First of all, he would have discarded FEMA as a Federal Agency and given the costs and responsibilities back to the states or to private enterprise. I’ll bet governors up and down the east cost would not be thrilled to lose the federal support.
I guess that means what President Obama is doing now to aid the various states in preserving life and helping states is “immoral.” Tell that to Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who as already come out praising Obama and thanking him for making federal funds and FEMA available… and being available to him by phone for any future problems. I’ll bet Christie is glad that it is Obama and not Romney who is on the other end of the phone call:
“I appreciated the president’s outreach today in making sure that we know he’s watching this and is concerned about the health and welfare and safety of the people of the state of New Jersey.”
– Gov. Chris Christie, (R) NJ
- Obama, Romney, suspend campaigning as hurricane Sandy bears down on East Coast (vancouversun.com)
- Hurricane Sandy Update: President Obama Signs New Jersey Emergency Declaration (keansburgpress.wordpress.com)
- Video: Clinton, Biden on Hurricane Sandy (cbsnews.com)
- Sandy Is the Most Important Swing Voter (theatlanticwire.com)
- President Obama signs emergency declaration for entire Mid-Atlantic region (examiner.com)
- Why Romney’s not ready for Hurricane Sandy (tv.msnbc.com)
- Romney may regret ‘privatize’ FEMA remarks in face of Sandy destruction (tv.msnbc.com)
- Obama visits FEMA, says Hurricane Sandy resources “are in place” (cbsnews.com)
- Romney: Privatize FEMA, Federal Disaster Relief Spending “Immoral” (rodonline.typepad.com)
- Emergency/Disaster Management – the politics (recoverydiva.com)
First Thoughts on NBC put this out last night:
“Idaho and South Dakota today are the first states to begin early-in-person voting. Also today, absentee voting begins in Minnesota, West Virginia, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Georgia, Arkansas, Idaho, and Maryland. This brings the total number of states already accepting ballots to 12. Thirteen additional states (South Carolina, New Jersey, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Delaware, Virginia, Louisiana, and Missouri) will begin absentee or early voting on Saturday.”
So by tomorrow, half the country will be casting votes (battleground states in bold): AR, DE, GA, ID, IN, KY, LA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NH, NJ, NC, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WV, WI.
- Which States are Already Voting? (politicalwire.com)
- States gear up for early, absentee voting (upi.com)
- First Thoughts: Obama’s battleground edge grows (firstread.nbcnews.com)
- Daugaard urges troops to register to vote (rapidcityjournal.com)
- 46 Days Out, Absentee Voting Begins In Minnesota (minnesota.cbslocal.com)
- Ready, Set, Vote! Early Voting Begins (abcnews.go.com)
- Campaigns court early voters; Will it matter? (cbsnews.com)
- ‘Election Day’ Begins Tomorrow In Two States (sweetness-light.com)
This is a problem which we either deal with or succumb to. The Romney campaign will support the growth of these greedy corporations. Will You?
- Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco Explore Corporate ‘Sacrifice Zones’ (crooksandliars.com)
- The Battle of Blair Mountain by Chris Hedges ” Dandelion Salad (womensphilanthropy.typepad.com)
- The World Is Flat (thedailybeast.com)
- Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt – Chris Hedges_on Anti-War Progressive Teach-in (noliesradio.org)
- Gripping Reportage in ‘Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt’ (Graphic Novelties) (popmatters.com)
- The Battle of Blair Mountain (truthdig.com)
- Chris Hedges: Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com)
Republicans Don’t Like Their Candidates
The Fix: “Put Simply: The opportunity is ripe for someone with the fiscally conservative focus of an Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels or, less likely, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, to get into the race and immediately begin winning over Republicans dissatisfied with their current options.”
- Rasmussen survey shows Obama can’t clear 50% even against Trump (hotair.com)
- Trump: The Republicans Choice… (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- GOP insiders embrace Trump’s presidential bid (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Donald Trump: Mitt Romney is just ‘a small business guy’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Newsmax Poll- Trump Overwhelms All Comers (truebluenz.wordpress.com)
- Who Is Supporting Donald Trump and Why? (jlue.wordpress.com)
- Obama: Donald Trump’s birth certificate talk helps me – Los Angeles Times (news.google.com)
- Undeclared candidate Mitch Daniels becoming the big man on campus (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Mitch Daniels Opposes Arizona-Style Immigration Law (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
This really blows a hole in what the Tea Partyers claim is the real desire of the American People.
This from Alternet:
- Madison Rally Bigger Than Biggest Tea Party Rally (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Rep. Kucinich Fires Up Madison Workers’ Rights Rally (redantliberationarmy.wordpress.com)
- Largest Wisconsin protests ever: 85,000+ people in Madison’s streets (boingboing.net)
- Chomsky: Why the Fate of Democracy Is at Stake in Madison | | AlterNet (chomskywatch.wordpress.com)
Of course, this way Lance can say he doesn’t support public-funded health care while collecting it himself and making sure his family gets it, too.
A “free state health plan for retirees”… well, not quite free. Some poor taxpayers are covering it as he tries to remove theirs!
- Reform Opponent Gets Free Public Health Care (politicalwire.com)
- Another House Republican confused on government-run healthcare (dailykos.com)
- Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) is Blue America’s newest Health Care Repeal Hypocrite (crooksandliars.com)
- Republican Health Care Hypocrites (curmilus.wordpress.com)
- They Bared Their Brains to Heaven: Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg (observer.com)
- Book Review: Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters edited by Bill Morgan and David Stanford (blogcritics.org)
- Last-minute plan: Kerouac in Queens (timeoutny.com)
- Would Kerouac Have Blogged? (globalneighbourhoods.net)
…perhaps you saw this on a news program. It’s from a race last Sunday at Monmouth Park:
… and, of course, MY wife knows everything, too. And she always wins!
So we now have Republican governors in Virginia and New Jersey (neither of which was much of a surprise given recent polls) and a Democratic Congressman from the 23d District of New York State.
Looking at Owens’ win in the 23d District, we have the interesting case of the first Democrat in over 100 years to take that office… but it is mostly because of a split between the nominated Republican and the total conservative candidate supported by the far right.
Looks like a lot of strategy has to get put in place for the 2010 elections.