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Ron Paul to tornado victims: Get insurance, not federal aid

By CAPITOL HILL BLUE Staff Reports
March 4, 2012

Ron Paul: Federal aid? You don't need no stinkin' federal aid'

Libertarian Texas Congressman and Presidential candidate Ron Paul Sunday said victims of tornadoes that spread death and destruction across the  South and Midwest don’t deserve federal aid.

Said Paul on CNN’s State of the Union:

There is no such thing as federal money.  Federal money is just what they seal from the state sand steal from you and me.  The people who live in tornado alley, just as I live in hurricane alley, they should have insurance.

Paul said he does see a role for the National Guard to provide assistance but he also believes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a waste of money.

“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,” he said.

Paul also appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and said he isn’t buying right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh‘s apology for calling a law student “slut.”

Said Paul:

I don’t think he’s very apologetic. He’s doing it because some people were taking their advertisements off his program. It was his bottom line that he was concerned about.  Yes, I think he should have apologized. I had said he used very crude language. And I think he gets over the top sometimes.

Limbaugh last week called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” because she supported President Barack Obama’s new policy on insurance coverage of contraceptives.

Limbaugh’s comments brought an onslaught of complaints from both the right and the left along with cancellations by advertisers on his radio show.

Said Limbaugh in his “apology:”

My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir.  I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.

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2 Responses to Ron Paul to tornado victims: Get insurance, not federal aid

  1. woody188

    March 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Even if the premise is correct, it’s probably not the right time Ron.

  2. Sandy Price

    March 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    If anyone is still reading this thread, perhaps they can answer the question of whether the insurance company used by the victim for damages to his home, would deny coverage if a tornado or hurricane was an act of God? We had many denied claims after some earthquakes in California.