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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Governor Romney Refused to Prepare for Floods, Then Told Flood Victims They're on Their Own

Posted by on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Esquire just published a very telling passage from the conservative-leaning Lowell Sun newspaper. This was published just after serious floods that happened in Massachusetts on Mother's Day, 2006:

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.

Part of the reason why flooding was so bad? Huffington Post explains:

In the spring of 2004, Peabody, Mass., got drenched with rain, which flooded the downtown area. After the storm, then-Gov. Mitt Romney asked President George W. Bush to declare Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk Counties federal disaster areas, according to the Boston Globe.

That fall, the state legislature proposed spending $5.7 million on a flood prevention project to protect against future floods. Those funds would be matched by $22 million in federal money.

Romney vetoed it.

When you're dealing with a candidate as sketchy and shifty as Romney, his brief record as an elected leader is perhaps the most telling guide you have. Romney has demonstrated an inability to prepare for the future, and then an inability to face the consequences of his actions when the future arrives.

 

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Gay Dude for Romney 1
Yes, but what Goldy and the Huffington Post are too lazy to research is the fact that after Peabody flooded again in May 2006, Romney announced that he supported spending $2 million of state money on flood control for the town. Wikipedia [214].

Governors have to balance budgets, even with matching federal funds, unlike presidents and their fed chairmans.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on October 30, 2012 at 10:24 AM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 2
Correction. Sorry Goldy, I meant Paul.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on October 30, 2012 at 10:26 AM · Report this
sikandro 3
As Eliot Weinberger points out on the LRB blog: "He has two other qualifications that he continually reiterates. He was once an elected official, having served a term as governor of Massachusetts, back when he was briefly Moderate Mitt, before becoming ‘severely’ conservative. (His constituents have such fond memories of him that they now overwhelmingly support Obama.) "
Posted by sikandro on October 30, 2012 at 10:32 AM · Report this
Pick1 4
@1 So, don't worry, all it will take is 2 Katrinas before Mitt realizes that natural disasters are something you have to plan for.
Posted by Pick1 on October 30, 2012 at 10:32 AM · Report this
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@1
"Yes, but what Goldy and the Huffington Post are too lazy to research is the fact that after Peabody flooded again in May 2006, Romney announced that he supported spending $2 million of state money on flood control for the town."

So it only took one flood for him to realize his error?
How ........ Biblical.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on October 30, 2012 at 10:40 AM · Report this
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@5 -- that is TWO floods. One in 2005. One in 2006. It took TWO floods for him to act.
Posted by bareboards on October 30, 2012 at 10:58 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
@4 yes, but this one damaged 50 mansions in Connecticut and lots of yachts.

It's real when it impacts millionaires, donchaknow.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on October 30, 2012 at 11:19 AM · Report this
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The prospect of a Romney administration becomes more frightening with each passing day. Please, for the love of god, vote.
Posted by floater on October 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM · Report this
mkyorai 9
@1 only a week left before your slog gig ends. 'Course, thats the paradox, right? You're not that rich, otherwise why take a job posting online for Romney? But once the election is over, you're either stuck trusting in Romney's tender mercies to find you some political appointee job, if he wins, or counting on some type of social safety net to cover your newly jobless ass if Obama wins.
Posted by mkyorai on October 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM · Report this
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@1, 2: Countdown to your obsolescence is at T minus 7 days.
Posted by jhops on October 30, 2012 at 11:46 AM · Report this
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Perhaps his handling of those floods is one of the reasons he's not even close in Massachusetts.

Go Elizabeth Warren!
Posted by Patricia Kayden on October 30, 2012 at 12:03 PM · Report this
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@1 -- If you really feel the need to get beaten and degraded, I'm sure there are plenty of people who will satisfy that need without involving the rest of us.
Posted by rocketgeek on October 30, 2012 at 12:20 PM · Report this
Grrr 14
So this is from the same guy that wanted the feds to get out of bailing states out of disasters, right?
Posted by Grrr on October 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM · Report this
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How the hell was Massachusetts ever in a position to be "sitting on millions in unspent emergency funds from Hurricane Katrina?"
Posted by SuperSteve on October 30, 2012 at 6:34 PM · Report this

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