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.


  • HA HA HA This old twat lost! When will he and his drone like supporters accept the reality that he will NEVER in a million years be President of anything! By the way you kooky senile Twat, don’t blame FEMA, blame the morons that are put in charge of it! Stupid Fuck!

  • I told you all!!!! Obama 2012!!!!!! 4 more years baby!!!! Hahahaha

  • It’s the republican party’s fault that Obama won for not picking Ron Paul in the first place! He would have had better chance against Obama than that flip flopping idiot Mitt Romney!

  • that is a personal question and shouldn’t be asked of anyone.


  • ron paul is refusing to answer reporters questions, who did you vote for? answer the question ron paul PRESIDENT OBAMA WON RE ELECTION!!! WOO HOOO EAT IT TEAPARTIERS LOL

  • Wake up fat bitch. 4 more years of OBAMA.

  • I voted for Ron Paul on my ballot.

  • I wrote in Ron Paul

  • If people stopped thinking that way, then we’d have the possibility of avoiding four years of Romney and Obama. Just don’t vote for either. Well, it’s probably too late now…

  • I voted for him, but it won’t do a damn bit of difference. Everyone is so concerned with this “lesser of two evils” nonsense. Avoid the two fucking evils, you morons! Christ, this makes me want to go out and smack the next idiot I see who mentions Romney or Obama.

  • I however wrote in Ron Paul, I don’t think he was a option in my state but I wrote him in anyways. And if you’re on Romney’s card you aren’t on Paul’s card.

  • Ron Paul said in a interview he has more in common with Obama than Romney, very little but still some of the things within Obama’s policy’s he agrees with. He said he agrees with almost nothing from the Romney party. I do not want to see Romney win, Romney has already said its a option that he could plan a invasion of Syria in hunt to destroy chemical weapons… That would be a mess, and that sounds like Bush Jr. on Iraq. Romney or Obama is going to win, so got to pick your poison.

  • You aren’t a Libertarian if you vote for Obama. There have been a lot of confused Liberal-tarians popping up following Ron Paul and GJ, and Mitt Romney’s plans to cut taxes, repeal Obamacare, and cut the regulations on oil and coal are more in touch with Libertarianism than Obama’s plans.
    Stop voting politicians into office based on principle and start voting on people who can get the job done.

  • A vote for evil is a vote thrown away.

  • a vote for gary johnson is a vote completely thrown away.

  • i hope he does become president.

  • If Ron Paul had their way..No interstate highways, schools, libraries, prisons, clinics, egual rights, food regulations. food labeling, FBI, CIA, EPA, DOT, OSHA ,national parks and more…… Also his foreign policy is weak.

  • Explain your reason

  • Explain your reason