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by Steve Timmer
Aug 31, 2012, 3:00 PM

Romney tours Gulf

Fresh from watching Clint Eastwood lecture a chair, Mitt Romney kicked off his post-convention campaign with a visit to the hurricane-hammered region of the Gulf of Mexico. Here’s Mother Jones on R&R’s view of disaster relief:

FEMA’s ability to respond quickly and effectively to natural disasters could be severely inhibited [under Paul Ryan’s budget]. In a 2012 report on Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” roadmap (which Romney has said is similar to his own), the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities noted that, due to the severe cuts to non-entitlement, non-defense spending, the costs for things like emergency management would have to be passed on to the states—which, with just a few exceptions, are currently in an even tighter financial bind than Washington.

No doubt, in a humanitarian gesture, Romney will toss stale hors d’œuvres to people camping on the beach.

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