Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Cause :Climate Change Or Gay Rights, Romney Hates FEMA Then Backtracks, Romney's Role In Meningitis Outbreak

Today's Menu

*Hurricane Sandy Climate Change What Climate Change???

*GOP/Mitt Romney Paul Ryan Fox News hate FEMA

*Gays and their supporters responsible for Hurricane Sandy?

*Romney's Role in Meningitis Outbreak

Let's begin with Hurricane Sandy which has created massive damage .

The various governors even Republican governors asked for federal help and have even praised FEMA's response. And yet many Republicans on the East coast have been up until now very vocal against FEMA and any other federal Departments. Romney especially wants to completely dismantle FEMA though today he made an exception for FEMA in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

So Romney would have Americans believe that the people of New Jersey are responsible for the cleanup after the storm and not the state or federal government. We saw this writ large during and after Hurricane Katrina disaster in the Gulf and New Orleans the GOP privatized disaster relief which did not work out well but their belief is that no matter what they need to standby their unrealistic anti-government stance.

As I said yesterday there is a real disconnect with reality when it comes to this radical right wing ideology of claiming that small communities and individual religious congregations should be the one's responsible for preparing for natural disasters and for the aftermath. So each community along the Eastern seaboard are responsible for their community and so must raise the money for instance to pay for a hundred million or billion dollar system of dikes and breakwaters all to be paid for by the elderly blue haired Church ladies by selling fudge and sandwiches and coffee. That should according to uberconservative nutters who still imagine America as being just a few thousand picturesque small towns inhabited by families such as Beaver Cleaver and Father Knows Best etc.

and what would Romney and Republicans and Libertarians do in the case of a disaster due to human negligence -just call it the unintended consequences of doing business.

If there was a complete meltdown at a nuclear power station what would Romney do to protect citizens who happen to live in the path of a massive radioactive cloud . Would the owners of the plant be held responsible for any damage or injury or death . More than likely like other members of the GOP Romney would question the scientific data which would show that the cause of injury or death a few miles away or a hundred miles away was due to a Nuclear Power Station meltdown.

Maybe Romney would insist that all American citizens as private citizens should go out and buy with their own money not the governments their own Geiger counters, radiation protection suits and whatever else they would need in case of a Nuclear Plant disaster or limited nuclear war. Romney and others would then invest in corporations producing these things though I think Glenn Beck has a monoply on survivalist gear and other post-apocalyptic necessities.

Republicans vs. FEMA: GOP Politicians Advocate Cutting Disaster Relief (VIDEO) by Hunter Stuart at Huffington Post . Oct. 30, 2012

As Hurricane Sandy began its path of destruction along the East Coast on Monday night, Republican governors of Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey praised federal relief efforts that helped their states prepare for the massive storm.

But in the past, Republican politicians haven't been quite so supportive of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As Politico points out, hurricane relief has been a contentious issue on Capitol Hill as recently as last year.

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) notoriously said federal disaster aid should be met with budget cuts, while presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared to suggest during a debate in June that FEMA should be shuttered in favor of individual states taking on disaster relief management.

Romney isn't the only one who wants to strip funding from FEMA. Watch the video above to see a compilation of clips of GOP politicians going on the the record in support of reducing the agency's funding and influence.

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  Romney in 2011: Shut down FEMA, let the states handle it :During a primary debate, Romney suggested that states - or the private sector - should handle disaster relief by Jillian Rayfield, Salon.com,Oct. 29,2012 Hurricane Sandy Shows We Need To Prepare For Climate Change, Cuomo And Bloomberg Say by Matt Sledge at Huffington Post, Oct. 30, 2012
NEW YORK -- A day after New York City experienced its worst storm surges in recorded history, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city may need to respond to climate change with steps like storm barriers.

Such protections would be extremely costly, but climate change experts said Hurricane Sandy provided a first glimpse of the challenges all coastal areas will face as sea levels rise and extreme weather events become more frequent. Cuomo said on Tuesday that he told President Barack Obama it seemed like "we have a 100-year flood every two years now."
 Meanwhile to add salt to the wounds of citizens on the Eastern coast of USA once again the Religious Right and other anti-gay groups and individuals claim this latest Hurricane Sandy and all those in recent years were caused not by Global Warming or Climate Change but by God to punish the USA for giving in to Gay Rights .

 Therefore if these anti-Gay spokespersons are correct then Climate Change or Global Warming is not the problem but rather the American authorities and citizens defending Gay rights is the real problem. This was said by religious right spokespersons about Hurricane Katrina and by Rev. Falwell and Pat Robertson about the man made 9/11 disaster for which they blame Gay rights advocates, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center and the Democrats .

  Hurricane Sandy Blamed On Gays, Obama And Romney By Preacher John McTernan by 10/29/2012
The Eastern seaboard may have yet to experience the full wrath of Hurricane Sandy, but one right-wing Christian preacher is already pointing the finger at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

In a wordy and occasionally rambling blog on his website, chaplain John McTernan seems to link Hurricane Sandy (and a number of other recent weather-related trends and natural disasters) on LGBT people and President Barack Obama's recent backing of marriage equality. While most of McTernan's wrath is directed at Obama, he has some choice words for GOP candidate Mitt Romney, too.

"God is systematically destroying America," McTernan writes. "Just look at what has happened this year." Calling Sandy "the most powerful hurricane on record" that "could do catastrophic damage to the entire Northeast," McTernan adds, "Obama is 100 percent behind the Muslim Brotherhood which has vowed to destroy Israel and take Jerusalem. Both candidates are pro-homosexual and are behind the homosexual agenda. America is under political judgment and the church does not know it!"

Earlier this year, McTernan similarly linked Hurricane Isaac with the LGBT community, pointing to the fact that the life-threatening storm coincided with Southern Decadence, New Orleans' "Gay Mardi Gras." "New Orleans is still hosting Southern Decadence with open homosexuality manifesting in the streets of the city," he wrote in a blog. "It could be that God is putting an end to this city and its wickedness.

The timing of Hurricane Isaac with Southern Decadence is a sign that God’s patience with America’s sin is coming to an end."
A couple of videos have surfaced showing Presidentail wannabe Mitt Romney spewing his disdain and hatred of Gays. Shocking Footage Emerges of Mitt Romney Spouting His Bigoted Bile Against Gays (VIDEO) by Michelangelo Signorile at Huffington Post . Oct. 29, 2012
In my last blog post, which lit up the Internet and social media, I quoted Mitt Romney making shocking remarks that were highlighted in investigative reporter Murray Waas' Boston Globe story last week.

Now, for the first time in this campaign, video has surfaced of Romney making those bigoted claims about gay parents while pushing his heartless policy against their children.

In the video Romney expresses his disbelief and disgust that "Today, same-sex couples are marrying, under the law, in Massachusetts. Some gays are actually having children born to them. We've been asked to remove the phrase "mother" and "father" and replace it with "parent A" and "parent B." It's not right on paper. It's not right in fact. Every child has the right to have a mother and father."
 Romney's palpable hatred and disgust towards Gays


 De-regulation is a policy that ignores the public good.

 If all that matters is profit then corporations need not be concerned about harm they may be doing to average Americans.

 So in Romney's world there would not be call backs for faulty goods since it will be a matter of the corporation passing its responsibility onto consumers under the rubric of "let the Buyer beware "or "Caveat Emptor" So for example if a consumer buys a new car and the car crashes due to a manufacturer's defect known or unknown by the seller the manufacturer can be held responsible .

 But in Romney World the consumer has all of the responsibility to make sure they have inspected the car or other product for defects. But how is a consumer supposed to check for defects if they are not an expert on that particular product ie flu inoculation . The consumer is not an expert on the production of innoculation so the only way to know if the product is safe is to try it if all goes well it is not a problem but if the consumer gets ill there may be a problem.

These issues are compounded in the right wing world of Romney by lack of regulation and an anti-science bias.

A medicine offered to the public resulting in unnecessary deaths is supposedly just a matter of bad luck and not criminal malfeasance (or rather misfeasance or Nonfeasance). There may in such cases be no willful act to cause injury but a lack of oversight or quality control etc. which leads to consumers being harmed unnecessarily. So once again we see what motivates Mitt Romney -money and profits at whatever cost to others including not just financial but health wise whether it is employees or those who consume products the corporations he is involved in have sold it 's always profits before employees, profits before community, profits before country .

  Romney’s lax regulation may have fueled meningitis outbreak :A meningitis epidemic that has killed 25 is linked to a Mass. company Romney's administration failed to regulate By Craig Unger at Salon.com, Oct. 30, 2012
The fatal meningitis epidemic sweeping the United States can now be traced to the failure of then-Gov. Mitt Romney to adequately regulate the Massachusetts pharmaceutical company that is being blamed for the deaths. At least 344 people in 18 states have been infected by the growing public health crisis and 25 have died so far. But the epidemic may also play a role in the presidential campaign, now that state records reveal that a Massachusetts regulatory agency found that the New England Compounding Co., the pharmaceutical company tied to the epidemic, repeatedly failed to meet accepted standards in 2004 — but a reprimand was withdrawn by the Romney administration in apparent deference to the company’s business interests.

“It goes all the way up to Mitt Romney,” said Alyson Oliver, a Michigan attorney representing victims of the outbreak. According to Oliver, on at least six occasions, NECC was cited by authorities for failure to meet regulatory standards and almost subjected to a three-year probation. “It goes directly to the heart of what Romney says about regulation, ‘Hands off. Let the companies do their thing.’”

“When the person who is supposed to be in charge of oversight does not believe oversight is necessary, this is what happens,” Oliver added. “The philosophy of the Romney administration was to have lax regulations across the board,” Philip Johnston, a former secretary of health and human services in Massachusetts before the Romney administration, told Salon.

“It speaks volumes about the tragic outcome of Romney’s view on regulatory issues. There are two dozen people who died needlessly. It was clearly the responsibility of the company to protect them, but it was also the responsibility of the government at various levels, and, as far as I’m concerned, they failed.”

On Oct. 28, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., called for “a full investigation” into the regulatory issues that led to the epidemic. “There’s a regulatory black hole here,” he said, “but the full assessment of responsibility, state to federal, is ongoing. We need to know everything.”
also see: Superstorm Sandy Nuclear Power Plants: Indian Point Facility Forced To Shut Down Unit; Oyster Creek Plant Also On Alert By JOSH LEDERMAN , Huffington Post Oct. 30, 2012

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