Ron Paul to Congress: Show True Compassion by Abolishing FEMA

by Ron Paul

In the wake of hurricane Irene, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to come hat in hands asking for more money from Congress. Like the rest of the government, it is broke. It has been suggested that any additional funds allocated to FEMA should come from cuts elsewhere. This seems harsh and lacking in compassion to big government advocates who do not understand economics, but I would go a step further. FEMA should never have been established. It is based on misguided ideas of disaster relief.

This seems shocking to those who have never been subjected to the secondary disaster that is the arrival of FEMA on the scene of a catastrophic event. But explaining FEMA’s ineptness is not the same thing as saying no one should help people affected by disasters. Quite the opposite.

Victims of disasters should get any and all help possible, and there is virtually no limit to the generosity and compassion of good American people after devastation hits. One only need to remember the outpouring after Katrina to know this is true. FEMA, however, did more to get in the way of relief than to actually provide and facilitate it. The examples are numerous. When the call was put out for volunteer firefighters, they volunteered by the thousands. It was FEMA, for reasons of control and bureaucratic ineptitude, who made sure they were not, in fact allowed to actually help. When a group of firefighters arrived from Houston, instead of being put immediately on the job, they were told to sit around and wait. After waiting for two days doing nothing, they were simply sent home. One thousand volunteer firefighters were sent to Atlanta to undergo sexual harassment training while fires actively raged in the city. The ones that remained through this stupidity were sent to escort the president around or to distribute fliers instead of putting out fires. Computer engineer Jack Harrison was told his skills were needed to rebuild technological infrastructure. After being given the runaround for about two weeks, he was misallocated as head of security on the cruise ship FEMA had leased, when he should have been using his skills to help. All manner of help was turned away or mismanaged by FEMA while people suffered and waited. Even the Red Cross had its hands tied by FEMA.

It has only gotten worse since 9/11. Compare the stories of two flotillas – one after 9/11 and one after Katrina. Within an hour of the 9/11 attacks, the largest boatlift in history was organized spontaneously by locals who saw an immediate need and responded immediately. Over 500,000 terrified New Yorkers were taken off the island by ferries, tugboats, pleasure crafts, fishing boats and barges when all other access points had been shut down. A similar flotilla attempt was privately organized after Katrina. 500 boats caravanned to New Orleans to rescue patients from hospitals that were out of supplies and desperate. Unfortunately, FEMA had taken over by then and they were turned away, empty, while the patients languished, still stranded. Tragically, the Vermont Air National Guard helicopters were in Iraq when Irene hit, and they were desperately needed here.

The establishment of FEMA is symptomatic of a blind belief in big government’s ability to do anything and everything for anyone and everyone. FEMA is a bureaucratic organization. Bureaucracies, while staffed with well-meaning people, are notoriously slow and wasteful by their very nature. When people are starving, injured and dying they need speed and efficiency, yet FEMA comes along with forms and policies and rubber stamps. This sort of thing is bad enough at the DMV, but in matters of life and death where seconds count, this is just not acceptable.

True compassion would be to get FEMA out of the way.

  • eBe4IXcept

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  • 1dabirdman

    RON PAUL OR NOBODY!

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  • StopTheMorons

    I think we need to remove FEMA’s femur. Now before any of you reactively click thumb down, I know that bad puns are usually only deserving of jeers, but really…

    …just think about this.

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  • chronofusion

    I know that was probably NOT the right way to generally reply ..but im sorry it was DAMN FUNNY.lol

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  • chronofusion

    hey everyone..let the dumbass troll talk..the more the ” lol how oxymoronic sounding his name is” mr americadefective defender talks..the better us decent MORE INTELLIGENT human beings( that support the cause that is lONG overdue=common sense, freedom, CHOICE and the constitution) will look.
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  • Th2EyA0rEa1MoN2gUs

    Ron Paul 2012 or Revolution !!!

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  • OmegaXrosHeart

    If Ron Paul is a racist, don’t you think this Mexican (as in me) would have shouted Racist…… That’s a joke so don’t take it too heart.
    Ron Paul’s devotion to the constitution is so well placed and he’s remained consistent for how much was it….. 30 years?

    He’s the only guy who has my vote cabrones.

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  • 411American

    FEMA has been proven EVIL and destructive to helpful community volunteers leaving communities in a second disaster.

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  • ZonicTheRobot

    Goodness youtubers, where is all this argument over what race or religion that is coming up here? It’s not that important when you think about it! I don’t give a rats ass what Ron Paul cares about racism or not or what religious things of Islams or Muslims. What I do know is that he knows what is wrong with our government today and he knows what to do to fix it. So cut your crap and lets think for a moment what we need to do.

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  • ZonicTheRobot

    Goodness youtubers, where is all this argument over what race or religion that is coming up here? It’s not that important when you think about it! I don’t give a rats ass what Ron Paul cares about racism or not or what religious things of Islams or Muslims. What I do know is that he knows what is wrong with our government today and he knows what to do to fix it. So cut your crap and lets think for a moment what we need to do.

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  • rightsman123

    The trolls only come out to play when they are scared and powerless to stop an idea that’s time has come. Keep doing what you’re doing guys, we’re changing things for sure.

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  • rightsman123

    The trolls only come out to play when they are scared and powerless to stop an idea that’s time has come. Keep doing what you’re doing guys, we’re changing things for sure.

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  • TheNova1960

    FEMA another useless government agency. Thank God for The National Guard and the American Red Cross they are useful!

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  • TheNova1960

    FEMA another useless government agency. Thank God for The National Guard and the American Red Cross they are useful!

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  • achiapet44

    fema bad

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  • achiapet44

    fema bad

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  • socalking421

    ron paul! end the fed! end fema!

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  • socalking421

    ron paul! end the fed! end fema!

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  • iTellYouNoLie

    watch?v=U4jXKd5Rr6c
    The Preservation of Liberty (Remastered)
    please watch and share
    also subscribe a new Ron Paul movie will be out soon.
    >:)

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