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JEAN LAFITTE, La. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney launched the final leg of his quest for the White House by visiting storm-battered Louisiana on Friday. He drove through a town that was flooded by Hurricane Isaac in part because it’s still outside the vast flooding protection system built with federal funds after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.

His host, Gov. Bobby Jindal, is now calling on the federal government to expand the rebuilt flood protection system that prevented serious flooding in New Orleans during this week’s storm. That system, built after flooding from Katrina devastated much of New Orleans, cost the Army Corps of Engineers $14.5 billion. It doesn’t extend as far as Jean Lafitte, which is situated in Jefferson Parish, and has been affected by a series of hurricanes, including Katrina, Rita, Cindy and now Isaac.

Romney was silent on whether, as president, he would support paying for such an expansion. Romney’s running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, has proposed eliminating $10 billion a year in disaster spending and requiring Congress to pay for emergencies by cutting from elsewhere in the budget. That proposal was blocked by GOP leaders.

Romney shook hands with National Guardsmen outside the U.S. Post Office and talked with a local resident, Jodie Chiarello, 42, who lost her home in Isaac’s flooding.

“He just told me to, um, there’s assistance out there,” Chiarello said of her conversation with Romney. “He said, go home and call 211.” That’s a public service number offered in many states.

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 September 1, 2012  Posted by at 8:57 am

  2 Responses to “Romney tells homeless Isaac victim 'Go home and call 211'”

  1. Here’s an article stating Willard was in Jefferson Parish yesterday and made the comment to the homeless lady: Go home and call 211.
    Stupid!!!

  2. Call 211, for Pete’s sake!

    Mr. Romney let the cat out of the bag yesterday, when he misspoke and called our country “a company.”

    No mere slip of the tongue. It is a mindset, a way of life.

    It follows that the American people, at least the little ones, are employees–with luck, working only for minimum wage with no benefits and, for Pete’s sake, no unions to make the first two less likely.

    Thus, telling flood victim Jodie Chiarello to go home and phone 211 makes perfect sense. (At least, it would, if she still had a home or a phone.) Romney too used government subsidies and loopholes at Bain whenever he could find them. Only a stupid man turns down resources, for Pete’s sake.

    Only thing, Jodie had better make that phone call soon. If Romney is elected, that emergency number and resources behind it, will be disconnected. Only the little people need such resources. The others live on hills, well above the floodwaters.

    Romney. He’s running for president, for Pete’s sake.

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