doing, because we’re borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we’re taking in.”
When questioned by moderator John King of CNN about disaster relief specifically, Romney responded, “We cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. 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.” [emphasis added – MDC]
From CBS News last year, on Representative Ryan’s FY2012 budget plan:
The GOP budget plan that passed through the House last month aimed to cut funding for a tsunami warning center that issued a slew of warnings around Japan’s devastating earthquake. The budget, which proposed about $60 billion in budget cuts, would slash funding for the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
For Representative Ryan’s plans for NOAA in the FY 2013 budget, see here:
NOAA’s programs are in function 300, Natural Resources and Environment, along with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and a range of conservation and natural resources programs. In the near term, function 300 would be 14.6 percent lower in 2014 in the Ryan budget according to the Washington Post. It quotes David Kendall of The Third Way as warning about the potential impact on weather forecasting: “‘Our weather forecasts would be only half as accurate for four to eight years until another polar satellite is launched,’ estimates Kendall. ‘For many people planning a weekend outdoors, they may have to wait until Thursday for a forecast as accurate as one they now get on Monday. … Perhaps most affected would be hurricane response. Governors and mayors would have to order evacuations for areas twice as large or wait twice as long for an accurate forecast.’”
No need for USGS as earthquakes are unlikely in the future. Thus, Representative Ryan continues an established trend.
This post was originally published at Econbrowser and is reproduced here with permission.
2 Responses to “Romney/Ryan on FEMA and NOAA”
For Romney to just say it now is evidence he moves his mouth but he has no core. Of course cutting FEMA would be a horrible idea. Key here is that Romney had zero fore thought. That's bad as a businessman and bad as a leader. Romney's plan was and would return to having states bear he brunt of the cost of disasters. That economically would tank Florida, Carolinas, and any other state that has repeated natural disasters. Thus the economic domino crash would occur. Romney is a day late and a day short. And not returning to at least his home state to help showed lack of concern for his fellow Americans.
Many states do not cooperate with one another as it is, and natural disasters do not recognize state boundaries. All Romney's solution will do is dilute the resources for emergency response, increase state bureaucrats with duplicate tasks, and increase the death tolls.