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Your Choice: Ron Paul Or A Wheelbarrow?

January 25, 2012 by  

Your Choice: Ron Paul Or A Wheelbarrow?

You might have good need for a wheelbarrow, especially if the Presidential election turns out the way I fear it will. After we know the victor, the smart thing to do will be to run out and buy wheelbarrows to replace our wallets, purses and even bank accounts.

The United States is creating money to a degree that has happened only twice before in its history. It was initiated to overcome the Great Recession of 2008. On Seeking Alpha, contributor Jeremy Robson writes:

The Federal Reserve balance sheet has expanded from $869 billion on August 8, 2008, to $2.929 trillion on December 28, 2011. This is an average increase per month of $55.1 billion or an annual increase of $661 billion.

A similar situation is occurring in Europe. Greece, Ireland and other nations could quickly fall into default.

Robson points out: “The rise in the balance sheets of the big 4 central banks over the 2008-12 period will amount to about 15 per cent [sic] of GDP, which is equivalent to over 50 per cent [sic] of the cumulative budget deficit of these countries over the same period.”

One can legitimately argue that central banks are financing government deficits. This certainly sets up the possibility for hyperinflation in 2012 and beyond.

St. Louis Adjusted Monetary baseEvidence of the underlying problem is in the graph above, the U.S. base money supply. Trillions of new dollars are being created by the Federal government’s computers and the rollout of ever greater Treasury debt. But this money is not being circulated through the economy, and that makes us vulnerable to hyperinflation.

Only twice in American history has the Nation had to endure hyperinflation: 1779 and 1861-1865. Both occurred during wartime.

Three generations of Americans have lived through good economic times. That is not to say there haven’t been some hardships in American life. The rolling recession of the early 1980s was tough on the Nation, and the Crash of 2008 scared most of us witless.

America is not immune to economic catastrophe. Currently, a $1 trillion per year deficit is being backstopped by the Fed which is now buying more than 50 percent of all new Treasury debt. China holds more than $1 trillion in Treasury debt, and it may soon believe it is sitting on fool’s gold. More and more dollars are being created by a keystroke on the Fed’s computer. This means that every existing dollar holds less value.

If China or other foreign investors start to sell off their Treasury bills, notes and bonds, it will create a flood of new money. Rampant Treasury liquidations could tip off a period of hyperinflation and that would drive an already shaky economy into oblivion.

Who is going to stop it? Not President Barack Obama. He has done more to create catastrophe than any President since Herbert Hoover. Will Mitt Romney engineer a rescue for a Nation that has failed to deal with economic realities for the past three decades? How about Newt Gingrich, a consummate Washington insider? I doubt that any of these three have the will to take the draconian steps necessary to save the U.S. dollar and to save the United States.

Gingrich talks a good game. Last month, he proclaimed that he is now running on a hard money platform. While campaigning in South Carolina, the candidate recommended a “commission on gold to look at the whole concept of how we get back to hard money.”

I suggest that Gingrich’s promises to the Nation are as empty as the promises he made to his former wives.

According to CNN Money:

Gingrich would model his “gold commission” after one put in place after Ronald Reagan was elected, when the nation was battling double-digit inflation. But even then, the commission overwhelmingly rejected the idea of a return to the gold standard.

One of only two members of the 17-member commission to endorse a return to the gold standard was Ron Paul.

Jim Rogers, a hard-asset guru and billionaire who has hit big-market trends correctly over the past 25 years, believes that Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul can save America from an economic catastrophe.

Rogers told Beacon Equity Research that he believes Paul understands the problems that are facing America.

Rogers pointed out that unlike the other candidates for the Oval Office, Paul is willing to implement painful cuts to U.S. debt levels including severe budget cuts and the slashing of defense spending. That isn’t just a bitter pill for the Nation, it is major surgery. And let’s face it; the majority don’t like Paul’s prescription to make America well.

The Huffington Post Canada pointed out this week:

Both Democrats and Republicans seem to have this problem with Ron Paul, but Democrats tend to like the opposite 50 percent of what Ron Paul says from the 50 percent that Republicans like. Democrats tend to like the part about protecting civil liberties and reducing military spending, while the Republicans tend to like the 50 percent that’s about slashing social programs, but hate the part about withdrawing all our troops from around the globe. As Rick Santorum said, “The problem with Congressman Paul is, all the things that Republicans like about him he can’t accomplish and all the things they’re worried about, he’ll do day one.”

That is, if Paul gets the chance.

It is like millions of people who are told by the doctor every year to give up smoking or drinking. Most of us change our habits only after we get a terrible diagnosis, and then it is often too late.

Paul is both a real doctor and a realist. He has given his diagnosis to the Nation. I bet few Americans have the courage to accept it.

This will ensure old policies and overspending by Washington and the continued destruction of the U.S. dollar. Short of some miracle, now is probably a good time to buy a few additional ounces of silver and gold. Buying a wheelbarrow wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers
Editor, Myers’ Energy & Gold Report

John Myers

is editor of Myers’ Energy and Gold Report. The son of C.V. Myers, the original publisher of Oilweek Magazine, John has worked with two of the world’s largest investment publishers, Phillips and Agora. He was the original editor for Outstanding Investments and has more than 20 years experience as an investment writer. John is a graduate of the University of Calgary. He has worked for Prudential Securities in Spokane, Wash., as a registered investment advisor. His office location in Calgary, Alberta, is just minutes away from the headquarters of some of the biggest players in today’s energy markets. This gives him personal access to everyone from oil CEOs to roughnecks, where he learns secrets from oil insiders he passes on to his subscribers. Plus, during his years in Spokane he cultivated a network of relationships with mining insiders in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

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  • s c

    I’ll settle for a real leader who refuses to LIE to the American people. Also, it would be nice to have the wheelbarrow concession in the Washington area, as it will probably never run out of socially-engineered b s that needs to be removed.
    It might be a good idea to use b s as the new currency, as no nation will ever run out of it, and it can be used an the world’s new (but not necessarily improved) reserve currency.
    Take it away, Ben the Boob!

    • Warrior

      SC, if the “earners” of over a million $ would just pay their “fair” share, prosperity is just around the corner for all of us! Someone is actually selling this concept. Who would do that? Move along people, nothing to see here.

      • Brian

        What is their ‘fair share’ warrior? EVEN if ALL the people making over 1 million per year paid ALL their income as taxes it still wouldn’t come close to the current federal deficit spending of over 1 TRILLION per year! You are confused…

        • Flashy

          Well…from what we had began the new century with, then the GOP gave the wealthy the increased welfare of lower taxation and special tax breaks…we ran a deficit from a healthy surplus. The tax breaks were always meant AND SOLD as temporary. the slated $2 trillion in government spending coupled with the elimination of those ‘temporary” tax breaks gives us …wow….almost a break even point! Amazing eh?

          • Old Henry

            Say Flashy, you being a real supporter of tax, tax, tax, how much extra do you send in to DC every year? Do you accept a refund every year rather than giving it back to your Big Daddy? Or, are you one of the 47 pecenters who pay nothing and get a refund to boot?

          • Flashy

            Old Henry…I send in what the tax returns end up saying i have to send in. Which is not the point. What is wrong with asking those that benefit the most from the society we have built to pay a fair share instead of leeching off of the rest of us so we have to pay extra so they can get a subsidized ride?

            Y’all scream about the poor being given a free ride…why aren’t you screaming about the wealthy and big Corporate America being given a free ride?

          • Tom W.

            Sic ‘em OH!!!! If you’ve never seen this documentary made by the former governor of Nevada it is a must see if you truly want to understand what’s going on behind the curtain! Aaron Russo was also a Hollywood producer and produced the Eddie Murphy hit “Trading Places”, Bette Midler’s “The Rose”, and other hits. Aaron died of cancer shortly after making this film in 2008.
            http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=america%3a+freedom+to+fascism&mid=71B8223085B54A3435EF71B8223085B54A3435EF&view=detail&FORM=VIRE3&adlt=strict

          • Wyatt

            Well Flashy , if you go back and check all the Presidents we have had in the 20th century up to the present , I think you will find that with few exceptions, the country has done well under a Republican president. And that under Democrats with rare exception it has always been tax and spend . It started big time under FDR , the wanna be lifetime president and was renewed by LBJ who literally had wet dreams and drooled about having a huge budget . The Carter was so ineffective and inept, I don’t believe he even knew what a budget was . And Bill Clinton was to busy seducing White House Aides to do much more than raise taxes . And the Moron America elected the last time is attempting to turn us into the new Communist Empire .
            Ron Paul is no Republican , he is only running as one because he knows he hasn’t a hope as a Libertarian . However Mr Paul is a very loose cannon in the world of international politics . Read the comment of 56Chevy , they are dead on and I dread the thought of this old fool at the helm of this country . Isolationism is no longer a viable option in todays world . His beliefs about Iran, 9/11,the middle east etc. are frightening . I have fought in Viet Nam and nearly every action since plus a few no one knows of . Not because I love war but because I love my country and my children. I hope my sons never have to serve but I know they will be the first to line up to fight should they have to. And under Paul or the Commie in the Oval Office now they just might have to.
            There is no perfect candidate seeking office now, they all have their faults. Some bigger than others . But unless we get rid of the leadership we have now, we are doomed to wake up one day a Communist nation with a dictator for life

          • steve

            hey according to the 14th amendment it is unfair to raise taxes only on certain people…also I love how liberals spin it so it 1st starts out being “millionaires” are the ones who need to pay more in taxes…so what exactly is a milllionaire? Is it Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich or someone like me? I make 200k a year and live in Nothern Calif…after paying taxes on labor all year long still I have to pay an addtional 20k at the end of the year every year…I own my own business employ 10 people and work 11 hours a day…I would have to work 5 years to make a million dollars….200k isn’t alot of money here…so the point is it’s unfair to say someone like me who makes 200k or 250k is a millionaire and throw us all together with the Romney’s, Gingrich’s, and other elites who have millions and millions of dollars in assets…

          • Tom W.

            School ‘em Wyatt!!!

          • Old Henry

            Well Flashy, it has everything to do with it. If you think the government should be able to steal more from one paerson (fair share) to give to another person then you should demonstrate your position by example. Put your money where your mouth is.

            Then you folds need to define “rich” and “fair share”.

            $100K? $200K? $300K? 30%? 40%? 50%? Why not 90%? Or, 100%?

            Who are the gods that make this decision in their infinite wisdom?

            Any way you look at it, it is stealing from one to give to another. How about we take your car and give it to someone on the poor side of town who does not have a car, or a worn out car? You have a better car than they so you are rich.

        • Chaslie

          The wealthy paying the same rate as the rest of us would be their “fair share”.

          • Flashy

            Maybe…in some cases same rate taxation would be appropriate. But when the someone uses more of the societal resources and benefits than most, perhaps they should have to ay a bit more for those benefits they use.

            And i fail to see how a system is fair and balanced as someone who doesn’t work for the income portion yet receives a much lower tax rate than the guy who sweats for a living.

          • Chaslie

            I was referring to wealthy people like Mitt Romney or Warren Buffet who only pay 15%.

          • FreedomFighter

            As an American Indian, I give you this:

            American Apathy with Russell Means

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzz-axYZurE&feature=uploademail

            Yours, mine, and everyones freedom is slipping away.

            Laus Deo
            Semper Fi

          • Old Henry

            Flahsy says: “And i fail to see how a system is fair and balanced as someone who doesn’t work for the income portion yet receives a much lower tax rate than the guy who sweats for a living.”

            I think I know what you are alluding to, but could you clarify it?

          • Flashy

            henry…sure. Let’s take Paris Hilton for an example 9to keep Mitt politics out of conversation). OK..she receives income from ‘passive investments”…stock, mutual funds etc. Doesn’t lift a finger for that income. With the write offs and tax breaks and playing the ta game, she pays 15% or less from that income. Hasn’t done a thing except it’s in the hands of some money manager.

            She drives past a guy fixing the potholes in the street. That poor slob has little to invest, breaks his back, rips up his body, and sweats for a living. He pays almost double the tax rate.

            I ask…is that fair?

            And that’s not bringing into the equation the roads, the infrastructure, the educated workforce, the training, etc society pays for which she is able to utilize to make money from her direct businesses.

            Is all that fair?

            We give her a tax break…we either have to pay for it ourselves via higher taxes…or we have to go without services which we enjoy…ie. medicare, SS, roads, clean environment, cops, fire, ambulance, post office, parks, etc…

            Is that fair?

          • Tom W.

            If you pay the same 15% across the board, 15% of a Mill is a lot more money than 15% of 20K. So the wealthy are paying more taxes! Duh… I’m a blonde and I even understand that!!!

          • Flashy

            Disposable income the same as well?

          • danN

            if we all paid 15%, then we would all be paying the same proportion of our income. 15% is 15%. doen’t matter how much you make.

          • Old Henry

            What is overlooked is that the money she invested was taxed before she ivested it, and probably at 35%. So, she is actually paying around 50% on that money. And that is just to the feds.

        • DG

          Brian –i heard that this government paid McDonald’s millions to advertise in Europe and disney world too–is that Fair???The illegals pay nothing for health care and education –is that FAIR???–I work sometimes 10 to 15 hours a day–WHY Should part of what I earn go to somebody that sits on his/her ass watching tv or sleeping or drinking in a bar

          • Old Henry

            DG:

            And they watch TV in SPANISH in the United States! I run across this sh*t from my cable provider. I call and raise hell and I hope they do indeed record the call.

            These damned illegals are CIMINALS by definition.

          • Flashy

            the real criminals are those who employ them, evade taxes because they employ undocumented workers, and undercut those businesses which play by the rules.

            The undocumented worker issue can be quickly and easily fixed.

            If someone employs a person they knew, or should have known, was undocumented…they spend 30-60 days in the county clink. Fines maybe equal to costs of “housing” them. No abeyance of sentence on appeal.

            The first time a wife has to explain to her neighbors “John” won’t be around for a few weeks…there won’t be a second time.

          • Elias

            Obummer scares the heck out of me! Unfortunatelly,I fear that he has the charisma some dictators like Castro, Mussolini, Mao, HO Chi Min and Hittler had to move the massess to do as he wishes. Sadly, none of the Republican candidates running for president have this quality needed to stir up the electorate in his favor.I can’t stand the man,I panic and switch to other stations when I see him on TV. My family and I were fortunate to escape the nightmare of a Socialist/Communist police state. I know all about “class warfare,redistribution of wealth and Socila Justice” What characters like Obummer do is to take from the rich, take from the poor, and then everybody becomes poor, except the ruling power elite and party loyals.I’ve never seen a poor man hire someone or create a job! Only the rich and small businessmen create jobs. What this man in the white house is doing is dividing the nation along racial and class lines! Its horrible to think that he will be elected another 4 years because the welfare minorities now have the power to elect a president like him again! God help us!

      • Mark Are

        Let me see…GE made 14 BILLION last year and paid ZERO taxes. So if I make $100,000 what is my fair share? And WHO decides what my fair share is? YOU? OBAMA? The POPE? My DOG? WHO? Whoever decides is who I am slave to. Oh, and BTW..as long as THEY have a printing press, they don’t NEED ANY OF OUR MONEY! PERIOD. END OF DISCUSSION.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Why does it always come down to the fact that you are envious, jealous, and greedy in that you do not want people to be rich?

        • Flashy

          NO ONE is begrudging folks making money Nad. that’s a false claim and is used to evade the real issue. Just pay a fair share for what you use. You make a lot of money, you use more than the guy making less.

          It is not a fight against wealth…it’s a fight against the welfare system for the rich. Just pay for what you use. Easy concept.

          • speedle

            Tell me Flashy, exactly how do some (wealthy) benefit more from “societal resources” than others (non wealthy). Do they drive on the public roads more? Do they use the police or fire department more? Do they receive more unemployment checks, food stamps, etc?

          • ohoh

            Actually, it’s not so easy when you keep mixing earned income with capital gains and other apples and oranges Buffett-style arguments and then ignore the fact that part of success in the American Dream is evolving with an opportunity to invest one day…an opportunity that we all share. Just because I wait tables to get myself through school today, doesn’t mean I won’t have a portfolio to manage twenty years from now. And just because I make more and use more resources and infrastructure to produce it, doesn’t mean I don’t employ people, and haven’t paid for it along the way just like, or even more than you. In fact, I probably put more net value into the system than those who didn’t, which makes your argument fundamentally wrong (but that doesn’t compute with collectivists). There are inequities, but not all of them are unfair and those that are, are generally caused by special interest politics, not the basic system that has served us so well and that we should be trying to preserve and protect rather than tearing down on blind hope and other such nonsense.

          • ohoh

            Aren’t they part of We the People? Didn’t they pay for the infrastructure as well? This is the problem with these Elizabeth Warren types.

          • ChristyK

            Welfare is when you get something for nothing. The rich pay almost all of the taxes. We are fast approaching the point where 50% don’t pay any taxes. How are the rich who pay for everything you receive from the government not paying their fair shair? How can you say that someone who pays 15-35% of their earned income is subsidized? There is no logic in what you say. There is no way that these people who pay hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars in taxes are ever going to get that much in benefit. They are paying for all of the people who pay nothing. They are paying for all of the freeloaders.

            You bring up examples like Paris Hilton, but that is not the situation of most of the people that your tax policies would effect. Most are business owners that work extremely hard for their money and risk everything. If you have never started a business you have no idea of the work, stress, and risk put into running a business. You only see the benefit after that person has worked for decades. Even the capital gains tax of 15% that you complain about is not what you make it out to be. The corporate profit is taxed and then the dividends/capital gains are taxed. Because of double taxation, the total tax is much higher than you or I pay.

            Investing in businesses helps business to grow which creates jobs and raises tax income. If the taxes on investment are too high, investors will not be willing to risk their hard-earned wealth because of the risk of losing it all (like the bond holders of GM). If the risk is higher than the benefit, nobody will invest. Then companies will be unable to raise funds to start or to grow. Business will stagnate. The only reason to raise taxes on the rich is to make everyone equally poor rather than give people the opportunity to make the most of themselves with the only limit being their imagination.

          • Flashy

            Ok..let’s see if some of this sinks in. Currently, in the ranking of industrialized nations we rank at the bottom in income distribution. yes…at the bottom. Below that of Mexico fer chrissakes.

            Want more? GDP measures the income of this nation. Correct? Since 1980, GDP has grown i believe something like 56% (I believe that is correct). Income for wage earning families? Try 7%. That’s wage earners mind you. The people who are the job creators..they buy things, which means manufacturers have to make things.

            Want more? There are pages and pages of data showing since 1980 the disparity of income is widening, and the burden on the middle class growing.

            Now..who uses our resources was asked. Trucks, planes, mining, airwaves, roads, defense, police, fire, health services, beaches, parks water supplies, air, timber, energy, on down the line.

            Now…the guy rolling up his sleeves and breaking his back pays about 30% of his income. Add in health insurance, retirement, housing payment, clothes etc… and he has little left over but to have a night bowling or shooting pool and a pitcher of beer. Do the math on an income of $40 K and a family of three.

            Someone making in the neighborhood of $1 mil/year. They pay 15%.

            Yes…if you do the numbers the wealthiest pay about 50% of the tax revenue, and recieve 80% of the money flow. On top of that, they have far more disposable income with which to enjoy the benefits of a nation with highly educated workforce, decent roads, decent transportation etc.

            OK…even it up. Raise the levels of taxation on the wealthy to equal that of the poor slob breaking his back to create the benefits for those that take showers in the morning. Because we do need to increase taxes AND reduce spending to make it past this fiasco which the GOP placed us in with their insane policis and lies since 1980. For THAT was when it all became unbalanced and that imbalance has grown every year since.

            To quote “you can look it up”.

          • John Woodbury

            Hey Flushy, I hope you can understand this, your second grade public education does not help, I am sure. The rich do already pay more taxes. 15% of $1,000,000 is more than 30% of $100,000. So what you and other social welfare people mean is give other people’s money to you.

        • amagi

          Dear Nadzieja Batki,
          You are right; envy and greed (the lust for the unearned) is the
          base for socialism, It seems Flashy does not mind people getting
          rich just as long as he can take it away from them. As for the rich
          “using more” (of what and how ?) they are also the ones creating the
          jobs for the rest of us. He is against welfare for the rich. Good,
          so am I. However, I am against welfare in general as it involves
          taking from one (by government) and giving to another who has not
          earned it. That’s theft. Voluntary charity I support any day.

          • Flashy

            Get off the high horse…the wealthy are not job creators. The Job Creators are the Middle Class, the wage earners, the small businesses. The masses which, when they have disposable income, spend it.

            The problem is, the wealthy and big Corporate America take and take, receiving their wlfare, and refuse to pay their fair share for being given a society which they have had the good fotune to have money.

            If the wealthy are job creators, and their income has gone up 200+%…where are the jobs?

      • Holly Marcyoniak

        WRONG !!!

        • steve

          hey flashy was the guy who signed into law the repeal of the Glass-Stegal act a Republician?….no….actually it was your idol democrat Bill Clinton after the bank lobbys spent $300 million to push it through….

          • Mark in LA

            Yeah and I seem to remember Phil “Americans are whiners” Gramm writing the legislation and getting it passed. He thinks we whine when we don’t think bank and bankers should have gotten government money for nothing.

      • 45caliber

        Warrior:

        I saw a comment from an economist not too long ago. Can’t remember where now.

        But he said that if the government took every penny a person made over $50,000 a year, which means ALL the rich would be cut back to that amount, it would run the government for about 9 days.

        Now how do they plan on paying for everything if they “tax the rich” and get them to pay “their fair share”? If all that money will only pay for 9 days of government business, the rest of it has to come from those of us making less than $50,000 a year – which means all the middle class has to pay off too.

        • Andrea B

          The video is on youtube. It’s called “Eat the Rich.” It’s just under 10 min long, and worth every minute!

          Ron Paul 2012

      • Average Joe

        Warrior,
        This should break it down in a way that even slow folks like you and flashy can understand…if this doesn’t help you to sort out reality from fantasy, nothing will…and there is no hope for you.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6npXHS91U80

      • JC

        Warrior says:
        January 25, 2012 at 8:10 am
        SC, if the “earners” of over a million $ would just pay their “fair” share,
        ________________________________________________________________

        If they’re “earning” it…it’s theirs, period.
        And “fair” is a concept of children and communists.
        It doesn’t exist anywhere in nature or the real world.
        It isn’t the rich that are screwing up the country…it’s the lazy.
        Go Ron Paul.

    • FreedomFighter

      That obummer speech last night was the biggest load of bulldroppings ever uttered, but it was wrapped in a pretty bow.

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

      • Flashy

        What of his proposals did you find fault with with FF?

        The tax releif to the working man?

        Elimination of the tax subsidies for outsourcing?

        The elimination of corporate welfare (i.e. Big Corp. America) while at the same time giving tax relief to small corporations?

        Job retraining?

        Infrastructure rebuilding?

        elimination of Insdier trading by Congress?

        Rule making to disallow any decision making influence on legislation affecting a business which a Congressional member holds an interest in?

        Tax fairness and elimination of welfare for the rich?

        Sabving our auto manufacturers?

        Encouraging manufacturers to stay in the country instead of outsourcing?

        Wiping out bin Laden and attacking al Qaeda wherever they may be?

        Consolidation of government agencies to streamline and make more eficient government?

        What was it you objected to specifically?

        • FreedomFighter

          The Fact Obama says X, does Y, claims its X. I resent a LIAR:

          A liar spewing pretty garbage, while consolidating personal power in an attempt to change America into a totalitarian cesspool.

          Laus Deo
          Semper Fi

          • Alex

            As per usual, you Fright Wingers, even when prodded, cannot articulate those things that bother you—you just flick your wrist and wish everything away.

          • FreedomFighter

            Obummer does have an great list of firts…

            First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.

            First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.

            First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.

            First President to violate the War Powers Act.

            First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

            First President to defy a Federal Judge’s court order to cease implementing the Health Care Reform Law.

            First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.

            First President to spend a trillion dollars on ‘shovel-ready’ jobs when there was no such thing as ‘shovel-ready’ jobs.

            First President to abrogate bankruptcy law and turn over control of major companies to his union supporters.

            First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.

            First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.

            First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.

            First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.

            First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.

            First President to arbitrarily usurp congress, declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.

            First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke-out on the reasons for their rate increases.

            First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which State they are allowed to locate a factory.

            First President to join with a foreign country and file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).

            First President to fire an inspector general of Ameri-corps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.

            First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.

            First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half years in office.

            First President to hide his medical, educational and travel records.

            First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.

            First President to go on multiple global ‘apology tours’.

            First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends; paid for by the taxpayer.

            First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.

            First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.

            First President to repeat the Holy Qur’an and tell us the Islamic call to worship is the most beautiful sound on earth.

            First President able to break all these laws, be openly corrupt and get by with treason, simply because he’s black.

            http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2012/01/impressive-list-accomplishments

            Soon…

            First President to become DICTATOR of America.

          • Flashy

            Alex…reading FF’s fictional list is entertaining though isn’t it? i wonder if he or anyone else will tell us what parts of Obama’s SOTU speech they object to. Seems to me he pretty much told Congress…you do this, I’ll sign it. I also noticed on every one of the above proposals i detailed out…the GOP leadershp sat stone faced and unmoving. makes you wonder how much our nation means to them.

            Here’s their problem. If the House GOP cut the BS and actually sent single item bills to the Senate…they’d show they were serious about returning this nation to leadership. And we’d see if the Senate GOP had any backbone. The problem they have though is that every proposal Obama made last night is common sense and for the good of this nation. And that is one thing the GOP will not do…anything which helps this President, EVEN THOUGH it is good for this nation…they will not do.

            Anyone who votes GOP this year is either a fool, an idiot, or anti American. And such is a fact.

          • Deerinwater

            “FreedomFighter says:
            January 25, 2012 at 9:58 am
            Obummer does have an great list of firts…”

            the only thing you didn’t copy & paste

            This regurgitation of propaganda is done so often, it’s accepted.

            “A lie can circle the globe before the truth has time to put on it’s shoes”
            Mark Twain

          • JC

            FF, note that resident commies didn’t actually debunk anything you said…just called it propoganda. That’s all they’ve got as usual…

        • Susie4Liberty

          And I believe that the actual film footage on the ground in Libya – from our “Humanitarian Mission” should be required viewing for all. Our drones may have ‘sanitized’ our rampage for us and the operators of the drones, but NOT for Libyan Citizens…and we killed tens of thousands. And they presented NO threat to us! WE just let the United Nations dictate to the USA, a Sovereign Country – supposedly – and took the Libyans and their beautiful Country OUT! We wanted their “STUFF” – their Natl Bank, gold and other precious metals, oil, AND their WATER/AQUEDUCT… And they HAD to fall…is part of the NWO AGENDA! Do all of you not see what’s happening?!

          Have you seen it, Flashy?

          • Flashy

            I was never an admirer of Qadaffy. Sorry. Removing him was for the betterment of this world. Apparently you think differently and desire he had remained to continue financing terrorism and killing people.

          • Old Henry

            Yes Suzie, Little Barry bombed the most PROSPEROUS nation in Africa back into the Stone Age, and he did it illegally. For that alone Little Barry should be arrested, drug from OUR WH, tossed into a cell at Leavenworth, tried, convicted and hanged.

            However, with the gutless, spineless, complicit Congress it willnot happen.

          • Flashy

            Henry…how many families of the Lockerbie dead would agree with you? or the families of those US Servicemen killed in the nightclub bombings, or the hundreds of other families of victims suffering from a loss due to Qadaffy and his support for terrorism. Remeber Carlos? The Baader Meinhof ? Shall we continue?

          • JC

            Flashy get you head out of your A$$.
            How long did we “play ball” with Ghaddaffi before we did the UN’s bidding and helped engineer the murder of thousands of innocents?
            Why all of a sudden is worse than he ever was?
            Oh yeah! The Globalists want him out of the way and his oil and wealth under their control.
            Wake up idiot.

          • Mark in LA

            Flashy, what we did was every bit as bad morally as what we did in Iraq or Kosovo. The only difference is fewer Americans died. It was still war and still unconstitutional.

        • Rodknee

          Lying!

        • RealityOnly

          If you can’t see the forest through the trees, how sad we are for you. If you can’t understand what that speech was really saying, we are in big trouble. By the way, if you voted for Ovomit to show you were not a racist. Then you must vote for Ron Paul to show you are not stupid. Or, you can get out of the way, and let those of us who know how to save our nation, do our job. Get it?

        • DG

          Flashy– Wasn’t Obama”s $880 Billion for the shovel ready infrastructure jobs –and obama gave it to the the unions for their votes and he didn’t save GM- He gave GM to the unions for their votes– Bush may have driven the car in the ditch -I do not disagree with that at all– BUT Obama has us teetering on the edge of the cliff

          • Old Henry

            DG:

            Maybe Little Barry gave all the money to the unions because he knew he was incapable of getting the car out of the ditch and he needed a 4 x 4 so he could continue to navigate the ditch.

        • Old Henry

          Flashy:

          Why didn’t Little Barry Soetoro get all that done in the first half of 2009 when he had COMPLETE control of Congress? Oh yeah, it was not an election year.

          • Flashy

            Henry…to get anything through the Senate requires 60 votes…which is nigh unto impossible.

          • Old Henry

            Flashy:

            He had 60 Democrats and a pocket book full of RINOs to get the job done….. but it was not an election year.

        • ChristyK

          A TAX CUT is NOT a SUBSIDY! People and businesses work hard for their money and we should work hard to take as little as possible. You have been brainwashed.

          • Old Henry

            Ya got that right Christy! It’s been going on for decades in our skrewal system and the media.

          • Flashy

            When was th last time you used Carried Interest in your income tax calculations? Or depletion? Just to name a few.

        • OB1

          SOTU: Obama wants government power consolidated under Executive Branch:

          “The executive branch also needs to change. Too often, it’s inefficient, outdated and remote. That’s why I’ve asked this Congress to grant me the authority to consolidate the federal bureaucracy so that our Government is leaner, quicker, and more responsive to the needs of the American people.” Barak Obama SOTU

          Obama’s saying he wants to make the executive much leaner by asking for more power. Isn’t that odd? Listen to the pitch: I need more power in the executive branch so we can have leaner government. Who the hell believes giving more power to one person is going to give you a leaner government?

      • http://yahoo.com ted

        ur right on freedom but there are still people backing him for their free money, free lunches,free medical,food stamps,welfare. unemployment,housing. what would we do if we all decided to stay home and screw work. then they wouldnt know what to do. oh yea obama could have the federal reserve print more money so we could go further in depth.throw it on are kids back to try and figure it out. we need to all get behind newt and put a good whooping on obama in the fall.

        • Old Henry

          Yep ted, it’s “the Chi Ka Go way” only on a national scale. The really sad part…. people outside of Chi Ka Go fall for it and suck it up. It’s the result of decades of dumbing-down brain-washing in the skrewal system and the media. The populace as a whole, or should that be hole, is no longer capable of any sort of critical thinking.

  • revnowwhilewecan

    The gold standard will NOT work because it’s price can still be dictated and swayed to suit those in power. Lincoln had it right with his “greenbacks” solution. The myth that printing more money will destablize the economy is a falsehood. It would only destablize the privatly owned, war financing banks that is the Federal Reserve. It’s not what backs the dollar that determines it’s value but who controls it’s quantity. Let me explain. If the gov’t reissued currancy and controlled it’s quantity, it could pay itself back with intrest, not be indebted to any private sectors and be out of debt in 10 years!! Every time a President tries to get away from the Rothchild’s and their associates they’ve been threatened with war, (Madison 1812), attemped assination, (Jackson 1836) and even killed, (Lincoln, Kennedy). Even the mention of a silver standard will get you killed, (Garfield I believe).

    • Vicki

      actually it is not a myth. Printing paper (money) does destabilize any economy that accepts (or is forced to accept) it. Simple equation

      Supply / Demand.

      This equation affects EVERYTHING including the objects used for money.

      Thus a great increase in the supply of bits of paper with no corresponding increase in demand will ALWAYS reduce the value of the bits of paper.

      When a person has a product they wish to sell such as a bushel of corn he/she sets the amount of bits of paper he will trade for that corn. When there is a lot more paper he will increase his price.

      The average person will see an increase in the apparent cost of food.

      This law can not be avoided. For centuries governments have tried. All have failed. Some more spectacularly than others.
      http://dollarcollapse.com/articles/hyperinflation-history-the-continental/

      • Vicki
      • http://www.easyinvest.co.za peter

        Well put Vicki. There is intelligent life out there but none in government it seems. I think they agree with you in principle but simply cannot do the right thing as they work on the adage that ” the truth is a matter of expedience” and none in Washington want to hear or listen to the truth. They cannot even spell the word. Their spelling goes something like c-r-i-m-e.

        • http://personallibertydigest gerian

          right on Peter

        • Flashy

          “There is intelligent life out there but none in government it seems.” And except for the Moderates and progressives…very little here on this site either…

          • Mark Are

            ARE YOU LOOKING IN THE MIRROR when you post here?

      • Old Henry

        Vicki:

        “This law can not be avoided. For centuries governments have tried. All have failed.”

        However, we must remember, they did not have Little Barry Soetoro at the helm! Yes he can! Yes he can! Yes he Can!

    • Doc Franklin

      The Gold Standard would in fact work, but you are correct regarding the Federal Reserve. It makes absolutely no sense to have a private bank control the Nation’s money and then borrow the money from that institution at interest. Wouldn’t we all love to have that concession. Thank you Woodrow! BTW, at this point no matter what, things have already deteriorated to the point that we will all need wheel barrows. Not just for all the paper fiat, but to clean up all the “Bull Butter” coming out of the “Idiot in Chiefs” mouth.

      • s

        I second that notion, had to hold nose last night.

      • Alex Frazier

        The reason a private bank loans us money is that the federal government is not delegated the authority to print money but to coin it, while they are delegated the authority to borrow on the credit of the United States.

        The federal government, in short, is not permitted under the Constitution to print fiat currency. But a private institution is. And since our government has the authority to borrow, the system was born.

        Thomas Jefferson had once said that if he could make one amendment to the Constitution, it would be to take away Congress’ ability to borrow. A central banking system can’t exist without a government’s ability to do so.

        • Vicki

          “…while they are delegated the authority to borrow…”

          An interesting point. What are they allowed to borrow? Anything? What can they pay back with?

    • Alex Frazier

      revnowwhilewecan, the point of using a gold standard is to fix the value of the dollar relative to a commodity that is limited in supply. In theory, if the government decided to never print money except to replace old bills that are falling apart, then paper money would work just fine. But the very reason for the fiat paper money system is that it is elastic. Fiat money allows a government to deficit spend without the people realizing the damage the government is doing. The gold standard still allows the government to deficit spend via the “backed” paper money, but with a fixed standard upon which the dollar is valued, it becomes readily apparent what damage the government is doing. With actual gold, the government can’t deficit spend at all.

      And printing more money does destabilize the economy. It creates inflation on goods and services, but does nothing for wages. When the Federal Reserve determines that the current rate of inflation isn’t “healthy” enough (i.e. there isn’t enough inflation), they inject the economy with a little QE.

      • Susie4Liberty

        Just an eye opener for me re the Fed Reserve within the past several months: Fox Biz and Bloomberg(?) actually had a limited Open Records Request approved by the Court…to see just a ‘few’ of the ledger pages of the Fed. Striking was their having borrowed hundreds of billions from China (in our names, of course) and transferring the funds to the National Bank of Libya – a couple of days before the ‘take-over’ of Libya occurred. (Their Bank was FREE from the clutches of the Globalists, by the way…as was the Sovereign Country and ALL its assets.) Who has it NOW? Well, please tell me if you know; most certainly we owe China!

    • Chaslie

      I agree. People are being mislead into thinking a gold standard will resolve everything. They need to read up on their history if they think that. The economic problems we have today we had back when people used gold. Don’t forget, in order for gold to have value and to be used as money the government had to set the value of it.

      Anything can be used as money because in reality it is just a medium of exchange and therfore, it doesn’t have to be backed by anything. It is just a way of keeping a tally. As long as the amount of money in circulation is managed so their is not too little or too much then there will be equillibrium between supply and demand.

      • Alex Frazier

        Actually, the most sound monetary period in history was when the Bezant was in circulation. It was known, and prized, for its consistent weight and purity.

        Most other periods of history where economic crises erupted, it usually went hand in hand with the shaving of coins, plating, and other methods of deliberate debauchery of the coined currency. In other words, although they had gold coin, they still treated it the way they treat paper currency today. They found ways to devalue it while still declaring it by fiat as being of the same worth.

        But Say’s law tends to get in the way. Bad money drives out good. When rulers like Hadrian tried to correct the problem in a lawful way by prescribing the death penalty on anyone debasing the coins, people would take the pure coins and hide them and spend all the debauched coins. Then Hadrian himself found that he couldn’t please everyone, and the poor started to get out of control because he wasn’t giving hand-outs to everyone who wanted one. But the wealthy cried out against an increase in taxes. So the brief experiment of pure coins towards the latter end of the Roman Empire ended almost as quickly as it began, because elastic currency is the only way for a government to please everyone once it has decided to take the burden of everyone upon its shoulders.

        So gold works. It’s finite supply forces governments to spend within certain limits. If the coins themselves are not debauched, inflation is virtually impossible without someone striking gold somewhere. That’s why we went off the bimetallic standard. The silver rush disrupted the silver to gold ratio. Imagine if you will that it takes ten one dollar bills to get one ten dollar bill, and suddenly you found that every one dollar bill you had miraculously had an extra one dollar bill stuck to it. You could get twice as many ten dollar bills. That’s what was happening to gold. It took approximately 16 silver ounces to obtain one gold ounce. Then there was a silver rush, and the increased supply of silver, due to the exchange rate, put far more gold into people’s pockets than they should have been able to acquire.

        Paper money, if it could be controlled rigorously, can work. But since no government can be trusted with the power of modern alchemy that converts our symbolic lead into fictitious gold, the power of the printing press needs to be abolished.

        • revnowwhilewecan

          Thanx guys. I understand all of the point made but as you said Alex paper money could work but we don’t trust the gov’t because it is funded by the federal reserve. If they printed a new paper currency and it was rigorously monitored and distributed then it would NOT destablize the economy. As I’ve said it’s not what backs the dollar but who controls it’s quantity is the force that drives inflation.
          @Vickie. I just read alot of the links you provided. Thank you but fogive me if I am weary of following the advice of any “movers and shakers” writing articles by or for the financial institutions of this planet.

          • revnowwhilewecan

            Vickie, about all of the economies that have collapsed, they did so because the printing of more money was NOT monitored properly and the economies that printed NEW money did not DISTIBUTE it properly. I know it’s not easy but if you can effectivly print the correct amount of monies and distibute it properly then you can reinforce the notion the the dollar is worth what it’s actually worth.

          • revnowwhilewecan

            @Vicki Sorry about spelling your name incorrectly. One more point about your simple equation, “supply and demand”. You are correct in that it is very simple. If you can properly print new monies in equal proportion to it’s demand then you can indeed keep an economy stable. No country that has been in an economic collaplse has been able to do this effectively thus giving the illusion that more “paper” into the system forces it’s destablization.

          • Vicki

            No worries Revnowwhilewecan. Hope I spelled yours correctly though.:)

            I agree that a stable balance between the supply of money and its demand would work but no human (other than me of course :) ) and no group can possibly be trusted with maintaining that balance. Simple conflict of interest makes it impossible.

            Absent this we must look to natural (I.E. God or Creator or Nature or whatever) methods such as the intrinsic desire for/value of gold, silver, diamonds etc. Our Forefathers knew this which is why they chose to have in the Constitution the power to coin money and for states to only accept Gold or Silver coins for the payment of debt.

          • revnowwhilewecan

            I with ya on that Vicki, that’s for sure!!

        • Mark in LA

          The biggest problem with a gold standard is that a virtually useless blob of metal putting a brake on society unless more gold can be found. The wealth of society has grown exponentially while the amount of gold pulled out of the ground is very small. This also foolishly creates even more incentive to mine something with very littel real value.

          I believe the first original money was a gold coin found on Crete. However the gold was not what really backed the money. A ram was imprinted in the coin and the king said the coin was worth a sheep. He backed it up by saying if it wouldn’t buy a sheep come to him and he will give you one from the royal treasury (flock). This is money with real value.

          Why should gold keep the money supply in check when we can make billions of microchips each worth hindres of dollars if we want or millions of cars each worth tens of thousands of dollars? I don’t have an answer but gold isn’t it either. Should the prices and wages come down if more is produced and the money supply stays the same? How does that work when my mortgage doesn’t go down?

    • Old Henry

      revnowwhilewecan:

      Go here and learn about what is, and will be, going on in the precious metals market. Bix has been studying this for a looong time.

      http://www.roadtoroota.com/

      • RevNowWhileWeCan

        Thanks Henry. I’ll check it out. Knowledge is power….:)

  • Insurgent

    The Keyan is out to bankrupt America!

    • skippy

      Yep…………

    • Bogusbob

      Would that be Kenyan??

      • Flashy

        Who knows what he thinks Bogus. Just a rant in the ind with no substance…

        • cawmun cents

          Do you mean something like the address last night Flashman?
          Is that the kind of wind with no substance you are speaking of?
          If so,then I agree.
          Glad we can agree that moderate progressives,(as if anything like that exists)are wind with no substance.Same as their figurehead Omamba,the most poisonous snake in the world.His vitriol is next to a declaration of war on business and the economy,but his true intent is to cause suffering for those he thinks are culpable in creating poverty for the”African Americans”(also no such thing,it is only a crafty name given to those who expect entitlements:anyone who puts the place they came from before what they should be now is not what they should be now,namely Americans),and he expects those to pay for crimes they never committed.
          Moreover,the speeches he makes with such eloquence are suggestions by the political elite that he works for,and not solutions the the inherent conditions.He thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of people who are sick of rhetoric,and want to see real progress,instead of the kind the progressives are foisting on the populace.It would be hilarious if it werent being planned from the outset of his adminstration,to wait in campaign mode,to promise thhat which he has no intention of keeping.
          Modes of Operation.
          “what you are thunders so loudly,that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary”-Ralph Waldo Emerson
          We dont need speeches.We need action.Something that loudmouth progressives have shown by their destruction of all we love as Americans to be the exact opposite of what they are doing.
          We dont need a picture painted to know that they are destuctive,they voted in the Fed during the wilson administration.That alone is reason to see their actions as evil both in intent and content.
          Lies of omission come from their mouths like candy for folks who are childlike.They eat those lies and love their poisonous figurehead.
          Thanks but no thanks.
          Progressives are those who lead you on the primrose path to hell with their good intentions.And that is where I leave it,with the latter sentiment of the previous sentence.
          To hell with their good intentions.-CC.

          • Flashy

            CC…i’ll ask you the same i asked FF..who didn’t respond because he couldn’t without making his standard anti Obama rant look foolish. How about you?

            Of his proposals last night…here’s a partial list that i could recall off hand. What is objectionable to you? What parts do you not support? And if you think he is lying as supporting them…do you find it wrong to expect the GOP in Congress to pass single itme legislation and send it to him to see if, in fact, he will sign it?

            The tax releif to the working man?

            Elimination of the tax subsidies for outsourcing?

            The elimination of corporate welfare (i.e. Big Corp. America) while at the same time giving tax relief to small corporations?

            Job retraining?

            Infrastructure rebuilding?

            elimination of Insdier trading by Congress?

            Rule making to disallow any decision making influence on legislation affecting a business which a Congressional member holds an interest in?

            Tax fairness and elimination of welfare for the rich?

            Sabving our auto manufacturers?

            Encouraging manufacturers to stay in the country instead of outsourcing?

            Wiping out bin Laden and attacking al Qaeda wherever they may be?

            Consolidation of government agencies to streamline and make more eficient government?

            What was it you objected to specifically?

          • cawmun cents

            I’ll tell you what my problem with him sayong those things is…..
            He’s got the talking part done.
            Lets see how he is with the doing part,because so far…..bupkiss.
            I have heard that man say all this before.For the last three years,I have heard him flap his lips,with no results.
            The problem isnt with the opposition to his aims,it is with the way he intends to deal with the conditions.
            Anybody can talk a good game,but this man has done nothing,ecxept create a division of attitudes,and incur more debt.
            If those writing his speeches had any sand,they would figure out that the same old tired rhetoric from the 1960′s,is not a palpable solution to todays conditions.Heck if you had any sand you could see that.Problem is there is no sand.Nothing to build the sunshiny beach he portrays in his speech.His hot air can provide some measure of comfort to the people who think he has solutions,but the fact that there is nothing happening shows the separation between reality and his speechwriters solutions.
            There is this air of wanting to hear,and someone is providing that which others want to hear.That is the most dangerous way to approach any situation.Saying what people want to hear is the Democrat solution to re-election,but it does little to remedy the conditions.
            That is the difference between you and I,Mr./Ms.Flashman,I dont hear rhetoric,I ignore it.I hear content,and there is none issuing forthwith from this administration.
            Creating more folks to divide monies which are not yet reckoned for in the expenditures,shows me the wreckless disregard for sanity that is common in our gubment.That is not a solution to anything,but attempting to aquire more deficit.That wont solve any conditions,rather it will serve to complicate them.
            You leftists are completely off your rockers,and it doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure it out.
            My daughter(17 years old),asked me why Obamas speechwriters werent smarter than a fifth grader today.She has seen several of his speeches and though I was not present when she watched this one,(she was at her grandmothers house)she told me how stupid it sounded to hear someone say something over and over again but nothing gets done.
            She is seventeen Flashman,and she is smarter than you.-CC.

      • Old Henry

        Or Bogus, Kensian…

    • MRMO

      AT LEAST HES DOING A GOOD JOB AT SOMETHING..??????

  • Doc Franklin

    I like Paul’s economic policies and his take on the Federal Reserve. When it comes to the military and foreign Policy, he’s largely out to lunch. I can’t tolerate his anti-semitism, and when it comes to his take on the Middle East, he’s an abject idiot. He is unelectable. If he attempts a third party run, he will absolutely guarantee Odumbo’s re-election. And should he do that, it would prove his own ego and edification are more important than the survival of the Republic.

    • cris

      being principled is not egotistical; i don’t think dr. Paul is out just to be right; he’s not debating for the sake of debating, like Newt Gingrich; as far as foreign policy goes, he’s out for free trade, not for “you have something we want and we’re going to get it”; also, I don’t think he’s “anti-” anything, he’s just pro US Constitution, unlike any one of the other candidates; not siding with any, doesn’t prove he’s egomaniac, it just shows his consistency towards the rule of law; if that qualifies him for the “abject idiot” part, you may wish to reconsider your views on the constitution and its applicability to governing the United States.

      • Bogusbob

        If he is so consistant, why dosen’t he run as a the libertarian he is?? He couldn’t get elected. So the ignorant in Texas went to bed one night and poof! I am a repube now so vote for me. Once he closes all our bases overseas, he might as well shut down the country. How long do you think it would take the oil supplying countries to start holding out for higher prices?? Paul is not electable.

        • Mark Anthony Jones

          According to Ronald Reagan, libertarianism is the heart of the Republican party – it’s just too bad, I guess, that some people believe in principles so strongly that they would leave the party and create their own libertarian party rather than fix the republican party. But many are coming back and we are here to kick the neocons out that came over from the democrats during the vietnam war, i.e. Irving Cristol, etc. This is MY party and the neocons are soon to be in the minority with the people awakening and running for precinct committeemen and women. Ron Paul is the heat of the party – there is NO one more consistent and consistently correct. HE will not be here forever, but his philosophy will!

          Some of us are tired of voting for the lesser of evils (evil is still evil) and we are going to stand on principle – something the R or D parties no longer have. So if Ron Paul is not the nominee – we will be writing him in and you will get 4 more years of Obozo while we get behind some on else for 2016 that holds the original principles of the party. If our choices are Police State Obozo or Police State Gingrich or Wiffle Waffle Romney, I’ll choose none of the above! But sadly, the Republic will be largely gone by 2016 unless Ron Paul wins the nomination.

          • Old Henry

            Mark:

            I am afraid the Republican Party is going to go the way of the Whig Party that they replaced.

          • warren

            ..applauds from Canada Mark and Cris on their stature concerning Ron Paul’s principles. I believe he has the only saving grace for your once great and proud country. Without his constitutional rhetoric you will soon loose your reserve currency status. In many countries they refuse to take your currency already…..

        • Old Henry

          Bobus:

          Nobody is “electable” if you do not vote for them.

    • Les

      You send 3 billion to Israel and 18 billion to the Muslims around Israel as foreign aid. Tell me how stopping this practice is anti-semitism.

      • John

        It is because most people have no idea what antisemitism really is and use the word the same as many people use the word Nazi without understanding what it really means

      • John

        It is because most people have no idea what antisemitism really is and use the word the same as many people use the word Nazi without understanding what it really means.

        • cawmun cents

          National Socialism.
          Creating conditions by which private enterprise is suprevised by the government.
          -CC.

    • LibRep

      How would we pay for more wars when other nations we borrow money from cut up the old credit card?

      • Old Henry

        Lib:

        Benny the Boob will simply put a third shift on at the printing company.

    • K.C. Cochran

      Doc
      I appreciate your comments. I would just ask you to learn as much as you can about the truth behind the Middle East and Israel. He has explained his stance many times but the Media keeps telling you its a real story. Ask yourself who runs the media? Then please reconsider your news source. At least you are monitoring this Website. I am a Christian who believes in Dr. Paul’s foreign policy. I believe it is Biblical and sound. I support Israel. However, the U.S. is giving 4 times as much aid to Israel’s enemies as we are to Israel. Is it support if we are giving more money to Israel’s enemies? Please reconsider your stance for Israel and her enemies. Ron Paul says to remove all foreign aid yet stand for Israel as a true ally if she needs our help and we declare war according to the constitution.

      • Flashy

        We send a lot of the aid to the ME because we have an addiction to oil. Free the economy from being oil reliant, we don’t need to have the bribery system in place.

        Easy solution…

        • Old Henry

          Drill Here! Drill now!

    • TML

      Ceasing to deal with other nations with threats of violence, and promoting non-intervention, nation building, and policing the world… Not only because its a policy that promotes peace and prosperity, but because it is also bankrupting, is a far cry from being ‘out to lunch’ or any kind of idiot. I find that those who think so are largely talking to themselves in the mirror when it comes to being an idiot. Stop letting your fear make your judgements. It makes you stupid.

    • Ken

      Guess what Doc. I am voting for Ron Paul even as a third party candidate. It’s your turn to change your vote to, what you consider, the lesser of two evils because I will not (nor will a lot of other Ron Paul supporters). Did you read Drudge yesterday? India has decided to dump the dollar for oil purchases and buy oil from Iran with gold. The use, by the world, of the dollar for oil purchases and banking transactions is what causes it to have worth here in the US. Hyperinflation is the biggest threat that America faces. Unless we fix our economy by treating the disease and not the symptoms (ie audit/end the Fed and make our currency worth something again), foreign aid and foreign military bases won’t mean a thing because the countries we aid and occupy will no longer accept dollars.

      The economy and foreign relations are tied together. Our dollar is only backed by the world’s faith in our government that we’re “good for it”. Check around the world and you’ll see that we are really hated around the world. Why? Because our government tries to rule the world by force, bribes, and blackmail. The world is losing faith in both our dollar and our government. Soon, they will rebel against both.

      The rebelling has already begun. Iraq tried to use another currency for oil purchases and we bombed them. Libya also tried, and we bombed them. Iran is next. But, what about the nuclear power India? Russia is going to stop using the dollar. Will we bomb them? China wants to stop using the dollar also, although their economy is more closely tied to ours. Will we bomb them?

      Think about these things while you’re out trolling for newt or romney or santorum or whoever it is that you like. I don’t hear them talking about these economic facts. I hear Ron Paul talking about them. That’s what doctors are supposed to do. They are supposed to cure the disease and not just treat the symptoms. The wheelbarrow story is right on the money (pardon the pun).

      • John

        So, I wonder if we now invade India next and get rid of its rightful government like we did with others that went the same way? I foresee that all of OPEC will dump the dollar soon.

      • Old Henry

        Ken:

        I guess that means we will be bombing India next.

        And it’s One, Two, Threeeee what are we fightin’ four? I don’t know, I don’t give a damn…

    • kokie

      If you are afraid of Ron Paul then you need to stop listening to Hannity, Limbaugh , Levin and Beck and do some homework to educate yourself…Name calling won’t make you smarter either. Stop drinking the koolaid and really study the issues and the history of his positions. I did out of curiosity and found myself a supporter. I am not blond or under 34. I am highly educated and have served in the military. So do not try to give me the usual pigeonhole labels either. Do not be afraid to educate yourself and potentially change your mind.

      • Jessie

        I love this – a woman with a mind. Even if others don’t like what she has to say. I applaud you, kokie

      • revnowwhilewecan

        Kokie you are so right. The problem is, like I’ve stated in an earlier post, is that even the people that get their news from so-called “left and right” sources think that because that the are both spewing the same agenda based bias’s then they naturally think it must be true. The best advice you can give is to try and decide which news sources are “left and right” and direct them to sources that are truely independant and report the news as it actually is, without agendas. I’m a 1st time genX voter and a proud Paultard!

    • Ted Crawford

      Another potential problem with Dr. Pauls candidacy arises from the, thankfully, small, but exceptionaly acrimonious, and highly virulent group of supporters. Interestingly enough populated in significant numbers by the same idealistic youth that in 2008, preformed the same function for Obama! If, as many of them threaten, they simply write him in! Given what, I believe, will be a very tight race, this might just be enough to insure four more years of Obama!

      • MJ

        I think it is time for Americans to get on the same page regarding Ron Paul. The problem I have with just voting for anyone who wins the rep. nomination is that they represent more of Obama. We know with Ron Paul the man is being true to everything he says, the others are just saying what they have to in order to get elected. I have to vote for someone who has remained constant in his platform. That is Ron Paul.

        • Chaslie

          Ron Paul is pro same-sex marriage and pro legalizing recreational drugs. How is that different from Obama?

          • Mark Anthony Jones

            Get a grip – you are apparently listening to the mainstream media lies, the media that are threatened by a Paul presidency. Ron Paul is the most conservative member of Congress since 1937. See for yourself–

            http://www.voteview.com/is_john_kerry_a_liberal.htm

          • Chaslie

            I heard Ron Paul with my own two ears on either the Leno or Letterman show (I don’t remember which) declaring just that. When asked if two people of the same sex should be allowed to marry he said, “Sure, why not?” It doesn’t get any plainer than that.

          • TML

            Ron Paul isn’t “pro same-sex marriage” per say. He merely recognizes that such things are within the confines of religious, or personal, conviction. To make a law against same sex marriage not only would respect an establishment of religion, but would also prohibit the free excersise of it. Not to mention, gay marriages neither hurt others physically nor does it take money forceably from their pockets. Such laws would be tyrannical, and while he may not agree with gays or lesbians from a personal moral standpoint, he concedes that it is not ‘American’ to force ones own beliefs on others through law.

            And no, he isn’t for legalizing ‘recreational’ drugs. He merely points out that it is not the authority of central government to tell us what we can and can not consume, whether it be that big mac and fries that’s bad for you, or a drug that’s bad for you. He points out that States have the right to regulate drugs, and if a state legalizes (or more accurately, decriminalizes) a drug for medicinal use, then the federal government does not have the authority to over-ride state laws, per 10th Amendment.

            Would YOU run out and start doing methamphetamine, herion, or marijuana if it was completely legal? I doubt it. You don’t need laws to protect you from yourself.

            It is sometimes said that a man can not be trusted with the government of himself. Can he then, be trusted with the government of others?

          • Chaslie

            Pure Libertarianism doesn’t work because people need standards of conduct in order to get along with each other. For example, if I want to walk around in public naked, or even have sex in public, that technically doesn’t infringe on anyone’s rights, does it. But for most people that is not acceptable. That is why we have rules that govern our day-to-day lives.

            Another reason I don’t agree with Ron Paul is because he doesn’t consider the detrimental effects of bad behavior. One of the basic reasons that societies make certain behaviors illegal is to mitigate their influence on people, especially the young. Furthermore, as a nation, allowing bad behavior to go unfettered is in effect giving approval.

            Libertarianism is a utopian idea.

          • TML

            Chas

            Try not to think in terms of labels, its often narrow-minded. Pure Totalitarianism doesn’t work anymore than pure Libertarianism.

            The Constitution is the middle ground. If must use labels, I would think it most proper to label Ron Paul a Constitutionalist.

            Where your examples fails is that it is in terms of being “public”. Gay marriages and drug legalization is quite different. When a couple marries, gay or not, that is between them and, if your religious, God… No one else. Drugs have to do with personal sovereignty. You can not legislate ‘good’ behavior or personal moral which violate a persons sovereignty over their own bodies. Should we allow that fat guy to keep eating big macs? Should we allow people to cover themselves with tattoos because it might influence our youth? Should we ban skydiving or other sports because of the danger and influence of our children? If people are digusted with two guys kissing, should we make it illegal? And who gets to decide these standards of conduct? A majority? Then your talking about mob rule which doesn’t work either. The fact is, you can not legislate morality or force others under a subjective opinion of good behavior. That is what never has, and never will work.

            “Furthermore, as a nation, allowing bad behavior to go unfettered is in effect giving approval.”

            Absolution is a logical fallacy. Recognizing that I have the right to be a self-destructive idiot if I want to, because I own me, does not by absolution default as approval.

          • Chaslie

            I shake my head everytime I hear someone say “you can’t legislate morality”. I think people miss the point entirely of that statement. True, you can’t make people moral (like you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink) but you can make laws against immorality like murder, rape, and such.

            Unfortunately, some people don’t make a distinction between what is moral and what is legal. For instance, surely you have heard people say, “it is legal so it must be alright”. So that is why there are laws that deal with moral issues.

            Legalizing same-sex marriage or marijuana will have an impact on society and that is why many people are against legalizing them.

          • Chaslie

            I also disagree with it is my own body so I can do with it what I please because it doesn’t affect anyone else. Not true. There are countless stories about families torn apart by an alcoholic or drug addicted parent. In addition there are numerous parents out there who are heartbroken because their children are addicted to drugs, etc. Don’t tell me that your behavior doesn’t affect anyone else.

          • TML

            Chas says, – “I shake my head everytime I hear someone say “you can’t legislate morality”. I think people miss the point entirely of that statement. True, you can’t make people moral (like you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink) but you can make laws against immorality like murder, rape, and such.”

            You’re right… we should always complete the idea when making that statement. That idea being that you cannot legislate morality… when it violates the equal rights of others.

            A wise man once said, “Rightful Liberty is the unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add, “within the limits of the law” because law is often but the tyrants will, and always so when it violates the equal rights of others.” ….And that idea is all that should restrain a free people.

            Murder, obviously, takes everything away. Rape physically forces one against their will… etc. These are moral laws that protect the equal liberties of all.

            Gay marriage and the choice of others to do drugs neither picks your pocket or breaks your leg.

            Chas says, “Unfortunately, some people don’t make a distinction between what is moral and what is legal.”

            I do… the is a very distinct different in the concepts of morality and legality.

            Chas says, – “Legalizing same-sex marriage or marijuana will have an impact on society and that is why many people are against legalizing them.”

            It will… a very positive one, in my opinion… for reasons as I’ve been trying to explain. Especially about same sex marriage simply because that doesn’t hurt anyone. It just disgusts you or oppose it base on religious values only. It’s your job to pass those religious values onto your children, not the government. Drug legalization not only for reasons I’ve mentioned, but because history also has blatantly taught us, even in our own history and proceeding to this day with a failed drug war (don’t get me started, lol)… that Prohibition does not work!

            Chas says, – “I also disagree with it is my own body so I can do with it what I please”

            I feel sorry for you

          • Chaslie

            I just have one more statement and then I’ll shut up. Libertarians giving the nod to same-sex marriage reminds me of people who say they are pro-choice when it comes to abortion. Being pro-choice is an oxymoron.

            If you support allowing people to choose to have an abortion even though you wouldn’t do it yourself you are still pro-abortion because you are condoning it.

            If you support allowing people to choose to enter into same-sex marriage even though you would do it yourself you are stil pro-homosexual because you are condoning it.

            And until it can be proven to me that homosexuality is not an immoral act then I am not going to support it by condoning same-sex marriage.

          • Chaslie

            Oops, I should proof read before hitting the post comment button. In regards to same-sex marriage I mean’t even though you wouldn’t do it yourself.

          • Chaslie

            Don’t get me started on whether Prohibition worked or not. It was doomed from the get-go because our government made sure the enforcement of it was underfunded for one. Furthermore, alcohol is legal and it didn’t solve the problem with alcoholism or drunk driving now did it.

            As for same-sex marriage it does hurt society because it condones immorality. If same-sex marriage becomes legal then it will be taught in schools that there is no difference between heterosexual and homosexual marriage and therefore, there is nothing wrong with same-sex.

            Like I said earlier, you can’t be pro-choice because it is not a neutral position. Being for same-sex marriage is no different than being against same-sex marriage. You are still trying to impose your morals on the rest of society.

          • TML

            “If you support allowing people to choose to have an abortion even though you wouldn’t do it yourself you are still pro-abortion because you are condoning it.”

            That can’t be, because, I don’t condone abortion… I have 5 children myself and find it generally appalling… but I concede that it isn’t ‘my’ choice. And my children are against abortion, but concede it is not their choice to make for others. What if a situation in the world exists in which a mother is given (through medical difficulties) a choice between her life, or the life of her baby? Should a law exist that takes away that mother’s choice? What of situations in which a pregnancy is a result of rape? Where do ‘we’ draw the line for others?

            “If you support allowing people to choose to enter into same-sex marriage even though you would do it yourself you are stil pro-homosexual because you are condoning it.”

            The same concept applies… I do not condone homosexuality, but concede that the sexual preferences of others is not my choice and does not affect me or the life of my children.

          • TML

            It was doomed from the get-go because our government made sure the enforcement of it was underfunded for one. Furthermore, alcohol is legal and it didn’t solve the problem with alcoholism or drunk driving now did it.

            I disagree… alcohol prohibition did not fail because of underfunded force. Prohibition itself funded the newly created criminals which dared engage in the exponentially profitable task of supplying a black market demand. Think about this… if drugs were legal, every dealer and clandestine drug lab, would immediately close down… they couldn’t compete with companies producing a purer, safer (as opposed to unregulated), and consistent product for much lower prices. All dangerous drug gangs would be out of business. Every dime of what would be used to force such laws could be spent on real violent crime prevention, and education about drugs. All users would be decriminalized, encouraging addicts to seek help as a medical condition. Non-violent people would not be shot to death by agents raiding a home over possession a mere ounce of a naturally grown weed. Force doesn’t solve these issues… education does.

            “If same-sex marriage becomes legal then it will be taught in schools that there is no difference between heterosexual and homosexual marriage and therefore, there is nothing wrong with same-sex.”

            Nonsensical… marriage is not taught in schools and therefore gay marriage would not be. The only lessons which should be taught in schools regarding sex education is biological reproductive systems. The morals concerning sex, in all other forms, is the personal responsibility of the parents or guardian, not the school.

            “Being for same-sex marriage is no different than being against same-sex marriage.”

            I’m not for same-sex marriage, I’m for individual liberty, personal responsibility, and upholding the Constitution.

            “ You are still trying to impose your morals on the rest of society.”

            No, I’m trying to keep you from imposing yours

        • Bob

          It’s becoming very clear that Dr. Paul’s message is the one America needs to adopt for a sound economy and stable society. He is always consistent and accurate with a growing following solid and loyal. Its not just the young that are enamored by his campaign but also many Independents,Progressives and Conservatives. He is trustworthy and that means so much in these times of distrust and misrepresentation. Americans are now wanting liberty and freedom more than ever…the restoration of the republic is now at hand. Ron Paul 2012.

      • Les

        You just keep right on believing that tripe. Sound monetary policy is something this country better get a grip on real soon. Or do you really believe you can keep print monopoly money so your federal government can keep spending close to 4 trillion dollars annually? What’s really funny is that most people don’t even understand that we have more debt than there are actual dollars. Money is literally created out of thin air by the banks.

        • Chaslie

          On the plus side, money that is literally created out of thin air can also be literally destroyed out of thin air.

          • warren

            That’s right Chaslie, one morning your bank account will have two or three zeros lopped off of it…

      • TML

        It doesn’t matter… I refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils. That is nothing more than an illusion of choice.

        “Always vote for principle, and though you may vote alone, you will cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote was never lost” – John Quincy Adams

    • TriumphOverEvil

      I don’t think Ron Paul is anti-Semitic as some people suggest. He is anti-suppression of humanity. If he runs as a third party candidate and loses, there’s no difference in whether Obama or a republican wins because they’re all the same. The only reason Dr. Paul “can’t” be elected is that the American president is chosen and controlled by the world bankers, and not the American people. There are too many people who rally for Dr. Paul for him not to be elected and we can only suggest that there’s much fraud in the voting system that needs to be investigated.

      We need wheelbarrows to take to Washington D.C. and haul the destructive, insane beings out of the D.C. taxpayer offices to other taxpayer buildings known as loony bins or insane asylums. Either that or put them into a detox program because the drugs the CIA has shipped into America for the past 6 or 7 decades has destroyed their minds. So much so that they’re willing to dangle on a string and read teleprompters for the sake of living the high life like their gods – the world bankers. At the same time they’re deceiving or brainwashing the entire world that there’s ‘evil’ people who want to destroy us. Uh, Bush and Obama, it’s the effects and hallucinations of the drugs because nobody actually wants to harm America except your banker friends who fill their pockets with blood money.

      • DaveH

        No, Triumph, they’re not insane or drugged, they are simply feathering their own nests and those of their Crony Capitalist supporters at the citizens’ expense. It is the typical behavior of those Sociopathic people who strive to secure positions of Leadership. Good people generally don’t have the inclination to push other people around and take their money.

      • Mark in LA

        There is an organized smear campaign from the left as well as the right because the left knows only Ron Paul can beat Obama. The right calls him anti-semtic because “he wants Iran to get a nuclear bomb” or “he hates Israel” neither of which are true. The left tries to smear him with the “racist” canard based on some 20 year old newsletter.

        When any of this is brought up, you have to ask yourself if there is any documented instance of Ron Paul actually doing something that affected somebody in a negative way where Paul’s motivation was animosity to a race or Jews? No there is not, so trying to pin these titles on him because of what somebody else believes is what the smear is all about.

        Racist and anti-semite have lost all meaning today. The best way to look at them is this: a racist is somebody a “person of color” doesn’t like and an anti-semite is a person a Jew doesn’t like.

        Am I a racist because I read and know that the violent crime rate is much higher in black neighborhoods? The left would have you think so. This is the nonsense of this thought policing.

    • DaveH

      Indeed, Doc, you show your ignorance when you resort to the manipulative tactics of name-calling (“out to lunch”, “abject idiot”), misinformation (“He is unelectable”), , and fabricated facts (“his anti-semitism”, “it would prove his own ego and edification are more important than the survival of the Republic”).
      Sober up, Doc, and start making factual, unemotional comments.

      • Flashy

        dave…take your own advice….

        • DaveH

          The Troll Speaks.

    • Linda

      To call Dr. Ron Paul an anti-Semite is wholly inaccurate and even ridiculous. Ron Paul supports Israel’s sovereignty! It is the height of disrespect for our American government to believe that our government has all the answers and then to push those solutions on to other people or nations. When we do that, we literally are calling those other entities “incompetent” and they need us to “save them”. To Israel I would say, “Watch out for the Messiahs out there who are coming to save you. It is not unconditional! The price you pay for such “help” is allowing such “saviors” to now run your show.
      To the American government I would say, “Who elected you God? You have so many problems in your own backyard that who are you to tell anyone else what they should or should not do! Clean up your own problems before you invite yourself to meddle in the affairs of others! I believe Israel agrees. Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu: You don’t need to send American troops to Israel, we defend ourselves.
      As far as anyone being an abject idiot, please watch the debates and watch the other three GOP candidates and how their kindergarten bickering and fighting comes across to our country and other countries as childish and immature. I USED TO BE Republican. NOW I am for Ron Paul, regardless of what party he belongs too. He is mature and MAKES SENSE and knows economics better than any of the other 12-year-olds on stage combined. IF you are unable to see the difference, may you have four more years of Obama. Ron Paul supporters will NOT support the GOP and the GOP NEEDS HIM! Now who is not electable???

    • Old Henry

      Doc:

      Congressman Paul is out to lunch on the ME?

      Here is a brief history lesson on the U.S. and the ME:

      http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/9090.html

      Congressman Paul is dead on with his foreign policy.

      How about China setting up a few bases in CA, TX, IA, OH, NY and Russia setting up housekeeping in OR, OK, NE, Ga TN. And let’s have the Mexes set up in NV, CO MT, MN, PA, MS, NC.

      Now, how would you like that? And while they are at it they will arrest at will, detain at will, bomb buildings / businesses.

      Don’t like that? Why should the people that we do that to in the name of our foreign “policy”?

  • cris

    1. stop being afraid about how the elections will turn out! just keep up the faith and Ron Paul will be the next president.

    2. it all started with Woodrow Wilson, not with FDR, Nixon, Reagan, Clinton or either of the two Bushes; all following presidents were directly or indirectly controlled by the banks; Ron Paul is not “unelectable”, he is the only electable person on all sides – especially if you consider the US Constitution as the measure of electability.

    • http://www.easyinvest.co.za peter

      Cris, sensible folks will vote Ron Paul. The problem is that there are too few left. Obama is their hero and so shall it be. How screwed up are people these days?

      • http://google rose

        I’m voting for Ron Paul. Yeah!

        • DaveH
        • Susie4Liberty

          Will be a cold day down south when Corporate Anything directs my vote… and that includes the Media AND GOP Corporate. My Conscience dictates that I vote for the only chance for our Country to turn-around/reinstate Our Constitutional Form of Government. And NO! Big CORPORATE doesn’t want him because he’s Not for Sale! And of course, you know by what I’ve written that I will be voting for Ron Paul…

    • Lynne

      Bravo, cris. I cringed when the article above included the sentence “That is, if Paul gets the chance.” He does have that chance. Simply cast your votes for him come election day.

      • skippy

        AMEN “Sista”!!!! :)

      • LC

        You won’t have the chance to vote for him on election day unless everyone gets out there to their state’s primaries and ESPECIALLY caucuses! Caucus for Ron Paul! It is so important. If you want to vote for him in the general election, then make that a possibility by dragging all your friends and families to the caucuses. Ron Paul needs those delegates and he can get them!

    • DaveH

      Actually, cris, it started with “honest” Abe, who trampled the Constitution and re-introduced Mercantilism to the Federal Government, thus paving the way for further trampling by Woodrow Wilson.

  • Chris Watkins

    Would you rather have a president who pleases the middle east, while bankrupting America, or one who saves the US and dosen’t give a shit about the midle east?

    If Ron Paul is not on the ballot, I refuse to vote. I am tired of choosing the least of the evils.

    • DaveH

      There is another choice, Chris, if Ron Paul doesn’t run as a 3rd party candidate:
      http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/

      What I’d like to see is Ron Paul as President. Gary Johnson as Vice-President.

    • http://yahoo.com ted

      give it a couple more weeks and he will be off the ballots.thank god.goodbye ronny.

      • warren

        ted the stripe on your back is huge and it stinks. you’re obviously a leech on society, one way or another

  • Noink

    We have a natural, God-given right to our lives, our liberties, and the fruits of our labor. Protecting those rights is the only role that government ought to have in a free society. – representative Ron Paul, END THE FED. Page 210

  • http://PoliticalDisconnect.blogspot.com Don White

    John, what a wonderful article you wrote about the “wheelbarrow.” I agree with it and would like permission to re-print it in one of my blogs. I publish almost 40 blogs, some on politics like Political disconnect. I wrote the cliff notes version of Ron Paul’s masterful treatise “Liberty Defined.” My book, “Patriot Call of Ron Paul” comes in two volumes as an ebook sold at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com
    http://bit.ly/tjGsUc
    You are spot on about the fact it’s an “either-or” decision. Vote Ron Paul or vote for more of the same garbage both parties have given us for decades. Only Paul understands the monetary system. Not Mitt, Newt, or Rick. They don’t even talk about it. Newt is now receptive to taking on the Fed, but I doubt he means it. He’s the world’s biggest liar/panderer. Romney must be getting bank money, and Rick doesn’t have a clue. I would print your fine article per se, no changes, giving you and your company attribution of course. I’m an attorney-journalist-former insurance company CEO in Minneapolis. By the way, I played baseball in your fair city of Calgary the summer of 1957 for a team then known as the Calgary Dodgers. Love the area; loved it so much my wife and I honeymooned at Lake Louise and I showed her the ball park where I hit a couple of homers in Calgary. Hope to hear from you soon. 407-905-2650. Leave a message if necessary. Don White, Windermere, FL

    • http://www.boblivingstonletter.com/ Bob Livingston

      Dear Don White,

      You have permission to reprint the article. Please link back to our site.

      Best wishes,
      Bob

  • jdub

    Stop being afraid of Ron Paul. He’s more interested in the middle class than the Middle East, as should we. He is the only choice to make to get OUR country back in order. You don’t really believe any of the other candidates have our best interests in their agenda, do you?

    • http://yahoo.com ted

      go smoke another one jdub

  • 4-just_us

    I can’t think of anybody that would be better at getting our country back on track than Ron Paul. He has told us exactly whats he intends to do if elected and has been saying it for years. His foreign policy sounds 100% better than what we have had. Policing the world and nation building is insanity. Just look where we are today. We are digging our grave.

  • keep one eye open

    Great comment cris, this country is in dire need of a political cleansing. Can you imagine a $50 loaf of bread or a $20 dollar gallon of gas for that matter? RON PAUL 2012!

    • Flashy

      You want a worthless urrency or a massive economic upheaval and depression?

      Ron Paul if allowed to implement half of his proposals will give you that gist.

      • steve in AZ

        Yup. That’s what we want – as we had before – the opportunity to starve in this country. And if you don’t get or want that, YOU are the problem. Somewhere in the rest of the world there’s a place for you, Flashy. Hie unto it.

        DONATE NOW so we can VOTE RON PAUL 2012!!!

        • Flashy

          There are a lot of coutries you can move to Steve if you want to be surrounded by abject overty and starving people who will kill you for a dollar so they can feed their families.

          you want that? i’ll buy the one way ticket for you. I’d rather livve in a civilized society which was built with moderate and progressive thinking we had up until the lunatics took control in 1980.

          Don’t tell me to leave. You’re the one who wants to change this nation to allow starvation as a possible outcome.

          • steve in AZ

            Yup – because I know you and your ilk will be the first to starve because you’re incapable of pouring pisss out of a boot.

        • http://yahoo.com ted

          why do every time i see ron paul on tv i think of a cartoon figure named elmer fudd

          • cawmun cents

            Every time I see Obama,I think of weird Harold of the Cosby kids.
            What does that have to do with anything?

      • DaveH

        Seriously, Flashman, I don’t understand why Bob Livingston allows you to post your lies, personal attacks, and general nonsense.
        You are obviously just here to disrupt honest people who are seeking knowledge about Freedom.
        Maybe, the sly Bob Livingston allows you because he knows that you are making Liberals look very bad.

        • http://www.boblivingstonletter.com/ Bob Livingston

          Dear DaveH,

          The Flashman provides us with comic relief, though I will admit that I am often tempted to blacklist him when he causes the conversation to degenerate into playground-like name-calling. Besides, if we continue to expose him to the benefits of liberty day in and day out, he may one day turn from the dark side. It’s a dream I have.

          Best wishes,
          Bob

          • http://yahoo.com ted

            what u dont want the truth be told? i am so surprised u are wasting all your votes on a senial old man who cant possibly win. im from houston and down this way he is looked on as a kook and he shouldnt even be on the ballot

          • revnowwhilewecan

            @ Ted. Like I’ve said, please get yourself informed as to WHY people are calling him the things they do instead of just being lazy and taking all that’s told to you by the main stream media at face value. If everyone just listened to what their buddies down at the Elk’s Lodge told them as you obviously do, and didn’t check for themselves, we’d still be flying the British flag. Please, antiPauler’s, research for yourself and quit spewing the same crap that is fed to you. It’s unhealthy and quite BORING.

          • warren

            Ted happens to be this blog’s moron …
            I may not agree with Flashy but at least he has some coherency…

            We all have to admire Ron Paul’s eloquence as a calm and knowledgeable speaker and his ability to debate factually. He is self serving only through self service with a straight and transparent agenda.

  • sj

    OK Excellent Bob now if you could just tell us how to make the results match up with the votes !

  • Noah

    After watching Ron Paul in the last debate, I’m thoroughly convinced that he is NOT a good fit o be the next president of the United States.
    He seemed more like another Jimmy Carter, save the world flower child, from the 60′s, you know the ones that marched around, with signs/l “Stop the war in Vietnam”.
    Can’t have that today, with countries like Iran, and Islamic Neanderthals threatening the West.

    The problems we are encountering with Iran today are the results of the mishandling from the Jimmy Carter administration. Ron Paul is running for president a bit late, he should have done so about 40 years ago.

    Seems that Obama is a better candidate than Ron.

    • Ken

      Actually, our problem with Iran started in ’53 when we installed the Shaw. My God, you mainline republicans are as dumb as the democrats. That’s the problem with America today. While most of us were sitting in front of our television sets and being apathetic, the world was surpassing us and organizing against our government that we left unchecked. You party guys are either too stupid to see the problems or you like things this way.

      • RevNowWhileWeCan

        Here here

    • DaveH

      He did run as a Libertarian candidate for President in 1988, but alas the citizens were way too brainwashed to accept his “extreme” ideas.
      “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice” — Barry Goldwater 1964.

      • s c

        DaveH, Goldwater’s mistake was in not understanding that Americans weren’t ready for a crash course in patriotism. If Goldwater had functional advisors, the election might have been different. All it took to beat Goldwater was a TV commercial and a liar’s liar, drooling at the thought of erasing JFK’s memory.
        What we got was a Texas loser who sold his arse so he could get rich off the Vietnam War [ala Hughes Aircraft]. In effect, when Hueys were shot down, Hughes’ ability to keep new helicopters in the pipeline kept the war going – and LBJ lined his pockets. We certainly got a REAL ‘winner’ when we got LBJ. Is there any doubt why or how LBJ became a utopian icon?

    • steve

      better than Obama???…you need to increase your medication….

    • Mark in LA

      Yes, Jimmy Carter the naval officer in the nuclear navy was a wimp, a coward, and anti-military while St Ronnie the lionhearted saved us.

  • Robert

    I constantly hear talk show hosts lamenting that their aren’t any Jeffersons or Maddisons anymore in America running for office. How our country needs Constitutionalists like these again. Well, I watched the last debate and saw three Hamiltonians and one Jeffersonian on that stage and the Jeffersonian lost the primary. Americans really doesn’t want a Constitutionalist in the Oval Office. They think he’s dangerous. Yes, I suppose liberty is a dangerous idea when a nation hasn’t experienced it in generations. What they are more concerned about is which middle eastern nation we can bomb next. We have become a warrior nation. A land of 21st century marauding Vikings. I voluntarily served my nation behind the Iron Curtain for a decade and have become ashamed with this violent teenage video game mentality we have adopted in our foreign policy. There is a reason why Dr. Paul gets the most active military donations than all the others combined. You warmongers out there should listen to the service people who you want to send back into the desert to satisfy your ghoulish blood thirsty appetites.

    • DaveH

      Very Good, Robert.

    • revnowwhilewecan

      Agreed Robert. The reason that so many people are afraid of Paul is because of all the crap that is regurgitated over and over in the MSM. Most people get their news from one source. Then there’s the other, even smaller population that say’s “We’ll I’m no dummy. I’ll watch reports that have fundamentally different views and make my decision from there.” Then they start to tell all who will listen and say, “I know what I’m talking about, I watch all different news sources.” Then it soon becomes “common knowlege” that Paul is “dangerous” and a “crackpot”. I agree, Paul getting elected would not change much as far as congress is concerned, therefore leading potential Paul supporters away in favor of someone more “electable”. What Paul would be in office is a seismic shift in congressional thinking because when the people are in line with the President and Congress is not, there will soon be Congressmen changing there tunes or not being re-elected. It is for this reason that no matter who gets the “nod”, I will be writing Ron Paul on the ballot in November. BTW I’m a 41 yr. old 1st time genX voter. There’s reasons for that. ;)

  • Ken

    I am voting for Ron Paul even as a third party candidate. It’s everyone else’s turn to change their vote to, what they consider, the lesser of two evils because I will not (nor will a lot of other Ron Paul supporters). Did you read Drudge yesterday? India has decided to dump the dollar for oil purchases and buy oil from Iran with gold. The use, by the world, of the dollar for oil purchases and banking transactions is what causes it to have worth here in the US. Hyperinflation is the biggest threat that America faces. Unless we fix our economy by treating the disease and not the symptoms (ie audit/end the Fed and make our currency worth something again), foreign aid and foreign military bases won’t mean a thing because the countries we aid and occupy will no longer accept dollars.

    The economy and foreign relations are tied together. Our dollar is only backed by the world’s faith in our government that we’re “good for it”. Check around the world and you’ll see that we are really hated around the world. Why? Because our government tries to rule the world by force, bribes, and blackmail. The world is losing faith in both our dollar and our government. Soon, they will rebel against both. When they do, they will still be able to buy a toothbrush or (insert whatever item you want here) because they produce them. We, on the other hand, will have access to none of these things because we don’t produce them and won’t be able to afford them.

    The rebelling has already begun. Iraq tried to use another currency for oil purchases and we bombed them. Libya also tried, and we bombed them. Iran is next. But, what about the nuclear power India? Russia is going to stop using the dollar. Will we bomb them? China wants to stop using the dollar also, although their economy is more closely tied to ours. Will we bomb them?

    Think about these things while you’re out trolling for newt or romney or santorum or whoever it is that you like. I don’t hear them talking about these economic facts. I hear Ron Paul talking about them. That’s what doctors are supposed to do. They are supposed to cure the disease and not just treat the symptoms. The wheelbarrow story is right on the money (pardon the pun).

    • http://yahoo.com ted

      yea waste ur vote and lose and let obama win 4 more years. sounds like ur more democrate then republican.sure does make a hole lot of sense.gooooo obama bumper stickers are now available.and i dont want you to complain when it happens.

      • Mark in LA

        How long have we heard the crap about wasting your vote. Now you add that somebody is not a Republican but actually a Democrat. How about being an American? Just because I may have voted at one time for a Republican doesn’t mean this party of turds owns my vote forever. When they bring me a candidate I can support I may start voting for them again.

  • http://personallibertydigest gerian

    Ron Paul may not be the best candidate we could have. The best candidates can,t afford to run.

    • steve in AZ

      Especially not if they accept only $49K as their annual earnings for the job as Dr. Paul has promised to do. Thank God he was wise enough to invest his income in gold, back in the day.

      DONATE NOW so we can VOTE RON PAUL 2012!!!

    • DaveH

      Ron Paul IS the best candidate, Period. There is no other candidate with a 30-year record of sticking up for the people by sticking up for the Constitution.

      • http://yahoo.com ted

        hes in last place. go away .thats what u do when ur in last place.dont waste ur vote.

        • libertytrain

          oh dear, not all of us are choosing to write text. Some of us will always use real English…

  • http://norman@cates-family.com Norman F.

    If Ron Paul is the answer to the ills of the United States government, why the heck can’t he explain his ideas in the debates? His answers are rambling and unclear to us poor Americans who would like to have what you say he would provide.

    • Ken

      We are electing a president and not a talk show host. Most Americans are conditioned to elect a talk show host. That’s how we got obama. What matters is that he’s smart. Why don’t you be smart too and READ what he’s all about from his website.

    • Les

      Germany got one of those great orators, his name was Adolf Hitler. We got one of those great orators too in the last election. I want someone that can actually get us out of the coming economic train wreck, not more of the same brilliant orators.

      • John

        Hitler ran on conservative principles, on family values, a stable currency, strong military, secure borders and to restore the country and the pride of the Germans. So the message is not that different. it turned out different and bad but that was because the german constitution had no safeguards against dictatorial abuse, plus Hitler suspended it pretty early into his reign, but gosh, I sure wish we had a conservative like Ron Paul with the oral skills of ole Adolph. There would be no problem at all getting him elected.

        • revnowwhilewecan

          Great point!! If Paul could just take all of Hitler’s speeches and change the word “Jew” to “Centralized Banks” He’d be in office in no time. Then during the “night of the broken glass” we could burn the Federal Reserve backed notes. Also on the “night of the long knives” instead of killing all the bank c.e.o.’s and congressional supporters, we could put them all on trial and jail them as treasonist’s! Then a true revolution could begin!

          • Mark in LA

            No I would suggest a banker drop. March them to the top of their office towers and see what magical powers they have since the media is always telling us how great they are. Maybe they can fly?

    • steve in AZ

      Perhaps his explanations are at a higher level than you are able to understand with your non-integrated concept of reality. He has 90 seconds to make his points in a debate scenario, as a rule. We’re truly sorry that the principles he espouses are beyond your comprehension.

      I know the public education system no longer produces high school graduates that are able to read, but Americans have a responsibility to educate themselves, Norman.

      “When the student is ready, the master will appear.” He has appeared, Norman, but you are obviously not ready. While you are educating yourself, however, we still welcome you aboard the Liberty Train. :)

      DONATE NOW so we can VOTE RON PAUL 2012!!!

    • DaveH

      He is unclear only to those who still haven’t awaken from the Propaganda Stupor that was instilled on all of us who attended Government Schools, and reinforced by the bought-and-paid-for MSM.
      Study at mises.org, cato.org, and reason.org, and the curtain will be opened and the wizard exposed.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Ron Paul is very clear in telling what he believes, maybe you are incapable of hearing and listening.

  • Tom W.

    I don’t believe that Ron Paul or anybody else can put a stop to what’s happening to the WORLD economy. Almost six months to the day before he was assassinated, JFK signed EO 11110 which stripped the Fed of most of it’s powers and set up the silver standard. An order that still exists on the books but has never been enacted! I wonder why?!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhP5LTEKUeM

    • Tom W.

      I truly believe that what we’re seeing here is the fulfillment of Bible prophecy! Go ahead and laugh!!! Will you be able to eat your silver and gold?!

      “Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you. Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” – James 5:1-8

      • steve in AZ

        Yeah, it’s tough to eat silver and gold,Tom. That’s why those of us who prepare have other necessities as well. Including armament to defend it from the zombie hoardes that are headed our way within the next 5 years if Dr. Paul is not elected.

        DONATE NOW so we can VOTE RON PAUL 2012!!!

      • Lawrence Ekdahl

        AMEN!

  • Flashy

    LOL..another article which has no reality to it, but it’s good print to start the day’s Obama bash.

    Seriously folks. All the cries of ‘gold standard’, ‘slash the government’ etc…it’s good for a fictional work, it may be good for a good foaming at the mouth rant…but as far as realistic solutions ? give me a break.

    First…of all the wacked out wild solutions proposed…most cetner around hacking and slashing expenditures without raising revenues to ease the effects of the loss of government involvement in the economy. you really want that? really? OK…look to hoover’s plan on how they tried dealing ith the Depression…and made it into a Depression. look at japan’s “Lost Decade” during the 90′s. Heck..look at Italy, Spain, Greece, Ireland today.

    Sounds nice. And the fake bravado of ‘we’ll suffer the pain now for the ‘good’ later’ is great…just like a coward going into battle and just before he cuts and runs. Because when it hits you personally….you’ll scream and whine. When your job is lost, your income falls because of the loss of business activity, when you are robbed because someone is desparate and needs money to feed the family … that’s when you’ll scream and whine and beg. It’s the typical profile of a coward…false bravado then blame everyone and everything but thier own actions.

    The facts are, we have been the victims of an all out attack since 1981. this great nation has been raped, pillaged, and plundered. And the Right and the wealthy have given their solution…finish the job and turn it into a immobile caste dominated pyramidal society.

    Yes…we’re going to have nflation. I’d say 8-10% for a few years as we come out of the greatest danger we faced since WWII. Three reasons why I do not see hyerinflation in the future.

    1. Other currencies are hard hit and will soak up the extra dollars floating around. The dollar will replace the currencies of other countries as a safe haven to hold.
    2. Bernanke, geitner, and every leading economist are well aware of the dangers of hyperinfaltion and will act to keep inflation under control. That and the Fed is the one buyng the extra treauries floating around there. And I do not see the Fed selling those treauries and flooding the market.
    3. Connected to #1 above. reality is, the world is becoming one. The effects of the internet will continue to bind us together, and the dollar and our English will continue to permeate as the world standard. That we will eventually have a global government is indisputable. Perhaps in 100 years as the reliance upon the internet and information connectiosn continue to grow in our lives. That it will occur is beyond dispute (barring WWIII). what we need to concern ourselves is the US staying Top Dog so the world adopts our standards, our language, our culture…and we are not adapting to something else.

    Think about it

    • Ken

      India just announced that it will no longer be using the dollar to buy oil. It will now be using gold and buying from Iran. Did you miss that? Russia isn’t using the dollar anymore either. Iraq wanted to stop, but was bombed. Libya wanted to stop and was bombed. China wants to ditch the dollar. You were saying?

      • Flashy

        India won’t be using gold for long 9if such is the case). Gold is a finite resource ill equipped for todays modern nation state existence.

        As far as another currency being used for the basis of oil pricing? there may be short term excpetions , but oil is a commodity which is not suitable to be priced on various currencies and subjected to the currency market. And there is no currency with the circulation and demand to replace the dollar.

        As for the one world government comment? You want to ignore the reality of the internet? Be my guest. Not my problem. The “nation-state’ as we know it today will be vastly changed in 100 years. You and those who live in the past will be left in the past.

        • Conservative Canadian

          The shift is already happening. The world will drop the US dollar as the reserve currency. The BRIC’s are positioning themselves for this. I’m sure the British thought the sterling pound would rule for ever as well. Every fiat currency in the history of the world has eventually failed.

          • Flashy

            CC…I would agree with you but for the internet and the impact it is having on consolidating the peoples of the world. that is why I stated…in 100 years, the nation-state as we know it will be as arcane as the monarchies of Europe pre WWI. When there is but one world community…there will be one currency overall. nothing to replace it with.

            i’d like it to be US dominated. Appears most posting on this site would rather it be another culture and currency…

        • DaveH

          Flashman,
          You have no credibility on this board. Do you really think people are going to take financial advice from such a dishonest person?

          • Flashy

            I don’t know if people will take advice from you Dave…I don’t but I’ll let others decide for themselves. Does Mises have anythng to say on the subject?

          • DaveH

            I don’t think they have anything about useless trolls, Flashman.

        • warren

          …Gold will be the currency and will flow back and forth as payment for exchanged goods and services. You’re assuming all the gold will be going to oil producers and get hoarded there. not the case. these countries/traders will establish their own values on any commodities irrespective and independent of the U.S petrodollar. This is why U.S, will bomb Iran, and use the development of a non existent nuclear enrichment as the excuse. Wake up sheeples…

    • Ken

      OOPs, almost forgot. Screw you and your global government!

      • Deerinwater

        Well? ~ How long did you think about that posting Ken?

    • Les

      THis country is becoming anything but one. The federal governments employees fear the citizens actually uniting. So much so that they have actively done everything they can to bust us up into little hater groups. We had a lot more unity in the 60s & early 70s and it scared the crap out of the federal government. We were one against a corrupt system. Now we are divided by race, religion, cast, language, culture, etc.

      You are sadly mistaken if you think the planet will fall under control of a new world order. The one thing attempts at global governing has proven is that it controls nothing.

    • DaveH

      What you should think about, Folks, is that Flashy has no credibility. He lies often, and most of the rest of the time, he resorts to adolescent manipulative tactics to sway those with week minds.
      Here is just one example of his blatant dishonesty (check out his reply to Cawmun Cents):
      http://www.personalliberty.com/conservative-politics/the-best-president-money-can-buy/#comment-713079

      Apparently he has become so brazen, from getting away with snowing his Ignorant Liberal companions, that he is willing to put his BS in print.

      • Flashy

        “The Way of the Sniper,” appeared in Men’s Journal, November 30, 2009. Written by Rick Telander

        United States Army Field Manual: FM23-10 Department of the Army, Washington, D.C., 17 August, 1994.

      • Flashy

        Have a nice day DaveH…hope the crow tastes good.

        • DaveH

          No crow, Flashman. Anybody who knows anything about shooting or physics knows that your comment was a complete fabrication. Thanks for exposing yourself.

          • DaveH

            For those who want to compare the cited article to Flashman’s BS:
            http://www.sniperinfo.com/forum/showthread.php?447-The-Way-of-the-Sniper

            Here’s just on example from Flashman’s ignorant comment (trying to make himself look intelligent but failing mightily):
            “If you were firing due east, you’d have to aim six inches lower, since the earth rotates from west to east and your target would have dropped away from you slightly by the time the bullet arrived”.
            The target drops away from you? Apparently Flashman remembers those high school stories where the ship sails over the horizon. But there’s one catch here — the ship is moving away from the observer. The distance from the sniper to the target remains the same. There is no dropping away of the target.

          • DaveH

            Also I might add that the droppage of a bullet depends entirely on the the weight and shape of the bullet, and the velocity of the bullet, which varies widely. Thus, there would be no way that it would be a constant figure of 6 inches.

          • Flashy

            Dave..I gave two cites from the paper I wrote. One of them the Army field manual. The facts are there. You don’t want to believe ‘em? Not my problem. BTW..your one comment about the distance being the same ? Try again…the physical geographical distance is the same…but the bullet is in flight. Toss a ball at a moving car going away from you. There’s your analogy to use.

          • DaveH

            The car is moving away, Ignoramus. A stationary target isn’t.

          • DaveH

            I did find the site that you apparently plagiarized from (almost verbatim), Flashman, and the fact-finder was a girl who couldn’t find any real snipers to talk to, so she talked to some shooters at a range. Yep, great source that is. The whole article was a fluff piece, similar to that which comes out of your mouth.
            But at the least, whether the article was true or false, you could have posted the link so the readers could decide for themselves. But then, that would have made you seem less clever, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately for you, the author didn’t know much about real long-range shooting.
            The main environmental factor in sniping is windage. After that, humidity, temperature and air-pressure, all of which have an effect on the density of the air that the bullet must plow through. But the last 3 are relatively constant at a particular time and place, with the wind being the main variable.
            I suppose next you’re going to be citing Diane Sawyer as your financial expert.

          • DaveH

            Here’s the fluff piece for those who are curious:
            http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2944/how-does-the-earths-rotation-affect-the-path-of-a-bullet
            Notice particularly how Una got her information.
            At any rate, here is Flashman’s statement:
            “A bullet traveling 1,000 yards would be deflected about three inches to the right. In addition, you’d have to aim higher or lower depending on the degree to which you were facing east or west. If you were firing due east, you’d have to aim six inches lower, since the earth rotates from west to east and your target would have dropped away from you slightly by the time the bullet arrived. If you were firing due west, you’d have to aim six inches higher”.
            And from the article:
            “a bullet traveling 1,000 yards would be deflected about three inches to the right. In addition, you’d have to aim higher or lower depending on the degree to which you were facing east or west. If you were firing due east, you’d have to aim six inches lower, since the earth rotates from west to east and your target would have dropped away from you slightly by the time the bullet arrived. If you were firing due west, you’d have to aim six inches higher”.
            See any difference?

          • cawmun cents

            Suffice to say that his sources of information arent what he makes them out to be,DaveH.He may be giving you the facts as he sees them,but whether they are establishable facts,remain to be seen.
            His source is likely the internet,and you can well know that not everything you see on the internet is available as established fact.
            Had a friend send me an e-mail of the worls largest catfish caught supposedly behind a Chinese dam.But upon inspection of the e-message and the accompanying photo,I noticed five slits in the side of the”catfish”,which told me(from knowledge I obtained before I was ten)that it was a species of shark.It wasI concluded fronm patient reflection of the pic,a juvenile whaleshark.
            This e-mail was being sent all over hells halfacre,inviting folks to believe what I nearly immediately saw as a fabrication,as the worlds largest catfish.Snopes be damed if I would buy it though.
            Flashman reminds me of folks like that who buy that type of jargon,and will even use it for political gain.
            I wonder if he writes speeches for POTUS?
            -CC.

  • Iris

    And then reality takes over! God Bless Ron Paul, but he won’t wind up being president. Vote for him and you are going to get 4 more years of Obama and the end of America. Vote for Newt and you will get a sea change that will alter the course we are on. At least he has proven that he can do it, having done it before. Sometimes we actually need someone who KNOWS HOW. Don’t like him all you want, but for God’s sake and our nation’s sake, please do not give the reins back to Obama.

    I am disappointed that this website has become a RonPaul-all-the-time vending machine.

    • Ken

      Never mind that newt is a crook. I’ll never vote for him. So, if you’re correct (which I doubt), then I guess it’s four more years of ovomit for you. Unless of course you change your vote. That’s what you’re asking us to do. Isn’t it? Nope, you change your vote.

      • sj

        Right on Ken – crook = liar and we have seen all too many times what happens when we put a liar in office – nothing buisness as usual

      • John

        Obama is a known entity, and can be dealt with, and although some chicken little’s believe he will destroy this country in 4 more years,he more then likely will have not much chance to do so…. fact is his power can be limited by getting republican majorities into both houses. I do not subscribe to the sky is falling philosophy of the few that cry Obama will destroy this country, but I do believe Newt (and Mitt for that mater) will do a lot more damage then Obama could do, simply because he will have congress behind him and it will be in essence more of Obama politics but now with congress approval.

      • http://yahoo.com ted

        how come u paul fans always remind us of the other candidates dirty laundry but forget or dont know about his past newletters.shame on u.

    • DaveH

      We’ve been following the lesser of two evils advice for my entire adulthood, Iris. As you can plainly see, it doesn’t work. Evil is Evil, lesser or not.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      You also have a short memory concerning Newt.

    • Deerinwater

      Newt knows how the separate people from their money with bull$hit.

      If you wish to make him out something special for this “skill” that’s your business. But he’s not getting any of mine.

  • Henry Ledbetter

    “THE TRUTH SHALL SET US FREE.” ” If we were willing and obedient we could (once again) eat the good of the land.”

  • Tom W.

    And here’s another one to chew on! (Please pardon the pun!!!)

    Ezekiel 7:19 (KJV)
    “They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.”

    • Old Henry

      Tom W:

      God Almighty certainly has a way of cutting to the chaff, doesn’t He?

      • Tom W.

        You can say that again brother OH!!!

  • jimbo

    Every year the Fed prints enough money to cause 3 – 8% inflation. That is a stated GOAL of the Fed. They mistakenly think this promotes growth. How does debasing our currency promote growth?

    Do you ever save for anything? A new car, boat, house, or college education? Well then the money you put away 10 years ago, lost 5% of its value that same year. Another 5% the next year. Another 5%. Another 5%, etc. etc. Prices of stuff don’t go up because they just go up. They go up because the government inflates the money supply.

    Besides this, the government is CAUSING the widening gap between the rich and poor. The rich man isn’t much affected by inflation. He just extracts more pay from his business, and freezes YOUR pay or cuts your benefits. You have to beg for a payraise to keep up, and when you don’t get it, you fall further behind. You’re forced to run from town to town, and state to state, trying to get more compensation for your work. It disrupts your family, and ruins your health. All because the government wants to pay off their old debt with cheaper new dollars.

    For decades, a cup of coffee was $.05. Why is it now over $1? It’s the government! Shouldn’t the money you put away 10 years ago be worth the same in goods or services today, as it was 10 years ago?

    Why aren’t people SCREAMING about this?

    • Flashy

      In the capitalist system of economics, inflation is needed for it to be a success. It forces the consumer to buy now…because tomorrow it will be more expensive. As any sound rational economics reasoning will tell you, a 2-4% rate of inflation is the desired target. Without some level of inflation, there is no capitalist system.

      • steve in AZ

        Oh, Flushy. Wrong again, eraserbreath.

        • Flashy

          I know…i’m wrong and that’s why you couldn’t counter my statements. Jeesh …

        • s c

          Steve, what flushbreath will never understand [OR admit] is that GOVERNMENT is the #1, chief, main INFLATION ENGINE in America. When f first read Utopianism for Dummies (or someone read it to him), no one told him that government uses every excuse to keep people dumbed-down. F is living proof of it. After a while, you have to give up, as utopians are a waste of time. It’s like trying to educate a brick.

          • Sirian

            s c,
            That is exactly why I sit back and laugh at this fool. Yes, it is totally pointless and a waste of time and energy. Ignoring ignorance is much more rewarding.

      • http://www.boblivingstonletter.com/ Bob Livingston

        Dear Flashy,

        You know not of which you speak. You write: “It forces the consumer to buy now…because tomorrow it will be more expensive.” Please explain then, dear sir, how this applies to goods like electronics such as computers, big screen televisions, DVD players, cell phones, etc., all of which are less expensive now and have greater capabilities (memory, screen quality, video quality, more features) than when they first came out. And this trend continues.

        Inflation is a hidden tax on wealth and has nothing to do with capitalism. You must continue your economics education. I give you the following for you to begin your education. However, you must approach it with an open mind:

        http://www.personalliberty.com/conservative-politics/liberty/40-miles-deep/
        http://www.personalliberty.com/conservative-politics/government/educating-the-95-percent/
        http://www.personalliberty.com/liberty/the-true-cost-of-economic-freedom/
        http://www.personalliberty.com/asset-and-wealth-protection/preserving-wealth/investor-sounds-alarm-on-hyperinflation/
        http://www.personalliberty.com/conservative-politics/freedom-concerns/how-does-the-1-percent-control-the-99-percent/

        Also, here is a free version of Rothbard’s Man, Economy, and State, which will help you greatly. http://mises.org/books/mespm.pdf

        Best wishes,
        Bob

        • Flashy

          Mr. Livingston:

          thank you for your observations. However, I do encourage you to utilize such written references such as Samuelson, Keynes, Greenspan and even Adam Smith. Product improvements are of course, a basis which motivates consumer and wholesale purchasing. The rising cost of a product is another. I will rely upon the basic economics taught in every Econ 101 class held at a reputable university.

          Have a nice day.

          • Nadzieja Batki

            All failed economists.

          • http://www.boblivingstonletter.com/ Bob Livingston

            Dear Flashy,

            One of your favorite economists said the following:

            “As the supply of money increases relative to the supply of tangible assets in the economy, prices must eventually rise. In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value”.

            “A return to a gold standard (would be) a basic change in our economic processes. A gold-based monetary system will necessarily prevent fiscal imprudence. Once achieved, the discipline of the gold standard would surely reinforce anti-inflation policies, and make it far more difficult to resume financial profligacy”.

            Care to guess who?

            Best wishes,
            Bob

          • Flashy

            I’d guess Greenspan.

          • http://www.boblivingstonletter.com/ Bob Livingston

            Dear Flashy,

            Give yourself a gold star. Now understand this: Inflation is not rising prices. Inflation is an increase in the money supply. Rising prices are a result of inflation. If you will begin your education with the links I provided you may begin to understand the flaws in Keynesianism.

            Best wishes,
            Bob

          • Tom W.

            Give ‘em hell Bob!

          • Flashy

            Inflastion is th increased cost of goods and services, sometimes (though not always) associated with cost of production, increased money supply, changing equilibrium point of the goods and/or market sector, etc. Many confuse inflation as being tied to money supply. While money supply may be a cause, it is not the cause.

            Have a nice day Mr. Livingstone.

      • DaveH

        That is complete balderdash, Flashman.
        Inflation is not needed at all. In fact with a Precious Metal currency, prices would go down and the people would benefit from increased productivity, as it should be.
        Read this book to learn some reality, Folks:
        http://mises.org/books/historyofmoney.pdf
        From the book, Part I, section titled “THE GOLD STANDARD ERA
        WITH THE NATIONAL BANKING SYSTEM, 1879–1913″:
        “Real reproducible, tangible wealth per capita rose at the decadal peak in American history in the 1880s, at 3.8 percent per annum. Real net national product rose at the rate of 3.7 percent per year from 1879 to 1897, while per-capita net national product increased by 1.5 percent per year”.

        We do not need price inflation for a good economy. That is purely a myth promoted by those who benefit from excess printing of fiat money. Whoever gets the newly created money first benefits at the expense of the remainder of the population. Who usually gets the newly created money first? Government, member banks, bailed out poorly-run financial institutions, etc.. Certainly not the Mainstream Americans.

        • DaveH

          For those who don’t understand the economic term “real”, it means in term of dollars adjusted for inflation.

          • Deerinwater

            okay, if you say so. aren’t you the same guy that explained venture capitalism as people how invest?

  • DaveH

    This wise man knew the score over 200 years ago:
    “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs” — Thomas Jefferson

  • Brogan

    I think any of the canidates would be better than Ron Paul

    • steve in AZ

      Then by all means, vote your ignorance, Brogy.

    • Les

      When did you stop thinking for yourself?

    • Conservative Canadian

      Ron Paul is your only hope.

  • Conservative Canadian

    DaveH, Jefferson was the man. I think one of the greatest Americans (scratch that). One of the greatest men to ever live. Funny how we continue to learn nothing from history. All fiat currencies have failed. Every single one.

    Here is a good article about the future of the US dollar. http://www.financialsense.com/contributors/marin-katusa/petrodollar-iran-gold-what-you-need-to-know

    • labouton

      That’s an excellent article. Very eye opening!

  • Clarence

    In reality all that commerce is, is the honest process of trading something of value for something of like value. Money is simply something of value to facilitate the trading proses. Historically precious metals have worked the best as honest money. Creating something out of nothing and calling it valuable is dishonest and has never worked. Ron Paul is one of few who understand this and is waging an educational campaign to educate the electorate. If successful he wins if not he may lose the election but the educated electorate will put its weight on the political scale and will bring about a change. We may lose the battle but win the war. .

    • Mark in LA

      The problem is that gold isn’t valuable either. Just like a stock it has no real intrinsic value. Yeah you have a claim on 1/200,000,000th of a company. Good luck with getting the insiders to stop screwing you.

  • DaveA

    Remember folks, election time is upon us and all the candidates are jockeying so that the voters supposedly see the best of them and what they stand for. Come on, how many times has this happened and once they get elected to office they turn their backs on the people who voted them in and pay glory to the financial institutions that funded their coffers. Romney, Gingrich, and Santorum all have some good points…but they also have a history…just like Obama. Are we really going to believe what they are saying in their campaigns? How many Presidents, indifferent of their party, have lived up to their campaign promises? You can probably count this on one hand? or less? Right now I do lean toward Ron Paul. If this country is to make a turn around then everyone needs to get off of the koolaid bandwagon of these so called candidates with a history and take a chance, or risk that Ron Paul is the one who has the voting record and where with all to lead the way. I agree that his foreign policy may be of question…but not to a point where he is unelectable. Our foreign friends and allies must understand that the good ol USA can’t afford to provide aid at the same levels from the past. The USA should not be providing more aid to the enemies of Israel, than it does to them…It’s up to all of us to really determine which candidate has the citizens of the USA in mind. Currently, I’m with Ron Paul…The others are grandstanding at this point, only to their demise…Remember action is louder than words and there is plenty of history to get an idea of what all of the candidates are about. Newt, Mitt, and Ron are betting, and may be winning, that the negative media about Ron Paul will make him unelectable…If Ron Paul is to be elected this negative media needs to be ignored and the Ron’s supporters must be strong. If anyone is on the fence, then take a chance…the worst that could happen is that he turns out like most others have…the best that could happen is that our country is turned around with less debt and more employment. It’s time to choose..more of the same old policies? Or could there be actual change?

    • DaveH

      Most of all, Dave, it isn’t the Federal Government’s money to give in the first place. All gifts should come strictly from voluntary donors. Anything else is just plain sugar-coated Theft.

      • Mark in LA

        Dave this is where libertarians start sounding like jack-asses. We do have responsibilities as US citizens just as we get benefits for being US citizens. These rights and responsibilities are similar to those we have as family members. A tribe is just an extended family and on up all the way to a country in many places in the world.

        Libertarians think they should have no responsibility to the greater community but should get all of the benefits. Yeah, they always cry don’t make me contribute and I won’t take anything – until something happens to them. When they get hurt traveling they don’t mind calling the US Consulate. When they get ripped off they don’t mind using the court system or calling the police.

  • Earl, QUEENS, NY

    I’ve long enjoyed viewing your website and agree with many of your articles. But I’ve been disappointed lately as I get the impression that many of you really want Ron Paul for POTUS. WHY?? He’s a nincompoop and a George McGovern – type crackpot on foreign policy. In fact, this fool Paul may be even worse than Obama on foreign policy. Anybody who’s worse than BHO on an important issue must be defeated, and should abandon the race for POTUS!! Can you imagine this fool debating BHO on foreign policy?? I bet BHO could beat him without a teleprompter!! As for being pro-Constitution, there are many conservatives who ARE pro-Constitution. We certainly don’t need a crack-pot (who BTW wants to legalize both of these brain damaging substances!!) to protect the Constitution. Some of you people need to get your heads out of the sand!! Being anti-Paul is NOT being against our Constitution. Where in the Constitution does it say we should legalize crack or pot?? That makes as much sense as the liberal democraps who cite the welfare cause to justify Obamacare, redistribution of wealth, etc.

    Although their party tends to be IMHO too laisse-faire, I do agree with Libertarians on some issues. E.g., I did vote for Harry Browne in 1996 – not only because I saw Bob Dole as an unelectable weak moderate, but seeing his wife Elizabeth by his side turned me off – all the ridiculus regulations (safety belt laws, air bags, etc.) enacted during her tenure in the Reagan Administration. However, as for Ron ‘Wrong’ Paul, he isn’t even worthy to be re-elected to Congress, much less the White House. Texas voters really should try to defeat ‘Wrong’ Paul and dispatch him to retirement in the next congressional primary. If you really are pro-Constitution, then you should focus on the political party which we know constantly thumbs its nose at our Constitution – that is – DEFEAT THE LEFTWING DEMOCRAP PARTY!!

    • Pepper

      “Where in the Constitution does it say we should legalize crack or pot?”

      Sorry, doesn’t work that way. Where in the Constitution does it say the federal government has the authority to criminalize it? Don’t forget, an amendment was required for the prohibition of alcoholic beverages. Are “crack and pot” somehow magically under federal purview when alcohol wasn’t?

    • Tom S

      Earl I agree with most of what you say about R.P. except for your last statement about political parties. I have a hard time seeing a big difference in both. The lesser of the two evils. They have done a pretty good job of marginalizing the Tea Party. Look at this primary. You would think we could support Bachman or Santorum instead of Newt or Mitt. I can vote for either over Obama but it is just more of the same. Those two and Ron Paul are totally unpredictable.

      On another note, Obama doesn’t even pay his own property taxes. He is as big of an elitist as there has ever been. He talks a good game for many, but actions aren’t even close.

      Oh by the way take caution. The last time I opposed Ron Paul on this site someone sent me a virus. Some of his support is rabid. I don’t believe my language was as strong as yours.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        If you accuse someone on this site that supposedly did you harm, did you report it to Bob Livingston. Otherwise you are a liar.

    • LC

      Pot is not a brain-damaging substance. It’s actually the opposite. All of our founders smoked weed, and grew it. Their clothes were made of it! (hemp). You are incredibly mistaken in your knowledge, Earl. = Please do some research.

  • Tom W.

    You didn’t really think that I was finished yet did ya?!!

    Revelation 18 (KJV)
    “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.”

  • Ted Crawford

    The difference between an Obama Presidency and a Paul Presidency is akin to an intruder giving you the choice to either be shot in the ear or shot in the eye. The only difference is the pattern of the splatter!

    • Pepper

      So, liberty and marxism are the same thing. Incredible.

      • Tom W.

        Here ya go Pepper! Some people just won’t open their eyes, or just refuse to see what’s right in front of their face!!!
        The Marxist idea of the law, as officially defined by the Soviet Union in 1938: “Law is a combination of the rules of behavior established or sanctioned by state authority, reflecting the will of the ruling class – rules of behavior whose application is assured by the coercive power of the state for the purpose of protecting, strengthening and developing relationships and procedures suitable and beneficial to the ruling class.”

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Ted C just hopes that there are not enough people to know the difference or even care that there is a difference.

    • warren

      Ron Paul is all about diplomacy, not violence.

  • Lance

    Money is what can be used to buy things. Historically money has be specie (gold and silver coins), fiat money which is paper currency and checking accounts and more recently credit money. Two hundred years ago you ability to take your friends out to dinner depended on whether or not you had enough coins in your pocket. One hundred years ago it depended on the quantity of currency in your pocket and possibly the balance in your checking account if the restaurant would take checks. Today it is your credit card that allows to spend. Fiat money is easy to measure, M1 was $1.376 billion in 2007 and was $2.150 billion in October 2011. The effective money supply is the sum of fiat money and credit money. Credit money cannot be precisely measured. However, When the person in California who occupation was strawberry picker and who had made $14,000 in his best year was able to get a mortgage of $740,000 with no money down and private equity could buy a company like Clear Channel in a $20 billion leveraged buyout, also with essentially no money down the credit money supply was clearly much higher than today. A reasonable ballpark estimate of the credit money supply is $70 billion in 2007 compared to $50 billion today.

    The effective money supply is the sum of the traditional fiat money aggregates plus the credit money supply. Thus, despite the clams of Ron Paul and Rick Perry to the contrary, the effective or true money supply has fallen drastically over the last few years. Monetary policy as conducted by Ben Bernanke has been mostly appropriate, with a few exceptions. There is not much more that the FED can do to alleviate the symptoms of the depression. The one really bad thing that the FED is doing now is paying .25% on reserves deposited by banks. From inception its until recently the FED never paid any interest on the reserves deposited at the FED. Paying interest on these reserves is a transfer of many billions of dollars from the taxpayers to the banks (where is Ron Paul when we need him?). Even worse, by paying interest on reserves the FED is paying the banks not to make loans.

    Paying interest on reserves combined with the equally bone-headed subsidy to the banks of providing free unlimited deposit insurance on non-interest bearing demand deposits is keeping t-bill rates positive. Absent those policies the rate on T-bills would be actually negative. The Chinese and others all over the world are willing to pay anything for the safety of depositing funds in the USA. Already, Bank of New York Mellon Corp has imposed a 0.13% charge on large deposits. Were it not the FED paying interest on reserves and the free deposit insurance, rates on t-bills would be negative. This slight artificial increase in interest rates by itself does not depress economic activity much. However, policies preventing t-bill rates from being negative may be dissuading congress and the administration from undertaking the magnitude of fiscal stimulus that could end the recession.

    With negative t-bill rates the deficit would be a profit center rather than a cost. We know that the 1929 depression only ended with the massive deficits that accompanied World War II. What we need now is policy with the fiscal impact of a WWII, hopefully without the blood and gore. For many reasons, not the least of which is political, the massive increase in the deficit which is needed to end the depression should be accomplished mainly if not entirely on the tax side rather than the spending side.

    The 10% and 15% Federal tax brackets should be temporarily reduced to zero. For married taxpayers this would exempt all income below $70,700 from taxation. This would be a $9,735 tax cut for all couples with taxable incomes of $70,700 or more and less amounts for others with less taxable incomes. Additionally, all personal payroll taxes should be suspended. As with the current 2% payroll tax cut, the treasury should make the trust funds whole. This would put $6,120 in the pockets of a household that had $80,000 in wages. Thus, proving about $15,000 to the typical middle class family. It would increase the deficit. However, with the current levels of interest rates and the actual profits made by issuing t-bills at negative rates the long-term costs will be less than they were in WWII. When Obama was campaigning for president he called for a $1,000 middle class tax-cut. On the day he took office the correct amount to end the depression was probably close to $15,000. Congress passed an $800 middle class tax-cut as part of the stimulus package.
    Only a massive increase in the near term deficit can end the depression. Until we realize this we are doomed to continue in a depression, albeit with benefits to mitigate the damage indefinitely.

    • Flashy

      Lance…I printed this to mark it up tonight for areas of further research. Thank you. Enlightening and educational..

  • Chaslie

    People who think Ron Paul will solve everything are putting all their eggs in one basket. Our form of government is made up of three branches so even if Ron Paul gets elected President he will have to deal with a Democrat/Republican Senate and a Democrat/Republican House of Representatives. How much do you think he will really be able to accomplish?

    As the article pointed out the Huffington Post wrote:

    As Rick Santorum said, “The problem with Congressman Paul is, all the things that Republicans like about him he can’t accomplish and all the things they’re worried about, he’ll do day one.”

    In other words, all Ron Pual may end up accomplishing is legalizinf same-sex marriage and marijuana.

    • http://none R Paul or status quo

      Thanks chaslie, i’m sure i won’t be needing Rick Santorum to be telling me one thing he thinks I should know about Ron Paul. My homework is all mine. RON PAUL 2012

      • Chaslie

        I wasn’t necessarily espousing Rick Santorum. I was just quoting what the Huffington Post wrote that Rick Santorum said. My point is that Ron Paul cannot change the government on his own. Being a president is not the same as being a king.

        Ron Pual supporters seem to think that if Ron Paul gets elected President he will be able to miraculously save the the U.S. All I’m saying is he won’t be able to do very much if the House and Senate don’t go along with him.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      So you have entered into the mind of Ron Paul and know with certainty what he will do in the future.

  • Tom W.

    Now I’m gonna let Jr. do a little preachin’ to ya, cause it looks like the days are comin’ that you’d better pray to God that you possess some of these skills!!!

    “A Country Boy Can Survive”

    The preacher man says it’s the end of time
    And the Mississippi River she’s a goin’ dry
    The interest is up and the Stock Markets down
    And you only get mugged
    If you go down town

    I live back in the woods, you see
    A woman and the kids, and the dogs and me
    I got a shotgun rifle and a 4-wheel drive
    And a country boy can survive
    Country folks can survive

    I can plow a field all day long
    I can catch catfish from dusk till dawn
    We make our own whiskey and our own smoke too
    Ain’t too many things these ole boys can’t do
    We grow good ole tomatoes and homemade wine
    And a country boy can survive
    Country folks can survive

    Because you can’t starve us out
    And you cant makes us run
    Cuz we’re them old boys raised on shotgun
    And we say grace and we say Ma’am
    And if you ain’t into that we don’t give a damn

    We came from the West Virginia coalmines
    And the Rocky Mountains and the and the western skies
    And we can skin a buck; we can run a trot-line
    And a country boy can survive
    Country folks can survive

    I had a good friend in New York City
    He never called me by my name, just hillbilly
    My grandpa taught me how to live off the land
    And his taught him to be a businessman
    He used to send me pictures of the Broadway nights
    And I’d send him some homemade wine

    But he was killed by a man with a switchblade knife
    For 43 dollars my friend lost his life
    Id love to spit some beechnut in that dudes eyes
    And shoot him with my old 45
    Cause a country boy can survive
    Country folks can survive

    Cause you can’t starve us out and you can’t make us run
    Cuz we’re them old boys raised on shotgun
    And we say grace and we say Ma’am
    And if you ain’t into that we don’t give a damn

    We’re from North California and south Alabam
    And little towns all around this land
    And we can skin a buck; we can run a trot-line
    And a country boy can survive
    Country folks can survive

    Williams Hank Jr
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4s0nzsU1Wg

  • robert shrugged.

    teddy roosevelt and franklin roosevelt were the culprits, teddy allowes the fed reserve, and franklin who eliminate the constitution when he stole the peoples money which was gold and created false economy that would colaspe because you can not spend your way into prosperity with credit. the people keep falling for pie in the sky solutions wich never come to pass. the last chance we had was barry goldwater and he was made out to be a war monger because he said either we get into veitnam with everything we have or we get out, because we should not let our men die for nothing. he prefered to bring our troops home because he knew that congress would not declare a war. well you all know what happened. today we will lose everything because no one wants to do what is necessary. we need to return to the gold standard. the constitution says that nothing but gold and silver coin are money. we have been living a lie since teddy roosevelt. lots of luck.

  • Mark Anthony Jones

    To those who have a problem with the foreign policy of Ron Paul – The Ron Paul foreign policy is the exact policy of the Republican party BEFORE it was hijacked by the neocons coming from the Democrat party during the Vietnam War. I.e. Irving Cristol, etc. Ron Paul’s policies are the policies of Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater and his policy is the same as George W. Bush before it was co-opted by the Council on Foreign relations who are now pushing to go to war with Iran. Maybe you like the policy we have been following –

    Our own government and the CIA overthrew the popular democratically elected Prime Minister Mosadeq of Iran in 1953 and installed our puppet the Shah. The Iranians have not forgotten our meddling in their sovereignty. Madelyn Allbright was the first to openly admit this truth.

    In 1954, we overthrew the democratically elected President Arbenz of Guatemala: 200,000 Guatemalans were killed.

    In 1963, we backed the assassination of South Vietnamese President Diem and from then until 1975 we killed 4 million people in Southeast Asia.

    September 11, 1973, the US Stages a coup in Chile, democratically elected President Salvadore Allende was assassinated. Dictator Augusto Pinochet was installed, 5000 Chilean were murdered.

    In 1977, the US backs the military rulers of El Salvador; 70,000 Salvadorans and four American nuns were killed.

    In the 1980’s the US trained Osama Bin Laden and his fellow terrorists to kill Soviets in Afghanistan; the CIA gives them $3 Billion.

    In 1981, the Reagan Administration trains and funds the “contras”; 30,000 Nicaraguans die.

    In 1982, the US gives billions in aid to Saddam Hussain in Iraq for weapons to kill Iranians.

    In 1983 the White house secretly gave weapons to Iran to kill Iraqis.

    In 1989, CIA agent, Manual Noriega, also serving as President of Panama, disobeys Washington’s orders. The US invades Panama and removes Noriega. There were 3,000 Panamanian casualties.

    In 1990, Iraq invades Kuwait with weapons from the US. 1991, the US enters Iraq. Bush reinstates the dictator of Kuwait.

    1998 Clinton bombs a “weapons factory” in Sudan. The weapons factory turns out to be making aspirin.

    1991 to present, American planes bomb Iraq on a weekly basis until recently. The UN estimates that 500,000 Iraqi children die from bombing and sanctions.

    From 2000 to 2001 the US gives Taliban-ruled Afghanistan $245 million in aid. September 11, 2001, Osama Bin Laden uses his expert CIA training to murder 3,000 people.

    2001 to present the US invades Afghanistan in search of those responsible for the 9/11 attacks. US abandons the search and instead occupies Afghanistan to nation build and install “democracy”. 3000 American troops killed and 10, 000+ wounded; 10,000 Afghani civilians killed.

    2003 to present, invades and then occupies Iraq due to the lies of Iraq developing weapons of mass destruction. 73,876 US soldiers killed according to the UN (our government only reports less than 5,000), 35,000 estimated wounded and over 1,000,000 Iraqi civilian casualties and 35% of all children in Iraq are orphaned with no parents.

    I know the facts are not pretty, but they ARE the facts. This is the policy of making our country LESS safe and it is an insane policy if you want to live in a safe and respectable world. I don’t understand how someone can say they are prolife and be for such an anti-life policy. Do YOU support and condone this global behavior? I do not and will not vote for another global idiot. The protection of America, our Constitution which protects individuals, not corporations, comes first! Ron Paul is the only one who gets it!

    • Conservative Canadian

      Well done. With a name like that you should have started off with, friends country men lend me your ears :)

    • Flashy

      “1998 Clinton bombs a “weapons factory” in Sudan. The weapons factory turns out to be making aspirin. ”

      Actually, it was proven by several sources the Sudanese calaimed it was an aspirin factory and the GOP attack dogs picked up the lie, flooded the airwaves and claimed it as true. Turns out…it was a WMD storage faciility.

  • robert shrugged.

    tom w you know a lot of truth, and those who laugh at you are going to be the first ones to come to you to help them out, but you know family comes first. that is what God says .

  • KenBanks

    copy of e-mail sent to Cavuto
    Mr. Cavuto:
    On your Fox news program, you have a popup asking “What Do You Think”. I doubt that you really want to hear what individuals think or you would interview some of us Bible hugging, gun totting, overhaul wearing, pickup driving intellectuals instead of the top 1%, CEO’s, professors, etc. Maybe the reason is you would not like what we have to say; it might not agree with that old Republican philosophy of serving the 1% which you adhere to. Below is what I (and probably others) out here who have to live in this economy think. Since I believe you will ignore this, I’m circulating the e-mail to others. Will someone start listening? I believe the depression accompanied by exponential inflation that I have been warning Lou Dobbs about during his CNN years will start sometime between March and August.

    Politics: We have a number of want-a-be’s running for the Republican nomination. When I listen to Romney, Gingrich, and Perry, I hear arrogance. I see passion for the power and prestige for the office. I do not see that passion when they describe how to fix this country’s woes. Paul, on the other hand, has been screaming about our woes and solutions for years. Some people are actually starting to listen to him. His passion is for his country. Some chatter on the web lists Romney and Obama as coming from the same mold. Romney is more like G.W. Bush. The reason that we have a Cheshire cat in the White House, the queen of hearts in the House, the mad hatter in the Senate, and two red rabbits digging deep holes in the Federal Reserve and Treasury is McCain, Bush, Chaney, and Rove. (and you use these people as news contributors. Shameful) We recognize these people as having done severe damage to our country (and the Republican party). They pushed the independent thinking voter to the left in the 2008 election. A Bush-like Romney or Gingrich now will guarantee that we will have Hillary and gun control in 2016, if our country still exists. In the debates that I have listened to (not many), I heard a bunch of silly questions. If you want to know who to vote for, have all of them sit down at a desk in the same room and answer three questions on paper: 1. Where is the economy today? 2.What bought it here? 3. What would you do to improve it? If they declare cut taxes, they have failed the test.

    Economy: The economy today is poor and on the brink of falling into a deep chasm. Nothing has been done by either the Bush or Obama administrations to relieve the underlying causes. All their efforts have been centered on maintaining the 1% . Both parties have been selling supply side economics saying that jobs will be created by the wealthy. I heard this many times from you, Cavuto. Wall Street doesn’t create jobs; they ship them overseas. Demand creates jobs, but that demand is detrimental if those jobs are sent overseas. All it does is drain this country of more of its wealth because the spending will be for foreign made goods. That is the reason tax cuts are not the solution, they will add to the problem. Not only will tax cuts drain this country of more of its wealth, it will result in more government debt because of lower revenues. If they were the solution, this economy should be thriving now because of the Bush tax cuts.

    Politicians believe tax cuts are the answer because Reagan did it. Reaganomics are partly responsible for the downturn in our economy. The middle class provides the demand to drive an economy. Data show that the middle class and middle and low class incomes started to shrink under Reagan and progressed under successive administrations. People started to resort to debt (credit cards) to sustain their standard of living or even their survival. One dollar in debt today removes one dollar plus interest from the economy tomorrow. Yet, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton promoted credit card buying because it propped up the economy under their administrations. Well, tomorrow is here and someone (the economy) has to pay the piper. Easy credit in the form of credit cards, mortgages, etc. strengthened the economy over a period but resulted in a much greater downturn than would have occurred if everyone would have lived within their means. (The country’s bailouts and stimulus policy under the Bush and Obama administrations is almost an exact parallel to the path of easy credit. Their actions will increase the suffering when the bubble busts.)

    A third contributor to the economic downturn is demographics. Since economies are demand driven, it depends upon the spending power of a large mass of individuals. Many individuals in our country have or very soon will reach retirement age. History has shown that these people spend less: for good reason, they earn less on fixed incomes. This brings me to the fourth reason, inflation. Inflation, although, embraced by politicians as a way to wipe out debt, not only reduces the spending power of the retired on fixed incomes, but also eats away at low and middle income family budgets. It is a horrible and inhumane tax on society. It decreases demand because it requires more money for fewer goods. The federal monetary policy of debt and printing money absolutely (look at history) will cause hyper inflation, I believe severe inflation will start in 2012.

    There are other factors that have caused the down turn, but I will conclude the comments on the economy with the most poisonous effect: globalization. Here is a copy of an e-mail I wrote to Irwin M. Stelzer after reading his article, “Bankers versus Capitalism” in the Weekly Standard:

    “There are basic underlying principles that were discussed but not stated in
    your article: greed and morality. It is not confined to bankers; it thrives
    on Wall Street and corporate America. These people have become much wealthier
    from globalization. But will they retain that wealth? No. A society has to
    have the means for individuals to support themselves. When these means are
    shipped overseas in order to enrich the upper class, individuals have no
    alternative but to turn to the government for support. This causes a
    tremendous strain on the government; especially, when tax revenues are down
    because of high unemployment and the upper class refuses to pay more taxes to
    offset the very government financial burden which they have created. Under
    these conditions, the economy tanks. The Republican myth that the wealthy
    will create jobs relies on supply side economics that have never and will
    never work. Economies are demand driven, mostly by the middle class.
    Following history, when the masses are struggling to supply an existence for
    themselves and their families, discontent rises until there is revolution. In
    the French revolution, the wealthy were stripped of their wealth and hung. If
    the wealthy of this country think that it cannot happen here, they are wrong,
    DEAD wrong. They are pushing the masses and the government of this country to
    the brink, history says that a correction will occur. Chinese goods are not
    as cheap as people think when the cost of maintaining society within the
    country is added to them, are they?”

    Globalization is a method by which corporations can push their manufacturing costs onto the government by having the government maintain society. They have shunned their obligation to the fellow members of the house in which they live. I was taught in earning my MBA that there is always a risk-return relationship. This relationship was ignored when companies outsourced our jobs, etc, but now they are experiencing the consequences. Our economy is tied to the worlds; when the world falters, we falter. Ford’s quarterly earnings were lowered by the floods in Asia. Our politicians and bankers are running scared because of the extent of global investments in Europe. Although globalization has fattened our 1%, it has had very few positives to offer this country.

    How do we fix the economy? I offer a few suggestions:
    1. Treat the economy as demand driven, not supply driven. Legislate for the well being of the middle class instead of catering to the 1% and special interest.
    2. Balance the federal budget and stop the spending. Do it tomorrow, not next year.
    3. Eliminate the Federal Reserve. It’s policy has caused wild swings in our economy since its conception. Let the market determine interest rates.
    4. Clamp down on easy credit and borrowing. Eliminate taxes on savings accounts, especially those for retirement and education. The main reason that individuals are so dependent on Social Security is that government has made it impossible to save for the future with its inflationary and tax policies. Inflation might wipe out debt on the ledgers, but it causes much more debt in the form of, what has become necessary, government retirement programs.
    5. Raise taxes on the wealthy to pay off our debt. I’d abdicate raising all taxes but because of CLASS WAREFARE ON THE MIDDLE CLASS, those other than the wealthy probably can not provide enough tax revenue to reduce our debt.
    6. Revise the tax code. No, not to a flat tax. That just redistributes the tax burden to those who could least afford it. Maintain the graduated scale but eliminate all the goobly gob.
    7. Graduate the corporate tax rate based on the percentage of the corporation’s generation of profit within this country. If they make 100% of their product in this country, they would pay zero taxes. If they make 60% of their profits from manufacturing abroad, then they would pay 60% of the top corporate rate. Raise the tax rate on the elite to an unbearable amount and let it there until they bring all of our jobs back from foreign nations.
    8. Take steps to create a sound dollar, including using a gold standard. Try to eliminate inflation; reduce the money supply.
    9. Eliminate Fannie and Freddie. Let the market rule. The government should not be putting people in houses that they can’t afford.
    10. Place tariffs on Chinese and other goods. Use the tariffs to pay off debt.
    11. Abolish Obamacare and other burdensome legislation.
    12. Social Security is taxed depending on income. This tax is only a method of transferring social security funds into the general treasury. Any tax on social security income must be returned to the social security fund. The social security fund must be put off limits to Congress.
    13. Regulations: Yeah, many of the interfering government regulations should be abolished, but I will remind you, “If people and businesses can not regulate their own actions using morally accepted standards, then the government will do it for them.”

    Unions: Cavuto, you have repeatedly bashed unions on your program. I will agree with you to some extent; an exception being the concept of unionization. Unions provide a mechanism by which the profits of everyone’s labor who participates in generating those profits are distributed. They eliminate the huge disparity that we have in today’s workplace: a CEO being paid 400 times that of a worker. Such disparity is disastrous for the general economy because it lowers the purchasing power of the middle class by enriching the already wealthy who spend most of their money on luxuries. I do agree with you on bashing what unions have become: corrupt political machines that force members to contribute financially and personally. However, I am into management bashing more than union bashing. Management and special interest groups, including unions, have been running this country by means of bribery (campaign contributions and lobbying) and limiting our choices for elections. Do you think these people have done a good job? I have worked with CEO’s and found a number of them to be arrogant, greedy, and just plain stupid. (Sounds like I’m describing a number of candidates for Republican presidential nomination, doesn’t it?) A prime example of CEO’s stupidity is their negotiations of union contracts. Both the union and management looked on profits as a pie and each argued over the largest slice. Union and management became adversaries which carried over to day to day operations. In the end management usually agreed to pay and benefits that had no relationship to future profits. Like our government, they kicked the can of paying for these benefits down the road to future leadership. Union and management had very little in common; especially, goals. If management had negotiated contracts where the benefits were tied to profits and performance, they would have had union workers and management working towards the same goal, increasing profits. Then the fixed costs would have become variable ones tied to the company’s performance. But no, words like profit sharing were and still are curse words. I heard you screaming about the bonuses that the GM workers received.

    The concept of unions is valid, but the government rules and regulations covering them are not. For one thing union bargaining should only be based on profits. Therefore, unions should only be allowed in for profit organizations. This would eliminate unions in the public sector which have developed such a corrupt relationship with politicians, which have bankrupted state and local governments, and which have drove the tax burden of individuals to insane levels. No one wins in a strike; strikes should be replaced with some means of arbitration. In my MBA arbitration course, our instructor, himself an arbitrator, stated that no one should allow their dispute to be arbitrated because unwanted, mandatory outcomes are common. Such outcomes would force both parties to complete their bargaining, in house.

    A second thought on labor versus management. I have often heard you complain about union wages and benefits and their effect on profits. I have never heard you complain about management’s benefit packages. Why not, their obnoxiously high packages also come out of the profits? You either are entrenched in the Republican philosophy or are being censored by the network owners. My guess is that its both reasons. Fox is not “Fair and Balanced”.

    Foreign Policy: I hear people criticizing Paul’s stance on foreign policy as isolationist. It is not isolationist, it is a common sense policy. Common sense should tell one that no country has the financial resources to police the world. Our foreign policy has been a total disaster. One day we are someone’s friend; the next day, we are trying to get them “regime changed.” We are fickle, interfering, obtrusive, and arrogant. Anyone who wants to continue this policy is a fool. Continuation will just breed more enemies; dealing with these enemies is and will bankrupt us. Are you aware that BinLaden might be dead but he is still winning today. His goal was to destroy us economically by making us scared of our own shadows. Are you really aware of the costs of our security measures in dollars and individual rights? Homeland Security is nothing more than another tier of expensive, bureaucratic hogwash. How many more TSA agents are they hiring to protect the trains and buses? Are any going to stationed along the train tracks or roads where bombs could be planted? We have gone from the absurd to the ridiculous, or vise versus!

    Kenneth E. Banks

  • C. R.

    Same old Obama – promise any and everything and then “forget” about it. Reminds me of the old TV ad: Promise them anything, but give them Arpege. Same old drivel. He has even alienated members of his?? party who are backing off of him. He plays golf, he vacations, and he leaves the room when the kitchen gets hot. Wears a good looking suit, has a convincing voice, but at the end of it all, there is nothing in the suit and the voice is a scammer’s voice. Those who believe he is a good prez need a check up from the neck up. Anyone who believes his repeated lies, really needs a brain. Anyone who wants socialism and, really, his communism, needs to leave America because they are not patriots and do not appreciate America, its Constitution, Declaration nor Bill of Rights and deserve to live where these do not exist and I can name a few places for them and will contribute to purchase a ticket to get them out of MY country and MY hair because they obviously do not belong here (and please take Obama and the frump with you!).

  • robert shrugged.

    mark you are on the right trail but you need a little help. remember that the founding fathers wanted us to be neutral and to have no entangling alliances. our politiciana do not think much of our founding fathers so why should we think much about them. ron paul is closer to our founding fathers than anyone else.

  • Old Henry

    Well John, I already have a very nice contractor sized wheelbarrow, or as I call it a “wheelsbarrow” as it has two tires. That makes it much easier to balance and is a whole lot nicer to my back. I have been telling folks for well over a year to get one so they can buy a loaf of bread. I get glassy-eyed stares in response. I am not the least bit surprised. I then “splain” to them about 1920s Germany and the glassy-eyed stare fogs over and I get a vague nod and a mumbled “Oh yeah” reply. We are screwed with an electorate like this.

    Hells bells, I even had an older cousin who was active duty military and then a 20 year reservist reply me when I began talking about the FEMA camps: “What’s a FEMA camp?” I was incredulous, but “splained “ it. Another glassy-eyed stare.

    I also have some silver as I began buying it as I am able quite some time ago at your behest. However, as of yet I don not have enough silver to fill the wheelsbarrow. I wish I did, I would be writing this from a nice warm sunny beach, or at least some place WARM.

    As an aside, I seem to have an Obamaite ready to vote for Congressman Paul, and I suspect his wife as well. It seems my Ron Paul cap got him interested.

    The same thing happened last month as I left a doctor appointment, but I have not been able to do a “follow-up”.

    Keep the great articles coming John.

    Ron Paul 2012

  • ’56 Chevy

    Ron Paul is a total Crackpot Nutcase!!!!!! I’ll take the wheelbarrow! He hates Israel, Abraham Lincoln(the best Pres. we ever had, bar none!), doesn’t think Iran is a threat to anyone, thinks 911 was an inside job AND that WE caused it, etc. etc. etc. Must I go on? C’mon Paul supporters, WAKE UP!!!!!! He is the most dangerous candidate to ever run for ANY office,let alone the Oval Office!!!!!! He needs to be institutionalized!!!!!!!! End of story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • KenBanks

      My first car was a 56 Chevy. Had lots of fun in it, but was always fixing something. Paul is not a nut case; he is very intelligent which causes a disconnect with people who are not. Many people do not understand what he stands for, but they are learning and changing their views. You just vote for Obama, Romney,gingrich, or Santorium and you will absolutely correct: “END OF STORY!”

    • revnowwhilewecan

      Chevy Chase, please do us all a favor. If you’re not going to take the time to look into the reasons why you state what you state then I suggest you keep your comments to yourself because they’re more harmful then any of Paul’s policies. Also, please quit regurgitating all the uninformed crap that your buddies down at the Elk’s Lodge keep ramming down each other’s throat. It’s repeditave and quite boring.

    • http://www.boblivingstonletter.com/ Bob Livingston

      Dear ’56 Chevy,

      Calling someone “a total Crackpot Nutcase” is not an argument, no matter how many exclamation points you use. If you truly believe this, then you must also think George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were total Crackpot Nutcases.

      You write: “He hates Israel.” I would like to see proof of that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gN5UrPB-xA&feature=player_embedded

      You write: “He hates… Abraham Lincoln(the best Pres. we ever had, bar none!)” You have a lot to learn. http://www.personalliberty.com/personal-liberty-articles/don%E2%80%99t-pin-your-hopes-on-the-party-of-lincoln/

      You write: Paul “doesn’t think Iran is a threat to anyone.” He has said that there is no evidence Iran is building a nuclear weapon and that they have no way of attacking the U.S. if they did. Please get your facts straight.

      You write: “thinks 911 was an inside job AND that WE caused it, etc.” He has not said any such thing. He has said we were not told the truth about it. The 9/11 Commission has said as much. He has said blowback from our foreign policy contributed to it. The CIA and the 9/11 Commission said the same thing. I wrote about that here: http://www.personalliberty.com/conservative-politics/debunking-the-anti-paul-messages/

      You write: “He is the most dangerous candidate to ever run for ANY office,let alone the Oval Office.” Yes. He is dangerous to the establishment because believes in the cause of liberty and would adhere to the Constitution.

      Best wishes,
      Bob

      • revnowwhilewecan

        Thank you so much Bob for taking the time to list and provide reference for each point made. As I’ve said in other post’s, I’m a 1st time GenX voter. There are many reasons for that. I recently strated receiving your newsletter’s because I’ve decided that you can report the news as factual and not agenda based. Please continue the great work and try to inform people as I do to decide which news is “left and right” and direct them to truley independant sources so that people can get information and not brainwashing.
        Thanks again,
        RevNowWhileWeCan (RonPaul2012)

      • Old Henry

        Bob Livingston:

        Lately I have been hearing rumbles of a brokered convention in August. Many folks are sure Ron Paul will be the nominee. Do you think this is how the “good guys”, as Bix calls them, will get him in there and then into the WH?

        I know it sounds convoluted, but there is SO much that does, and has, go on behind the curtain. Maybe just wishful thinking.

        You have been at this for decades as a way of life and business. I have tried to keep up to speed since I was 14, but life always got in the way. Now maybe I have too much time on my hands.

        Old Henry

        • http://www.boblivingstonletter.com/ Bob Livingston

          Dear Old Henry,

          I’m afraid a brokered convention is the only way he will get in. The sheeple are far too inebriated on beer, chips, McDonald’s, American Idol and the Kardashians to understand why they must vote for him. And the war fever that grips those who pay a modicum of attention is causing massive delirium.

          Best wishes,
          Bob

          • Tom W.

            “If you’re going to sell your soul, you don’t do it for a Happy Meal without the fries.”
            Syndicated columist – Charles Krauthammer

          • Old Henry

            Thanks Bob. I am araid you are correct as the more I talk with folks the more I experience the glassy stare.

      • Tom W.

        Bob, one of the best cartoons I ever saw was one of this little boy, standing at his dad’s feet, looking up at him and asking, “Dad, if George Washington really never told a lie, then how did he get to be president?” Hilarious yet soooo sad!!!

  • Jon

    Frankly, I don’t think Ron Paul, or anyone next year, will be able to stop the financial disaster which is coming. He could ease the pain a bit. Most of the others would continue to keep their heads in the sand, looking for someone [else] to blame it on.

    • Old Henry

      As the DI would shout: Hut, two, three, four…. There’s no sense in lookin’ down! There’s no food stamps on the gorund…

      • Tom W.

        Hit me OH! I’M WIDE OPEN!!!

  • http://erniec78@verizon.net Ernie Contri

    My fellow Americans, We must all think positive. Ron Paul Must win. President Obama made his 3rd State Of The Union speach Tuesday evening Jan.24 2012. all I heard was a lot of hot air. That he’s going to do this and change that He’s going to create new jobs. how can he stand there and tell the american people that were brain washed by the Media and bankers? how can you help people and make, promises when you need help yourself? He never talks about our worst enemy, The Federal Reserve. how can our country keep operating on borrowed money. Everybody we help, every bailout, or every dollar we spend is all borrowed money. Our country has big problems and in the worst shape It’s ever been. I feel that the only hope that our country and the people have is Ron Paul. He is the only candidate that talks about getting rid of The Federal Reserve. I know that he will do many things to help America and the people. I hope this comment could reach all americans and before they vote for the wrong man. I would like them to take notice that the media only talks about Romney ans gingrich and never talk about Ron Paul, because they don’t want him elected. remember the power of the press. Don’t let them get away with It. Ron Paul!–Ron Paul!–Ron Paul! GOD BLESS

    • Old Henry

      Ernie:

      Little Barry has NO intention of doing anything he spewed on 1/24/12. It was a campaign speach with Buffet’s secretary as a stage prop.

      He had COMPLETE control of Congress for TWO years and did NOTHING other than ram an unconstitutional “healthcare” bill down the throats of the American people against their will.

      On 1/17/12 he and Mooch went to a popular DC resturant fo celebrate her 48th birthday with $81 steaks. The resturant has what they call an Obama Burger on the menu. I figure it’s an empty bunn.

      • Tom W.

        Look…. Let me be clear. You’re going to take it, you’re going to like it, and you’re going to SMILE while you’re getting IT! OMG, (OBAMA MUST GO!!!) OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • MJ

      I agree, Ron Paul must win. My son made a comment to me the other day about the last GOP debate. He said Ron Paul just started going on and on about his platform and that he couldn’t win a debate against Obama. Then I thought about this for a bit and I must say that that has been the problem the whole time. The whole idea of debate pits one against the other. It has created no success within our government. They simply agree to disagree, and what benefit has that been for the American people?
      Ron Paul approaches this election with ONE thing in mind, getting our nation back to being the strong nation it once was. There are issues that must be dealt with. This is not a ping pong game. Everyone needs to be on the same page about this. Ron Paul is the only man offering real coherent approaches to fixing the massive problems we have right now. He is the ONLY man for the job of president.
      RON PAUL 2012

  • Ann Wilson Kingsley

    Ron Paul vows to abolish the Federal Income Tax. Tea Party talk about lowering taxes and changing tax systems was completely hollow: Tea Party coalitions are not endorsing Ron Paul, and neither is Sarah Palin. The Tea Party endorsed the incompetent Fair Tax over abolition of the Federal Income Tax, so they are not even for competent economic and fiscal policy. Quite frankly, I feel totally scammed by the Tea Party and wish I had never put my time in on the organization because our nation’s greatest problem is economic. The Tea Party is standing in the way of fiscal and economic recovery for our nation. I’m about to decide the MSM is correct, although for a different reason: The Tea Party is a dangerous group. They are killing our country economically just like the Socialists are. I decided the Tea Party is just a bunch of crazed religious fanatics, and I am an Evangelical Christian myself. I had no idea that Santorum was a bizarre fanatic on social issues.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      What a leftist phony you are.

      • Old Henry

        Now, now Nadzieja. Remember, civil discourse, civil discourse.

      • Tom W.

        Give her hell Naddy!!! I don’t know what flavor Kool-Aid That she’s been drinking, but has definately over indulged! Someone give her a breathalyzer, it had to be spiked!!! How is whom ever we elect president going to be able to stop a world wide economic melt down?!! We seem to forget sometimes that this problem is world wide in scope! As Stevie Ray Vaughn said, “It’s time to get ready for the storm!”
        Naddy, I wish to apologize for my response to you the other day, I mistakenly thought you were one of THEM!!! I’m sorry girlfriend, I pray that you’ll accept.
        Keep your eyes on the skies!!!

    • Old Henry

      Ann:

      The TEA Party has been co-opted by the Republican elite – can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em and co-opt ‘em.

      The the best of my knowledge The Sarah has not endorsed anybody. She simply stated last week that if she were voting in S.C. she would vote for Newt TO KEEP THINGS GOING. In other words she did not want Romney to be “annoited” by the GOP elite.

      • Deerinwater

        All birds of a feather regardless their label and banner.

        Some are the “cause” and some the “effect”, and there is no cure, the dream dreaming the dreamer.

        It’s made complicate for a purpose. It’s salesmanship, features and benefits! See through windows and rotating tires. Won’t rust, bust or collect dust.

        48 % of the people pay no taxes! Well, does that include old folks, children, the incarcerated, people that don’t make enough to get by , people in the hospital on their death bed? What does that 48% “really” represent? anybody know? Is that 48% of 327 million people? roughly 157 million people that don’t pay taxes.

        I pay 21 to 23 % in federal alone and then all the other’s , thank god ,there is no state income tax.

        I was watching Karl Rove tonight on Bill O’Really. The argument is that the wealthy collectively pay the most in taxes which justifies someone like Romney paying 14.5% .

        So? ~Hmm? okay we can use the “collective” when it serve our purpose and then use the individual when it serves our purpose.

        Okay ~ I think I got it. So all the wealthy really don’t pay high taxes after all? or is it just some of them? So the more you make the less you really have to pay? Because you really pay more collectively?

        So~ more people making less, so they must pay more?

        So when we say “more”, more what? more people? or more money? or a greater percentage?

        We seem to have less people paying less but paying more collectively or at least that is the claim.

        So can a person make so much that they need not pay nothing? I think so.

        Be careful what to hitch your wagon to if you plan on going far.

        • Tom W.

          Deer, you are deeper than whale poop man! Did you do the brown acid at Woodstock dude?!! The rich are righteous in their claim that the tax burden now rests almost exclusively on their poor little feeble shoulder’s, they’re not used to having to bare any burdens you know! “For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and they lay them on mens’ shoulders; but they themselves wll not move them with one of their fingers.” – Matthew 23:4. But they should’ve thought about that when they ALLOWED all of our middle class jobs to be shipped overseas where they could take advantage of the $14 a day slave labor boondoogle! They forgot that what made us the greatest country that has ever existed was for one the God given freedom that we enjoy in this Promised Land, and two that we were totally self sufficient in that there was nothing that we needed that wasn’t made right here in the good ole’ USA! There is something fundamentally wrong with living high on the hog here in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave by exploiting SLAVE labor overseas!!! Did they actually think that they were going to get to count the beans forever?!! So, NO WHINING!!!

          Matthew 16:1-4 (KJV)
          “The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.”

        • Old Henry

          Deer:

          It is conveniently overlooked that the money that buys those investments was most likely taxed at 35% before it was invested. So, the effective tax is about 50%.

  • http://4 robert kuczera

    why is there no “main street media ” coverage of JP MORGAN / CHASE BANK transfer of $79 TRILLION in euro bond “guarentees” to being insured by the FDIC?
    the following week bank of america transferred $75 TRILLION in euro bond guarentees (insurance) to coverage by the FDIC.
    the “DODD _ FRANK” bill prohibited / omitted any reporting or tracking of derivitives.
    $154 TRILLION ADDED TO THE DEBT BY THIS ADMINISTRATION
    HYPERINFLATION IS GUARENTEED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Old Henry

      robert:

      The MSM is basically owned by those outfits. (And no, I cannot find the links I saved a while back. My “puter” is gettin’ like my garage and basement…)

  • http://yahoo.com ted

    ann the only dangerous people running for president right now is obama and ron paul and u will vote for one or the other im sure. im tea party and im a hard working american 6 days a week for over 42 years. my company will cotinue giving drug tests even if your nutcase paul legalizes drugs.cant wait till your grandchildren are in your backyard smoking dope and u cant do nothing about it. by the way i have gotten high many times when i was young. too bad we didnt have paul then.grow up and watch out what u wish for.

    • cawmun cents

      Sumbuddy needta go back ta Craigslist.
      -CC.

    • MJ

      I am for Ron Paul and I think marijuana should be legalized but not any of the other drugs. This does not put me at odds with Ron Paul but rather puts the rep. from my state in the position of standing in my behalf on the issue. The difference is Ron Paul is a man that will hear the people while the others in both parties consider us something to be seen and not heard. By the way, I also think that alcohol should be illegal.

  • Lawrence Ekdahl

    Forget the wheelbarrow. It didn’t do Germany any good. Maybe we should start to get ready to stock up on things to have that will be good for a bartering economy.

  • robert shrugged.

    well whats next?

    • FreedomFighter

      Iran preparing now for Armageddon

      Select fighters being described as ‘Soldiers of Imam Mahdi’

      Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has held several secret meetings with his economic and military advisers in recent days to prepare for the possibility of war with the United States.

      http://www.wnd.com/2012/01/iran-preparing-now-for-armageddon/

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

  • robert shrugged.

    well this election will decide when we disolve into a socialist dictatorship and we then will know when we can have an end to all our dreams and futures since there will not be anything left to operate this nation and people in a sane world which will have disappeared. real progress right? I think not, but that is where we are headed.

  • Tazio2013

    Musing on Our Times with The Ol’ Grey Ghost

    With the “Great Disruption” being a logical, if not a realistic, certainty then the next question on everyone’s mind is “When will it happen?” Some suggest that it will never happen as those great minds that work for the governments will pull a proverbial rabbit-out-of-a-hat and solve the whole problem. These people suffer from a certain selective amnesia in that they forget it was these great minds that got themselves into this situation in the first place.

    Others, suffering from a certain amount of alarmist paranoia tell us that it will happen tomorrow. Of course it could happen tomorrow but these people said the same thing about the day before yesterday. We must sort through it all with a finely tuned grain of salt and with that I will venture out to make my own guess of the timing of all this (please don’t hold me to it as I am only human and I don’t have the gift of prophecy or any inside information from any government agency). I do hinge my timeline on the outcomes of certain political races as they have the key to slow the rate of deterioration but not stop it entirely.

    If there is a legitimate regime change in 2013, such as if Ron Paul or another libertarian-minded candidate should be elected President along with a libertarian majority in the Congress, then this catastrophe could be held up till 2021, which gives the more prudent among us the time to prepare to survive it. It can not be stopped because there are too many powerful people who make large profits off of the decline of the U.S. and they will do everything in their considerable power to thwart a single man like Ron Paul at every turn, possibly including turning him into the next martyr for the cause of liberty like “John, Bobby, and Martin.”

    http://www.olgreyghost.blogspot.com/2012/01/great-correction-great-recession.html

  • RevNowWhileWeCan

    I’m a GenX, 1st time voting, Paultard.

  • DaveH

    I was setting up my wireless printer today and while investigating my modem ran across a listing of websites that my computer had corresponded with. There were several communications with hq.nasa.gov, a site that I’ve never personally accessed. Odd, huh? Government snooping? I wouldn’t doubt it.

    • Deerinwater

      Symptoms of Paranoid Personality Disorder
      A pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others such that their motives are interpreted as malevolent, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by four (or more) of the following:

      Suspects, without sufficient basis, that others are exploiting, harming, or deceiving him or her
      Is preoccupied with unjustified doubts about the loyalty or trustworthiness of friends or associates
      Is reluctant to confide in others because of unwarranted fear that the information will be used maliciously against him or her
      Reads hidden demeaning or threatening meanings into benign remarks or events
      Persistently bears grudges, i.e., is unforgiving of insults, injuries, or slights
      Perceives attacks on his or her character or reputation that are not apparent to others and is quick to react angrily or to counterattack
      Has recurrent suspicions, without justification, regarding fidelity of spouse or sexual partner

  • George Somsel

    With Ron Paul you would need to convert your dollars to pesos.

  • Hop-a-long

    If anyone other than Dr. Ron Paul is elected, it will be business as usual. You can take that to the bank.

    • Deerinwater

      Today, business is not as usual. Have you not hear all the growling and complaining?

      For three years now, some have been very upset as they loose their position and standings at the feed trough.

      Some had been very unhappy with this change.

  • T Osborne

    There are alot of ways to cut spending and save America Mr upcoming President. One that I think would change America for the better, would be to get alot tougher on criminals,for example: Murderers,rapist child molesters, should automaticley get the death penalty if DNA proves them guilty,saving millions in defence and execution cost by using a firing squad within 30 days, and 75,000 a year to house each inmate that we tax payers pay. By doing this,over half of the prisons could be shut down, crime would all but stop,saving billions. All other criminals, 2 strikes your out and,in the Army under tough platoon sargents! We don’t need prisons to house gangsters and people who only want to harm socity, so if they don’t love America, we don’t need them! This would save Mega billions! So Why not? God bless America, and Any president who has the balls to do what is needed for America, and not just be there for the builderburgers and the world bankers. Look at every candidates voting history, and vote for the man who truly loves the USA, and don’t back down for anyone!

  • Holdon

    A Cop pulled me over, claimed I was speeding.

    He kept my Drivers License (my DL was expired) , which is property of mime.

    So now some cop has my state issued I.D., and I cant get my identity back unless I jump through hoops.

    I had an expired License, would take two minutes.

    After a cop confiscates your DL/Id Not so easy.

    • Deerinwater

      No, it not easy. You now must produce three forums of ID and satisfy the states requirements for DL.

      After 9-11, such matters as ID’s demand more. Which of coarse is not that big of problem for a career criminal as he already in the business of producing fraudulent documents, so what’s one or two more?

      You are guilty of failure to comply and any other charge they find that might apply. Where you know it or not, you have just been employed by government, you now work for government and not for yourself.

      Congratulation!

      The notion is, that driving is a privilege and not a “right”.

      You have the right to fail, if you refuse to accept this right, failure will be assigned to you.

      Good luck and TCB my friend.

    • MJ

      The same thing happened to me Holden, only it was 20 years ago in Maine where only the Secretary of State can do take your license.

      • MJ

        Remove the word do.

  • Barry Lott

    Ron Paul- Truths shall keep marching on.Sound Money is biblical.If you go to war the bible says go to war with good advice. Also do away with the IRS. Insurance, car, health, home ,boat ,pet , ect. Insurance is a thief. Each person needs to have their agreement with their doctor.Churchs need to do their part much better for the unemployed and poor . Also for the sick PRAY FOR them!! No health problems. Live free. This deceives us saying you need health insurance your going to get sick most your life and you will die. ( So pay us because we told you so.) Come On America . Ron Paul is correct we need him to be our Chief of America. He is NOT Out for himself or his family but every American’s Family. Grand- Fathers know BEST!! On foreign policy he is also CORRECT. He as President provides the facts to Congress and they DECLARE WAR on GOOD ADVICE. He would be the BEST President maybe EVER. Since we have TRuly the worse President Now. What a change that would be. We the People would become much more United. Because it is all about The America People. We have a divided Nation under GOD. Let’s be United under God by Dr. Ron Paul’s leadership. Go America Go Ron Paul.

  • http://911justasking.com metroman

    Wyatt go watch 911justasking.com and you will fly your flag up side down. Sorry it is what it is, and facts are facts. Remember a conspiracy theory is a guess and facts change it to a conspiracy. What you are watching are facts and not guesses. Watch it before you call this a “conspiracy theory”.

  • Earl, QUEENS, NY

    Ron Paul Or A Wheelbarrow? LOL!! I have better ideas. Perhaps we can get Herman Cain and/or Michelle Bachmann back into the 2012 race. If not, I believe Rick Santorum is the next best choice. As for ‘Ron Paul Or A Wheelbarrow?’ ….. Maybe I’d choose the latter!!!!

  • Allen Gibson

    If you watch the main stream media you will never know this fact…..RON PAUL IS GOING TO BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT,,,DO THE MATH

  • JIM PRICE

    I believe as you, that Ron Paul is the best candidate, but we are too small a majority. All the liberals will vote for Obama and most of America may vote for Mitt, Newt or smoe other but not Ron Paul.

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