Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) on the campaign trail today in Gilford, New Hampshire:
I live on the Gulf Coast. We put up with hurricanes all the time. I have Galveston in my district. And FEMA's only about 30 or 40 years old or I don't know exactly how old. The worst disaster we've ever had was in my district in Galveston in 1900 before FEMA. The local people rebuild the city. Built a sea wall and they survived without FEMA.And FEMA is not a good friend to most people in Texas because all they do is come in and tell you what to do and can't do. You can't get in your houses. And they hinder the local people and they hinder volunteers from going in. So there's no magic about FEMA.More people are starting to recognize that because they are a great contributor to deficit financing and quite frankly they don't have a penny in the bank. It should be like 1900, 1940, 1960.
From FEMA's website:
FEMA can trace its beginnings to the Congressional Act of 1803. This act, generally considered the first piece of disaster legislation, provided assistance to a New Hampshire town following an extensive fire.