Smear number 654: Ron Paul says tornado victims shouldn’t get help

Steve Watson
March 6, 2012

Once again the corporate media has pounced on any opportunity it can to smear Congressman Ron Paul as he heads into perhaps the most important week of his presidential campaign thus far.

Appearing on CNN Sunday, Paul was asked his opinion on FEMA’s management of the recent aftermath of the destructive tornados in the Midwestern states.

Paul explained that he was not an advocate of the federal government having authority and responsibility over such situations, that he does not support the notion of federal money, and that the states should be allowed to take care of their own.

Of course, being the attack dog hacks that they are, corporate media minions immediately poured forth with headlines such as “Ron Paul: Victims of Midwestern tornado outbreak should not get federal aid” and “Ron Paul: No Federal Financial Aid For Tornado Victims”.

National Journal reporter John Aloysius Farrell even suggested that in saying victims should not get aid, Paul had “stood by his libertarian beliefs”, dredging up the endlessly repeated bogus cliche that part of the Libertarian stance is that everyone must fend for themselves in a world of survival of the fittest.

Any cursory examination of Paul’s comments proves that what he said has been totally taken out of context and spun by the media to generate negative opinion.

What Paul actually said was that the federal government and FEMA “just get in the way” when such disasters happen, adding that the agency hinders local law enforcement, voluntary groups and state organization.

“To say that any accident that happens in the country, send in FEMA, send in the money, the government has all this money, it’s totally out of control and it’s not efficient,” Paul also explained.

“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.”

“To say you don’t support federal money doesn’t mean you don’t care about people, because FEMA is inefficient,” the Congressman explained.

Libertarian YouTube Channel Day Trade Show has an excellent break down of the smear attempt. Listen below:


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, and He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.

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