Irene is wreaking havoc way up the coast, so that makes it the perfect time to state that the country no longer needs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), right?
Well, so says Congressman and Presidential candidate Ron Paul, who’s grabbing headlines by attacking the agency this weekend, calling it a type of “government dependency.”
According to The Hill, Paul told Fox News Sunday that he wants to, “transition us out of this dependency,” arguing that people needed to abandon the idea that “FEMA will take care of us and everything will be OK.”
He then stated it had the “one of the worst reputations for a bureaucracy ever,” and that we should go back to how it was in 1900 when states just took care of it all themselves.
Still, he won’t eliminate the agency all at once, just bit by bit. “No, you don’t get rid of something like that in one day. As a matter of fact, I’ve had this position for a long time, and the people kept re-electing me — and I have a coastal district. But I’ve also suggested that there’s different ways to finance this.”
Paul said he wanted more media coverage. My guess is now he’ll get it.
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