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.

  • 1kingconan

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  • AngilasGuy

    Why not reform FEMA instead of just scrapping it entirely? Ron Paul surely has a point when he talks about the inefficiencies of it’s current form, but volunteers isn’t the only function of FEMA.

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  • edarotag84

    If more people were like Ron Paul, we would have a very great world, I hope he gets elected, but the BIG BANKERS HATE him!

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  • libertyphoenix777

    AMEN RON! FEMA ALSO CONFISCATED LEGAL FIREARMS AND RENDERED VICTIMS OF HURRICANE KATRINE VULNERABLE TO ATTACK, MURDER AND VIOLENT ROBBERY, FOLLOWED INEVITABLY BY STARVATION.

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  • let freedom ring

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  • let freedom ring

    RON PAUL 2012

    Did u know that Abraham lincoln ran for public office 7 times without sucess before becoming president? Did u know that Walt Disney filed bankrupt 7 times before building Disney World? Did u know that Albert Einstein was told by his teachers that he wouldn’t amount to anything?

    Ron Paul.. 2012 A Great American.

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  • fxvanilla

    You anti Ron Paul people are quite arrogant . He is the only guy running for president that had a perfect record and never flip flopped. Some are you assholes are paid buy certain means to demonize Ron Paul, so he wont have a chance to win. I will never vote for a globalist or anyone who is pro Federal Reserve or big government.

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    The media IS ignoring Dr Paul. There is so much they could be saying about him.

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  • let freedom ring

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  • let freedom ring

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  • sepiasiren

    Respond to this video… Once again Ron Paul makes perfect sense–how can a over bloated bureaucratic structure help ppl when they need it most???

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  • Razlo5000

    Ron, what are you going to do for Men’s Rights?

    Are you going to grant men equal reproductive rights?
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    What about equal rights for fathers? Do you see the fact men win only 8% of custody battles as a problem?

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  • HPHCShare

    Finally someone is making sense. He Has My Vote

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  • MrSeriouslynot

    He is not legalizing marijuana.. He is just saying the federal govt has no say on marijuana and he wants to leave it up to each of the 50 states whether they want to legalize marijuana or not. So we could end up where all 50 states decided to make it illegal again or we may have some ok and some not.

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  • T

    Dr Paul has to chill out on all the FEMA is bad stuff, the media today has an attention span of a meth addict, he has to focus on how all the other candiadates and Obama don’t have an idea what to do with the economy.

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  • LOLCatSaturday

    i really like this guy just cuz he plans on legalizing marijuana if he is president.

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  • yaaaa10

    i love it how if you spell the red letters in the word rEVOLution, it spells out love backwards. God bless you Dr Paul, I’m with you all the way in 2012 and beyond.

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