Obama Really Did a 'Heckuva Job' on Sandy
FEMA would fail once again under Romney: Paul Krugman
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2012 12:45 PM CST
President Barack Obama, left, embraces Donna Vanzant, right, during a tour of a neighborhood effected by superstorm Sandy, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 in Brigantine, NJ.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Some on the right might have been hoping that Sandy would be President Obama's Katrina, but Paul Krugman is having none of it: Instead, the president's handling of the superstorm has won him much well-deserved praise and even a bump in the polls, he writes in the New York Times. Of course, there are still some insisting on comparing Sandy's aftermath to that of Katrina, "but there's really no comparison," Krugman writes. After Katrina, "top officials seemed oblivious" to the thousands stranded in squalor in New Orleans. After Sandy, the National Guard rolled in to Hoboken immediately with food, water, and rescue equipment.

"The federal government’s ability to respond effectively to disaster always collapses when antigovernment Republicans hold the White House, and always recovers when Democrats take it back," Krugman reasons. As proof, he takes a look at the history of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which failed under the first President Bush and made a comeback under Clinton, only to devolve once again under the second Bush. That's because small-government-loving Republicans think it should be up to the devastated state itself to handle disaster recovery and relief, which is just plain silly, Krugman says. And if Mitt Romney wins tomorrow, FEMA will return to "Bush-era incompetence." Click for Krugman's full column.

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Nov 5, 2012 10:54 PM CST
Article only proves Krugman's own inane bias. Sure they had Federal assistance .... THE GOVERNOR ASKED THEM, as they were supposed to ... unlike Katrina where the Demo Governor asked the Fed's to stand down. Obama gave a few hugs and disappeared and now the relief seems stifled. Krugman is just a sick, unabashed Leftie.
Nov 5, 2012 8:38 PM CST
"The point is that after Katrina the government seemed to have no idea what it was doing; this time it did." That is Krugman's argument. Seriously. The rest was conjecture and generalities to support this perception. This guy used a be a decent economist and he has destroyed his credibility by being a partisan lap dog.
Nov 5, 2012 4:24 PM CST
Way to go thinking people! Your consensus confirms once again that Krugman doesn't know what he's talking about. He is a liberal fool of the highest order. Who pays him for his insane drivel? A monkey with a typewriter makes more sense than the great Krugman does.