The FEMA Flap

Earlier today, Josh Green published a blog post with the following title: “Does Mitt Romney Want to Get Rid of FEMA?” Yesterday, however, Andrew Restuccia of Politico reported that the Romney campaign had made the former Massachusetts governor’s position on FEMA fairly clear:

“Gov. Romney believes that states should be in charge of emergency management in responding to storms and other natural disasters in their jurisdictions,” Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said in a statement. “As the first responders, states are in the best position to aid affected individuals and communities, and to direct resources and assistance to where they are needed most. This includes help from the federal government and FEMA.”

Jordan Weissmann of The Atlantic has elaborated on this theme.

Reihan Salam — Reihan Salam is executive editor of National Review and a National Review Institute policy fellow.

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