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SANDY: Storm proves need for federal help

Letter by Fred LaMotte, Steilacoom on Oct. 31, 2012 at 1:04 pm with No Comments »
October 31, 2012 1:33 pm

Though a citizen of Tacoma, I was raised in Philadelphia, spending summers at the Jersey shore. It breaks my heart to see the devastation there.

Watching President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie respond to this disaster demonstrates just how irrelevant Mitt Romney is now.

Romney and Paul Ryan disdain the very concept of federal assistance, which my friends and relatives in Jersey desperately need. Romney would break our public labor unions, eviscerate the Federal Emergency Management Agency and “privatize” emergency aid, throwing us to the mercy of corporate scalpers.

Incidentally, FEMA only has 7,000 full-time employees and regularly forms partnerships with local contractors. FEMA is not a socialist institution.

At the Republican National Convention, Romney mocked global warming. But this is the year when nature herself proves global warming a reality, not a theory.

God bless President Obama and all politicians with the vision to warn of rising sea levels, to provide government subsidies for green energy development and to wean us from the devastation wrought by fossil fuels.

God bless government workers and their assistance. God bless our police, firefighters, public health caregivers and first responders. God bless the very concept of American government, which is we the people. I am voting for us.

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