Sixteen are confirmed dead and at least 6.5 million are without power because of hurricane Sandy at this point, yet the New York Times is using the storm to score brownie points with voters a week before the presidential election.
According to the NYT, the storm proves that big government is necessary, and that Gov. Romney is out of touch for thinking otherwise.
The paper asserts, "Disaster coordination is one of the most vital functions of 'big government,'" and then contends, "which is why Mitt Romney wants to eliminate it." They try to bolster this bad attempt to turn a tragedy into political gain by painting a picture of Romney as a man who wants to deny help to people who've been harmed by the storm:
At a Republican primary debate last year, Mr. Romney was asked whether emergency management was a function that should be returned to the states. [He said], "Absolutely. Every time you have the chance to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better."
Oh my! The fact that Romney believes states know best what states need means that he doesn't care about people! And the fact that he thinks local businesses know the needs of their communities better than a federal government hundreds of miles from that community means he wants people to drown, go without power, and maybe even go without drinking water.
At least sixteen people are dead and millions are without power, and the NYT has one message for you -- Romney is a bad man.
Ironically, about the same time a NYT writer would have been putting the anti-Romney editorial together, a Romney campaign bus-turned-supply-vehicle was delivering pre-storm essentials to people who needed them.