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Mitt Romney’s Words About Cutting Firefighters—And The Colorado Inferno

June 27, 2012

Words should always be chosen carefully when seeking the White House.  More importantly, policy options should be carefully considered.

The latest blunder that is sending up embers of reminders of how short-sighted candidates talk comes from ‘n0-guiding compass’ Mitt Romney. 

Earlier this month came the following statement from the man searching for his own planet after death.

“He wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers,” Romney said at a press conference. “He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

This morning those of us grounded in reality on planet earth was shocked to hear the news from Colorado.

Fueled by gusting winds and tinder-dry conditions, an explosive wildfire doubled in size and roared down foothills, razing residential areas of Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Wednesday.

Firefighters were again out in force battling the blaze, but the weather, again, was an enemy.

The Waldo Canyon Fire had engulfed 15,324 acres, with only 5% contained, by Wednesday and had forced 32,000 people to flee their homes, said Rich Harvey, the incident commander.

Cleary the need exists for more firefighters, given the growing problems with global warming.  The history of these types of wildfires over the years is proof for the policy goal of increasing firefighting personnel.  Yet, Mitt Romney would rather preach to the conservatives the words they want to hear, rather than create policy choices that work for America.

One Comment
  1. windy33 permalink
    June 27, 2012 8:28 PM

    oh no we can’t have any ore over paid lazy fire fighters. they take money from the tax payers in the form of a pay check for work well done. what would all the people say if we had no firefighters left or they all quit because you all vilified them so much that they just might one day say you all hate us and you all can now fight your own fires. i think this would send a wonderfull message if they all quit. then lets see how they vilify one of the services they expect to be there. maybe all the snow plow drivers should quit as well. they could privatize everything and you can bet you will pay through the nose for the cheap service you get now. you think it cost so much to have the state workers do these jobs you expect to get done for you . wait till they privatize them all.

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