Ron Paul: Why We Don’t Need FEMA


John Stossel: Tonight, we explode a few myths about elections and natural disasters. Here’s the first: I’m told that Hurricane Sandy is proof that we need a powerful federal government, namely FEMA, which provides emergency management. This just makes sense to people: we have a big disaster across state lines, who but the feds can help. Just like New York Times declared, week, “A big storm requires big government”. Very few politicians are skeptical about that, so it’s a relief to turn to former presidential candidate, Ron Paul. Dr. Paul, you say it’s a myth that we need FEMA?

Ron Paul: I certainly think so, because it causes more harm than good. We’ve handled floods and disasters for 204 years before we had FEMA, and the states and the volunteers and the local communities did quite well. I’ve taken this position for a long time, it’s not just recently. I’ve taken it since I was first in office, and I kept getting re-elected, because people in my district got tired of FEMA. All they had was headaches, they got locked into their insurance and it’s a bureaucracy and I’ve tried to help them get through the bureaucracy. But they just come in and take over.

John Stossel: But it’s a big problem, it crosses state lines, the Feds have to have some role?

Ron Paul: No, they don’t have to. What we should have is a real insurance. The problem is, the insurance program causes many of the problems, because they say, “Well, you have to have insurance”. The market won’t sell insurance to you, and that’s telling you that it’s too dangerous. So rich people get insurance subsidized by poor people, and they go and build on beaches and they have a good time and their houses get washed away and the poor people pay to rebuild their houses.

John Stossel: It was interesting that this week, before the storm hit, the President held a press conference, not at FEMA’s offices, but at the Red Cross. Here’s a clip:

Barack Obama: The reason we’re here is because the Red Cross knows what it’s doing when it comes to emergency responses.

John Stossel: So what’s he saying there, the Red Cross, not FEMA, knows what it’s doing, and FEMA doesn’t? Sounds like he’s admitting it.

Ron Paul: Yea, that was good politics, but, unfortunately, from my experience here in my district, the Red Cross and others were inhabited by FEMA. They would come in and stop it. Think of the difference between how evacuation occurred in New York after 9/11, all the volunteers shipped boats and things, thousands of people there were evacuated. And the opposite happened in Katrina, because FEMA got in and had control. But this giving up on individuals helping neighbors and local government doing things is a serious problem and it’s one of the reasons why we’re totally bankrupt. Because all this money that’s going to go out here in the next few months because of this storm … there is no money in the bank and there’s really no money in FEMA, the insurance is broke. So they’re going to just borrow it and print it and make our problems worse. They’ll take and centralize the power, the power will be in Washington DC, and it’s bureaucratic and it’s very inefficient.

John Stossel: Well, thank you, Dr. Paul, and thank you for all you’ve done to wake people up.

Ron Paul: Thank you, John.


  • This is Dr. Paul at his best. Always FACTUAL!!! I cannot believe the sheeple do not see why he is a great leader. Fox News is generally biased, but Big Up to John Stossel for keeping it real.

  • This is Dr. Paul at his best. Always FACTUAL!!! I cannot believe the sheeple do not see why he is a great leader. Fox News is generally biased, but Big Up to John Stossel for keeping it real.



  • Surfisher

    If Mormon Mitt gets into the White House — he’ll start purges against Ron Paul’s supporters to make comrade Stalin proud.

  • Surfisher

    Just Say NO to Rmoney — VOTE for ANYONE but Mormon Mitt!

    Keep Mitt’s mittens off of the White House — or face An American Tragedy!

    The Mormons stripped the richest man in the world, Howard Hughes, not only of his life, but his entire fortune (that is how the Mormons got financial power to jump start their cult)!

    Now another Mormon wants to do the same to our entire Nation!
    And his 5 Mormon Sons are waiting in line to finish US off!

    *Vote FOR Gary Johnson* — Do NOT vote for Mormon Mitt (or Barack Hussein) the lesser of two evils!!!

  • Most of these places cannot be insured any longer…

  • agreed. hopefully he can run again

  • FEMA is a pamphlet publishing agency. That is what they were established to do. Pamphlets that say duck cover and hold. “don’t go into the basement when a flood is expected.” Don’t piss into the wind.” Don’t walk the dog into a tornado.” In an earthquake, things shake be careful.” They are an agency that simply opposes the Darwin theory. My cynical guess is that they were there to keep obama voters alive. Regular people take care of themselves. In NYC I understand 95% of the homes lost were insured. That is because there were loans on them and the banks require insurance. Those who live near water who were intelligent bought flood insurance, Those who didn’t didn’t. Who should profit? those who take care of themselves or the ones who use my tax dollar as free insurance? The government needs to take care of infrastructure not the private citizen’s private property. Property owners need to bear their own risk.
    Now look at what a tragedy FEMA is again. This time they can’t even deliver water (which the shop owners take anyway to sell when the crisis is over) There is no shortage of water anywhere that can’t be overcome by a 20 minute walk to a public water outlet. Food, Order from Amazon. Fed;x and UPS and the postal service are delivering everywhere. even to empty lots. Most insurance covers living expenses in these cases so they don’t even need trailers. Remember the coastal homes are the million dollar variety. This area is not New Orleans, the big easy where people live on our tax money as a life style for generations. This area is a self sufficient area. FEMA gets in the way. You can’t expect pamphlet pushers for unnecessary material to be capable of doing anything. If anything shows the stupidity of FEMA it is this disaster. The local populations will take care of themselves.

  • I love how honest Ron Paul is. I hate how when choosing a president, we don’t look at the track record of the nominee, but rather look to who we “feel” we can trust.

  • insults dont win arguments lol bcuz if you knew that the efficiency of the government is but a mere shadow to that of the private sector aka the people you would be on the side of THE GREAT DOCTOR PAUL!!

  • I’ve never seen the great Doctor dress THIS snazzy

  • So you support over taxation so someone can live in a high risk zone by choice? That would be like someone jumping over the grand canyon and expecting the government to pay medical bills. Private risk-Private insurance

  • no you fucking moron he’s simply saying FEMA doesn’t do a good job, ask people in staten island how wonderful the FEMA is. It creates a moral hazard, people often igore the risk of living in a high risk area without purchasing the right insurance.

  • Isn’t it true, though? I mean – we have had these disasters for centuries and we have handled them, no?

  • robin

    French Canadian,
    Sorry I meant to say this was sent to me by the same relative that I was having a discussion with about the Constitution. I do not believe this at all. My son said the history of Christianity is a bloody one and they are hypocrites if they put themselves above others. Spirituality is an individual journey and as long as you don’t break the law, you should be able to practice your beliefs. Of course, there are some religious practices that concern me because they use mind control=Mormonism is one as are a number of other ones including Christian Zionism,Scientology, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah Witnesses, etc. These people are the most brainwashed people I’ve ever met . I don’t believe religion has any place in the government, yet when I was not allowed to discuss religion and politics this summer at a federally funded lunch program this is absurd.

  • “We’ve had storms and floods for 240 years and local people have handled it quite well” – Ron Paul
    What an idiot, such a small mind to try and handle big problems,

  • What you think, and what actually happens are two very different things. There are real accounts of FEMA refusing help of workers who have gone out of their way to help victims.

  • I bet he says that every election.

  • If you do not see any difference between Obama and Romney, then I just don’t know what to say to you, man. I’ll let the Bob Barr, the Libertarian nominee from 2008, say it for me: “Everyone remotely libertarian has to do what they can to defeat Obama… All of the permanent damage that could be done in the next four years trumps all.”