In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy this week, the New York Times declared, "A big storm requires big government."
On John Stossel's Fox Business program this week, however, Congressman and former presidential candidate, Ron Paul argued that FEMA actually causes more harm than good:
"It causes more harm than good. We've handled floods and disasters for 204 years before we had FEMA, and the states and the volunteers and local communities did quite well. You know, I've taken this position for a long time. It's not just recently. And I've taken it since I was first in office, and I kept getting reelected, because people in my district got tired of FEMA. All they had were headaches. They get locked into their insurance and then it's a bureaucracy and I'd try to help them get through the bureaucracy, but they'd just come in and take over."
Video: Ron Paul Comments on FEMA, Stossel