Mitt’s Soup Kitchen Moment — PLEASE SHARE

In anticipation of the impending tragedy of massive hurricane Sandy, Barack Obama suspended his campaign and  hastened back to the Situation Room in the White House where he could make sure that the resources of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other national resources would be mustered to respond to the storm.

The Situation Room is the place where he can be in contact with anyone, anywhere immediately.

His sense of urgency and immediacy has garnered praise from the most unlikely of places

Mitt Romney has also been busy.  He suspended his scheduled campaign rally in Ohio and then decided that he should change it into a disaster relief photo opportunity with all of the previously scheduled big names.  I mean why waste a perfectly good photo opportunity, eh?

At this rally, he asked for donations of canned goods and used clothing for the poor disaster victims to be gathered and distributed by the American Red Cross.  Good idea, but:

The American Red Cross can’t use canned goods or used clothing as they state on their website.  In fact such donations actually hinder their work and divert critically needed manpower and monetary resources from critical task:

“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.”

It’s sort of like washing previously cleaned pots and pans.  Actually it is worse than washing previously cleanded pots and pans.  It is like taking the clean pots and pans and throwing them in the mud so that the soup kitchen would have to wash them again.

VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6 AND TELL MITT THAT CRASS PHOTO OPS ARE NOT WHAT WE WANT IN A PRESIDENT.  PLEASE HELP GET OUT THE VOTE.

Food For Thought This Week — PLEASE SHARE

Chris Christie Hurricane Sandy

However, Chris Christie seems to hold a different view:

“Governor Chris Christie this morning formally requested that President Barack Obama declare a pre-landfall emergency for New Jersey. This declaration would allow the State to request funding and other assistance for actions taken in advance of Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to make landfall in New Jersey late Monday evening.”

Governor Christie, a main campaign surrogate for Mitt Romney, also had this to say about President Obama:

“I appreciated the president’s outreach today in making sure that we know he’s watching this and is concerned about the health and welfare and safety of the people of the state of New Jersey.”

Seriously, the pending disaster and possible human tragedy that is Hurricane Sandy and its combined effects with a “Northeaster” is frightening.  I hope that everyone heeds the warnings, seeks shelter, and evacuates low lying areas.  However, it is fair to mention that national calamities like this weather disaster can only be handled by a combined State and Federal effort, not by some privatized agency who will sell you insurance, or whatever, for a fee.

Privatizing disaster relief just will not work and it is foolhardy to think that it would.