Republicans hate FEMA and the job it does so much that they're willing to show their more sociopathic side. It's better to be rugged individuals and rely on the private sector to come to the rescue, whenever that would happen, then to provide people without food, power and life saving help.
Here are two examples that will stun the senses of anyone who does not support of the Republican austerity agenda.
The Hill: Ryan’s Budget Committee, in nonbinding report language attached to the House-passed 2013 budget, called for all disaster relief to “be fully offset within the discretionary levels provided in this resolution.”
In other words, Congress would have to agree on cuts elsewhere in the budget if it wanted to dole out funds after a disaster. This idea was so far out of the mainstream that even Republican legislators abandoned the idea.
The most frightening face of all is that of Mitt Romney. He appears here as an unaffected and unconcerned voyeur of the disaster, smiling and coldly spouting "concern."
Of course the sociopath that would be president is only making things worse...
AmericaBlog: Coming on the heels of the Romney campaign apparently confirming Mitt Romney’s earlier promise to shut down FEMA and move its duties to the states, the news that Team Romney’s token “hurricane relief” effort is making things worse for disaster relief agencies is yet another example of how everything Mitt Romney touches – even disasters – end up a disaster. All well and good except, of course, that it’s the opposite of what disaster relief experts advise you to do. In fact, they warn that such efforts actually “hinder” relief. Had the Romney campaign bothered reading the Red Cross Web site to see WHAT was needed, or even simply asked someone at the Red Cross,they’d have known this. And I quote from the Red Cross Web site: 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.Oh, and I thought this was interesting from a guy who'll work with both parties...
Buzzfeed: Republican nominee Mitt Romney reached out to GOP allies on Monday in advance of Hurricane Sandy, but he has not spoken Democratic governors in the path of the storm.