Ron Paul: Economics 101 Is Not Rocket Science!

by Ron Paul

Last week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued its annual long-term budget outlook report, and the 2012 numbers are not promising. In fact, the CBO estimates that federal debt will rise to 70% of GDP by the end of the year– the highest percentage since World War II. The report also paints a stark picture of entitlement spending, as retiring Baby Boomers will cause government spending on health care, Social Security, and Medicare to explode as a percentage of GDP in coming years.

While the mainstream media correctly characterized the CBO report as highly pessimistic, they also ignored longstanding errors of methodology in CBO estimates. And those errors tend to support arguments for higher taxes and government spending, when in fact America needs exactly the opposite.

As Paul Roderick Gregory explained in a recent Forbes column, CBO has always applied wrongheaded assumptions inherent in Keynesian economics when forecasting future deficits – no matter how many times both history and economic theory have proven such assumptions incorrect. In particular, CBO seems wedded to two enduring Keynesian myths: First, that higher taxes necessarily increase federal revenue and have no negative effect on the economy; and second, that lower government spending hurts the economy. Neither is true, of course.

CBO also fails to factor in unexpected wars and expensive foreign entanglements, and we should not assign too much validity to predictive models based on peace. Judging from the actions and rhetoric coming from both parties in Washington, new military entanglements in Syria and Iran may well spike military spending in coming years.

Despite these sobering budget realities, the CBO report suggests that a solution is possible with merely a few minor adjustments in the way Congress handles economic issues. But what we need are not minor adjustments, but rather a fundamental shift in our philosophy of government. If we could come to our senses about the proper role of government in America, and what level of government interference is appropriate in a free economy, we would quickly find that there is no reason for government to spend so much, borrow so much, and tax so much.

If we simply allowed markets to work free of governmental or Federal Reserve interference, bad debt would be liquidated relatively quickly and malinvestment would be curtailed. Scaled-back regulations would encourage businesses to expand. Lower taxes would jump start investment and spur job creation.

This is not rocket science, it is Economics 101. All it would take is for government to get out of the way. There would be some short term pain, of course, but only by allowing the bubble to burst and bad debt to liquidate can we ever hope to begin building a real economy again.

The CBO report was alarming to most simply because they know neither party will take the steps necessary to avoid eventual fiscal calamity. Instead, despite their rhetoric, both parties want to maintain the fantasy that “deficits don’t matter.” But the CBO report, combined with what is happening in Greece and the European Union, should finally make the undeniable case that economic realities apply even to industrialized first world economies. We must take concrete steps today to avoid having America become the next Greece.


  • Like Ron didn’t have anything to do with this, give me a break.

  • Well, Ron Paul lost half his supporters.

  • Rand decided to join the winning team, were there is a future. Why join the losing team what kind of career/future can you have in that? I think he wants to do more then just spread a message for years and years… like Paul and get no where.

  • To those questioning Ron now because of what his son did, let me put it this way.

    Even if tomorrow, Ron Paul were to endorse Romney, it still doesn’t change the fact that he has woken up the masses. From America over to Asia, people have been awakened by him and his message…that is something you cannot break no matter what and no one should ever forget that.
    RP 2012

  • I will send you 100 dollars of my own money if you can tell me right now how Ron Paul is a lying tool of the elite?

  • Dont think its going to matter much anyway.One way or another come the fall theres going to be so much shit flying about we’ll all wish we were in the transporter room of the Enterprise !

  • Please show me the video where Rand explains he sold us out. I would love to hear him say “I sold you out”. If Rand, who has sold us out, didn’t come out and say it; then why would his dad. So the very fact you are looking for his dad to say yes vs no, when a sellout never would, means you are putting him in a no win situation to fir your narrative. Might as well cry about 30 year old racist newsletters he never wrote.

  • I reckon he’s been got at by Elite’s cos he’s never been unable to speak out before to anyone about anything. Somethings not right !

  • Rand and Ron share the same database list for donations! Rand has already explained he has sold out I want to know if Ron has?

  • Thanks for the info Ron Paul. We still support you, but I think we need some concrete answers as to where you stand in the race at the moment. Hearing ya bud

  • I’d like to think Rand was coerced into his speech, that it was given under duress but I am beginning to wonder? RP was my first campaign contribution ever of $150. I have always silently questioned how genuine RP really is, some say he is a Freemason, etc. but being that we have such slim choices to choose from, I stuck with RP. I will say, if he is who he claims to be, I don’t understand why anyone would vote any other way. Isn’t the future freedom for our children #1?

  • If you want an explanation go talk to Rand

  • if your saying Rand to be the mole – well Rand is no longer welcome in the ‘freedom libertarian movement’ – he is one of them now backing WAR AND LOSS OF FREEDOM if Dr Paul doesnt pull something out the bag he will totally lose credibility also. But thats just what is planned, I think they have been given an offer ‘you cant refuse’ which means we have been SOLD OUT

  • Right he didn’t endorse him, he just handed over all the delegates to him. YOU better wake up soon. How convienient Rand comes out and shows his true colors days after Bilderberg

  • What a fucking joke!!! We don’t care what you say any more RP. Until you give all your supporters an answer who gives a fuck what your position on the economy is!!!
    No explanation = Fucking traitor

  • That’s great Ron, so I guess Romney is going to put us on the right path? Go suck on a lemon.

  • ron didn’t endorse romney, it was rand, hes stiII fighting

  • rand paul is his own person his father cannot and would not tell him what to think or say just as doctor paul would not do the same to you..wake up people live your life and use common sense

  • hey he never endorsed romney, it was his seII OUT SON

  • Sad day ! I just deleted my Ron Paul playlists I’ve built since 2007. I joined youtube because of Ron Paul, RonPaul2008 was my first subscription… so disappointed.