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. What messiah?

    it was some other idiot here that said “Ron paul is smarter than Obama and Romney” or something like that. hilarious

    your eloquence is staggering! The true insight of a paulite hipster warrior! The only one who can “face reality”! (lol) I don’t have an ipad, but thanks for trying. Maybe next time.

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  2. What messiah?

    it was some other idiot here that said “Ron paul is smarter than Obama and Romney” or something like that. hilarious

    your eloquence is staggering! The true insight of a paulite hipster warrior! The only one who can “face reality”! (lol) I don’t have an ipad, but thanks for trying. Maybe next time.

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  3. Can’t seem to find your last comment on here but, yea, it became pathetic when you started running interferance for your statement about your messiah’s academic records (which nobody has ever seen, for some reason) being better than Paul’s. I’m guessing once you get out of puberty you will see things a little differently. Well, no, of course you won’t. You wouldn’t be able to face reality if it fell out of the sky and landed on your ipad.

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  4. Can’t seem to find your last comment on here but, yea, it became pathetic when you started running interferance for your statement about your messiah’s academic records (which nobody has ever seen, for some reason) being better than Paul’s. I’m guessing once you get out of puberty you will see things a little differently. Well, no, of course you won’t. You wouldn’t be able to face reality if it fell out of the sky and landed on your ipad.

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  5. You should be living in NJ and without any FEMA help. Just you. It’d be fun to watch

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  6. You should be living in NJ and without any FEMA help. Just you. It’d be fun to watch

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  7. Did you meet a lot of people in NJ who wanted FEMA out of there, was it? lol

    AIPAC!? Jewish Rothschilds conspiracies too? Don’t go there, this is becoming pathetic

    Tsk tsk, talk of kool aids and socialism. Says the pot to the kettle

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  8. Well, I apparently know more about it than you. Bush? Still? Wow, glad you’re not a liberal apologist. Seeing as how I was in Jersey 2 days ago I think, maybe, I have a little better grasp of the situation than you. Keep drinking the socialist kool aid. TV is not reality, it’s a propaganda tool used to think for people that can’t think for themselves. Seems like it’s working pretty well. Our politicians are more concerned with AIPAC than American citizens. Your messiah is no different.

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  9. “Get back to me when you learn to think for yourself.”

    lol. This from a paulite! Oh the irony is killing me

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  10. lol. You are delusional. What a rumbling load of crap What apologies?

    FEMA IS ESSENTAIL for disaster relief. The republicans tried to butcher it during in the Bush’s year and the result was there for all to see.

    I’m certain you know more about what happened in New Orleans and NJ than the people of New Orleans and NJ. lol

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  11. That’s real clever. I wonder where I’ve heard that before. You will never learn anything when you ignore failed policies and make apologies for for your “team” just because you happen to be a cheerleader for said “team.” I’ve got news for you, your beloved dems are just as full of shit as your hated reps. They’re on the same team, it’s only party loyal sheep like you that can’t seem to grasp that fact. Tunnel vision only leads to more tunnels. Get back to me when you learn to think for yourself.

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  12. Selling weapons during a civil war to a regime involved in genocides is something of note, no?

    How much influence does China exert in Sudan and Angola then? Construction projects in Angola are almost all done by chinese companies. They already own 50% of Nigeria oil fields. It sounds a lot like the American banana republics, or it’s heading that way

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  13. No, Russia was against economic sanctions on Iraq whereas France initially supported them. Russia was consistently against the US invasion. The US withdrew the bill when they realised no one really supported it.

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  14. You’re a little over your head here, maybe you should try another Paulite fanboy video nstead. I think that would be more your speed. Leave the actual thinking to the adults.

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  15. China trades with them. It isn’t like selling weapons is this completely taboo thing, it is quite normal. US sells weapons to almost/every European country, however Europe isn’t a US puppet. A puppet regime would be where China exerts influence over the government and affects all major policy decisions.

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  16. France is also part of the permanent security council and their opposition came first. Russia used the French opposition to avoid the decision to use their own veto

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  17. No, I spent the last 5 comments saying how FEMA did good, and could have done more if it had more funds.

    Who would do FEMA’s job then einstein? “churchs and non-profits in the area”?? Churchs and local non-profits would clear streets, rebuild houses, get more shipments of supplies to people?? lol

    “You’re just another lib apologist that can’t face any facts that go against socialism.”

    Since you haven’t presented a single fact against FEMA, yeah, I cannot face them. There aren’t any

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  18. And no, Russia was very vocal in speaking out against the war. The reason why Germany and France no supporting it was so potent was due to the fact that they were part of NATO and their support was expected.

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  19. No, China and Russia are needed in passing the resolutions. Without support from 5 of the permanent security council members, no resolution can be passed (called the veto power). The US withdrew their resolution when they realised they couldn’t get it through, and would probably get less than 5/15 votes. Virtually everyone supported the Gulf War, Russia built strong ties with Saddam after it, before he was a US puppet (US denied Saddam gassing Kurds etc..).

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  20. Why would I care what political party an idiot governor in New Jersey is? I’m not a party loyal sheep. You spent the last 5 comments saying how FEMA sucks. The people don’t want more FEMA, they want more HELP. If FEMA was doing its job the people wouldn’t need more of anything. The bulk of the real help that has come has been from churches and non-profits in the area, not FEMA, not the Red Cross. You’re just another lib apologist that can’t face any facts that go against socialism.

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