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Fri Aug 31, 2012, 06:22 PM

4. From Mother Jones and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorites

Here's more evidence on both the Ryan and Romney approach to domestic spending, including and especially emergency management:

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/08/paul-ryan-mitt-romney-tampa-fema

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.

"FEMA also helps states and local governments repair or replace public facilities and infrastructure, which often is not insured," the CBPP report explained. "This form of discretionary federal aid would be subject to cuts under the Ryan budget. If it were scaled back substantially, states and localities would need to bear a larger share of the costs of disaster response and recovery, or attempt to make do with less during difficult times."

The Ryan budget makes no mention of FEMA or the Department of Homeland Security of which it's a part. In fact it makes no mention of any specific cuts to non-entitlement programs. We can't say for sure, in other words, the extent to which disaster funding would be scaled back. But the overall math suggests that it would be drastic. The Ryan budget proposes reducing total non-entitlement spending from 12 percent of GDP to 3.5 percent of GDP by 2050. As my colleague Kevin Drum put it:

"Defense spending alone amounts to 4% of GDP, and it's vanishingly unlikely that this will ever fall much below 2-3% of GDP. This means that all domestic spending will decline from about 8% of GDP to 1-2% of GDP by 2050. That's prisons, border control, education, the FBI, courts, embassies, the IRS, FEMA, housing, student loans, roads, unemployment insurance, etc. etc. It's everything. Whacked by about 80% or so."

Romney's own proposed budget (which like Ryan's fails to identify specific cuts) would create much the same bind.


DUers, run the above scenario to those relatives and colleagues who buy into the Romney-Ryan ticket and see how they'd feel about, say, another Hurricane Katrina without even the delayed response. I suspect there are very few people who really understand the potential impact of cuts of the size Romney and Ryan are proposing.

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