“Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.” — Mitt Romney, arguing federal disaster relief is an “immoral” debt, that it “makes no sense.”
HERE’S YOUR ALTERNATIVE, PEOPLE! The All-Mighty Private Sector:
6dogs9cats: So this is the picture we can expect? Millions without and they send enough for 4 families.
Unfortunately, due to logistical constraints the Red Cross does not accept or solicit individual donations or collections of items. Items such as collected food, used clothing and shoes must be sorted, cleaned, repackaged and transported which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel.
The Red Cross does accept bulk quantities of product and services when these items meet our service delivery needs. These donations typically come from manufacturers, suppliers, and/or distributors that can package the items in bulk, palletize them and transport them directly to Red Cross sites. Financial contributions allow the Red Cross to purchase exactly what is needed for a disaster relief operation. Monetary donations also enable the Red Cross to purchase relief supplies close to the disaster site which avoids delays and transportation costs in getting basic necessities to disaster victims. Because the affected community has generally experienced significant economic loss, purchasing relief supplies in or close to the disaster site also helps to stimulate the weakened local economy.
Romney is, like President Barack Obama, linking a Red Cross donations page on his website. But he’s more actively touting this counterproductive faux relief effort, at the same time he attempts to disguise that in a Romney presidency, people facing disaster wouldn’t have much else to rely on after he cut emergency response funding.
But here’s a thought: The Romney campaign could use this photo op to rectify the damage done by a previous photo op and actually help those in need by donating the supplies to the soup kitchen targeted by angry Republicans after its director said Paul Ryan had “ramrodded” his way in to do a photo op washing clean dishes there.