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.

  • when you build on the beach, you destroy the wetlands, when you destroy the wetlands, you destroy natures natural storm buffer….nature will always win.

  • I will be writing him in!!! I’ve never been more excited to vote for someone. Fortunately, I live in NH where they will count write in votes. I just can’t bring myself to vote for the lesser of two evils. Peace and love and god bless the people of this country!!!

  • Don’t write him in. Just vote Johnson, he is politcally very similiar to Paul. In a lot of states write-ins don’t count.

  • He won’t run in 2016. Perhaps Rand will become a little more sane by then.

  • You on bath salts? I would no way would I knowingly choose 4 more years of Barry’s freedom killing, QE spending, warmongering, job killing, lying, corporate puppet, bailout giving, SOPA loving, warmongering, kill list having, non-transparent, drone striking, callous shallow and indifferent 2 faced socialist policies.

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  • ron paul always makes valid points! people should not build on the beach- the native americans were smart enough to know that you camped on the beach during certain times to fish and gather, not build a permanent home! proximity to water sources comes with a lot of risks-we modern people are so stupid ! we believe we are entitled to live as we please and the govt will fix any problems we have- live and learn folks-or maybe i should say learn and live


  • There will be nothing left by 2016 Forget it !

  • So sad that a man who preaches, less government, more states rights and tells people they are intelligent enough to make their own decisions, is considered crazy and too right wing. Americans have become the lazy, give me, give me, give me people we came here to get away from in Europe. “Work hard in America and all your dreams can come true.” Apparently, working hard takes to long, so we would rather sit around and cry about what others have. We have become what we hated. Congrats USA!!

  • If we want Ron Paul 2016 you guys got to vote Obama 2012.

  • Ron Paul 2012! Write him in!

  • #4thbubul&dudut on twitter thanks 🙂

  • well said ron

  • WAIT! Make Damn sure those iphones are the latest models or noone will survive. Also they all need a bowflex so they can get fit to dig themselves out of the mud next time. Also more bear cats, weapons,body armor,iphones,and company cars!

  • Use most of any money for hurricane relief for reconstruction contracts with construction companies. They got the equipment to dredge and bulldozing.

    Fema is sorta better at shooting people not saving them.

    Military should be doing supply drops food and fresh water, Oh but they’re saving afghan’s US has already the stuff to do this, why waste money on Fema?

  • FEMA – We needed to buy a new offices and company cars, Bear cats, weapons, body armor, everyone new Iphones, video cameras, computers, software and pay our debts off, and more BearCats, , state of the art weapons and body armor, Iphones and company cars so we can help hurricane victims dig themselves out of the mud..

  • ;D

  • 2:48 to 3:50 thank you Ron Paul

  • 🙁 احداث مؤسفه

  • “Walking in nature”? Ron Paula gonna be skydiving, and hitting the gym daily. I heard he longboards now to.