I’m not sure any of you people actually know what Ron Paul espouses. He wants to do away with the Fed, the Faa, the department of education, fema, etc… He’s the Grover Norquist candidate…. not the freedom candidate.
Check out his platform if you don’t believe it: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/national/politics/2008/bios/view.bg?articleid=1063101
Pro-Life Republican all the way, doesn’t really support individual except in the “Get it done yourself” kind of support. Anti-stem cell research, Anti-Social Security, Pro-Bush Tax Cuts.
It seems the only thing Ron Paul breaks with the Republican Party as whole on is the Iraq War and Capital Punishment, given the rest of his stances, I think that may have more to do with Costs than anything else.
It should be clear (by reading his platform) that Ron Paul doesn’t support individual freedom, he supports “Individual Enterprise”, which isn’t really about freedom, it’s about competing with everyone else all the time. That’s not “society”, that’s “business” and society isn’t business. This becomes especially important to note when we are talking about health care, where he espouses that individuals should negotiate with the HMOs (etc) on their own.
Have you ever tried to negotiate with a large corporation who has a monopoly in your area? How do you negotiate when the HMO that services your are is one of two or three that don’t REALLY compete. The Government has moved to allow more competition between HMOs in the US, have health care costs really gone down?
What about self-regulating airports?
How about private police forces?
Toll roads everywhere!
The business of government is to maintain civil society by service and protection, some people have forgotten this; especially the politicians themselves. It seems that people have bought the line that the government is a business, subject to shareholder dividends in the form of actual cash and not services. So, Ron Paul supporter, are you a supporter of Freedom or a supporter of Individual Enteprise?
High priorities: pro-life, education and home-schooling, government reform
Capital Punishment: Opposes capital punishment.
Education: Paul supports giving educational control back to parents, rather than allowing the federal government to fund the schools. He plans to discontinue the Department of Education and return its functions to the states. His view is that by removing the federal subsidies that inflate costs, schools can be funded by local taxes, and parents and teachers can directly decide how best to allocate the resources. To help parents with the costs of schooling, Paul introduced H.R. 1056, the Family Education Freedom Act, in Congress. The bill would allow parents a tax credit of up to $5,000 (adjustable after 2007 for inflation) per student per year for the cost of attendance at an elementary and/or secondary school, including private, parochial, religious, and home schools. Another bill Paul has sponsored is H.R. 1059, which allows full-time elementary and secondary teachers a $3,000 yearly tax credit. He pledges to ensure that home schooling remains a practical alternative for American families. He plans to advance tax credits through the Family Education Freedom Act, which reduces taxes to make it easier for parents to home school by allowing them to devote more of their own funds to their children’s education.
Energy/Environmental Issues: Paul says federal government has proven itself “untrustworthy” with environmental policy by facilitating polluters, subsidizing logging in the National Forests, and instituting one-size-fits-all approaches that discriminate against those they are intended to help. Says the key to sound environmental policy is respect for private property rights because the strict enforcement of property rights corrects environmental wrongs while increasing the cost of polluting. Paul voted against using federal logging subsidies in national forests, and is a co-sponsor of legislation designed to encourage the development of alternative and sustainable energy. He is a member of the Congressional Green Scissors Coalition, a bipartisan caucus devoted to ending taxpayer subsidies of projects that harm the environment for the benefit of special interests. He believes individuals, businesses, localities, and states must be free to negotiate environmental standards. And, that those who depend on the land for their health and livelihood have the greatest incentive to be environmentally responsible.
Experience: U.S. representative, obstetrician-gynecologist
Gay Marriage: Opposes gay marriage. Supports civil unions.
Health Care: Paul pledges to preserve “health freedom.” Supports making all medical expenses tax-deductible. Pledges to eliminate federal regulations that discourage small businesses from providing coverage and supports giving doctors ability to collectively negotiate with insurance companies to drive down the cost of care. Supports making every American eligible for a Health Savings Account and supports reform of licensure requirements to allow pharmacists and nurses to perform some basic medical functions to improve access to care and lower costs. Introduced the Health Freedom Protection Act, HR 2117, to ensure Americans can receive truthful health information about supplements and natural remedies. Supports the Access to Medical Treatment Act, H.R. 2717, which expands the ability of Americans to use alternative medicine and new treatments. Opposed legislation that increases the FDA‘s legal powers because he feels that the FDA has consistently failed to protect the public from dangerous drugs, genetically modified foods, dangerous pesticides and other chemicals in the food supply. Believes government should not have the power to mandate immunizations or vaccinations.
Immigration: Paul has proposed six point plan to secure America’s borders. (1) Physically secure borders and coastlines. (2) Enforce visa rules. (3) No amnesty. (4) No welfare for illegal aliens. (5) End birthright citizenship, removing incentives for illegal immigrants to come to the U.S. (6) Pass true immigration reform because he thinks the current system is incoherent and unfair. Paul also is a strong advocate for limiting the ability of government to collect and store data regarding citizens’ personal, financial and medical matters. Opposes any effort to establish a national ID card system.
The war in Iraq: Paul opposes the war in Iraq and supports immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops. Advocates non-intervention in affairs of other nations. Paul believes that U.S. is in a habit of giving foreign aid and intervening on behalf of governments that are not liked, and we become disliked as a result of our involvement.
Social Security: Paul has called the Social Security system “a mess” and supports allowing younger Americans to get out of the system. Supports personal retirement accounts. Has supported legislation to ensure that money paid into the system is only used for Social Security and opposes benefits for anyone who has not paid into the system and for illegal immigrants.
Stem Cell Research: Paul opposes federally funded embryonic stem cell research
Taxes and Budget issues: Paul pledges to immediately work to phase out the Internal Revenue Service and eliminate the federal income tax and most cabinet departments. Supports lowering taxes to create jobs and allow taxpayers to make decisions for themselves. Believes the Federal Reserve fosters runaway debt by increasing the money supply and supports its elimination. Has expressed concern that the American economy is in the hands of foreign governments because their central banks finance America’s spending. He feels that we need to stop private banks, wasteful agencies and lobbyists, corporations on welfare, and governments from collecting foreign aid to dictate the size of our budget