Ron Paul: Tornado Victims Shouldn't Get Aid
Federal money is 'stealing,' says candidate
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2012 3:17 AM CST
Updated Mar 5, 2012 5:54 AM CST
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, stands in front of an Alaskan flag as he listens to a question during a rally yesterday in Fairbanks, Alaska.   (AP Photo/Sam Harrel)

(Newser) – Even in the wake of last week's massive tornado damage, Ron Paul remained steadfast in his libertarian principles, saying he was opposed to any emergency aid from the federal government, reports the National Journal. "The people who live in tornado alley, just as I live in hurricane alley, they should have insurance," Paul said.

"There is no such thing as federal money," Paul said. "Federal money is just what they steal from the states and steal from you and me." While there is a role for the National Guard in these sorts of disasters, according to Paul, the Federal Emergency Management Agency usually does little but frustrate people. "To say that any accident that happens in the country, send in FEMA, send in the money, the government has all this money—it is totally out of control, and it's not efficient," Paul said.

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Mar 6, 2012 2:33 PM CST
This is the 28th time I rebuilt my house after a tornado hit it. I just don't know what I'm going to do.
Mar 6, 2012 1:48 PM CST
You shouldn't get any votes. Dah
Mar 6, 2012 10:40 AM CST
Ron, your taking libertarian thinking to extremes. Emergency aid does not mean just money. It means saving lives, giving medical aid, supplying food and water, getting utilities up and running etc. And you call your self a doctor, what happen to the memory of the Hippocratic Oath you once mouthed.