Before I say this, let me quick say that I don't put a lot of stock in Ron Paul. He's practically irrelevant in the GOP nomination race, and every time he decides to open his mouth, the crazier he sounds.
Mr. Paul, the Texan libertarian said on CNN's State of the Union last night that victims of the recent outbreak of tornadoes in the Midwest and the South should not receive federal assistance in repairing their lives. Mr. Paul stated:
"There is no such thing as federal money... Federal money is just what they steal from the states and steal from you and me... The people who live in tornado alley, just as I live in hurricane alley, they should have insurance.""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."
Can you believe this!? How does this man still have a following? How arrogant is Mr. Paul in thinking that not only do most of these people not have insurance, but that using a governmental agency that specializes in aiding victims of natural disasters is inefficient? If you read between the lines, he's practically berating the victims for being in the way of the tornadoes! It's like telling a woman she deserved to be raped because her shirt was too low-cut.
These tornadoes have ripped through the United States, dealing billions of dollars in damage, and (so far) claiming over two dozen lives. The arrogance of Ron Paul in telling these people that it's too inefficient to assist them in their greatest need is nearly unspeakable. These victims have experience one of the most frightening events they could imagine: the wrath of nature, and Ron Paul is telling them to suck it up and get on with their lives.
Mr. Paul, tell the families mourning the loss of loved ones that you won't help. Tell the children who no longer have a roof over their heads that helping them is "not efficient." Tell the communities that have lost everything that their government doesn't care enough to help them.
All I can say is: Thank God that's not how this country works, and thank God you aren't in charge.
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