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Monday, November 7, 2011

Liberty Pen: Firing Line With William F. Buckley- U.S. Representative Ron Paul: Tax Policy and Limited Government

Source: Liberty Pen- U.S. Representative Ron Paul, R, Texas-
Source: Liberty Pen: Firing Line With William F. Buckley- U.S. Representative Ron Paul: Tax Policy and Limited Government

If you look at where Ron Paul was on the issues in 1988 and where he was in 2007-08 and now 2011 going into 2012, it's hard to tell the difference between the Ron Paul of that era and the Ron Paul today. He was a Classical Libertarian then and is a Classical Libertarian today. Actually he's moderated a little bit on entitlements, instead of calling for the elimination of them, he's now calling for a phase out of them. People who paid into them and are retired would still be able to collect those benefits, but younger workers would be able to take the money that they are paying in social insurance and transfer them into personal accounts use that money to pay for personal retirement accounts. And pay for private health insurance once they are retired. But back then Ron Paul was preaching the message of limited government which he believes is the only way to guarantee maximize individual freedom. Letting people live their own lives as they see fit as long as they are not hurting anyone else with their freedom.

And that's one area where Representative Paul and I agree one but we differ in other areas. Representative Paul back then was calling for bringing our troops home and closing our foreign bases that we use to defend developed nations. Europe, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Korea. And overall cutting our defense budget by hundreds of billions of dollars. That's another area that I agree with Representative Paul on and is still calling for that today. American voters especially Independent voters all the time say they want consistency from their public officials. That they don't like flip floppers. Flip Flopper being a pet nickname that I have for Mitt Romney. That they want their public officials to be consistent and do and say what they believe. Not tell us what we want to here or do one thing and try to spin what they did so it doesn't look like they did whatever they did. But then American voters make the mistake which get us in trouble because we encourage politicians to do what we say we don't want them to do.

Because a lot of times the truth hurts so to speak and when they do what's right and speak the truth, their approval ratings go down or they face a tough election. Or even worse for them they get voted out of office, but Ron Paul has shown that politicians can do and say what they believe is right. And continue to get rewarded and reelected for it. Ron Paul was elected to the House in 1976 as a Republican. The same year Jimmy Carter was elected President with a huge majority in the House and Senate. And campaigned for Ron Reagan when he ran for President in 1980 or the other way around Representative Paul runs or President in 1988 with the Libertarian Party, gives up his House seat to do it, gets elected back to the House in 1996 and has been there ever since. Ron Paul is very unique especially for a politician because he speaks what he sees as the truth. Whether its popular or not and continues to get rewarded for that.

It's hard to find or think of another politician that has even a similar record like Ron Paul. We have plenty of public officials that have done what they believe is right. And not get rewarded for it politically. Harry Truman, George W. Bush comes to mind, as well as his father George H.W. Bush. George H.W. Bush made decisions that he knew would make it very difficult for him to get reelected. Like the 1990 Deficit Reduction Act. So Ron Paul is very unique in this sense and I give him credit for that. The problem with too many American politicians is that they love public office and all the benefits that come with it. They like being famous, they like being in public, they like being partisan, they like being popular and considered for higher office. They love the benefits that come with living off of taxpayers like being able to fly around the world and not having to pay for dinners and sometimes lunches. So of course they might go the extra way to see that they don't lose all of their public benefits. Like saying what is popular at the time, but then doing something else, because the situation changes. Generally political situation and Ron Paul is the opposite of that.