FEMA and the Role of Government
A friend on Facebook posted the following yesterday:
I'll politicize it. How do you feel about the role of government now? Romney implied during the primaries that funding FEMA was 'immoral'
Leaving aside the accuracy of the characterization of Romney's comments, what do you make of FEMA as good government?
I was in a mood, so of course I jumped in to make the case that disaster relief should be state-based, i.e. why should someone in Wyoming be responsible for hurricane relief in Louisiana or earthquake relief in California?
I was asked whether I thought someone in Buffalo should pay for hurricane relief in Manhattan. I was also confronted with an appeal to my patriotism with the argument that "we're all in this together."
To me this makes the U.S. out to be nothing other than a giant mutual insurance scheme or, to be more pointed, a collective. But what say you Ricochet? Am I being too harsh?
Here in the midst of this storm that has hit the elite where they live, is disaster relief an example of appropriate, even good federal government?