This past Saturday, early voting began in Florida. So I went up to the Winter Park Public Library and I cast my vote – for Obama/Biden and other candidates (as well as voted on certain ballot initiatives) as advised by the AFL-CIO. Just as I did in the last election, I took my AFL-CIO voter guide to the booth with me and followed that as I cast my votes. I figured any candidates & initiatives that the unions supported would be far more friendly to far more working-class Americans.
Not that I would have voted Romney anyway – and these news articles explain why:
While Firefighters Battle Sandy, Romney Eyes Cuts To Firefighter Funding
4 Ways Mitt Romney Botched His Hurricane Sandy Response
And by the way, have a gander at this little conversation in the comments on this one:
Mr. M. Knight said: “It’s the phrase “privatized disaster relief” that really makes me cringe in this article. I just can’t see that going well. “Let’s make a profit from human tragedy” seems to be a recurring meme in business, and it’s about as contemptible as it gets.”
This was followed by a comment from Miss K. Liebman, who said: “It’s called insurance.”
To which, Mr Knight said: “I think that’s kind of a contemptible business, too. Look at say, how health insurers try to avoid paying, or why we need laws about denial of pre-existing conditions.”
J. Kelly said to K Liebmann: “You mean like flood insurance? That isn’t going touch damage to public streets, utilities, open public shelters, maintain rescue and hospital personnel, etc. After Bush, many states simply do not have the resources to fund these critical elements to save lives. Insurance is not an answer in this case. Sorry.”
Yes, apparently Liebman doesn’t realize that damage to public areas doesn’t fix itself. What a myopic woman she is.
Anyway, Ms. M Moon said: “Two years after hurricane Ike people were still waiting for insurance to pay for the costs of roofing/repairing their homes. Insurance isn’t the answer.. but apparently republicans think it’s only poor people that relief goes to in disaster areas?? lol”
Here’s another one: “Liebman, do some research on the hurricanes of 2004, when 4 of them slammed into Florida within a 2 month period. Not only did the insurance agencies find ways to claim that flood insurance didn’t cover water damage, that it was the homeowners insurance for that since it was caused by the roof being torn off by the wind. That would be wind damage. Then homeowners insurance turned around and said that flood damage wasn’t covered under the homeowners policy, that’s what flood insurance is for. Then many of the big insurance companies pulled out of Florida completely, leaving us with nobody to insure our properties. So the state came up with their own Citizen’s insurance, which cost an arm and a leg, if you were lucky enough to qualify and afford it. Even then, it didn’t do enough to help. Perhaps you’ve been a renter all your life and just don’t understand how things work. Regardless, I hope you never have to face what disaster victims go through. It is a nightmare, I can tell you from experience.”
This is quite, quite true. LOTS of people went through this here in FL after the 2004 hurricane season. I was damn lucky.
Another comment: “I’ve lived in Florida and now in New Jersey so I’ve seen first hand how both blizzards and Hurricanes can be especially when it comes to needing aid in disaster situations, Sadly someone who has never had to deal with it, someone who knows nothing about what they’re saying is condescending and down right disgraceful.”
Another: “Just so you know, flood insurance is astronomically expensive to obtain and many companies will not insure people who live in coastal areas or even if their houses are on flood plains, which is the very point of having it in the first place. It doesn’t always work out as smoothly as some would lead others to believe but walk a mile in the shoes of someone who just watched their house float away before you speak.”
And another: “Clearly you don’t know how insurance works. We will all see higher premiums because of this disaster. That’s how they recoup their losses. Imagine if it was all privatized, your premiums for home owners insurance would be 5 times higher under normal conditions and would increase exponentially after a disaster. They HAVE to make a profit. So, with outrageous premiums many could not afford insurance, esp. not all the extras like flood coverage. Privatization does only one thing, create a giant gap between the haves and have nots. Even Romney’s idea of leaving it up to the states to take care of disasters would crush state economies in places that have disasters regularly, like Oklahoma, and state taxes would go through the roof. When it is handled by the feds, using fed. tax dollars, with banks giving low interest and no-interest loans, it is cheaper for everyone and the people whose homes are destroyed and businesses are destroyed are able to get their lives back faster and the local economies return to normal faster. We may be a Capitalist country, but we don’t have to focus on the profit line for everything. Sometimes people just need help.”
Another: “Insurance may pay for some of your damage, but it doesn’t help clear the debris, help find emergency shelter, pass out food and water, set up porta potties and showers, help relocate high schools and hospitals, and all kinds of things that an organization like FEMA does. Come visit us here in the Joplin MO area and we can tell you about disasters and what the states and private groups can and can’t do.”
That’s enough of that for now. And that’s the problem with the 1%ers like Romney – he is so completely out of touch with the rest of America, he has no idea and can’t even mentally picture/fathom what life at our end of the spectrum is like. If his home is ever threatened by disaster, he can just jet off to somewhere that’s not having a disaster and even buy a whole new home, he’s that rich. That’s “insurance” to him – having enough money in the bank to replace every house, car, boat, whatever that he owns, if it is ever lost.
Here’s another quote by him that disturbed me a great deal:
How can I vote for someone like this??
Romney Advocated Privatizing FEMA For Disaster Response
He really utterly disgusts me. Such a privileged, out of touch, snotty brat. He’s basically just one of those rich kids you ran into in school who thought he had the world by the tail and a downhill push, and he acted like it and still acts like it. Unbelievable.