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.


  • We need relief from the disaster known as the federal government.

  • A vote for Romney is a vote against Obama (and a minute chance to keep Obama out of office). HOWEVER. A vote for Romney OR Obama is a vote to stay inside this cliche system where liberals and conservatives hold a monopoly on government. A vote for 3rd party is a vote to break away from this two party system.

    You may be voting against Obama, but you’re still voting to keep us trapped inside this liberal-conservative system.

    You should vote Gary Johnson (Ron Paul dropped out of the race).

  • What’s the libertarian position on Disaster Relief?

  • Ron Paul dropped out of the race.

  • ^ That guy

  • Who the FUCK is Stossel calling “former presidential candidate”?!

  • How are they different?

  • This guy is an ass-clown

  • It’s such a shame that Ron Paul doesn’t get the respect he DESERVES.

  • FEMA itself is a disaster; it’s just the imposition of martial law on people who are vulnerable.

  • Ron Paul is awesome. There’s no doubt about that. However, I am voting for Romney. I would much rather have Romney than Obama. And do not tell me that those two are the same. They are not.

  • We needed Ron Paul right now. This country is run and supported by a bunch of idiots. We need someone to stop the infringing of UN and the growth of our own government. These people voting for more State are insane.

  • Write in Ron Paul or vote Gary Johnson 🙂

  • these disgusting traitors to the republic shall and will be held accountable by us patriots! our heads are out of the sand, we were once blind but now we see

  • FEMA is nothing more than another form of Martial Law.They take precedence over all authority including your right to take care of yourself.Peace.

  • Its coming to a time when our voice can’t be ignored, we have to make them and there complacent followers realize who the real enemy is, weather it be violent or peaceful.

  • Go back to crushing deer while liberal bias is there in front of your shed hick.

  • I would LOVE THAT!!

  • i think he ran as 3rd party as a libertarian but i don’t know if that worked out for him, that’s why he’s a repub

  • If Ron Paul really wanted to become president then he would of ran as an independent.