Romney campaign “hindering” and “impeding” Hurricane Sandy relief

UPDATE: Mitt Romney continues to interfere with Hurricane Sandy response in an effort to use Sandy as an “opportunity” to bolster his presidential bona fides.

.@andreamsaul: Gov. Romney has also been in touch with [VA] Governors Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie about storm preparation

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.

Yesterday we learned via ABC’s Emily Friedman that Romney campaign was pitching in and gathering supplies to donate for hurricane relief:

Romney hurricane relief

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.

It “impedes” relief efforts, it doesn’t help.  The Red Cross prefers money because it’s far easier to handle, and can be spent where it’s most needed and on what is most needed.

Why didn’t the Romney campaign contact the Red Cross?  Unless their goal was not to actually help people affected by Hurricane Sandy, but rather to use yet another national tragedy as an “opportunity.”

There’s that devastating word again: “opportunity.”

A real life example of good intentions gone wrong: The Joplin, MO tornado of May 22, 2011.

Look at what the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, under Republican Governor Mitch Daniels, had to say about the damage caused by people donating goods instead of money:

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has been asked to spread the word that unsolicited goods and volunteers are hindering the effectiveness of response and recovery efforts in Joplin, Missouri.

Emergency responders in Missouri say that critical resources and personnel in the affected area are being redirected from the important work of response and relief to managing what has become a deluge of unneeded donated items and independent volunteers.

The single best way to help disaster survivors is with a cash donation to a legitimate relief agency, such as the American Red Cross, operating in the area.

And putting aside for a moment the Romney campaign’s intent, they botched it either way.  During a national crisis the Romney campaign didn’t have its act together enough to avoid sending the wrong signal to the American people.  They sent the message that Americans should collect relief supplies, and that message will now hinder Hurricane Sandy relief.

He just had to stick his nose in it, as always.

These people are dangerous as candidates.  Imagine what they’d do if they had any power.


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  • john smith

    It sounds like “trickle down” relief as far as the Red Cross goes. And
    FEMA seems to be a joke, didn’t they learn anything from Katrina

  • robsytles

    It sounds like “trickle down” relief as far as the Red Cross goes. And FEMA seems to be a joke, didn’t they learn anything from Katrina? They were soliciting bids for someone to supply water and distribute it to the victims of the hurricane.

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  • Jack Tilders

    When I read those words I am still in shock “Mitt Romney continues to interfere with Hurricane Sandy response in an
    effort to use Sandy as an “opportunity” to bolster his presidential bona
    fides.”. Horrible, just horrible! Riding off the backs of those poor people who were devastated by Sandy. – Jack Tilders

  • GracePK

    Romney was following the liberal rules.  We are constantly being asked to fill a bag with food. Our kids are taught that you show that you CARE by giving cans of food. There are food drives going on constantly to show how much we CARE.  This kind if ‘GIVING GOODS & FOOD to prove that you CARE is forever being shoved down ours and our children’s throats by Liberals.
    So why is it that Romney collecting goods for people in Sandy’s path is BAD. But President Obama walking along, holding hands with Christy, promising government help that doesn’t come, means Obama is GOOD. Promises by Obama is better than action by Romney.  Okay, that makes sense. NOT !!!!

  • Rest

    What a disgrace and total BS – NO vote for Obama tomorrow for sure………….

  • CEHE123

    Probably not, we were hit by the tornadoes in April of last year in Alabama. I never saw the Red Cross even one time in my area. We saw neighbors helping neighbors immediately and church groups handing out food for weeks. I think it is very suspicious for an organization to be only asking for money. It didn’t seem too hard for the local groups for our community here to take donations and distribute them. It makes you wonder where the money is going. If they want anything from me, it won’t be money.

  • truthseeker

    Wow, this story is ridiculous. You take some text from the FAQ section of the red cross website asking people not to bring food and used closes to local donation centers and turn it into a BS story that someone that is taking things that people need directly to the disaster site is some how hindering relief efforts. This site and everyone that write for it are a joke!! You should be ashamed. You people don’t know new and journalism from you’re own A$$es! Got to love the internet. Any idiot can say anything.

  • UhHuh

     I suggest that you go back and really read the article.  Then, turn off Fox News and please take the time to listen to just about any other unbiased news source.  What you will hear will be radically different than what you’re used to hearing from the propaganda channels.  Please get your facts straight.

    People aren’t about to praise those who are using tragedy for personal gain.  The only reason you’ve commented here is because “your boy” Romney was caught once more trying to profit from the pain of others, and you’re angry about it!  I only wish that you were “angry” enough to recognize who and what your candidate really is and does, and to realize that he doesn’t have anyone’s interests at heart unless they are also exceedingly rich.

    As for Obama, even Republican Governors have praised his response to Hurricane Sandy to the skies.  You can’t ask more of a President than that he do his job exceedingly well…which is far more than Bush, Cheney, or “Heckuva Job Brownie” ever did.

  • UhHuh

     Assuming that what you wrote is actually true, I doubt very much if the Dodd-Frank Act is solely to blame. 

    I also doubt very much if you were ‘…better off before’.  NO ONE except the ultra-rich were ‘…better off before’…Bush, Cheney, Rove, and all their little Wall Street friends made sure of that!

  • UhHuh

     Your post speaks for itself…”Romney has done more to help than any of the loser’s posting on this website, and you all know who you are!  6 more days bitches!”

    Many who have posted here are people with heavy experience volunteering with disasters under their belts. 

    And yet, “Romney has done more to help” than anyone else here has…? 

    You make us all laugh, not just with all your idiotic suppositions but with your utter lack of proper English grammar and punctuation.

    Regarding the election…unless the GOP manages MORE massive voter suppression and fraud to bolster up Romney’s numbers, Obama will win.

    It’s a sad day when one party routinely stoops to fraud, voter suppression, and outright lying and cheating to “win” an election, isn’t it?  The GOP would be hanging their heads in shame, if they had any.

  • UhHuh

     Once again, Flubber, all bluster and no facts. 

    Mormonism HAS been classified as a CULT (albeit a very large and widespread one) by professional cult de-programmers.  Frankly, as long as they kept to themselves and didn’t try to influence elections or enact laws impacting other people, most of us here couldn’t care less WHAT they believed.  But ay, there’s the rub…they DO NOT keep to themselves…and they control the operation and the laws of an entire state.

    Most everyone here recognizes you for the troll that you are. 

  • Really?

     That’s a really funny comment, coming from a right-winger…IT IS THE RIGHT-WING that “plays politics with everything”…living proof of that is the nightmare that Congress has been since 2010, refusing to pass virtually any bill or program on behalf of the American People.  The suffering that has come from their strategy of “playing politics with everything” has occurred on a massive scale…

    If folks are trying to help, then they should do what is most effective, wouldn’t you agree?  That would be much better than posing and giving the APPEARANCE of help, wouldn’t it? 

    At least Obama is doing his job properly, which is more than one could ever say for the likes of Romney, Bush, and “Heckuva-Job Brownie”…

  • REALRedCrossVolunteer

    The thing about donation drives is that they are usually done when nothing is going on.  This gives the RC the time they need to take to go over every item and make sure it is safe and in good shape.

  • mjazzguitar

    It sounds like “trickle down” relief as far as the Red Cross goes. And FEMA seems to be a joke, didn’t they learn anything from Katrina? They were soliciting bids for someone to supply water and distribute it to the victims of the hurricane.
    Where in the article does it say Romney was trying to give it to the Red Cross anyway?

  • REALRedCrossVolunteer

    Wow, 4 million dollars.  How many were affected?  Lets say one million.  That means the RC has $4.00 per person to spend to help them.  I’m thinking it probably is gonna take a lot more money to help everyone out there.  So just what is gonna be left for the RC to abscond with?  Geez.

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  • Edwards

    People do donate to FEMA – It’s called taxes.

  • REALRedCrossVolunteer

    Eleanor, thank you for that.  The one thing I do know is that in all the years I have been involved with disasters, I have yet to see Mormon Helping Hands anywhere near.  And your explanation explains it.  Looks like flubber1 has had to throw his unknowledgeable and probably made up troll rebuttal in replay.  I like that he uses that same phrase:  Talk to a Bishop to answer your questions.  I believe that’s a direct quote from MRomney.

  • REALRedCrossVolunteer

    fubber1, for a troll you are a real piece of work.  You don’t like to really read anything either.  Very obvious from your posts.  So here is a little education if you can pay attention long enough:

    Most of the time the ARC is the first to respond, though most people only hear about it if they do not.  As for donations of junk, you would not believe the junk I have seen brought in when we do drives.   One person actually thought it was OK to give us all his used toothbrushes, since he didn’t know where else to get rid of them.  Used, torn clothing, mismatched shoes, expired foods, moldy bread, moldy sheets, I really could go on and on.  Since I’ve been doing this for over 30 years, I have seen a lot.  I’m not running my mouth off, just giving you the benefit of my experience so you don’t have to learn how to research this kind of thing.

    Yes, everyone wants to help, some in specific ways, and there are places that will take that help because they are set up to.  The ARC is not.  Yes, I see what is in people’s hearts, I taught First Aid, CPR, and many disaster classes over the years and got to see into a lot of people’s hearts.  I did Emergency assistance to Families and saw the sorrow and loss in their hearts.  And I worked out in the cold doing damage assessment in a foot of water and watched people heckling from the higher banks.  And I’ve read the comments from many folks on this thread trashing the ARC because they really have no clue.  I have a pretty good idea of who to be nice to.  So give ME a break and stop going on about things you have no knowledge of.

    OK, I will now return this thread to its regularly scheduled trolls and debaters.

  • UhHuh

     No, I read that wrong.  You’re saying that because YOU and your family “prepared”, everyone else who is in a life-or-death situation should just lump it?  As the poster below said, if your house is destroyed, it doesn’t matter how many ‘preparations’ you had…more often than not, all of it would be gone.  Should they just ‘do without’ because their supplies didn’t survive the storm?  What about those who had no extra money to ‘prepare’–should they just refuse all ‘free handouts’ too? 

     I wish I could say that I was shocked by your attitude and total lack of compassion, but since your beliefs seem to be the political platform of the Republican Party these days…I suppose we can’t expect any more that that from you or your ilk. 

    If I had my ‘druthers’, I’d be voting for Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala…candidates who have a long history of caring for all people everywhere.  Since people such as you insist on voting for that tool, Romney, I’m afraid that I have no choice but to vote Obama just to make sure that we don’t end up with another “let-them-eat-cake” type in high political office. 

  • UhHuh

     Really?  You and your family are affected by the storm, and you will refuse the “free handout” aid offered to your family to help them weather this disaster without being harmed…?  WOW.  Isn’t that taking personal pride just a little too far…?!?

  • UhHuh

     Really.  Well, RobK, you’d be wrong there; I have.  As someone who has also volunteered in several disaster situations, I know far more about all of this than I would care to discuss. 

    The real issue throughout this whole campaign (and this article, for that matter) IS…WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?  The real facts are there for all who choose to look into them. (I’ll give you a hint: it’s NOT Mr. Romney.)

  • UhHuh

     Yes, they are.  They are watching Obama handle Hurricane Sandy so well that even Republican Governors are praising him to the skies. They are also watching all of the posing and the shenanigans that Mitt & Co. have been doing, both now and throughout this entire campaign. 

    Thank God most of the American People are wise to what is really going on!  They see the massive difference between what Obama has done and what Romney & Co. have done…and they are going to make the correct choice…Obama in 2012.

  • UhHuh

     That’s exactly what Flubber is.  If you read the rest of his posts, they all read the same way: all bluster, no facts. 

    But you know how it is…that’s the right-wing way of coping with reality…the truth hurts so much that they feel like they really have no choice but to spout all the spin that their party dumps their way.

  • UhHuh

     I post FACTS, Flubber.  FACTS MATTER, bud…facts matter!   It’s no accident that you always seem to get yours wrong.  Give us all a break and give it a rest…people just aren’t buying what you’re selling. 

    Now tool on back to Karl and get your paycheck for your trolling here…

  • UhHuh!

     Flubber, as a paid right-wing troll, you’re not in any position to talk.  I’ve been posting FACTS, pal.  FACTS MATTER, Flubber.  FACTS MATTER.

  • UhHuh

     Not so; if you’d been volunteering a lot, you would know that.  Many of those who have posted HAVE ACTUAL EXPERIENCE in this area, Flubber.  I’d be willing to bet a great deal that you’re just another “armchair” poster, like so many others here.

  • UhHuh

     No, I’m not an atheist.  I’m simply wise to all the tricks that the right-wing pulls, is all. 

    Too bad you are not wise to them.

  • UhHuh

     What can I say to any of what you just posted except…WOW.  Clearly you haven’t done any of your own research, have you?  If you had, you’d know that all of that is a bunch of spin to cover up who Romney really IS and what he’s really done. 

    Clearly, you can’t save some people from themselves…this is the case with much of the right-wing out there…

  • UhHuh

     Yes, YOUR blind eyes!  The right-wing would know BEST about THAT subject, since you spend all your time listening to Rush and watching Fox…

  • UhHuh

    “The south always rises to any occasion and disaster. We can be counted
    on!!!  and we don;t look are party affiliation, sex, religion, skin
    color, etc…………..we help everyone in need!!”

    Really.  I don’t know which ‘south’ you’re from…but this completely flies in the face of the way that things really are and have been for a great while. 

  • UhHuh

     Let us hope, then, that you never need them!  If you ever do, you will be singing a different tune.

  • REALRedCrossVolunteer

    Limdamp, you need to do some research before you run your mouth again.  You DO NOT EVER have to pay back what you get from the ARC.   EVER.  It IS NOT a loan.  It is to help you get thru the first few days and no one will ever take it back.  Got it?  Don’t believe me?  Go do some research then.

  • Mrs. Lovey Howell

    You don’t deserve ours either.  Idjit

  • Guest

    We will probably never know since most earnest and sincere people don’t sound an alarm when they give.  

  • Guest

    I don’t think you get what the poster is saying. This is about THE RED CROSS.  Not about random donations to other organizations.  Governor Romney said he intended to donate these items to THE RED CROSS, but didn’t bother to check their donation guidelines.  Since he didn’t, the people who would most benefit from these items won’t get them in time.  Why?  Because of Red Cross guidelines!  The items have to be inspected, cleaned, sorted, stored and transported.

    Had he opted to coordinate with another organization that *does* take these things, or found a way to get these items directly to the people that needed them (IOW, without a middle-mad) there wouldn’t have been a problem.  But again, organizations that you’re going to donate to, even ones I can’t stand like the Red Cross, do have guidelines that should be followed, especially when you’re dealing with a disaster.

  • Jaclfc

    Obama doesn’t deserve my vote or respect

  • Guest

    I couldn’t agree more, Frances.  

  • Guest

    You do realize that a lot of these people DID prepare.  But there’s not much you can do to protect a house in the path of a huge hurricane.  

    Your lack of compassion is not surprising.  But what is surprising, though, is your lack of common sense.  When a storm blows your house down, everything, including all your so-called PREPARATIONS go with it.  DUH.Here’s to hoping that if you are ever faced with a similar tragedy, someone like ME, rather than someone like YOU, will be there to help.

  • Guest

    First of all, Mitt Romney is stupid.  If he had bothered to check with the Red Cross, he would’ve seen that all that “stuff” will just bog down their relief efforts, and God knows they don’t need any outside help getting bogged down.  They do quite well f-ing stuff up on their own.  It would have been just as easy (for photo op purposes) for Romney to collect money at his “relief rally” rather than a bunch of “stuff” that has to be inspected, cleaned and sorted.  

    Secondly, I wouldn’t send the Red Cross a dime.  Not after all the shenanigans during 911, when it was found that not all the money they collected would go to the victims.  They decide IF, WHEN and WHERE the money goes.  Also, during Katrina, it took them forever to get to New Orleans, but the Salvation Army found a way to get a truck into the worst area a day after the storm hit.  They were serving meals and water even before FEMA arrived nearly five days later. Not to mention the fact that the people at the top of the Red Cross’ “charitable” organization make huge salaries.   

    Thirdly, speaking of the Salvation Army, the Red Cross isn’t the only game in town.  The Salvation Army has been around since forever and are doing great work across the country.  They helped my family when I was a kid living in a poor neighborhood.  They were there for the community. For this, I will forever be grateful to them.

  • Solid

    YEAH REALLY!!!! you are not only one effected by the storm SO AM I and my family NO MORE FREE HANDOUTS!!!!! Should have prepared!!!! GO MITT

  • PAM

     Really???

  • really?

    my family is one of many devasted by Sandy, I have to say that I have never been more offended in my life than by some of the comments that I have read below.  I’d like to first state that because I am in a situation does not mean that I will accept anything, nor should I be made to feel that I am suppossed to. 

    Clothing:  Clothing has to be inspected for germs, bacterias and bed bugs.  what good is your help if it makes my family sick anyway.

    Furthermore, used clothing is only as good as the person that it fits, if clothes are a certain size then that article of clothing will sit around until someone that size needs it while others who need will not have anything.

    Food: people that donate food normally start in their cupboaards and almost never pay attention to the expiration date.  

    Secondly, granola bars?  Are kidding me.  The people here want a hot meal, not the human version of a dog biscuit.

    When giving food to a vast majority of people, you have to be conscious of health issues, potential allergies, and religiouns, especially in the greater new york area.  

    Lastly, and most important, why would give a person that has no shelter, heat, hot water, energy, or cooking gas any type of food that requires preparation andor storage.  Idiots is what they are. 

    As for my self, I didn’t need nor would have subcomb myself to the need if I didn’t have to, at first I felt bad for felling that way, but after having read the below comment from apparaently what is the other 53%, I am glad that I didn’t.

    His is worth over 25 million, his campaign collected nearly 1 billioin, the $5000 his aides spent on remanufactured, clone grown food, priceless. 

  • Lindamp2

    and the money you do get from ARC is in the form of a loan right???  with the exception of maybe $100.00 everything else you have to pay back.  That’s not being  charitable with money that was give as a charitable donation in the first place. 

  • Lindamp2

    Here in TN were were devasted by the flood of 2010 and obama never came here to survey the damage or even do a fly over.  It was 9 days after the flood that Janet Napatano came to Nahville.  Buy than Tennesseans had joined together and cleaned the place up ourselves. 
    BTW, FEMA is a joke.  I feel sorry for all those people up north, soon they will find out what a joke FEMA is when they start rejecting their claims!!!

  • Lindamp2

    i’d rather give my time or anything I have to give but I will never donate to the red cross!!  Not after Haiti and Katrina!!!!!  RED CROSS is a huge beauratic scam IMHO.

  • Alex M

    Obana sux at many things but Romney is just doing it all wrong all the time! He cares about fetuses and not about women, tries to implement economic miracle that Bush tried and failed, flip flops on most of the things he says – he’s a recipe for major disaster! 

  • Lindamp2

    what on earth did people do before expiration dates were put one food products???  my, my my!!Than I guess we need to outlaw all those canned good drives that the US Postals service does twice a year, and what about second harvest food bank? They are from donations given by private citizens?Yea Red Cross did alot of good for those poor souls in Haiti.  Billions of dollars raised for the earthqake releif and still they are living in squaller in Haiti!!.People in NY and NJ are begging for simple supplies like clothing and toilet paper for heaven sake!!!! NOT a fistfull of dollars that they can’t spend right now!!!!

  • Lindamp2

    You have to understand Bones, you are talking about the south when you mention FL, Al, MS. and LA.  The south is a completely different breed of people.  We help our fellow neighbors in need regardless.  We’ll go thru hell and high water to help.  Look at AL, they drove 4 utility trucks to NJ to help to get their power back on and were turned away because they weren’t union  or  would not comply with union alliliation.
    The south always rises to any occasion and disaster. We can be counted on!!!  and we don;t look are party affiliation, sex, religion, skin color, etc…………..we help everyone in need!!
    Romney would have those truck loads go to whereever they were needed, not necessarily just the Red Cross!!!

  • Kathyhill007

    I think media is so biased toward Obama, showcasing every move he makes, that it is truly pathetic.
    Romney makes a huge attempt at his own expense to help during the disaster, and it is shot down as a campaign manuever….while once again Obama is exaulted because he is willing to kick in help that doesn’t cost him a dime out of his own pocket.  Justice will be done…maybe not now…..but justice will be done.  How is it that Romney contributed 19% of his income to Charity last year and Obama contributed 3% of his and of course Biden 1%. ?  Why does Romney get the rap for not caring about the poor when he and his family have done mission work before he even had his eyes on leading our country?  People with no heart for the poor do not do mission work!  The Lord hates uneven scales….!!!!!!  A sincere man of God doing all in his power to help and berated to make Obama once again look like the king of all.
    Someone needs to get on their knees and ask forgiveness for the lies and cover ups that have occurred during this campaign…it is a disgrace!!

  • a person

    Funny that a photo op is what Obama’s been after too. Why do both sides act like their candidate is god when both are just men?

  • Frances

    In my humble opinion the “Red Cross” would say that for the reason they do everything else…..to get people to send your money to the Red Cross. They wouldn’t get a red dime from me under ANY circumstances.  They, along with the HSUS and other giant NON PROFIT organizations, are beneath contempt.

  • kn2

    the charitable organizations that tell me that what I have to give isn’t good enough -  or that say ” we only want your money”  – will be the LAST organization I give ANYTHING to period. People who have lost every single item of clothing and blankets in a flood or fire, want clothing period. They will gladly take a sack of groceries and a blanket or sweatshirt – not just a debit card that they have no way to use since there is no gas or stores or restaurants open! GIVE TO YOUR CHURCHES or RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION CHARITIES – they know how to best take care of the community and who needs help with in their congregations. Since this is obviously a left liberal blog – I’m sure you  would rather die waiting for a government agency to give you a hand out than take anything from the church.

  • MikeinSanJose

     PROVE IT!  Show me a link to any verifiable Non-teabagger or other republican propaganda source that says Romney actually donated money for Hurricane Sandy relief.  I’m not talking the $5000 he spent to buy all the canned goods for his ‘supporters’ to ‘donate’ for his photo opp.  I want HARD EVIDENCE that Mr. Mittens Romney actually made any sort of financial contribution out of the goodness of his heart with no desire for publicity or any other sort of payback.

    $5000 to Mittens is less than a penny to normal folk, and won’t go very far at all in this situation.  Show me something REAL!  Something SUBSTANTIAL!!  And none of this “But but but…  OBAMA” bullshit!  Mitt opened this door, stop trying to distract from the facts, asshole.

    You sound like a trained monkey.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    you really don’t have any information do you? You wouldn’t know a cult if it bit you in the butt.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    What ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    No! The church has helped other churches of different faiths from Catholic, Baptists and even Muslim religion. Not many churches do that. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    Eleanor, you are  very wrong on every level of your comment. Mormon Helping hands has been helping “Disaster Relief” for many, many years, working with other agencies. Most of the time they are there before Fema even gets there because it is done on a local level. They have helped churches of other faiths to rebuild, given food, clothing, medicine and supplies all over the world. As far as Romney is concerned, he has given to those who need it directly without all of the fanfare that many other prominent or famous people crave so that the media can catch them in the act of them doing it. Yes, he does give tithings and fast offerings which help the poor, and needy. You need to do a lot more research. Go to the actual source instead of a 3rd or 4th party for your information. Go visit an LDS church and talk to a Bishop to answer your questions so that you are more informed. Get the facts. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    I have seen the Red Cross, Fema in action and have had to clean up the mess that Fema created after the fact. True that Red Cross does a lot of good, but on the other hand there is so much red tape that it is hard to get anything done on a timely manner. Some of you make it sound as though the common person is going to go out of their way to give out bad food, water and dirty clothes. Give me a break. Be  nice for a change!!! instead of running the mouth off, see what’s in peoples hearts. Everyone wants to help, just in different ways.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    He Did. That was the 1st thing he did. Did Obama??? I doubt it. Oh that’s right he needs to have the media there to prove he did it and make him look good. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    He Did. That was the 1st thing he did. Did Obama??? I doubt it. Oh that’s right he needs to have the media there to prove he did it and make him look good. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    if you would do a little research, Romney did ask what he could do to help and the MEDIA turned it around. But so what else is new.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    I think you need to take your own advise. You project a very negative outlook on life in general. It shows with all of the comments you have posted. You can’t seem to understand when someone is trying to do something good, you have to find the bad. What good has Obama done for the common person? Very little!!! How much time has he spent in shmoosing with the late night crowd?? How much golf has he put it? alot!! You see, most people want someone who is not there to entertain the people but to be serious enough to be at every meeting that he is supposed to attend (Your boy, does not have a good record on that, Look it up) Also, he has very little appreciation for the little guy and small businesses. Look it up. You very quickly discredit anyone who disagrees with you. You must have a very sad and lonely life.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    Thank you, someone with brains and knows what really is going on. I couldn’t have said it any better.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    UhHuh, I think you have said way to much and have spewed to much negative poison for the last 2 days. Go poison some where else. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    No one donates a half-used bottle of shampoo. Get real. have you even seen a Relief Drive???? by the sounds of it you really have no clue. People go out of their way to donate good items, because they know it is what they would want if they needed it. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    He did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    He Did, or don’t you read!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    At least Romney is doing something, What are you doing to help? Nothing…it’s easier to sit on a bar stool or at home with a can of Coors or something and trash the good things that some people are doing. If you were in the same situation and you were hungry or cold, would you turn down the help or would you scorn it? Something to think about.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    You must be an Athiest.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    Don’t always believe what you read in the media. How many times did Obama flib flop before he was president? A LOT!! Look it up instead of licking his shoes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    How do you know he doesn’t help them in so many ways? Are you there helping with the bowl. spoon, soup, a blanket, warm clothes? I don’t think so. How do you know he didn’t give all of that to someone along with the table and chair and a warm place to eat it in. Get real and do something, instead of spewing stupid statements.!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    UhHuh, you really do not know what you are talking about. #1 there is no Mormon Church Basement. If you knew anything about the church you would have known not to say such a stupid thing as that. Who cares where the money is from as long as it helps those that need it. #2). you really do not know the sacrifices and the actual rolling up the sleeves that Romney has done since he was a youth, which is more than a lot of people have done. You have no idea all of the service that Romney has done for a lot of people. You need to do some actual research before you start spewing poison about other people you have shown you know nothing about.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    Truth is in the eye of the beholder or in this case “The Blind Eye”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    I think you need to look some things up. #1). Romney didn’t screw anything up despite what the Left media has to say. He found out what he needed to do and started Relief Efforts in several places so that they could be shipped to where they needed to go and using other agencies who could distribute the items where they are most needed in a more timely manner than what Red Cross and Fema are doing. The gears of the Government run just a bit slower than what people really need. #2). Do you think that Your boy Obama isn’t using this to his advantage? You would have to be deaf, dumb and blind to not know it. That is why he spent so much time in Jersey. What about the other places that were effected? Another example is all of the different disasters that have happened last year. The president didn’t make a big deal about them. A fly by. A short stop over. Heck there were complete towns completely obliterated and they were denied Federal Funding. #3). Most people know (if they have any brains) that the economy screw ups have been building up or the last 25 years. But what most people are concerned with and for good reason is that Obama has done very little to help the common man. He spends more time playing golf or shmoosing with late night tv hosts than running a country. Get off your high horse and do some research.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    Hate to tell you, but when you are starving and cold you would think twice. If you are so worried about tampering there are a lot of people who would be willing to donate their time to look for things like that. I’m sure asked, you would have an army of people who would be more willing to do so. I understand where you are coming from, but not all people have the luxury to donate even $10.00 for relief. There are alot of people who can not donate blood for various reasons. But don’t think that ALL people who donate in other ways are deviant and want to harm someone or are only donating dirty, junky stuff. There are alot of people who really care. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    OH BROTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67CL6IBZWH7LDAQCOR3Y3HC5H4 fubber1

    No it doesn’t. Most people donate things that are good, clean, and within the expiration date. I have worked donating to. The Red cross is so tied up in Red Tape that it is hard for anyone to help. They do do a lot of good, but there are others that do just as much good and sometimes faster work than the Red Cross. People need things NOW, not 10 or 15 days from now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimmygirl1 Janne Gee

    You know, if you negative people would keep from finding fault things would get done a lot faster. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if it had been “Obama” doing the relief aid, you would PRAISING his name to the highest rafters. Don’t deny it. I am really sick and tired along with more than half of America with negative comments about how awful Romney is. Yet, you will practically lick the shoes that Obama wears and that he can do no wrong. Such one sided reporting. What a disgrace. Everyone is trying to help. There are other agencies who are trying to bring in things without going through the Redcross, which has a habit of being extremely slow in helping. I know, I have seen it with many of the Hurricane relief efforts where we live. I think that putting someone down for not always donating money is wrong. Not everyone can donate money, Remember this is a recession despite what the Democrats say. There are a lot of people who want to give, but have to do it in another way. Get off the negative band wagon and start praising ALL people who try to care.

  • HardHit

    The Red Cross prefers money because when they leave so does the money.  New Jersey will see very little of the millions donated.
    On Day 2 of the storm, there had already been over $4 million donated to the Red Cross, yet they were in New Jersey asking local
    businesses in the hardest struck areas for donations, instead of using that money to purchase the items needed to help the local
    economy that has also been hard struck.   People should donate to FEMA or organizations that are going to actually help NJ recover
    and rebuilt.

  • RobK

     That was directed to whoever you quoted, not you.

  • RobK

     You, my friend, must have never been in a catastrophic situation where you are freezing, starving and have no available cash, water, transportation, etc. Believe me, you would welcome a can of soup, even if it wasn’t handed to you from a Red Cross “emergency expert”. You would eat from a dumpster if you needed to survive. Also, the news was reporting that some areas of NJ were asking for donations of clothing and food because the Red Cross hadn’t arrived yet. Wake up and see the real world.

    Rob

  • UhHuh

    “Yesterday, Mitt Romney had “relief event” in Ohio. To
    bolster the Romney/Ryan talking point that private charity is more
    effective than government management, they encouraged people to bring
    relief aid to the Victory Rally. Romney held up boxes of clothes, food
    and other goods.

    The only problem is that the Red Cross doesn’t accept them.
    Taking food, clothes and goods from Americans in God knows what
    sanitary conditions requires inspecting, cleansing/sterilizing and
    repackaging, all of which costs extra money and man-hours. It also
    results in a hodge-podge of crap that people wanted to get rid of from
    their closets and cupboards. It’s not tailored to the needs of people in
    a crisis area, and it doesn’t allow groups like the Red Cross to
    purchase necessary goods from areas proximal to the disaster and thus
    support local economies.

    What Romney evidently didn’t know, because evidently
    nobody in charge of this “relief event” did a damn bit of planning, is
    that the best thing for relief organizations, for directly responding to
    the needs of victims and refugees, is money.”

    THAT is why so many have commented here.  Listening is important, facts matter. 
     

  • andyou

    As a non-American, you might not be aware that “Heck of a job” or more commonly “Heckuva Job”  is a reference to the horribly inept FEMA head under Bush.  My comment is a criticism of Romney.

  • An Ohioan checking the facts

    According to an article in the Columbus Dispatch (http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/10/30/Romney-has-relief-effort-in-Ohio-for-victims-of-hurricane.html), the Romney campaign was aware of the limitations stated by the national Red Cross organization but then learned that the South Jersey chapter of the Red Cross IS accepting donations of canned goods and other supplies.  The Romney campaign did what they were supposed to by contacting a local agency and confirming the goods could be sent and made arrangements directly with the South Jersey chapter.  People really need to check their facts before getting in a tizzy.

  • RobK

    Here’s the plan. Obama comes through with his college and passport records, Trump gives $5 Million to the Red Cross. That’s a lot of cans of soup…  instead of promises of Gov’t help.

  • 1AUdentist6

    The Left just does not get it…whatever is given by those on the right is always hated by the left.  Tell you what, I will DECREASE my charitable giving to Biden’s level if Obama gets re-elected.  He gave a whopping 1.6% of his income to charity.  I can save a LOT of money by reducing my giving to his levels and I don’t make anything near Biden’s income.  I continually do a great deal of charity out of my practice that I had no idea was so hated by the left…I can stop that too.  Hey, Left…stop hating charitable giving from those on the right or my money can be put to better use!

  • Mardijohns

    Uh….he got all the red tape taken care of in advance so NJ would get aid as soon as possible.  duh!!!!  The Rep. major has been singing Obama’s praises for 3 days now! Don’t you watch the news?

  • Mardijohns

    A blood donation would be awesome because the storm has dealt a huge blow to the available supple. I think I heard they were down some 9000 units in the ny area alone.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6BETUHWA3Q5AXVAYF4KIP6IG4 Hoop23td

    Yeah and who says the Red Cross is the only way to help the people affected by this disaster? There are many other organizations that donate supplies and money that do just as much good as the Red Cross. Just because all the a-holes on this website hate religious groups, and all the great work that they do in our communities every day of the week, don’t delude yourselves into thinking that they are not really helping here. Romney has done more to help than any of the loser’s posting on this website, and you all know who you are! 6 more days bitches!

  • boost

    You realize that the fairness doctrine is actually unconstitutional as it could impede free speech and freedom of the press?  But I guess you wanted to go right along with your big government talking points. 

  • Mya W.

    So, are you saying as a representative of the ARC that this was not a coordinated effort between ARC headquarters and Romney? That you know this for a fact? Because every reporter is saying what the website says but no one seems to really know or can state for a fact that this was or was not the case.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=564357515 Patricia Taylor

    And what of Isaac, just last August?  Obama was not going to go the the storm damaged areas until Romney beat him to it.  Guess Obama didn’t want to be the last man out this time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=564357515 Patricia Taylor

     Exactly!  How dare they?!  Social Workers want to pretend they are doing good for humanity but just want their check and usually end up dropping the ball and people die.  Look it up — not all social workers mind you, but a lot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=564357515 Patricia Taylor

     Why is it that the Red Cross only wants money?  For Profit, much?! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=564357515 Patricia Taylor

     Money is not what’s needed.  What is needed is food and supplies like clothes and toiletries!  Do you really think anyone will be getting that money and going to a bank?  Give me a break!  If that’s your only solution to a disaster like this, then you have no idea.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=564357515 Patricia Taylor

     If you’re a red cross employee — shouldn’t you be WORKING! and not blogging?!  Oh, but then I guess you’re trying to get your $10 that will not go to anyone but the “workers” at the Red Cross.

  • http://twitter.com/tamilane1 tammy lane

    your an idiot..,.  take heed the American people are paying attention

  • Colobear2012

    It is called a battery or crank powered AM/FM radio or NOAA Weather Radio. You know, analog, old fashioned radio? You are aware some AM stations are required to have backup generating capacity to continue broadcasting in an emergency, and NOAA Weather Radio is designed for emergencies.

  • Colobear2012

    It also says CONTACT THE AGENCY FIRST.

  • Colobear2012

    No, it’s not. As a former Red Cross Disaster Relief worker, I can tell you they can’t accept direct donations like that. Think of the huge safety issues this brings up. Potentially expired canned goods, goods laced with poison by some opportunistic psycho. No, really you should donate money to relief organizations. Why? They can go directly to companies and buy pallets of clean, properly packaged and sorted fresh goods that can be used quickly. If someone shows up at a shelter with a car full of canned goods, they’ll be turned away.

    It is one thing to want to help, but there is a such thing as hurting via helping. And donating goods without being solicited hurts.

  • Mixymix03

    Of course the red cross wants your money instead of donations. They have to pay the president of the red cross her million dollar a year salary! They can’t do that with the things people need like food and supplies.
    The left media will do anything to back up the biggest joke of a president this country has ever seen.
    And try to slander someone who is trying to help just because there conservative. You can bet if it was obama doing the same, no one would say a ward except prays!
    GOD save our country!

  • htowner

    LOVE how the Left can ‘play politics’ with everything. Note: IF FOLKS ARE TRYING TO HELP, LEAVE THEM ALONE!  Who cares what party. Thank GOD, Prez Obama is doing what he SHOULD be doing-even if it’s just to try and get votes! 

  • Texomakid

    amen

  • Bones

    What a complete crock.  I personally knew of many people that drove generators, food, ice, water, etc., directly to the people that needed it in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana after Katrina.  I believe the Red Cross when they say it is a hindrance when a bunch of supplies show up unexpectedl at their facilities.  However, if you can deliver directly to shelters, neighborhoods, churches, etc., THAT is a good thing.

  • the_asp

    Mitt Romney’s so called help in Ohio (swing state) was a photo op,  IMHO not too many common sense or critical thinkers here, huh?  He was not a good governor in MA (my state) either!! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000924835392 Michael Zambito

     Jesus your everywhere Amanda

  • Markeson99

    Only a Romney “hater” would put the negative spin on this.  Mitt Romney has a long history of helping others…closing his company to search for a missing girl…try looking it up.  Many large organizations run drives like this after a disaster and what they are doing is no different.  They will need these supplies as they begin the cleanup. They always do.  When you do all the amazing good deeds that Mitt Romney has than you can talk.

  • UhHuh

     Pale, surely you realize that Last doesn’t even understand what facts are, as evidenced by his other responses.   He’s just another paid minion to do KKKarl Rove’s bidding, on the payroll of the Kock (yes, I said that on purpose) Brothers.

  • UhHuh

    Then I suspect that you’ll be waiting a long time.   Obama will win, unless there’s a massive voter fraud issue on the part of the GOP…which looks likely considering all the outright corruption that your ilk have been up to as of late.  If your ilk does “win”, it won’t be with honor.

  • Warren

    I found it interesting that you put Romney and Jeffs in the same sentence. But after I thought about it, they’re both cut from the same cloth.

  • UhHuh

    PROJECTION–a classic psychological phenomenon that occurs when one person PROJECTS their bad qualities onto someone else, reviling that other person for “having those bad qualities” and therefore, being a “bad” person. 

    Your post is a classic case of that, Pete.  Everything that you say that you “hate” about Obama really describes what Romney has felt, said, and done.   I’m sure that the truth hurts–this is ‘your boy’, after all–but the American People just aren’t buying it, and that’s what REALLY HURTS, isn’t it?

    Facts matter, boy-o.  Facts matter.  Even Republican Governors have praised President Obama to the skies for his quick response to Hurricane Sandy. 

    And Bush’s fool who mishandled Hurricane Katrina so badly–you know him, “Heckuva Job Brownie”–HE has criticized President Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy as being TOO QUICK!  LOL  

    Man, it must be awful to be a Republican these days!  Corruption, voter fraud, crazy incompetent fools both running for office and in the Congress…you people really do have it bad.  Unfortunately, since you haven’t seceded from the Union yet, we’re also stuck with your problems.

  • UhHuh

     Flinn, even the Red Cross has asked Romney to STOP! 

    Romney is a man who can easily afford to write a big check to help out…in a situation where MONEY is what is most needed, not random crapola that will end up sitting in a warehouse somewhere or in some Mormon Church’s basement (more likely). 

    So, does Romney write that big check…?  NO.  He continues to “collect donations” (aka CAMPAIGN) in OHIO (a swing state), trying desperately to give the APPEARANCE that he cares and that he is actually helping people, while not doing a whole hell of a lot himself. 

    No, making donations is the exclusive province of “the lilttle guy”…those who don’t have much but care enough about others to make a difference with what little they DO have.  At least, that’s Romney’s philosophy.  Let us hope that others are more generous.

  • UhHuh

     Why, they suffer from “compassionate conservatism”, of course.  As in, NO COMPASSION, NO CONSERVATISM AND NOT ONE MINISCULE BIT OF CARING AT ALL FOR ANYONE ELSE BESIDES THEMSELVES. 

  • UhHuh

     Yeah, just like “Heckuva Job Brownie”…a man who is so stupid that he actually criticized Obama for responding to Hurricane Sandy TOO QUICKLY!  So much for ‘compassionate convservatism’, eh?

  • UhHuh

     UPDATE: ‘Heckuva Job Brownie” actually criticized Obama for responding TOO QUICKLY to Hurricane Sandy!  At first I thought that this was a joke…but no…that numbnuts Brownie really IS that much of a stupid fool!  (shaking head)

  • UhHuh

    Ah,
    the Republican party…these days, it’s the party of the ignorant, the
    uneducated, the robber barons, the religious zealots, and the morally
    bankrupt. 

    Clearly our ‘friend’  Last here is one of the ignorant…why else would he post such silly statements?Facts matter, Last.  FACTS MATTER…and somehow you never get yours right!

  • UhHuh

    Ah, the Republican party…these days, it’s the party of the ignorant, the uneducated, the robber barons, the religious zealots, and the morally bankrupt. 

    Clearly our ‘friend’  Last here is one of the ignorant…why else would he post such silly statements?

  • UhHuh

     Thank you.  It’s amazing that we actually have to connect the dots for these people, but we do!  (sigh)

  • UhHuh

     From another poster:  “Speaking of diverse media, did you know that between Romney and Rupert
    Murdoch, they control some 50% of the media outlets in the United
    States? Rupert Murdoch by himself owns more than a quarter of the
    world’s media. And you think Romney, with the assistance of Murdoch,
    will create a more diverse media in this country? LOLOL!!!! There is a
    HUGE reason why they not only helped overturn the Fairness Doctrine
    under Reagan, but why they oppose any effort to bring it back.”

    There is no “leftist press” to speak of.  The right-wing owns almost all news and media outlets.

    As for what Obama has done…EVEN REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS are praising his response to Hurricane Sandy!  And that numbnuts “Heckuva Job Brownie” is criticizing him for responding TOO QUICKLY!  LOL

    So stick THAT in your pipe and smoke it!  Facts matter, bub.  FACTS MATTER.

  • UhHuh

    From another poster:  “Speaking of diverse media, did you know that between Romney and Rupert
    Murdoch, they control some 50% of the media outlets in the United
    States? Rupert Murdoch by himself owns more than a quarter of the
    world’s media. And you think Romney, with the assistance of Murdoch,
    will create a more diverse media in this country? LOLOL!!!! There is a
    HUGE reason why they not only helped overturn the Fairness Doctrine
    under Reagan, but why they oppose any effort to bring it back.”

    The “lamestream media” is all owned by the right wing, so you have only yourselves to blame.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001470620017 Palemoon

     Funny, Republicans passed not only NAFTA, but 12 of 12 Free Trade Amendments. I don’t see you calling for a restructuring of the one-way “free trade for Israel” US-Israel Free Trade Agreement that Reagan signed in 1986 that effectively killed our farmers, why is that?? Cat got your tongue? What about the 10 Free Trade Agreements signed under Bush??

    And I will not hold my breath waiting on Romney to cut my pay in half, so how can he raise minimum wage when he’s on record as saying he’s not only against it, but thinks it should be lowered?

    Warrantless wiretapes. That was the domain of Bush advisers/administration members, one of which was John Bolton. Did you realize that John Bolton is now working for Romney? And you seriously think he is going to undo what he did under Bush? HAHAHA!!! You have got to be the World’s… Biggest… IDIOT!!

    But wait, there’s more!! The DC Madam was a whistleblower, threatening to blow the whistle on Republican corruption. How was she protected as a whistleblower when she ended up mysteriously dead after she outed Republican David Vitter??

    Speaking of which, why did Anthony Weiner have to resign for posting pictures of himself in boxers on Twitter, but David Vitter is caught cheating on his wife and his name and address in the possession of several Washington DC area brothels?? Loose lips sink ships, as the military saying goes… and far more damage was done to America by Vitter than Weiner’s pictures ever could.

    Habeas corpus, again, the team of Bush/Bolton stripped that from us. Labor protections? Romney, Ryan, Cantor, etc, have all vowed to kill “unnecessary” parts of the federal government such as OSHA. What does OSHA stand for again? By the way, it was Reagan who fired the FAA’s union. Remember?

    I’m not sure what you mean by “national security letters”, but Reagan holds the all-time record for writing the most executive orders by any President. Obama is far behind Reagan, W Bush and GH W Bush, in that order of the top 3.   ;-)

    As far as the mortgage thing, why is Republican Phil Gramm’s UBS not being held accountable for that? And why are they now laying off 10,000 workers? Why does Republican Phil Gramm get paid more than $1 million a year to sit in the USA in the halls of Congress as a lobbyist for UBS??

    Speaking of diverse media, did you know that between Romney and Rupert Murdoch, they control some 50% of the media outlets in the United States? Rupert Murdoch by himself owns more than a quarter of the world’s media. And you think Romney, with the assistance of Murdoch, will create a more diverse media in this country? LOLOL!!!! There is a HUGE reason why they not only helped overturn the Fairness Doctrine under Reagan, but why they oppose any effort to bring it back.

    Ban on replacement of striking workers? Funny, everyone from Romney to Rush Limpbaugh says that striking workers ought to be fired and their unions dismantled.  7 days of paid sick leave? What planet are you from? You seriously think Romney will give his employees sick leave? LOLOL!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001470620017 Palemoon

     What charity? Romney doesn’t have to give up a dime! He’s the master of getting other people to give up something so that he doesn’t have to.

    Question, how many homes does Romney have? How hard is his “suffering” in this economic downturn compared to the Joe on the street who makes $20,000 a year?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001470620017 Palemoon

     And yet, you Republicans consider social workers as living on entitlements and “mugging” the rich elites out of their money. How dare they!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/AmandaRomano44 Amanda Romano

    The best way to help at this point is to donate blood or make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999. Thank you all so much for helping our neighbors out in this tragedy. the Red Cross appreciates the support.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AmandaRomano44 Amanda Romano

    The best way to help at this point is to donate blood or make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999. Thank you all so much for helping our neighbors out in this tragedy. the Red Cross appreciates the support.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AmandaRomano44 Amanda Romano

    The best way to help at this point is to donate blood or make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999. Thank you all so much for helping our neighbors out in this tragedy. the Red Cross appreciates the support.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AmandaRomano44 Amanda Romano

    Yes, smaller organizations will most likely take these goods after the storm is over. The Red Cross provides these things in bulk and it truly does more harm than good for a donation drive such as this. Additionally the goods we provide come directly from our distributors and donated for free. Food given from people cannot be handed out for obvious tampering reasons and health issues. The best thing is to donate blood or monetarily. We appreciate all the support though. Thank you all for coming together as a nation. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/AmandaRomano44 Amanda Romano

    I am a Red Cross employee. Please, if you want to help or donate text REDCROSS to 90999 for a quick and simple $10 donation. Thank you, we appreciate it!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/U7Q6KPKL4EWA2GE34MOJCU62UM Beowulf

    Typical partisan reporting. The lamestream media is a disgrace! Attacking a man for helping people is low, even for “journalists:! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bradley-Flinn/100002252105627 Bradley Flinn

    I saw FEMA first hand twice once for Irene and now for this. They are nothing to brag about the red cross and the churches do a better job helping people for much less money. Keep in mind the only information source on shelters and help that FEMA set up before the storm hit, was on the internet. Hoping that after the power went out their laptop batteries will lead people to safety. For one not everyone uses the internet, and if you lose power chances are your internet is down too.

    When President Barack Obama urged Americans under siege from Hurricane Sandy to stay inside and keep watch on ready.gov for the latest, he left out something pretty important — where to turn if the electricity goes out.

    A call to FEMA’s news desk, however, found even they didn’t have any non-Internet information readily available beyond suggestions that people call 911 in an emergency. When asked where folks should turn for information if they have no power, a FEMA worker said, “Well, those people who have a laptop with a little battery life on it can try that way. Otherwise, you’re right.”

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/83024.html.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bradley-Flinn/100002252105627 Bradley Flinn

    Where I come from we were hit by Irene last year and got the edge of this storm this year. Blankets clothing, and canned foods from anyone is a welcome blessing. If this was truth in reporting they would of used the red cross page on tips for donating and also taken into account the red cross and fema are not the only two groups that have people there providing relief. Churches do a huge job helping and all of them are more then happy to take canned goods, clothing, blankets, and toys along with the money that the Romney event was also collecting for the red cross.. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bradley-Flinn/100002252105627 Bradley Flinn

    Because what is the good in holding a relief drive where they need the relief dumba$$

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bradley-Flinn/100002252105627 Bradley Flinn

    Wrong on everything why not quote from the page that has tips on donating on the Red cross site there lady
    http://newsroom.redcross.org/disaster-response-guide/smart-giving-tips-for-disasters/
    For one thing the guy is not sending them this stuff one can of food at a time here. Relief drives like this are very helpful trust me I have been through Irene last year ina the edge of this one this year. Even if the red cross doesn’t want the canned goods clothing and blankets there are many smaller relief organizations like local churches from that area that will take them and help with their distribution.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bradley-Flinn/100002252105627 Bradley Flinn

    Wrong on everything why not quote from the page that has tips on donating on the Red cross site there lady
    http://newsroom.redcross.org/disaster-response-guide/smart-giving-tips-for-disasters/
    For one thing the guy is not sending them this stuff one can of food at a time here. Relief drives like this are very helpful trust me I have been through Irene last year ina the edge of this one this year. Even if the red cross doesn’t want the canned goods clothing and blankets there are many smaller relief organizations like local churches from that area that will take them and help with their distribution.

  • Valascor

    “Where’s Obama’s 5 million”? lol This guy stops his event in Ohio to go back to Washington to help run relief efforts and tells his supports to instead donate money to the relief effort but that’s not good enough for you? Meanwhile, Mittens over there sits in Ohio ASKING for supplies to donate to the relief effort which will only slow down. But lets ignore the fact that Ohio’s a swing-state and that Mittens needs it or the fact that he’s doing this to try and make his image look better. Kinda like the soup kitchen thing but you know, bet you guys believe that was all made up too IF you even know about it.

  • Valascor

    I’m sure Obama is smart enough to know to send MONEY(which is easier to use then Supplies they most likely won’t need)! You really think they’ll take random supplies and just hand them off right away? With all the bullshit “supplies” he’ll be sending their way they’ll have to sit and sift through the shit. Not to mention you’re speaking of Mitt Romney, the guy running for President. Why doesn’t he be a man and donate his own money like I and my family do. I ain’t rich, fuck far from it but I still have enough heart to save up some money through the year to donate to the Red Cross.

  • Valascor

    You really are that ignorant aren’t you? Have you even heard that he’s hold a “storm relief event” in Ohio, the state that just earlier today just started getting rain and wind? I don’t even care for Obama but at least the guy went back to Washington to help coordinate everything while once again the republicans try and screw shit up. Why didn’t Mitt Romney go to New Jersey or New York or any of the other states where they got hit hardest? SIMPLE! THERE’S NOTHING TO GAIN THERE! Ohio’s a swing-state, end of story. You really think Mitt Romney’s going to Ohio to actually hand shit out, at a state that got shit from the hurricane? I love how everyone hates FEMA all of sudden cause of what happened under George Bush’s presidency. Let me guess Kiwikrs, you also believe that this country’s deficit is because of Obama and that it all started cause of him and that he didn’t inherent it from Bush at all, right? Shut up and go wave your flag of stupidity elsewhere, please. 

  • Steven Zeluck

    Obama has money, maybe net worth $8M. Romney is estimated to be worth $250M+. Do you grasp the difference? Let me put it in simple terms. If you had $8 and I had $250 and a third party asked me to help with $5 and asked you to help with $5, who do you think can better afford to give $5, the person where $5 represents 63% of their total wealth (Obama) or the person where $5 represents 2% of their total wealth (Romney)? Or do you think it’s fair that the much less wealthy give a proportionately greater amount than the exceedingly wealthy? Mr. Romney thinks it’s okay that the much less wealthy pay a higher percent than the fantastically wealthy. But most smart people know he has no principles anyways and his defenders such as yourself work against their own self-interest in choosing Moneybags Mitt as their candidate.

  • Kiwikrs

     Obama has a ton of money too. Did he give $5 million to the Red Cross?

  • Kiwikrs

     And what has Obama himself done that rivals what Romney has done? It’s easy to criticize when you’re blinded by all the negative leftist press.

  • Kiwikrs

     Is that how you think it goes down? Could it be that he gives them the bowl and spoon too? How do you know? At least he is doing something. What has your man done????

  • Kiwikrs

    Are you all that easily swayed by the spin?? Mitt is doing a good thing here and the left is trying to “spin” it into a negative thing. I’d rather see a man pitch in and help than sit in a boardroom deciding how he can spend our tax dollars to help. Americans, if given the chance, would all pitch in and help in a more effective manner than FEMA with all the red tape could ever do. This country is in debt folks! Let’s all help one another and pitch in rather than sit in our living rooms and let FEMA do it for us!

  • First Last

     Funny, that is what is thought of Obama supporters who are still following Mr. False Hopey Changey

    George Soros Enterprises is producing most of what you are referring to as “non-bias” sources.

  • First Last

     Where is Obama, comming up with the good to get the $5 million?

  • First Last

     a higher minimum wage, a ban on the replacement of striking workers,
    seven days of paid sick leave, a more diverse media ownership structure,
    renegotiation of NAFTA, letting bankruptcy judges write down mortgage
    debt, a ban on illegal wiretaps, an end to national security letters,
    stopping the war on whistle-blowers, passing the Employee Free Choice
    Act, restoring habeas corpus, and labor protections in the FAA bill.

    Hey, WTF Obama?  Talk about not fit.

  • First Last

     It’s the CHARITY, stupid.  Not enough for you?  That says something.

  • First Last

    I hope you are not suggesting that we trust the alternative.  a higher minimum wage, a ban on the replacement of striking workers,
    seven days of paid sick leave, a more diverse media ownership structure,
    renegotiation of NAFTA, letting bankruptcy judges write down mortgage
    debt, a ban on illegal wiretaps, an end to national security letters,
    stopping the war on whistle-blowers, passing the Employee Free Choice
    Act, restoring habeas corpus, and labor protections in the FAA bill. All Flip Flopped.

  • First Last

     What’s the matter, not enough free stuff for you?  Do you mug social workers for their pocket change, too?

  • First Last

    This is some of the most disgraceful negative campaign propaganda that Obama supporters have come up with yet.  I cannot wait unit the their puke POTUS is out of the Whitehouse.

  • UhHuh

     Really?  You must be from a red state, then.  Where I’M from, we call this truth in reporting.

  • Khill

    All I read in these comments are envy and vile…..amazing.

  • Wyowrangler

    what has pokitical bias has come to? These kind of articles show how biased the media is in every effort. It makes me ill  where the left will go and it makes me even more dishearted that there are morons that believe this. Where i am from the call this horse crap.Amazing.

  • gyrlpower

    Or where’s Trump and his 5 million dollars he wanted to give Obama??? So much for really helping people. Rich people rarely help when things like this happen. They look to the government to help the poor and unfortunate. 

  • gyrlpower

    Mitt to someone who has lost their house. Here’s a can of soup. Oh you don’t have a can opener? Oh you don’t have a bowl. What is he thinking. Oh yeah he doesn’t think, he’s a flip flopping learn on the job kind of guy. 

  • UhHuh

     I really don’t understand how people can be so blind that they don’t see the forest for the trees.  If you researched Romney’s history and practices, it would become all-too-clear that his heart is NOT ‘in the right place’. 

    Regarding religion…religious people have been responsible for some of the worst atrocities on Earth.  Therefore, simply being ‘a religious man’ doesn’t mean one is actually a good person.

  • catshart

     With Mittens now running as Mr Moderate, and
    Hurricane Sandy proving just how vital FEMA is, Mr. Romney has
    flip-flopped once again and is now saying perhaps he would not abolish
    FEMA after all. Hmm??? Now he is hindering aid? Wow, what a toolshed. People who feel they can trust this flip-flopping ass clown are sadly mistaken.

  • catshart

     What is wrong with people like you? Grr.

  • Jeffrey

    I really don’t understand how anyone can be critical of men like Mitt Romney and Warren Jeffs, their hearts are in the right places, and they are religious men, to boot.

  • UhHuh

    “Most of those who support [Romney] are really just a bunch of clueless
    sheeple who have been easily led by the most outrageously
    thinly-disguised propaganda.  But that’s what the American public school
    system produces most often: people who are unable to think for
    themselves.”

    Floyd, I am sorry to say that you are living proof that this quote is correct.  Clearly you didn’t read the article; clearly you don’t understand anything about what is needed there.  No.  Instead, you sit there and attack the author and other posters for telling it like it really is. 

    Please do yourself a favor and look into Romney’s history and actions from non-biased sources.  I assure you, it will open your eyes, and you will suddenly see yourself for the dupe that you are.

  • Johnsmith

     hog is a low information voter.  even lower than the undecided bc he only interprets things to fit inside his bubble. 

  • UhHuh

     “Most of those who support [Romney] are really just a bunch of clueless
    sheeple who have been easily led by the most outrageously
    thinly-disguised propaganda.  But that’s what the American public school
    system produces most often: people who are unable to think for
    themselves.” 

    Yes, I said this yesterday, and it still applies here… 

    So, Scary, I dare you…go watch some REAL news programming for a change.  PBS, BBC, just about anything besides Fox “News”.  Go research Romney and his history in depth…go research Obama and his history in depth.  Go ahead…I DARE YOU.  I absolutely guarantee that you’ll be shocked and amazed by what you find–and absolutely NONE of it will have anything in common with any of the propaganda that you’ve heard. 

  • UhHuh

     Did you even read the article?  Have you researched Romney and his business practices AT ALL…?  Have you researched Obama and HIS history AT ALL…? 

    No, I didn’t think so…that would involve independent thought, not listening to Fox News or Rush Limbaugh. 

  • UhHuh

     Did you even read the article?  Have you researched Romney and his business practices AT ALL…?  Have you researched Obama and HIS history AT ALL…? 

    No, I didn’t think so…that would involve independent thought, not listening to Fox News or Rush Limbaugh. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bronson-Rockwell/693237042 Bronson Rockwell

    It is more proof of this Pathological Liar not being fit to serve as POTUS and most definitely not as Commander In Chief, for as CIC one most know coordinated strategy within the rank of command! Mitt Romney is a mentally ill person for which we have enough of his multiple personality traits and bouts of Romnesia on film to have him legally committed. The things he does to bypass our country’s in-place organized structure goes against what is necessary for the successful operation of our various departments, agencies, and most importantly the Presidency! Mitt Romney is willing to attack and destroy every government institution to benefit himself with the exception of the Mormon Church! He had no business sticking his nose in ongoing classified situations until resolved by in-place agencies and the head of those agencies, i.e. Benghazi, Iranian Incident, Israel, etc, But he does know how to say when asked about peculiar practices of the Mormon church, “WHY DON’T YOU ASK MY CHURCH HEADS and “GO ASK MY CHURCH LEADERS ABOUT THAT” but when it comes to defying rules and codes of conduct for which we have elected and appointed people in-place he will butt his head in,right or wrong, in an attempt skewed with MENDACITY, lies and deceit, to try to make himself appear knowledgeable or better than the people whose responsibilities it is to handle the particular situation! It is not Mitt Romney’s place to handle Presidential affairs, Romney is only a candidate! Many times it’s not his lack of respect for the people or agency he violates, it is more often than not how stupid and gullible he think American People are who live outside of Mormonism!  

  • Alex

    It’s being dissected because Romney has zero history of charitable events like this in the past and goes against what disaster experts request. The rich are in the best situation to make donations and he’s asking other people for items that he will drive in. From there he’s going to use a speech to take people away from doing actual work, and then they’re going to work on some contrived public image which many assume will be similar to the soup kitchen fiasco. Chris also makes a good point that Romney has boasted his bipartisanship in Mass. but only reached out to Republican (governor) affected states. Even then Gov. Christie rejected him.

  • LC1060

    You are right, Pete. The only thing that he did FOR the Red Cross, was turn his campaign web site into a MONETARY DONATION site and his campaign bus into a volunteer / donation bus. Not one of you is willing to admit that it was an admirable thing to do. He didn’t think twice. The man has given 39% of his income to charity, helped people he doesn’t even know and does not exude hate when he’s speaking to others, even if they disagree with him. 

    You don’t see ANY of that with Obama. With Obama, it’s a winners and losers game. He is nice to and gives only to those who agree with him and could care less. He’s all about class warfare; dividing and conquering, but you wouldn’t look beyond your noses to realize that.Most of you are such opportunists, that you automatically fill yourselves with an immediate dose of hate to make yourselves feel better. The first person you will find to hate on, is a person who disagrees with you, ideologically. That is all you care about. You wouldn’t give anyone who is being compassionate, just out of the goodness in their hearts, the benefit of a doubt. Shame on all of you. Instead of believing everything you read and hear, why don’t you become objective, research and find out the TRUTH, when you listen to all of the B.S. that comes from fellow haters? The reason is, because you are in your comfort zone. No matter WHAT Mitt Romney has done or will do, has no bearing on your dislike for him, because you’ve already made up your bitter, angry minds.But why aren’t you, by the same means, taking a look at Barack Obama and seeing that he isn’t even lending a hand in this situation? 

  • Scooly

    Hundreds of homes are a total loss. Many people have died. Romney is on a different planet………..

    Out of touch with the situation, Romney says, “I think it’s great that people in Dayton have gone to the grocery store for the people who are hurting”

  • Steven Zeluck

    Why didn’t Moneybags Mitt write a personal check for $5 million to the Red Cross?  He won’t miss it and it could be helpful.  But that never did cross his mind, did it?

  • Pineapple44

    Thank you to KDee and rubysecret and others who understand how effective disaster relief works! I am a professional international disaster relief worker. Ni have worked US-based disaster relief as well. The last thing we need is people (like Romney) collecting tons of miscellaneous goods, when it hasn’t been ascertained that they are needed. Bathe Red Cross and other relief agencies use the public’s CASH donations to buy EXACTLY what is needed at the right time. The Red Cross provides important things like temporary housing for those who lost their homes, NEW clothing, hot meals, etc. I know that some people have big hearts and want to help, but unless you are a trained volunteer or career relief specialist, the best thing to do is heed the guidance of the professional relief agencies and donate cash to one of the agencies actually working on the scene whose philosophy of relief aligns with your own.

  • Chris

    Ad hominem reply — you attacked the poster themselves instead of the claims, a logical fallacy meant to attempt to win an argument by discrediting the other person instead of their claim. Fact is, Mitt shouldn’t have asked for donations for relief, and Mitt SHOULD have organized his effort with official efforts. 

    Why didn’t Mitt contact relief agencies and say “how can my campaign be of use”?Probably because this idea came from the campaign as a way to salvage an event they’d otherwise have to cancel. Why does your own bias make you immediately reject any criticism of Romney and make you lash out and attack someone who has the guts to point out Romney’s failures in a time of crisis?

    If Romney handled Sandy as Prez as he did as Candidate, we’d be far worse off. Didn’t call Democratic governors, only Republican ones (so much for “bipartisan”), didn’t coordinate efforts with relief agencies, didn’t have the guts to suspend his campaign… But I’m sure you have rationalizations for all of it. Let me guess, deflect, deflect, insult me personally! 

  • Floyd

    What a petty people we have become.  So if Mr Romney does nothing you complain; if he does something you dissect it to the nth degree and call everything he’s ever done a disaster.  Do you have an iota of objectivity in left in your being or are you so steeped in your bias that nothing else matters

  • Moderator3

    You posted the same comment seven times. After the first one, nothing was added to the discussion. I deleted six of them. This one varied a bit from the others, so it’s still here.

  • KDee

    I have done some form of volunteer work for 40 years. I can tell you that the ripped, torn, stained clothing that many people donate is not needed. People are not pulling out their best coats to donate. Neither does anyone need that expired can of beans, or the half-used bottle of shampoo. Relief organizations do have warehouses where they store stuff after it is examined. It is most helpful for individuals to donate money so that the needs can be met appropriately. If you bring me 100 bottles of water and I already have 1000, but I need bread, you are not helping me.

  • KDee

    3000 dead on Bush’s watch. You are a terrible troll taking advantage of tragedy. You should be ashamed.

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