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.


  • Impeach All Rep/Dem – then Ron Paul 2013

  • Surfisher

    Here are some numbers that will sober you up!

    A lot Less than Half of the eligible voters bothered to cast their votes this time around.
    So the “winner” got less than 1/4 — meaning over 75% of the American People do not care for Lil’ Hussein!

    1) The 2012 “election” was reduced by 12 Million (that is a huge decline from last election — showing that nearly 10% of the previous voters decided that NEITHER is worth the effort)!

    2) Who voted for Barack Hussein — and how this reflects on who determines our Nation’s path?

    a) 99% Lesbians and Gays
    b) 98% African Americans
    c) 95% Latinos (Mexicans)
    d) 92% Jews
    e) 91% Unmarried Mothers

    Qvo Vadis America?

  • How…how can anyone not vote for this man to be PRESIDENT???? ಥ_ಥ

  • I love Ron Paul he’s brilliant ^.^

  • It makes me angry that so angry Americans can be so blind!!! This man could of been decent president for our country! Ron Paul is my president.

  • Keep sucking on Paul’s dick

  • RON PAUL 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • You’re the reason why humans don’t deserve liberty and why aliens won’t talk to us.

  • Disagree with your statement because some people didn’t vote for the major two party candidates. Others did vote for Gary Johnson(Libertarian), Jill Stein(Green), Virgil Goode(Constitution), and Rocky Anderson(Justice).

  • Well that was a pretty stupid comment.
    Of course the VP matters because it’s going to take more than 2 terms to fix this economy. Let’s pretend that Gary Johnson ran and won 2 terms (lol), what happens when the people look at his VP and think what you’re thinking: “I don’t know this guy, and I don’t care.” Well, then we’re back to square one with Dems/Reps.
    Our economy needs a 2-term Pres followed by a 2-term VP, “consistency”, if you will, in order to see progress, and you know this to be true.

  • Math is Obama’s strong suit and well…where the master goes the pets follow.

    The problem for the “Useful Idiots” like this one are that when the collapse comes they will be the one’s crying for help. And know full well Ron Paul told the truth and warned them. They chose not to listen. Therefore, the demise is of their own doing.

    They got their lies but still here, why? Looks best to not trifle with “Useful Idiots”, just casting knowledge of truth in front of swine to be trampled upon.

  • lol

    Trying hard I see to convince yourself of something I see by being here.

    Jollies of the “Useful Idiot” until they become obsolete and cut down like the tall grass. And their end comes upon them swiftly. Be merry and enjoy the day as much as you can!

    Best Wishes! (*^__^*)


  • are you going to spend 4 more years campaigning for a loser like ron paul? he lost in 2008 and 2012, good luck in 2016 lmao

  • hey dipshit, the people have spoken, President Obama has been re elected. and romney was sent home!

  • um moron, the majority re elected President Obama for a second term. ron paul lost in 2008 and 2012, lol wake the hell up moron. i bet ron paul will lose again in 2016 lmao, and you will be made to be an idiot lol so start volunteering for ron paul lol

  • well good luck working for ron paul. he lost in 08 and 2012 lol lets make him lose again in 2016

  • well idiot, you have 4 years to help ron paul campaign for the third time to become president. good luck idiot lol . i have 4 years with my president obama woo hoo

  • Lenin coined the term perfectly! “Useful Idiots”! People like you deserve all that is coming your way! Enjoy!