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August 31st, 2011
09:57 AM ET

Conn. Governor Dannel Malloy: Ron Paul is 'an idiot'

Three days after Hurricane Irene ripped through Connecticut, reports say that about 400,000 people are still without power. Water has just crested this morning from massive flooding that rendered about one thousand roads impassable.

Today on American Morning, Governor Dannel Malloy discusses the damage within the state and the government's relief efforts with Christine Romans. He also responds the political debate over the federal role of disaster response, commenting about Ron Paul's remark that FEMA gets in the way and wastes money.

"I think he's an idiot," Malloys says. "We are spending $900 million a week in wars and he is arguing about whether we should spend some amount of money? FEMA now has currently $900 million budget available to it. This is a ridiculous conversation. I really don't understand what he is talking about and I'm not sure he does."

"Without this system of response, we would not be standing here with as few people who have died in this massive storm," Malloy adds. "For someone in Texas to be talking about FEMA being defunded really does rise to idiocy and hypocrisy. This is pure politics playing out across individuals' misery."

Filed under: FEMA • Hurricane • Hurricane Irene • Irene • Politics
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Thaddeus S. Kaczor, Jr.

    My comment has been awaiting moderation' since 9-1-11 @ 1:32 am! Either post it or reject it!

    Excuse, me governor... Ignoring the typically ignorant ad-hominem attack, you also make a point that shows you have no idea what Ron Paul is about, or even what he has said on the subject! Ron Paul himself has said REPEATEDLY over the last few days (and years) that if we were NOT spending TRILLIONS on the five wars we are now in, we could fund many Domestic programs, such as disaster relief. Also, he proposes that Governors like YOU do your job- instead of abrogating your responsibility and just dumping it all on FEMA. Sure, you can send your tax dollars to the FEDERAL govt, then get back a small percentage to 'help' you take care of disaster victims. You can also let FEMA's bureaucracy take charge and muck things up, delay and WASTE valuable time and money, or let the people at the state and local level (who know better who needs help, and can get it to them faster and more efficiently than any FEMA bureaucrat) take charge. You can't even call out your National Guard troops, because they're all overseas fighting undeclared wars due to the 'backdoor draft'! Yeah, defend FEMA... The more you do, the more foolish you look to the people in Louisiana still waiting for help, or the people in Tennessee and Texas still waiting.

    September 5, 2011 at 1:24 am |
  2. James

    People who resort to name calling like that are immature and disrespectful. Ron Paul has the courage to objectively criticize a program that he believes is not in the American people's best interest, at the risk of seeming radical, and people like this stifle any meaningful debate by name calling. Also, he actually brought up a point that Ron Paul has brought up before. Ron Paul wants to put an end to our interventionist foreign policy and use half of the money saved to reduce the debt, and the other half to use at home.

    September 5, 2011 at 12:19 am |
  3. Caleb Rackliffe

    Ron Paul has very publicly opposed the existence of FEMA for decades, and his position is entirely consistent with his worldview. Malloy makes absolutely no sense when he says Paul's statements are mere political posturing at the expense of suffering people. Given the power, Paul would abolish FEMA even if he knew for a fact that Lake Jackson itself was due to receive aid.

    The real issue, the issue this interviewer should have mentioned, is whether or not it is acceptable for the citizens of some states to be forced to subsidize the geographic risk of those in other states. Why should Californians be exposed to the hurricane risk on the Gulf of Mexico or those on the Gulf be exposed to the earthquake risk of California?

    Malloy may be right in saying that FEMA's budget is peanuts compared to the money we're spending on our military adventures overseas, but that fact alone doesn't make anything else he said coherent.

    September 4, 2011 at 3:44 am |
  4. mitch

    Gov Malloy does not know what he is talking about. CNN is ridiculous for reporting this nonsense. RON PAUL 2012 FTW. Defund FEMA, get the Govt out of our lives NOW

    September 1, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  5. Aaron

    This is why people are getting turned off to the MSM. Tabloid journalism at best. There is a good reason the establishment does not want Ron Paul POTUS – and you can bet it has nothing to do with him being stupid.

    "First they ignore you, then they fight you, then you win."

    September 1, 2011 at 3:02 am |