Ron Paul: The Trouble with FEMA


Neil Cavuto: Look, they might ultimately do a good job, but we thought it was a little early to do the back-slapping when a lot of their constituents were doing the finger-raising. On the phone with us now is Texas Congressman, Ron Paul. Congressman, I had your colleague from Pennsylvania saying, “Give FEMA another 14 million dollars right now even if you have to go into debt to pay for it”. What say you?

Ron Paul: I think that’s a bad idea. When is it going to stop, where is the limit? And, evidently, there are no limits, they’re already 18 million dollars in debt, and they’ll spend another 14 million dollars for a program that causes people to do dumb things. I mean, this is why people build on the beaches and on the coasts, because the market doesn’t provide insurance for them, but the government does. So people who don’t get to build nice houses on the beach, have to pay for the rebuilding of it. It’s a terrible program, and I’ve had this position for a long time, and I get many, many times more calls complaining about FEMA than I ever get complaining about my position on FEMA. So it’s never hurt me politically and the people aren’t even with this. But I have to say, though, that when the trouble hits, we have this program and I try to make these things work, but, quite frankly, they can’t work. They’re just going to help drive us into bankruptcy and all this will have to end.

Neil Cavuto: You know, – I know you risk it, and I admire you for that – you always look cruel when you say no to FEMA because you know a thing or two about FEMA’s track record. And, even now, I’m worried for people on the scene and folks in Stanton Island, New York beleaguered borough over there where they keep saying, “Help is on the way, help is on the way”. FEMA’s there, but water bottles aren’t there, basic creature comforts aren’t there, the basic supplies they needed were delayed. And if it weren’t for private funding efforts and the likes of Wal-Mart getting involved, as much as that retailer did after Katrina, there would be no help there. But now we’re getting word, Congressman, from FEMA administrator, Craig Fugate, that, “More than 210 million dollars has been approved for individuals to assist with housing and other disaster related needs”. The problem with that money seems to be that it’s not immediately dispersed, you can approve it, but it doesn’t mean it gets into the hands of those affected right away, it could be weeks or month, right?

Ron Paul: Yes, and that’s when their congressman will be called and that’s when we will get our calls and people would beg and plead. They’d been told that they paid their flood insurance, so they ask when are they going to get the relief. And it’s very, very difficult, it’s bureaucratic, it’s very, very slow, it’s very inefficient. And, you know, when the private companies have insurance, I think they do get the checks to the people much, much quicker. But FEMA is an obstacle, it gets in the way of local authority. For the first 200 years of our history, the federal government was never involved in natural disasters. And after Katrina, you think the people and the government and the politicians would wake up and say, “Maybe this isn’t the best way to do things”. But no, it continues in the same way, we never change our way. And none of this is going to end until we declare our bankruptcy and admit that we don’t have any money. And the congressman that casually said “14 billion dollars is no big deal”, well, where does he think it comes from, it comes from poor people. Because, if you borrow it, they’re indebted; if you don’t borrow it and you print it, they get the inflation, or you get the business cycle and they end up without their jobs. And they think it’s for free? They have to wake up and see that everything costs something, every time the government spends money, it is a cost and a tax and it comes back and, unfortunately, it hits the middle class more than anybody else, especially the low/middle income class who try to survive. They suffer the most with all these programs, even with this pretence that they’re going to take care of us forever.

Neil Cavuto: Well, you know, you always look cruel if you oppose it, but then you just say the track-record is such … it’s like these telephones and everything they do. You know their heart’s always in the right place, but if Haiti got a fraction of the money that was pledged to it after the earthquakes and disasters, it would look like Atlantis right now.

Ron Paul: That’s right. And it’s the same thing over and over again.

Ron Paul: Yes, yes, we got to think through this, folks, we got to think through this. Ron Paul, always a pleasure, sir, thank you.

  • It’s good Ron Paul won’t be president how would my house that I built on a volcano be payed for without fema? I’d have to move somewhere reasonable.


  • The point is those are private affairs. We should just make sure everyones safe and if they didn’t choose to get insurance to bad. I wish I could build houses being trillions of dollars in debt lol

  • Cavuto has always been nice to Ron

  • Another reason its bad is it makes people let the government get away with more. “Fema saved me so its ok if they take away my rights”. They tax people and give it back like its a gift. Lol

  • I said it may be a waste because I’m not completely sure if the money is structured in the right way. The concept is there but from what I hear their is too much money put towards it and not enough total output and help has come from them.

  • What is your reasoning that FEMA is a waste of money? (I agree, just curious about your POV)

  • I’m a Ron Paul fan but I thin Paul missed a concept. The reason a lot of people build by the Ocean is because it is a lot easier for exporting and importing things. Not everything destroyed by the hurricane were private houses on the beach. But I agree that FEMA may be a waste of money.

  • I voted Libertarian this go round and will do so from now on. Dr.Paul should have left the R party after his treatment in this election. He should have burned it to the ground.

  • curios fact how the media can kiss ron’s ass after he is out of the race…scumbags

  • Cavuto’s actually being nice to Ron Paul!? Probably cos he’s not on the ballot.

  • What’s funny that he won’t probably be in the wheelchair but walking in nature somewhere or riding a bike. He is really fit for his age.

  • Ron Paul is right, Too bad Americans are too stupid to realize it. Nothing left to do but watch this great nation fall because it is unpopular to support logic and reason. It is more important to have “good intentions” and pretend money comes from the govt’s unlimited goodwill fund. Also, don’t worry about the trillions Obama and Romney will/have spend on wars, It will be repayed by your children and grandchildren. Who cares about their financial security? Pathetic

  • A 103 year old Ron Paul in a wheelchair is still better than anyone else.

  • What a wise man, Americas last hope fading into the distance :'(

  • I’m voting for myself.

  • He is too old and i dont trust Rand Paul so we are fucked.

  • A Ron Paul supporter would know what to do instinctively….

  • So I rent a room try to save to and pay taxes to subsidize someone’s home being rebuilt in an area where flooding will occur. BRILLIANT way to help the working poor DC

  • I’m writing in Ron Paul, just like I did last time around.

  • It’s just so simple.

    “Without FEMA people on the beach couldn’t get insurance!”
    “Well then don’t fucking live on the beach.”
    *blank stare*