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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  1. Given his showing in the Ames straw poll, I don't think it's premature to talk about Dr Paul's cabinet appointments. Alex Jones for Secretary of State. I don't think there's any question there. Bob Chapman for the Pentagon. Let's see, who else might be willing? He's going to do away with most everything, so there won't need to be many. Well, of course Rand needs to do something, VP would be good for the kid. That's about it I guess. You're welcomr, Dr Paul.

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  2. And DR Paul appoint a blue ribbon panel to investigate 911. People like Jesse Ventura, Alex Jones, David Icke, David Duke, Ernst Zundel and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad need to look into this.

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  3. Ron Paul does not exist in the mainstream media. All they talk about is Mitt Romeny and Rick Perry.

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  4. @ Destiny:

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  5. Private_Charity_is_the_Answer

    Why is it that people look to the government to solve all problems? It certainly does not have a good track record as problem solvers. Private individuals, churches, charities, businesses, and community initiatives always do a far better, more timely and efficient job. People and organizations that volunteer time and resources to help victims of tragedies are the answer.

    When government 'helps out' they do so by borrowing money to be paid for by tax-payers and spending as much as they deem necessary, without ever having a solid means to repay the debt. Tax-payers don't get credit for the aid that government provides. The politicians who lobby for tax money get the credit and thus buy votes from the affected people. That is not true charity.

    Victims need money to pay private companies for cleanup. Charitible giving can help pay for that. Victims need clothes, furniture, cleaning and hygeine supplies that people/businesses/charities/churches can collect and provide. Government entities pay millions of dollars in salaries/benefits/pensions to employ thousands of people to aid victims of tragedies. If tax-payers got to keep that money, they could donate it directly to aid efforts and volunteer efforts and cleanup efforts. Instead it goes to government workers. How does that help the affected victims ? It sounds more like a jobs program to me.

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  6. libertyequalspeace

    Help from one's neighbors should never be an entitlement, but should received graciously.

    People should be taking reasonable precautions to protect lives and property and should purchase insurance to cover the longterm rebuilding. Those who don't should be helped to continue a lack of wise planning.

    Only individuals spending their own money can make these judgements. Bureaucracies never do.

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  7. libertyequalspeace

    Bureaucracy is designed to provide opportunities for corporations providing campaign funds.

    By controlling aid and the message, government seeks to make you beholden to it.

    The only time anything different happens is when there is overwhelming outrage and political pressure to do the job it is allegedly designed to do.

    Real people spending their own resources to help their neighbors and fellow Americans in distant locations are much better able to discern whats truly needed.

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  8. I hope Dr Paul does something about Reptile mind control when he gets in. I know he doesn't like the government doing stuff, but this is a matter of national defense.

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  9. Charity_Not_Government

    Why is it that everyone looks to the government to help them. Private individuals, private charities, churches, and businesses volunteer time, money and resources to aid victims of tragedies. The government borrows money in whatever amount them deem needed, and then claim that they alone can help ease people's suffering. The tax-payers/forced donors do not get any credit for the government's aid, and then the government claims that if they didn't help victims then no one would.

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  10. If it wasn't for the death camps, FEMA would be ok.

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  11. The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.

    RON PAUL A MAN OF TRUTH AND INTEGRITY!!

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  12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtube_gdata_player&v=7t51PcPD4bE

    WHAT IF ?

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  13. As much as they hate to hear it..."RON PAUL 2012!"

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    WHITE POWER! RON PAUL 2012!

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  17. diogeneslaertius666

    FEMA DID MORE TO GET IN THE WAY

    Empirical Trump Card

    but the opposition just scoffs, the entire assault on Ron Paul on this issue amounts to snark bullshit and is wholly insubstantial.

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  18. diogeneslaertius666

    Anyone who has been through a disaster and had to deal with FEMA can attest to the EMPIRICAL REALITY OF RON's ARGUMENT

    else

    in complete abeyance of FEMA, its operational profile, its demonstrated inability to effectively deal with disaster relief and the obvious logic that a localized solution would be preferable - people will continue to support and fund a dead solution, even when a superior, localized methodology could replace it if the money were diverted to the state level for instance...

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  19. RonPaul2012alldaylong

    Runs for the People
    Over 3 decades
    Never voting against the constitution

    Pursuing life, liberty, freedom, and happiness
    Always caring for the citizen
    Using his experience and intelligence
    Liberty will prevail

    I will be voting for Ron Paul for President in 2012

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  20. diogeneslaertius666

    RP pulls no punches, saying in effect to critics of his statements on FEMA: "ill see your snarky bullshit and raise you REALITY" - continuing to elaborate on the failed policies and logistical realities of FEMA as a system, in (perhaps) the cain hope that enough Americans will take a look at the data and figure it out.

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