Ron Paul Supports Abolishing FEMA

14 05 2011

In case you missed the following back and forth between Wolf Blitzer, CNN, The Situation Room, and newly announced presidential candidate Representative Ron Paul, from Texas.  The transcript below is from a May 13th interview between Blitzer and Paul on CNN’s The Situation Room.  It is a partial transcript of the interview.  If you want to view the full transcipt, visit www.CNN.com

WOLF BLITZER, HOST: On the whole issue of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, do you want to see that agency ended?

REP. RON PAUL (R), TEXAS: Well, if you want to live in a free society, if you want to pay attention to the constitution, why not? I think it’s bad economics.  I think it’s bad morality.  And it’s bad constitutional law.

Why should people like myself, who had, not too long ago, a house on the Gulf Coast and it’s – it’s expensive there and it’s risky and it’s dangerous.

Why should somebody from the central part of the United States rebuild my house? Why shouldn’t I have to buy my own insurance and protect about the potential dangers?

Well, the reason we don’t have market insurance is it’s too expensive. Well, why is it expensive? Because it’s dangerous. Well, so why should – why should we take money from somebody else who don’t get the chance to live on the Gulf and make them pay to rebuild my house?

I mean it’s – it’s a moral hazard to say that government is always going to take care of us when we do dumb things.  I’m trying to get people to not to dumb things.  Besides, it’s not authorized in the constitution.

BLITZER:  And if there’s a disaster, like flooding or – or an earthquake or Hurricane Katrina, what’s wrong with asking fellow Americans to help their – their – their fellow citizens?

PAUL:  Nothing.  And I think Americans are very, very generous and they have traditionally.  The big problem is Americans are getting poor and they’re not able to voluntarily come to the rescue.

But to coerce people, to ask them to help, that is fine and dandy.  But when you bankrupt our country and nobody has a job and then they say, well, FEMA needs to bail out everybody, then all we’re doing is compounding our problems.

And believe me, I’ve been, you know, very much involved in the hurricanes that have come into my district.  And most of the people in my district do not like FEMA.  You know, they want to try to get their money and all.  But FEMA comes in and takes over.

They take over their property rights.  They dictate.  They prevent some of the volunteers from going in.

So there’s a strong resentment toward the way FEMA operates, because they’re bureaucrats who don’t understand the rule of law nor do they understand local control and property rights. So there’s – there’s a very strong argument that this whole program, that governance through coercion and taxation, can bail out everybody when we’re flat broke and they have to print the money.  And now we’re going into inflationary problems, which are very severe.  That’s our big issue right now.





Homeland Security Bill Cuts Over $1 Billion From Current Funding Level

13 05 2011

A proposed spending bill being discussed in Washington DC cuts over one billion dollars from the current level of funding, with the biggest cuts coming to disaster aid for states and local governments.

Substantial cuts are proposed to come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s state and local grant program.  Some in Congress have indicated that FEMA’s state and local grants are wasteful and backlogged.  To balance this out, there is a proposal to add money to the Disaster Relief Fund.  This specific issue is a concern to me.  Reducing investment in mitigation and preparedness projects is being “penny wise and pound foolish.” 

Why?  Take FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program for instance.  This program has been proven to be a highly effective program for state and local governments to help prevent damage due to natural disasters.  The PDM program has proven to save lives, mitigate damage, and, perhaps most importantly, reduces post-disaster costs.

The PDM program has been studied extensively.  Studies have shown that it SAVES taxpayers $4.00 in post-disaster expense for every $1.00 in PDM grants funded.  So, does it really make sense to cut funding for programs like PDM which have been proven to save lives and money simply to spend even more money to clean up after a storm and support individuals with disaster relief funds?





Congress Considering Emergency Management Bills

2 04 2011

A small number of bills in Congress deal with disaster planning or recovery efforts.

* Reacting to the earthquake in Japan, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) introduced the Critical Infrastructure Earthquake Preparedness Act of 2011 (HR 1132) on March 16. The bill would direct the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to create a grant program specifically for improving the ability of hospitals and airports to withstand earthquakes. Communities on active fault lines could be eligible for funding under his measure. Cohen’s own district in Tennessee is located along the New Madrid Fault Line, and in a press release on the bill, he notes that Memphis could obtain funds to reinforce its airport under this bill. It has not had committee or floor action.

* HR 570 is the Dental Emergency Responder Act of 2011, and passed the House on March 8. The bill, from Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-Texas), would clarify that dentists could be considered as voluntary disaster-response public health workers under the federal disaster-response framework. The bill has not had Senate action.

* HR 175 is the Smart Housing in Disasters Act of 2011, and was introduced on Jan. 5, by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who is the ranking member on the House Homeland Security Committee. The bill would direct the administrator of FEMA to develop “lifecycle plans and tracking procedures” for housing provided after a disaster. It has not had committee or floor action.

* HR 57 is the Disaster Recovery Improvement Act and was introduced on Jan. 5, by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.). It would amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to require swifter decisions on appeals of decisions pertaining to eligibility for, and amounts of, federal disaster assistance; direct the president to implement certain regulations pertaining to the repair of public facilities damaged by disasters; direct FEMA to revise the evaluation process for governors’ requests for major disaster declarations; and authorize the president to provide assistance for pets and service animals during emergencies. It has not had committee or floor consideration.





God Bless Our Military and their families………

24 09 2010

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God Bless America……..

7 07 2010

Take less than five minutes and listen to this salute to our military forces and our Country:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGil7PR59sc