Ron Paul: Why We Don’t Need FEMA




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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.

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557 Comments:

  1. The insurance industry's refusal to cover the costs of high risk living is corruption. The idiocy of the rich knows no bounds or responsibility. I see the insurance companies as the criminals here, as well as, the governments reluctance to force them to step up.

    Our utility company hired workers, from other states to help with our last disaster. The reason? They refuse to hire more lineman. Greed.

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  2. You're saying this to someone who has volunteered in homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and clothing drives. Do something useful for yourself and perhaps read a book you illiterate moron.

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  3. Debt will continue to collect, behind the scenes shady deals and scandalous matter will continue next 4 years with either idiot in office.

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  4. Romney is a idiot.

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  5. Ron Paul would have had my vote but right now I am still unsure rather its Obama or Johnson... I won't vote for Mr. Flip Flop himself Romney, Romney is a idiot.

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  6. And you voted for whom? A flip flopping moderate or a failed president, liar, and constitutional disaster?

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  7. VOTE GARY JOHNSON --- or see our Nation END 2012!

    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 of a Rmoney Dynasty to finish US off!

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

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  8. I'm a Ron Paul Supporter, but i Voted for Romney cause OBAMA needs to go! I'll Worry about Idealism in 4 years...

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  9. Retard.

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  10. Well to start, Romney is going to repeal Obamacare, completely cut the Capital Gains tax for the middle class, and make oil more accessible. Those seem more in touch with Libertarianism than Obama's policies. Even his position on the Federal Reserve is more Libertarian than Ron Paul's, and I think Paul is driving the New Libertarians in the wrong direction.
    We need a private businessman leading the country, not a lawyer who has broken nearly every campaign promise he has made.

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  11. Well to start, Romney is going to repeal Obamacare, completely cut the Capital Gains tax for the middle class, and make oil more accessible. Those seem more in touch with Libertarianism than Obama's policies. Even his position on the Federal Reserve is more Libertarian than Ron Paul's, and I think Paul is driving the New Libertarians in the wrong direction.
    We need a private businessman leading the country, not a lawyer who has broken nearly every campaign promise he has made.

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  12. I just voted today, for Johnson/What's his face

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  13. If everyone who thought that it wouldn't make a difference actually voted for Gary Johnson...it WOULD make the difference...just saying, wouldn't you rather know that you made the right vote and you didn't take part is America falling further, even if he didn't become president? I know I would...Vote Gary Johnson!

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  14. Why vote for Romney though? He is a huge liar and is even more different than Ron Paul. Heck even the Republicans hate him at times cause he is such a flip-flopper.

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  15. Obama is the polar opposite of Ron Paul. Liberal-tarians have a hard time seeing that. I'm a Libertarian, and I'm voting for Romney simply because Gary Johnson and Ron Paul don't stand a chance. Sorry, but it is true.

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  16. Eventually our species is going to realize that, like all other species on the planet, there is a cap to how large our population can grow. It's better for a storm to kill than for a population to kill itself, and if you don't want to evacuate, or if you want to live in a coastal city below sea level like NO which is inevitably going to get hit again, well that's your own responsibility.
    I know it sounds harsh, but let the storm kill the irresponsible before the irresponsible kill us all.

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  17. Frustrated enough to write in ron paul he knows femas only there to lock us all down

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  18. Romney supporters look up "when i was a boy" mitt romney watch the video and be frustr

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  19. in that case, the Romney should be considered one of the worst candidates ever! He is such a liar and flip flopper.. I don't like what Obama has done (or as little as he has done) but alot of that is to blame on the worthless piece of shit Congress we have. I'd rather have Obama though than that LIAR Romney.

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  20. in that case, the Romney should be considered one of the worst candidates ever! He is such a liar and flip flopper.. I don't like what Obama has done (or as little as he has done) but alot of that is to blame on the worthless piece of shit Congress we have. I'd rather have Obama though than that LIAR Romney.

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