I've got lots of friends who are public service employees -- firefighters, police officers, FEMA, and the like. I was reading this article
in the SF Chronicle about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in NYC and some of the rest of the Eastern Seaboard. The accompanying slideshow really made me appreciate the gravity of what it is that they are committed to doing for our communities.
New York City police officers go door to door in a housing project to
take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order
as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach
neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.
So, in light of this, I find what we have at stake November 6 in the United States as even more important.
Romney Says America Doesn't Need 'More Firemen, More Policemen, More Teachers'
plus this excellent, no pulled punches opinion piece from the NY Times:
A Big Storm Requires Big Government
[Eliminating federal disaster coordination and support] is an absurd notion, but it’s fully in line with decades of Republican
resistance to federal emergency planning. FEMA, created by President
Jimmy Carter, was elevated to cabinet rank in the Bill Clinton
administration, but was then demoted by President George W. Bush, who
neglected it, subsumed it into the Department of Homeland Security, and
placed it in the control of political hacks. The disaster of Hurricane
Katrina was just waiting to happen.
The agency was put back in working order by President Obama, but
ideology still blinds Republicans to its value. Many don’t like the idea
of free aid for poor people, or they think people should pay for their
bad decisions, which this week includes living on the East Coast.
Oh Chris Christie
, you Romney shill, the irony
I mean, this is definitely the rotten cherry on top of Romney's willingness to say anything to win, his abysmal knowledge of foreign policy (as demonstrated in the third Presidential debate), plus his views on women, gay rights, birth control, "the 47%
" -- you name the right thing to do, and he's on the wrong side of both compassion and history.
It is of great importance in a republic
not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers, but
one part of the society against the injustice of the other part.
Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist
Let's re-elect Barack Obama.
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