Ron Paul: Abolish FEMA! Why Should Someone Else Rebuild My House?

Date: 05/13/2011

Wolf Blitzer: On the whole issue of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, do you want to see that agency ended?

Ron Paul: Well, if you want to live in a free society, if you want to pay attention to the constitution, why not? I think it’s bad economics, I think it’s bad morality, and it’s bad constitutional law. Why should people like myself, who had until too long ago a house on the Gulf Coast – and it’s expensive there and it’s risky and it’s dangerous. Why should somebody from the central part of the United States rebuild my house? Why shouldn’t I have to buy my own insurance and protect from the potential danger? Well, the reason we don’t have market insurance is because it’s too expensive. Well, why is it expensive? Because it’s dangerous. So why should we take money from somebody else who doesn’t get the chance to live on the Gulf and make them pay to rebuild my house? I mean, it’s a moral hazard to say the government’s always going to take care of us when we do dumb things. I’m trying to get people to not do dumb things. Besides it’s not authorized in the constitution.

Wolf Blitzer: But if there’s a disaster like flooding or an earthquake or Hurricane Katrina, what’s wrong with asking fellow Americans to help their fellow citizens?

Ron Paul: Nothing, and I think Americans are very, very generous and they have been traditionally. The big problem is, Americans are getting poorer and they’re not able to voluntarily come to the rescue. But to coerce people to ask them to help, that is fine and dandy. But when you bankrupt our country and nobody has a job and then they say, “Well, FEMA needs to bail out everybody”, then all we do is compound our problems. And believe me, I’ve been very much involved in the hurricanes that have come into my district, and most of the people in my district do not like FEMA. They want to try to get their money out, but FEMA comes in and takes over, they take over their property rights, they dictate, they prevent some of the volunteers from going in. So there’s a strong resentment towards the way FEMA operates because there are bureaucrats who don’t understand the rule of law, nor do they understand local control and property rights. So there’s a very strong argument that this whole program that governments, through coercion and taxation, can bail out everybody when we’re flat broke, then they have to print the money. And now we’re going in to inflationary problems, which are very severe. That’s our big issue right now.

  • LeJimster

    People quickly forget the mess FEMA made with Katrina? FEMA is utterly useless and expensive. If the people were left to fix these problems themselves, they’d make better decisions.

  • WKaliberr

    Ron Paul is a complete nutjob



    Simple buy insurance,if they don’t give you insurance there’s a reason.
    Also if we weren’t taxed so damn much and had more money in our pockets,there would be alot more money given to disaster victims than we give now.
    Is Dr. Paul the only person left with any freakin common sense?

  • whippoorwillss

    lets throw money at this man untill our hands bleed!!!

  • captkirkconnell

    I love JEWS (most) and Ron Paul.

  • PikSokolit

    His arguments for Limited Govt are always intelligent.

  • Skunny87

    fucking jew wolfacunt

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  • texaschizophrenic

    I love Ron Paul.

  • derfy26

    So true. There’s nothing wrong with people doing risky things like owning houses in places prone to natural disasters, but why should others, who can’t afford nor benefit from these homes, pay for them?

    And the point about charity is exactly right. There’s a big difference between voluntary donations and coerced theft.

  • ionacaddy

    OMG how much of our own money have we, the American people, sent to OTHER COUNTRIES in times of a disasters like earthquakes or Tsunami’s ?!
    And how much MORE would the American people give to help people in OUR OWN country if FEMA were gone?

  • bane349

    I am from southern Louisiana & I completely agree with Dr. Paul. I know where I’m at, and I know that it can storm & flood really badly at times here. I know that we’ll have hurricanes & scorching heat & I wouldn’t live anywhere else.

    People got along fine before fema came in taking everyone’s guns, killing people & promising help.

    I think I’ll take my chances without fema.

    fema=waste of money/unconstitutional

    Vote RON PAUL in the primaries!

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  • safewaysecurity

    Wolf, asking and forcing are different.

  • 1czelaya

    I live in the southern coast of Louisiana, and I agree with Ron Paul.

    FEMA was an absolute nightmare, here in New Orleans, during post Katrina.

  • SunnyDaysRFun

    FEMA is unconstitutional. Did not the commentator HEAR Ron Paul say that???? Just like he says, if you wanna live on the coast line and you get wiped out, don’t make others pay for your problem.

  • 420kushmaster

    i love this guy.

  • DirtyCodingHabitz

    First he gets owned by Dr. David Duke, and now by Dr. Ron Paul :).

  • rtj3184

    Keep your dukes up Dr. Paul, we are behind you!

  • ryguy122189

    Dr. Paul, stop making so much sense.