I had this discussion many times over the past year. Pure Constitutionalists from the right wing argued that the federal govt, according to the Constitution, has NO AUTHORITY to send money or aid to local or state police, fire depts, schools, roads, etc. They say it doesn't grant them that power. Its the argument they make for being against the Feds sending money, aid, equipment to help struggling PD's and FD's around the country. They even argued that the Feds should NOT have helped with the Colorado wildfires, because it was a state/local issue, and the Feds have no business in those issues. THAT is what they argued. Look it up. In my best Tea Party accent "Tha Faydrul Gummint aint got no right to give my tax dollar to local gummints, it aint Constatooshnal". WELL.........what now? Should President Obama obey the ideals of the right wing Constitutional purists, and say "Sorry all you folks in the Northeast. The Constitution doesn't allow the Federal government to aid local government. We can't send help." And WHY isn't Romney/Ryan coming out and advocating he do just that? Aren't they true conservatives?????