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FEMA is once again in the spotlight as an agency that is directed to offer federal disaster relief.
Texas congressman a presidential candidate Ron Paul says the program is inefficient and should be scrapped.
-- -- now by phone congressman Ron Paul congressman welcome great to have you here today.
At a time when the -- is being hit by a tropical storm and still cleaning up from hurricane Irene are you suggesting that FEMA is helping to ruin the economy.
-- I haven't said that and I haven't called for the immediate abolishment of the amount.
So I think it's a little bit misrepresentation.
But what I'm -- you know whether I think they're very efficient are doing the job or whether we ever -- about it you know the answer.
But you know that hurricane to hit our coast I don't vote for that insurance because I think He turned in -- -- more people to take risky.
Behavior and and you know put their houses where they should -- But I try to make the program work I'd like to make it you you know you know but -- efficient enough to do the job.
They have no money is twenty billion dollars in debt.
And I He and all we have to do is look at the history of these along the coast.
You know where there was Katrina or when they when they come and they helped me in my district believe me they're not very popular -- did spend a lot of time.
It is that if the bureaucracy the united the most complaints about I'm all right as suggesting -- a better way to do these but.
You think the federal government actually have a role to play when it comes it comes to helping people recover from natural disasters.
It to a -- I think I think rescue operations are obviously very good but I think their insurance program actually does a great deal harm economically unwise.
To reward people for risky behavior so no longer insurance is that it's a free bail after taking -- taking a rim and they get the benefits so yeah I think.
I think -- -- -- a -- that's a blanket statement across the board for people who may not be living in areas that necessarily our.
Hit repeatedly by storms and their homes take you get damaged you know well.
Well yeah thirtieth for instance and I'd be nice if our guard units were Ralph to help out is the okay our military is on our millennium that they could help do rescue operation.
But our military and overheated them where are where they got helicopters.
That belonged to the guardian in Vermont they're over in Iraq the -- They've been waiting five -- for helicopters they finally got home telephone company saying.
-- that they -- bad this equation and we took care of these things without even before 1970 dislike.
FEMA is the magic cure if you don't have they -- the government will always take care of it but they're broken they're bureaucratic.
And they don't have a very good record -- Let me turn to presidential pop on for moment you've been taking aim at fellow Texan Rick Perry calling him quote the candidate of the week adding.
That once voters get to know him his numbers will fall.
So what isn't about his record specifically that you find misleading at the moment.
Well for -- first stop people had to prod me is fading because I don't choose to talk about people who -- personal later pick -- I'm not -- any real any press releases.
But when I was pushed -- today said what about so I got into the questions as honestly possible.
Not -- higher higher debt situation and it went up you know spending went up and we have you know is still a lot of problems in this state He.
You know He did things with forcing children they have eight PPR.
So I don't.
I I mean I can keep lifting -- -- but I don't choose to do it now why did yes that was the app you know -- have a lot of leaders in this campaign over the last 68 months and they left -- a week or two and -- ultimately either look.
Welcome people they don't look at his record and and find out and make their decision.
Okay so that there's a feeling -- what's coming your campus your campaign is being ignored by the mainstream media do you agree that your candidacy is being dismissed.
As a long shot.
Well I mean that's what others have come to the conclusion I'm used to being treated like that the last thirty years and I'm almost complete that I guess that my education I didn't yet.
Well when you compare the immediate reaction to me essentially tying -- It in Iowa and the straw vote.
-- not getting one single major and getting out other McCain divided entity it was an.
Because I sort of take these kind of things in stride.
The result of that was that became the news in itself is and I have all hot and -- -- Yes because it was so clear it's so obvious that for some reason there intimidated him.
And are frightened about having me on the show they either think this they don't understand what I'm saying that they don't want to have this message out.
But no I haven't been personally making a lot of complaints that affect your program about -- box program -- -- on -- All right come from Paul great to have you on board today and thank you very much all the best you.
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