Ron Paul: The Trouble with FEMA




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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.



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197 Comments:

  1. powerful ron paul

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  2. well someone at fox news is opening his eyes to reality about the true nature of the government.

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  3. "You're only Libertarian until you run out of money and need help... then you're a Socialist."

    Why is that? Do you think I'll start looting people like a Socialist, or will I just ask people for help?

    Socialists need to pretend they don't know the difference between altruism and slavery. They're just covetous people who want to use force to take what they covet, a share of their neighbors labor and property.

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  4. Here are some numbers that will sober you up!

    A lot Less than Half of the eligible voters bothered to cast their votes this time around.
    So the "winner" got less than 1/4 --- meaning over 75% of the American People do not care for Lil' Hussein!

    1) The 2012 "election" was reduced by 12 Million (that is a huge decline from last election --- showing that nearly 10% of the previous voters decided that NEITHER is worth the effort)!

    2) Who voted for Barack Hussein --- and how this reflects on who determines our Nation's path?

    a) 99% Lesbians and Gays
    b) 98% African Americans
    c) 95% Latinos (Mexicans)
    d) 92% Jews
    e) 91% Unmarried Mothers

    Qvo Vadis America?

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  5. DON'T BUILD IN FLOOD PRONE AREAS

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  6. well said buddy

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  7. You're only Libertarian until you run out of money and need help... then you're a Socialist.

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  8. its actually not FEMAs fault, its the states and local gov'ts, even the unions that slow down the processes, FEMA is pretty efficient at getting help, but its up to the states whether they want that help or not, its a money game, states elect not to take FEMAs help because they are helping their state and local economies with a mass influx of work during hurricanes or other disasters.

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  9. The cult of Ron Paul has a cheerleader section?

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  10. You'd probably end up with a civil war and attempt to secede haha

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  11. You'd probably end up with a civil war and attempt to secede haha

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  12. All Libertarians and like minded people should move to one state. lol

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  13. Hey its my president!!!

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  14. Ron Paul has forgot more about economics, foreign policy, and internal affairs than GaryJohnson will ever know. Dr. Paul is the man America needs but doesn't deserve.

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  15. Listen Up Republicans ! You lost and this is true,
    without the Dream of '16 you are the losers again,
    so don't miss this opportunity to regain where
    you've been and should be going. Don't be fools.
    YOU WILL NOT SUCCEED without the Dream !!
    Go Dream2016 dotcom and BEGIN. Wake up
    and BEGIN people, now, now. BEGIN AT ONCE.

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  16. Well at least it's better than your references to farm animal genetalia (dicks, of course). Your unique usage of the word "fuck," "paultard" (another original of yours), and so on. Are you right out of high school?
    Are you getting a hard-on trashing RP supporters, or am I wrong, and you actually have no dick at all?
    Do yourself a favor, squat on some dick, grow a dick, suck a dick, something to satisfy that urge. Or just fuck yourself and save some money.
    Troll be vanquished!
    Let it be so!

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  17. Well at least it's better than your references to farm animal genetalia (dicks, of course). Your unique usage of the word "fuck," "paultard" (another original of yours), and so on. Are you right out of high school?
    Are you getting a hard-on trashing RP supporters, or am I wrong, and you actually have no dick at all?
    Do yourself a favor, squat on some dick, grow a dick, suck a dick, something to satisfy that urge. Or just fuck yourself and save some money.
    Troll be vanquished!
    Let it be so!

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  18. Wa...wh...who....how...WHAT??????? YOU MEAN IT'S ALL OVER AND wRONg PAUL DIDN'T WIN EITHER????
    OMG! THERE'S GONNA BE A REVOLUTION NOW! We're all gonna have to stock up on water, bullets and straitjackets now!

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  19. ron paul i wish you were president

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  20. Tr0ll? Phallacies? Wow, I saw what you did there! That's soooo CLEVER! I wish I were smart like you! Don't confuse wit with wrath. (See what I did there?)

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