Sam Saul, Huffington Post - Two weeks after Southeast Asia was devastated by a tsunami in 2004, Paul wrote a column imploring the Bush administration to not send taxpayer money for relief. It wasn't that he was unsympathetic to the victims (he urged Americans to make their own donations). He thought private charities and nonprofit groups were better equipped to handle the job.
"The Asian tsunami is the worst natural disaster of our lifetimes, and we should all do everything we can to help. Investigate the charities and private groups involved, and send what you can," he wrote. "But let's get governments and the United Nations out of the way, please."
Paul made similar pitches with respect to foreign aid and earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti and Japan. And even when the disaster wasn't immediate in nature, he was hesitant to get the government involved.