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Ron Paul criticizes bailouts, Patriot Act

December 11, 2008 by  

Capitol Hill is mismanaging funds, Paul saysThe U.S. government is headed in "the wrong direction" by giving bailout money to various groups who have asked for it, according to Representative Ron Paul.

Speaking to Newsmax, the former presidential candidate said that he opposes bailouts from both an economic and philosophical standpoint.

"I find it to be bad economics. I find it bad morally to transfer wealth from one group of people to another no matter what kind of problems they have," he told the news provider.

The politician has been an outspoken advocate for a self-correcting market, with minimal government interference.

In the interview, Paul also spoke out in favor of a gold-backed currency, which would prevent the Fed from creating money "out of thin air" with nothing to support it, a measure he claimed may destroy the dollar.

Paul’s opposition to the Patriot Act has also been widely reported – and it shows no signs of softening.

He told Newsmax that far from protecting Americans, "all it’s done is regulate people…the people are less free, but the fact that we haven’t had an attack is probably just a coincidence."
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  • AL TRAUTMAN

    THE TOTAL OF BOTH PARTIES HAVE BURNED US (U.S.). The problem with both parties is that they are controlled by the Council On Foreign Relations. GWB, GWHB, Clinton, Powell, John Kerry, MANY others and Obama who has a wife involved with the organization that he “knows nothing about”.

    Powell stated recently (when he attacked Rush, “the country will NOT be controlled by the people who HAVE run this country”. Bill Clinton at a seminar at a college made the statement “White rule will be coming to an end in the next 25 years”.

    The policy of open borders, paying money for these people coming here, putting 15 million PLUS on welfare and S/S, even most have not paid into they system is not what bothers me. The fact that this organization would deliberately MAKE it happen is what bothers me. Prescott Bush sold diesel to the Germans during WW2 (along with David Rockefeller) who stated “browns would be easier to control that either the blacks OR whites.

    I would LOVE to see a country focusing on making it WORK HERE, not exporting jobs, having industry HERE, that includes having a manufacturing base that WOULD
    keep CHINA from becoming the strongest country in the world. Clinton pushed NAFTA/GWB pushed CAFTA and the Fed is printing ink/paper that does NOT represent real money.

    As Thomas Jefferson stated “We either hang together OR hang seperately”.

    It is time that we recognize that our politicians are playing us together, importing hate and selling us out. BOTH PARTIES ARE INVOLVED TO PROMOTING THIS SO-CALLED GLOBALI$M….GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

  • Bob Livingston

    Ron Paul is accurate on all accounts here. Ron Paul would have made a great President. Unfortunately America’s corrupt 2-party puppet system will never allow someone like Paul to have a descent shot at the Presidency.

    • Ken Knudsen

      I agree with you 100%. He is better than all the rest out together. He would have this country back in order in no time. Also he is one off the few honest one’s out there.

    • Jake Mcguin

      I neither supported Obama nor voted for him. But:

      As a university economist I can not disagree more. WIth Ron Paul as president we would see an end to the middle-class in this country. The U.S. would, most likely, be like India with a small percentage of super-rich and the rest of the country being an ultra-lower earning class. We have lived the supply-side Reaganomic experiment for over 28 years and its failure is now becoming evident. Greed leads to dishonesty. Money not “redistributed” down from the wealthy ruling class does not fuel our economic engine. A bubble up approach is considered a valid approach even by my non knee-jerk Libertarian collegues who actually make up most of the mainstream Libertarian econonmic thinking.
      Monetary percentage gains should start with the lower earners who, in turn, will spend it on goods and services thus bubbling up, through all steps, manufacturing, brokering, retail, and so on of the economy.

    • Connie Johnson

      I agree wholeheartedly. Ron Paul should try again in 2012, but run on the Republican ticket!

  • 2SHEA

    RP is helpless to do anything about rampant corruption. He’s only one person!
    “Change” begins with the voters, who are supposed to be smart enough to elect honest leaders.
    We have permitted, by our own ignorance, the wealthy/elite to install whatever puppets they have chosen for us!
    Don’t blame Ron Paul for the blind obedience of the ObamaZombies. They’re going to get just what they deserve!
    Ron Paul suggested sensible solutions to our financial problems. But it’s too late…we’re all screwed now!
    Everything Ron Paul warned us about, years ago, is happening today! Ironic,… isn’t it? The MSM labeled Mr Paul a “whacko” for his ideas….
    The dumb masses believed all the MSM lies and voted for a Socialistic USURPER! And BHO is filling the vacancies with Clintonite Liberals and Chicago crooks!
    If BHO changes our Constitution and surrenders our sovereignty… by 2012, people will vote a lot differently!
    IMO…there will be a renewed interest in Ron Paul and his supposedly “whacko” ideas during Oman’s first term…
    Hopefully, by the next election, the Constitution and our sovereignty will still be salvageable.

    • Josette

      I so wish Ron Paul would have won were so scrude now everyone will see the bad choices they’ve made and hopefully it wont be to late, I’ll keep my guns and my freedom obama can keep the change.

  • Barry

    I am not a Ron Paul follower but with hind site I like him better than McCain now.

    Too bad the media paints him in a bad way.

  • Chuck Molinari

    Ron Paul’s wrong on the Patriot Act. Just one of these Patriot Act foes should lay out a case for why the Patriot Act is harmful. Who’s lost their civil liberties as a result of the Act? It’s not permanent, so why does it continue to be renewed? Probably because it works.

    • aj

      Surely you gest! We now have wire tapping, travel restrictions, money and severe banking restrictions due to the so-called Patriot Act. Trust me….they TELL you it isn’t permanent—–but, it IS!!! Now they want to re-write the Constitution, so any of the FEW liberties you have left will be stripped away.
      Wake Up!!!

      • Chuck Molinari

        Yes, they can tap phones lines. Tapping phone lines has been a tool crime fighters have had at their disposal forever. They’re not pulling names out of a hat when identifying targets for wiretap. I’m all for tapping the lines of suspicious characters. I want to prevent another 9/11. If someone doesn’t want their phone tapped, they shouldn’t get involved in illegal activities. As far as the banks are concerned – what’s the problem. The authorities want to know where huge chunks of money are coming from? Travel restrictions? I don’t enjoy taking off my shoes for ICE and I think shaking down someone’s grandmother at the airport is ridiculous, but it’s for our safety. I’d be the first guy to agree with you if I saw Big Brother overstepping its boundaries, but they’re after bad guys, not you and me.

        • aj

          Your thinking is exactly what the grassroots organizations are attempting to educate us on…..that the “sheeple” will fall prey to their so-called logical agenda until they can totally take over the masses. There WERE no terrorists on 9/11 and it was an “inside job”…..so just WHOM are they protecting us from???
          Here is a list of what IS going on and what WILL be going on….We have the choice of either putting our head in the sand or educating ourselves. I hope you do the latter…
          I want to give you a list of things and thoughts that all governments today want and are skillfully maneuvering for, especially in the United States and the United Kingdom. There is no particular order or priority.

          Make Christianity just “another religion.”
          Mongrelize religions into a New World Order brotherhood of man and “love.”
          Group control vs. individualism or individualism vs. “the greater good.”
          “Same sex marriages,” an expression of sodomy.
          Thought and language control.
          Feminization of males.
          Wide promotion of the contradictory term Judeo-Christian.
          Absolute medical control.
          Book burning to erase truths from the public mind/mind control.
          Multiculturalism.
          British Israelism—Zionism under a Christian front.
          Use of Patriotism as a front for increasing control of the American people.
          Organized religion a tool of the system.
          No-win wars/control all sides.
          Public education to control the public mind.
          Military industrial complex is part of the fascist state.
          Destruction of the family unit—transfer children to the state defacto.
          Racial mongrelization.
          Euthanasia to limit aging population, except for the elite.
          Gradually destroy the Social Security system.
          Keep the public from preserving their savings with propaganda against gold and silver.
          Abortion/murder of the unborn as birth control.
          Synthetic vitamins as chemical food.
          Wage wars perpetually.
          Paper money to enslave and steal the savings of the middle class.
          Reduce and destroy the middle class.
          Illegal immigration.
          Free love.
          Promote drugs (legal and illegal) and criminality.
          Commercial food processors to manufacture and sell synthetic foodless foods.
          Mass immunization and inoculations.
          Kill inheritances.
          Propaganda on every subject originated by the state.
          Use of created myths and counter myths to confuse the people.
          Dumb down the population with public education.
          International New World Order.
          Wide use of the word “democracy” to cover for state fascism—same as Nazi Germany.
          Gun control for non-criminals.
          Secret societies.
          Medication of water and food with legalized food poison like chlorine and aspartame.
          Destroy Christian morality and the Ten Commandments so the people don’t know right from wrong.
          Confiscate real property with taxes.
          Control agriculture by creating agri-farms using hybrid seeds.
          Use herbicides, pesticides, etc. to kill the land and cause estrogen dominance (cancer).
          Democrat/Republican—uniparty.
          Create obsession with sports and Hollywood frivolity.
          Mass litigation to funnel wealth to a privileged society who hold titles of nobility, namely lawyers.
          Control all local and state police with secret societies.
          Promote obesity and diabetes through soft drinks made from high fructose corn syrup… placing vending machines in public schools and businesses.
          Destruction of respect for human life and silent promotion of pedoph

    • s c mailen, jr.

      Chuck, a good way to defend yourself against power-hungry politicians is to understand the difference between what they say and what they MEAN. Just because something sounds good doesn’t mean it will be positive or helpful.
      At the moment, America has much in common with Nazi Germany. Germany got what they wanted – and they and the world paid for it. America needed new leadership, but we didn’t get it. Politicians ALWAYS promise much. They rarely deliver.
      America is a tragedy in progress, and Washington will not help us. Dig deep, and see the Patriot Act for what it is not.

  • R.C.

    Y’all want to end the merry-go-round of American politics where We The People always seem to lose. Get rid of congress (both houses), the American legal system and laws and institute common law in its place (except actulal criminal laws like murder, rape, robbery etc.) and institute 3 fundamental tenets of common law which are; (1) Do no man harm in his person; no harm in his property and your word is your bond. Thats it.
    Talk about being a free people, you betchum! Here is something to think about regarding our present system of government.
    We’ve always been told that We The People are the Sovereigns and our reps and others in various govt. positions are our public servants, – really? Please tell me how a public servant can make laws that I the Sovereign must obey and still be addressed as a public servant? Do you think our respective roles have been reversed? How is it that if and when I go into a courtroom I, the Sovereign must stand for the public servant (judge).
    Do you think our “free” society just might be an illusion and We The People have been very much deceived.
    Wake up Americans and take YOUR country back!!!

  • aj

    R.C.,
    I couldn’t agree with you more. We also need to abolish the Fed, IRS and all the other 3-letter organizations :)

  • Chuck Molinari

    AJ, As a social/fiscal conservative catholic, I agree with almost everything you’ve said, except 911 being a inside job. That’s nuts. Otherwise, you’ve got a good handle on what’s going on, especially on the issue of life.

    • Harold Sutton

      Your wrong Chuck, 9-11 was very much an inside job. Those planes have an “overide” on their autopilots, it is impossible to hijack a airplane and has been since the mid 1980s since it can be controled from the ground reguardless of what the pilot or co-pilot want. Every plane that has crashed in the last 20 years is because someone was on that plane that might divulge a secret that the real controllers of the world want to remain hidden. Think about this one thing, how can a 110 story building fall straight down on its own footprint without explosives? Remember the elevator shafts were welded, not bolted together. Only thermite can cut reinforced steel and that has to be done at an angle, on each floor. There exists a slow motion film of each floor of one of those two towers pancaking, floor by floor, flashes happen before each floor collaspes.

      • Salmon

        So what you are telling us is the hijackers(mostly reported to be Saudis) did this as a favor to whom? How did they simulate the airliners flying into the towers? (live or memorex) I wonder what you folks are sniffing!

  • aj

    Chuck,
    I thought the same thing as you …..that’s nuts. UNTIL I started doing the research out there! Scientific research, btw.
    Go on this search link and read til you heart’s content…..you will come away in shock once you learn the truth. Also, btw, all the links I have saved since 9/11 have been removed from the internet, or I would send you the ones I researched. Gee…..I wonder WHY they were removed.
    Copy and paste this long link below into your internet browser….

    http://www.google.com/custom?domains=www.prisonplanet.com&q=9%2F11+coverup&sitesearch=&client=pub-0849512753345323&forid=1&channel=6431649143&ie=ISO-8859-1&oe=ISO-8859-1&cof=GALT%3A%23003366%3BGL%3A1%3BDIV%3A%23666666%3BVLC%3AFFFFFF%3BAH%3Acenter%3BBGC%3AFFFFFF%3BLBGC%3A000033%3BALC%3A000000%3BLC%3A000000%3BT%3A000000%3BGFNT%3AFFFFFF%3BGIMP%3AFFFFFF%3BLH%3A50%3BLW%3A243%3BL%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fpropagandamatrix.com%2Fimages%2Faugust2006%2F240806pp.jpg%3BS%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.prisonplanet.com%3BFORID%3A1&hl=en

  • R.C.

    Thanks AJ. I also agree with you on the alphabet agencies also especially the IRS as I was a guest of the feds for 5 yrs. for failing to file a return. My only wish is for our fellow citizens to wake up and restore our freedoms and peace not via a constitution, but common decency, respect and honesty in our dealings with each other. BTW, a common law jury is the power. They question the litigants and then retire to decide the verdict. No lawyers involved. no laws to learn. A very simple system that ALL could benefit from.
    God Bless you and all freedom loving Americans.

  • madjimp

    3rd parties are NOT the solution... The Bullmoose Party, led to Wilson who brought in the Income Tax, over the objections of a Supreme Court judge who said it was UNCONSTITUTIONAL, the League of Nations, which led to the UN, Perot who let those clintons in ,and Ron Paul who helped Ombuma win!
    The wealth of America, is in these words:

    “Then fight then we must,when our cause it is just,
    And this be our motto,IN GOD IS OUR TRUST,
    And the Star Spangled Banner,forever,will wave
    O’er the land of the FREE,and the home of the Brave.”
    (Francis Scott Key)

    mjp

    • David

      Numerically Obama didn’t need help from anybody, since he won a clear majority. Psychologically is another matter. Ron Paul certainly brought the debate over the war to the republican party. That is when people started realizing that a lot of other things he said made sense, too.

      We must begin to phase out the Federal Reserve. It is the cause of all the malinvestment. It creates the bubbles that set us up for very hard times. We can start by allowing competing currencies.

      • madjimp

        Dear David
        The essence of true Republicanism is "the Party," not "the Person". By holding his counter — convention, Ron Paul just showed that he was just a poor loser, since it was the party that declared McCain to be the party standard. Personally I voted for Huckabee, but when the party chose John as the

        candidate, then I went with the clear majority position. I blame Ron Paul for causing an unnecessary schism, by his little pity party. as far as B.O. having the majority, 52% to 48% is hardly
        a landslide!
        Obliviously, those who did support the party, are not about to fall in-step with a person that they did NOT want. As far as I’m concerned, this is just another Daily thug who, if you remember his father and how he had all his nice policeman bash
        the Yippies over their punkin’ heads, seems to be totally in-step with his (Daily’s) party. as they present the wonderful “change” of
        ‘Clinton3/Carter4′.
        Like Hilary and Powell,Ron has become another turncoat Republican,much like Javits,who
        joined all the Democrats in pushing for Women’s
        Rights.
        The problem has been,forgetting our roots
        in the Party of Washington,Jefferson,Lincoln,and Teddy Roosevelt we have compromised our principles to play nice-nice with the Democrats, who never play nice,with anyone.
        We are the party of Freedom,not “Mispec Moor” ( “Compromise”,see James Branch Cable’s “Figures of Earth”) .
        Oh, ye Republicans, look upon Mt. Rushmore, and remember whence we came,and reclaim the USA,as One Nation Under GOD!
        mjp

        • David

          Please watch “Freedom to Fascism” by the late Aaron Russo

          I just deleted a couple hours worth of ranting that just would have ticked you off. Essentially, though, if you knew what I do, you would not be so hard on Ron Paul. You could watch that and be better informed than by my rants.

    • Salmon

      Ron Paul did not help Obamanomics (chains we can believe in) get in the whitehouse; ignoramuses who wanted a foreigner to be the Pres did!

  • Ralpho

    We hav’nt been attacted again because Ben Laden knows that as long as Bush is in command what damage he could do to USA would be insignificant.

    • Salmon

      Thats a funny! Ha Ha! Obamanomics = GWBX20!

  • William Franklin Openshaw

    Everyone has insightfull comments – yet there is one area of thought that has not been touched upon. I quote from Proverbs 14:34. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

    There is a beautiful old print that hangs in Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia. It is captioned “the first Prayer in Congress, Setember 1774.” It depicts most of the members of that Congress on their knees with George Washington, our first President, as leader.

    Recall the terrible winter at Valley Forge and Washington on his knees, praying for
    divine aid. Think of the words of Abraham Lincoln during another time of crisis as he
    said humbly: “I have been driven many times to my knees by the ovewhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.” He also said “God rules this world. It is the
    duty of nations as well as men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of
    God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow… and to recognize the sublime truth that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”

    The founding fathers knew that “where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2
    Corinthians 3:17.) The United States of America began and lives as a result of faith
    in God. The Bible has been and is the foundation for this faith. “It is impossible to
    govern the world without the Bible,” said George Washington. “The Bible is the rock
    on which this Republic rests,” Andrew Jackson proclaimed.

    Think of the greatness of America, the world’s greatest power. During World War II
    she outproduced both her enemies and her allies which was “the American miracle.”

    And now look at us. We have and ever increasing crime record. We have become a
    nation of pleasure-seekers and Sabbath breakers. Look how many marriages end
    in divorce. We have an alarming streadly increasing number of sexually transmitted
    diseases. Infidelity and adultery are everywhere. We live in a day of slick,quiet and clever sins. It is made easy to cover up. Moral stability, integrity and love of country
    are in freefall. We seek for the honors of men. We want something for nothing. The
    tendency is to lean more and more on government for our ever-increasing demands,
    even though they are economically, socially and spiritually unsound.

    There has been a nationwide erosion of individual character. Jefferson’s words still
    ring true: “Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction.”
    Remember how proudly in generations past we spoke of the “American way of life.”
    Our basic American concepts, our constitutional government have been based on a
    fundamental belief in God.

    It has been said “the destiny of the world is in the hands of those statesmen who can
    interpret faithfully the commands of the Almighty.” Can our national leaders do this?
    Can they interpret faithfully the commands of the Almighty? Can we as citizens of this
    blessed land? Do we believe that “righteousness exalteth a nation,”and that there is
    safety only in righteous living?????

    • Salmon

      Amen to that! Righteous living is all that is left: they took God out of our schools, and now all we hear is cursing and gunshots in the halls. Supreme court ruled we don’t want to have children look on the 10 Commandments and possibly obey them, that is the undesirable result! Grease the skids, and look out below!

  • Kenny

    Ron Paul would have made a great President in my opinion – far more fair than any other choice. And the media? They are totally biased. Always have been.

  • Eric g

    I dont think a little socialism will hurt us so much , True I’am not happy with the bailouts , and the bonuses . The republicans were also in favor of the bailouts . and I believe they championed the bonuses . Yes I loved the freedom Ron Pual said he thought we should have ., but he would have been totally swamped with problems doing these things he said he believed in . Its one thing to say it and its another thing to do it . As a christian country we never have refused to help those in need .
    I was happy the republicans lost , becuase i think they transfered more taxes onto the poorest workers , Healthcare costs are also now the same as taxes , Isnt it the government that grants the licence to the health care workers , forbiding anyone else from doing the job ,isnt it the government that builds the expensive facilities .. doesnt the government collect social security taxes . These expenses were tranfered more to the average working class . So it is not uncomman for over 50% of a families income to be spent on health care and social security . If the republicans ever hope to win another election , they should concentrate on making it possible to support your self on a below average income . But all i ever heard from republicans was the guys that make a lot should be able to keep their money . And I think thats the way they really think too. There is plenty of ways to lower social security and health care costs . But we are going to have to step on sombodies fingers and toes . some have these fingers have very big gold diamonds on them . Republicans do have some great ideas such as competition and free enterprize , but they generaly want a lot of laws protecting their buisness ,so it doesnt even resemble free enterprize .

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