The devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy has brought into sharp focus the urgency of electing a president who stands firmly to protect middle-class and working class families, not just billionaires and millionaires.
In a nutshell, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his penny-pinching running mate Rep. Paul Ryan both have made very, very clear that they plan to:
- Cut FEMA to the bone, by abdicating all responsibility to individual states. This cynical move would effectively eliminate emergency services in most states, which are already suffering mightily in fiscal matters.
- Radically cut federal support for first responders, including fire fighters, police forces, and emergency responders.
- Kill health care coverage for uninsured Americans who desperately seek medical services after catastrophes such as Hurricane Sandy.
- Ignore climate change conditions, that most in the scientific community believe plays an major role in causing record-shattering natural disasters in recent years.
Who could possibly forget Mr. Romney's Republican convention speech when he sarcastically sneered at President Obama for his ambitious climate-change goals "to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet."
I heartily concur with Bill Clinton's comments today that "Maybe Mitt Romney shouldn't be making fun of global warming." Said the former President about Mitt Romney:
"... You remember what he did? He ridiculed the president. Ridiculed the president for his efforts to fight global warming in economically beneficial ways. He said, 'Oh, you're going to turn back the seas.'
"In my part of America, we would like it if someone could've done that yesterday. All up and down the East Coast, there are mayors, many of them Republicans, who are being told, 'You've got to move these houses back away from the ocean. You've got to lift them up. Climate change is going to raise the water levels on a permanent basis. If you want your town insured, you have to do this.' In the real world, Barack Obama's policies work better."
Federal policies matter in the lives of all Americans. Elections therefore greatly matter.
As hard as it is to believe, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan plan to strip away most policies that help American men, women, and children during life-threatening emergencies, including catastrophic natural disasters.
After the death and terrible destruction our nation just witnessed during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I honestly believe that the only credible presidential choice of ethical, clear-thinking Americans of goodwill is President Obama.
The uncaring, extremist alternative in 2012 is simply unthinkable for the future of America and Americans.