Quote of the Day: Romney Outbids Even Grover Norquist

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From Mitt Romney, asked whether the federal government should respond to natural disasters or just let the states handle it:

Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction.

Like Michele Bachmann’s promise to do away with the EPA, this didn’t even raise any eyebrows. But it’s a pretty sweeping statement, no? Every single thing that could conceivably be done by the states, should be done by the states. Aside from national defense and a bit of foreign policy, that really doesn’t leave much for the federal government to do any more, does it?

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