For those frustrated by the constrained range of policies offered by mainstream politicians, Ron Paul's campaign offers a welcome opportunity to learn how a doctrinaire libertarian would respond to difficult events, such as the recent spate of deadly storms that tore through the South and Midwest. Unfortunately, espousing this doctrine often makes Paul look an F5-scale clown…
"There is no such thing as federal money," Paul said, on CNN's State of the Union. "Federal money is just what they steal from the states and 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.
Paul said there was a role for the National Guard to restore order and provide care and shelter in major emergencies, but that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) led to nothing but "frustration and anger."
Of course by "insurance," Paul might mean "millions in earmarks and other federal disbursements," since that's what Galveston, Texas received in the aftermath of a series of hurricanes, at Paul's behest. Or maybe the residents of Kentucky and Indiana could be more self-reliant than that: I hear bootstraps make excellent construction tools.
Alternatively, we could invent a newfangled system of compulsory contributions, commensurate with income, that could be redistributed to people who are unfortunate enough to suffer from a natural disaster. We could call it "a government."
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