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.


  • And finally, Obama is no more socialist than America. the US has been a ‘socialist’ country since FDR.

    Funny how you don’t realize it

  • Not even the clusterfuck Romney dares to admit now that he called for an to FEMA.

    But Paulites are as stubborn as hell and will never learn:

  • Wtf. He was a fucking professor in a top notch university. Did you also want to see his birth certf? How about Paul’s records? Go back to your cave.

    “People still don’t have food, clean water or clean clothing.”
    And what they have, it’s because of FEMA and other organizations helping them.

    “Go to New Jersey and New York and ask them how they feel about FEMA.”
    They want MORE FEMA, not less.

  • The point he is making is that FEMA has done next to nothing for the victims of hurricane sandy. People still don’t have food, clean water or clean clothing. Go to New Jersey and New York and ask them how they feel about FEMA. Ask them in Texas, Louisianna, Mississippi and Alabama too. Anyway, what does that have to do with you seeing Obama’s academic records that he refuses to make public? I’m sure you like the fact that he’s a socialist, but you still haven’t seen his records.

  • Try go a bit North and tell the people of NJ they don’t need that stinky FEMA and should just stick up to the little hurricane like men 😉

  • lol. So you are a Paulite calling me immature? “a little over my head” in a Ron Paul video in youtube!? hahaha!!! Don’t make me laugh.

    Obama taught in Chicago. Romney got 2 degrees from Harvard.

    Paul is just a medical doctor whose world view was shaped by 1950s anarcho-capitalist and a dying breed of conservatives

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  • >fema is a joke<

  • >fema is a joke<

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  • I’m sorry I voted from Ron Paul in the primaries, but if the gulf coast, after the BP oil disaster, was left up to just the southern states, they would have gone bankrupt for sure. This getting rid of FEMA idea is absolutely absurd.

  • Wow, he really looks like Magneto here!

  • Wow, he really looks like Magneto here!

  • oh “they did quite well!” Just a few more dead and destruction~~ Nothing much to worry about.

    Nice to know. lol Decrepit dinossaur Paul

  • Looking at their academic records, no he hasn’t

  • Too bad more people haven’t seen this. He should be our president.

  • a silly old man who has more brains than romney and obama combined.

  • Like “hate whitey day” was he correct about that?

  • I hope you can see the irony in someone who voted for a candidate with no running mate and no chance at winning office calling another a “troll”. haha how childish.
    A president with no running mate is a president with no plan for after he leaves office. That’s the cold hard truth and the reason why even a Libertarian like myself cannot vote for RP or GJ.
    I’d love to keep entertaining the idea that running mates aren’t important, but I honestly don’t think you’re learning anything from this.

  • if anyone is mistaken its liberals and Obama supporters. Ron Paul is not an extremist, he is a PATRIOT and he is very correct about almost everything!