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Rep. Ron Paul
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul trashed FEMA today, just hours before Hurricane Irene is scheduled to make landfall in the U.S. Approximately 65 million people are in the storm's projected path.
While giving a speech in Gilford, New Hampshire, the die-hard libertarian said no national response to Hurricane Irene is needed. "A state can decide," Paul said. "We don't need somebody in Washington."
He cited the deadly hurricane of 1900 that leveled Galveston, Texas and killed more than 6,000 people as an example of a better life before FEMA.
"I live on the gulf coast, we deal with hurricanes all the time," said Paul. "The local people rebuild the city. Built a sea wall and they survived without FEMA."
"We should be like 1900, we should be like 1940 1950 1960," Paul said. He argued they only make a "great contribution to deficit financing."
Fellow Republican hopeful Rick Perry, who also vows to slash the scope of the federal government, flip-flopped on his stance when the a natural disaster ripped through his own state. The Texas Governor Rick Perry was furious with the Obama administration back in May for not getting an federal funds to help with relief after heavy wildfires.
"I think we've had 9,000 separate fires in the state of Texas, The federal government has only helped us with 25 of them. That's inappropriate," Perry told reporters.
Perry asked for federal money 25 times prior and in each of those cases, FEMA said yes.