Sunday, November 4, 2012

Shut-up Stupid Sunday: Florida

Right now Florida is labeled a toss-up in Presidential election. I have no idea why anyone who lives in Florida would even consider voting for Mitt Romney.

Florida gets hit constantly by hurricanes, and relies on FEMA to rescue them. Mitt Romney has said he wants to get rid of FEMA and turn rescuing people over to private companies. How that would work I have no idea. Even the largest insurance companies have pulled out of Florida.

For some other states I can see the appeal. Here in Kentucky we need FEMA every few years. Without FEMA our state government could work out a way plan to save up before a disaster, have the resources available and be ready to deal with the disasters that strike a few times a decade. All we would need is wise lawmakers who cared about their constituents. Okay, we'd be doomed without FEMA.

Florida doesn't even have that option. There have been years that Florida has been hit by four major hurricanes in one summer. Even if the state put emergency management as it's number one priority it can't deal with that on a state level.

In the rest of the nation we do enjoy the benefits that having Florida around brings. Orange Juice, a southern seaport, the space program. It's a win-win situation. Unless as a state, Florida were to tax the hell out of these things, they don't have the money to deal with all the disasters that come their way.

Florida, more than any other state, needs the resources only the Federal Government can provide. Mitt Romney wants to get rid of that support for them, and its voters are split on who to vote for.

So to the voters in Florida, I say, “Shut-up Stupid. Your entire economy is built on having the Federal Government come in a save you every few years. You have a choice between Obama who has shown with hurricane Sandy how the federal government can deal with a disaster, getting praise from one of his harshest critics. Or Mitt Romney, who has said he wants to get rid of that support. Why is this even a question?”

By Darrell B. Nelson author of I KILLED THE MAN THAT WASN'T THERE


Stephanie Barr said...

Wasn't the first time they were clueless for the most asinine reasons.

On the other hand, my state isn't a toss-up but is red to the core.

I voted anyway, but I don't expect it to have much effect.

Darrell B. Nelson said...

Take heart, your state won't be red to the core much longer. The changing demographics of rural Texas make it impossible for the GOP (as it exists now) to keep the state after 2020.