Obviously the rich can afford their own first responders: on-call doctors, private nurses to go along with their full-time chefs, botox technicians and masseueses etc....
But if you're like I am you count on having dedicated, professional, adequately trained and paid police, fire, EMT, and others in your community ready to serve anyone and everyone that needs it.
Republicans in DC don't see it that way, and have played games with FEMA and our first responders for years now:
Remember that Majority Leader Eric Cantor insisted last year that any increase in disaster aid funding had to come from cutting funds for equipping and training first responders by 40 percent. House Republicans nearly forced a government shutdown over disaster aid funding.
National Republicans don't give a flying rat's patoutie about you or me. That fact should be clear to everyone by now.
They succeeded in forcing massive cuts to the program, passing a $2.65 billion bill for the disaster relief fund for the year, when the need is closer to $12 billion, annually. That's based on the average year, the average need.
Hurricane Sandy is likely to blow that figure to smithereens.
Republicans have taken disaster relief hostage for the past two years, insisting like Mitt Romney that it's more appropriate for the states, already financially strapped and facing further cuts in federal aid, to take the lead in responding.
I've already voted for the obvious choices in this election. If you are still undecided, sacrifice some time from your busy schedule and remember this election will affect your life for the next four years at a minimum.
Go to all the links and read them until you are clear that the lying, greedy Republican asking for your vote will be the best person to represent you and your family and your values.
The way they've been acting all they should get is the vote of the 1%. Sadly, they will get more, which will only encourage their boorish behavior.