Ron Paul: How Corrupt Dictators Rip Off American Taxpayers

Ron Paul explains how corrupt dictators rip off American taxpayers, suppress their own people and accumulate huge amounts of ill-gotten gains.

Date: 02/07/2011


Neil Cavuto: Well, if the military can’t force him to stand down, leave it to Hosni Mubarak to try and just pay them off. Welcome, everybody. I’m Neil Cavuto and Fox, on top of some shady Cairo dealings going down, reports today: President Mubarak’s government just approved 50% pay raises for each and every one of the country’s six million government workers. Apparently the country’s got the dough. Or should I say, Hosni’s got the dough. How about 70 billion bucks of it! That’s how much the guy is said to be worth. Not bad for government work. But he isn’t getting it off of a government salary. He’s getting it off of… well, us!

Now you know where a lot of that foreign aid we’ve been giving him has been going. All the more reason for Texas Congressman Ron Paul to demand, “Time for all of this to start ending!” The Congressman joins me on the phone right now. Congressman, I guess this is all the indication you need to prove your basic point that when you give a lot of money to a suspect government, this is the kind of stuff that happens.

Ron Paul: Yeah, I think we have been proving our point, but it’s a pretty expensive way to learn a lesson. But I’m not even sure we’ve learned our lesson. Next week or next month or so, there will be a new dictator over there, and I don’t think the money will quit. I think they’ll keep sending the money. And then there will be a new group come in and rip us off. The American people should know about this. They should object to it. When we’re prosperous, they don’t seem to mind too much. But now that we’re in trouble, maybe they’ll wake up and say, “60-70 billion dollars to people who rip us off?! Maybe we ought to quit.” But I’m afraid they’re only going to quit when we go totally bankrupt and our monetary system doesn’t work at all.

Neil Cavuto: Well, you know, sadly, Congressman, you were way ahead of this. And I’ve started crunching the numbers here with our staff. It is staggering. Our foreign assistance bill alone is about $32.8 billion — a big chunk of that going to Egypt, of course. But over the years we’ve forgiven a lot of countries’ debt to us. Twenty-some-odd years ago we forgave about $21-28 billion in loans to Egypt, so that’s just piled onto money we’ve given them. But look at all these countries that are getting significant dough from us. Your son, Rand Paul, raised some hackles when he even included, in that sum of money we shouldn’t dole out, Israel. But both of your greater point is that there is no point to this aid. We don’t get much bang for the buck for it. Right?

Ron Paul: No, it is money wasted. But I think there’s a negative: Not only is the money wasted; I don’t think it really secures our friendships, either. I think it secures insecurity and disequilibrium in these areas. I don’t think it brings about stability. Those regions are unstable. And what it does, it incites the people who, finally, when they get fed up, they rebel.

Neil Cavuto: You’re right about that, Congressman. Because when you realize the rogues’ gallery that we have funded… Let’s just go through Mubarak first off and just review how much Egypt has gotten: $60 billion in U.S. aid. And as we continue here, the cast of characters gets even more nefarious. We’re riffling through some of these, if we can move on from Egypt to the Shah of Iran in the past and some of these others.

Ron Paul: Right.

Neil Cavuto: Good investments at the time, we were told, until we realized, “Uh oh. Their people don’t flip over these guys.” How do we get ourselves extracted from this?

Ron Paul: Well, the people don’t pay enough attention, and we don’t have enough political leadership in Washington to care about it. And then they rationalize, and they talk themselves into “This is an investment.” And–somebody the other day, I heard them say, after this issue came up and they were challenging me–they say, “We have to have friends over there, don’t you know? How are we going to have friends if we don’t–“, they didn’t say it, but, “How do we have friends if we don’t keep bribing them?” is more or less what they’re implying. We won’t have friends unless we–

Neil Cavuto: Well, they’re also saying–I’m sorry, Sir, but they’re saying, “If we don’t bribe them, someone else will.” I know I sound like a Mafioso crime family, saying that. But I guess all this does sound like a Mafioso crime family, that if the Corleones don’t do it, the Scalinis will, you know? It sounds weird, but that’s kind of the way we’ve been doing business, right?

Ron Paul: Let them do it! Yeah, but we couldn’t stop the Soviets from doing it, and they finally bankrupted their country. So they weren’t building their empire by doing too much around the world, and they finally go broke. So if somebody else wants to get involved, let them get involved. We’ll just–you know, they don’t have an incentive; the whole region over there, not Egypt necessarily, but the region will always want to sell us oil. So for us to say that we need to have troops in there, and we need to secure the king of Saudi Arabia and their very abusive civil libertarian system, we just don’t need to do it. And I think it backfires on us, and this is the kind of results that we should expect. We shouldn’t be surprised at this–I mean, if they ripped us off to $60-70 billion. But the whole thing is, How do they do it? They don’t just take the check and put it in their bank account. What they do is they take their check, then they have to build a big army, 450,000 troops, to protect the kingdom. Not for national security reasons in Egypt, but they buy weapons. Then they make deals with our weapons manufacturers. That’s how that comes about. They get kickbacks on that. So it’s all under-the-table stuff, but it is the generation of the system that comes about by us pouring in these hundreds of billions of dollars around the world.

Neil Cavuto: That’s right. You know, Congressman, I’ve got to give you credit. You were on this when nobody was. And when we started going through the numbers, man oh man, it was scary. Thank you, Sir.

Ron Paul: Sure thing.


  • biozamadotcom

    Ron Paul’s light outshines all of those other dirty, corrupt bastards in politics.
    He’s on only hope.

  • duhg599

    Goodness, how Neil Cavuto’s tune has changed from ’07 when Dr. Paul was running for office. At least Neil straight up said that Ron was right about this before anyone else was.

  • SpraxIAKS

    I don’t know about Aristide. Didn’t he try to keep little to almost no contact with the U.S and still be threatened to be killed?

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  • drew335533

    We need foreign countries to be self-sufficient.

  • guy

    Agreed msungs. If only people of this country would wake up and listen to congressman Paul.

  • paddyboy12432

    Ron Paul is always right and always out in front of the rest of the people. Its astonishing how many times Ive seen the scoffers scoff and then Ron Pauls admonishing’s come home to roost. Clearly the providential hand of God is working in this mans life.

  • JohnnyMac2237

    Why are people even discussing Palin and Romney as candidates.
    Ron Paul getting his deserved mainstream attention and funding would ROUT corruption and any political opponent. Please tell our liberty loving friends.
    We need the freedom to retain our production that we earned, free markets and a land of laws and not men.
    Ron Paul you are my hero.

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  • ema5555

    and why isn’t this guys the president??

  • TehHandyman

    And still Egypt only 1/3 of what Israel is getting, time to stop paying these asshole country’s taxpayers money

  • usagoodbyeisayhello

    For EVEN MORE PROOF that Paul’s right on target on this, please google: Geithner Funding Georgian Mafia

  • davitodude

    What’s funny is Egypt and other countries who we give money to hate us. Yet we keep giving them money so we can have control all over the world. The second Egypt does something the President doesn’t like he just sends over 10,000 troops to find ways to pay them off.

  • mrf4j

    Trying to get Judges to Judge Judges on illegal payments to Judges has been an obstical that can not be overcome. There is no releif.


  • mrf4j

    Please Help

    Los Angeles County has Bought the Los Angeles superior court Judges.

    Divorce and False allegations of domestic violece is encouraged for the financial benefit of the County of Los Angeles under the CSSD guidline. the higher amount ordered to the noncustodial parent gives the County a higher amount of Tital lV-D Federal and State funding. The more money the judges generate the bigger the bribes. (writ filled case # B230507 Cal court of appeals)

  • mrf4j

    SBX 211- unconstitutional- L.A. judges are getting $57,688.00 per year per judge from the county.

    judges are employees of the State, as per the California Constitution their pay and benefits are to paid by the state.

    retro active imunity from prosicution- unconstitutional

    Judges in Los Angeles generate money for the county in many ways. If they award unequal child custody and impose a high child support the county gets money from the feds and state. the county bribes the judges

  • nainamor

    It’s not “How Corrupt Dictators Rip Off American Taxpayers”

    It’s “How politics don’t work anymore and we need to switch to a new system until the less than 1% of the people will lock up all the other people by making them believe that DEBT is not imaginary”




    Our Problems Today are Technological not Political. Politics was oK 100 yr ago . Today is all CORRUPTION.

  • FilmFan2500

    Anyone else feel like we’re living in the Twilight Zone? While we face a massive deficit here at home, we send billions in aid overseas, waste countless dollars on wars and spend $ on welfare programs that drain taxpayer pockets.

    On a side note, there was an article out today that states that Obama wants to spend $53 b. for a rail system…More “Shovel ready” jobs, i take it?…

  • brown55061

    I think Neil is coming around. He’s finally starting to realize Ron Paul is usually screaming about something YEARS before the mainstream talks about it. And his view point is usually right.

  • Teph87

    this is why only land owning whites should be able to vote, none of this shit would have happened in the past 100 yrs