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.

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144 Comments:

  1. Turn Fema into Walmart stores lol, end all the federal bs imagine a Ron Paul in every state.

    Go Ron Paul :-)

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  2. KnowledgeISpower789

    Ron Paul better start doggin on those other candidates in this upcomming debate. i mean showing where they been flip flopin around and lieing or saying 1 thing and doin another. this needs to be done

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  4. Why is it that we here in Europe see that this man is the ONLY honest man to run for President for the USA…and you Yanks can not ?

    The biggest problems that most of Americans have is: they are whores who sell their “services’ to the highest bidder. Criminal minds, murderers is what a lot of you are. GOD WILL JUDGE YOU !!! You laugh now, but you won’t in the very near future. Traitors is what you lot are.

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  5. Romney as a Tea Party candidate. Are they fucking kidding? I’m from Mass. The largest most intrusive state government in the union that had Romney leading the charge.

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  6. I truly support ROn Paul til my last breath , but he has a way of making statements , or the media has a way of asking loaded questions, that cause his remarks to be misconstrued. That’s a shame because I KNOW this man has his heart in the right place – you can feel it in his speeches and see it in his consistent voting record. FEMA was in my city recently – there was so much fraud and ineptitude-sure , people got $,but not always the real victims .Much waste of taxpayer $ as most govt agencies.

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  7. Pauliacs practice the most dishonest of politics, for they deceive themselves that they are good in a sphere which knows no good. They lure the vegetarians to their sausage factory and call it tofu.

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  8. He looks crosseyed

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  9. Libertarianism is prenatal politics. When the cord is cut, and some, like the good doctor, seem to carry it around with them in gross spectacle, the babe will have to decide. Will he harden his heart for selfishness or for humanity? He could also choose personal integrity, but that will make him politically irrelevant, since politics is all lies by necessity.

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  10. Support Ron Paul! Donate during his Constitution Day Money Bomb on Sept. 17th, and let’s show the establishment who’s boss!

    Vote this up, For Liberty!

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  11. Pauliacism assumes that a pre-tribal “politics” can function in a postmodern world. Their delusions persist because their world view is theoretical rules and laws derived from speculation, not from the study of the real world. They have their Austrian “school,” and their Rand textbooks, and it all satisfies their smug selfishness, but reality will just laugh at their twirling batons as it pumps them full of lead. The y might as well admit that they are just selfish pigs and join the Republicans.

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  12. you good people of America need this man in charge . .
    Ron is your best hope .

    EnD the FeD . .
    No More WARs ..

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  13. this american defender guy…isnt really a true american isnt he? so much for defending america…

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  14. If one is truly a pro-liberty radical, not simply a selfish pig, one would do better to follow the Unabomber’s advice to destroy the technology which enables population growth and maintenance requiring and enabling big government to exert increasing control. But Pauliacs want to keep the fruits of technology which they like, not realizing that the troubles they complain about come from the same source. If they understood fully, they would abandon their make-believe ideology and deal with reality

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  15. Pauliacs also have compassion for stoners, but I suspect that compassion would evaporate if the war on drugs wasn’t so costly.

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  16. Pauliacs do have compassion for those who suffer and die in our military actions, but I wonder how much compassion they’d have even for them if taxes weren’t involved.

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  17. I guess that explains why Paul is a Republican. He favors the right to wealth over the right to life.

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  18. Paul opposes forcing rich people to pay for helping people who need help. It is better to let the poor die than to force the rich to help them.

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  19. Dr Paul seems to believe that the truly compassionate let the weak, poor and stupid die.

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  20. MOLTENSULFERWARNING

    Daniel 7 the forth beast had 10 horns and was different from the other beasts similarly Fema has 10 regions and 10 regional governors.

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