Ron Paul: Stop Nation Building & Cut Military Spending to Keep Us Free and Safe





by Ron Paul

Grover Norquist, the influential conservative activist, recently made some very frank and sobering remarks about the U.S. military budget. Unlike many conservatives, Mr. Norquist understands that American national security interests are not served by the interventionist foreign policy mindset that has dominated both political parties in recent decades. He also understands that there is nothing “conservative” about incurring trillions of dollars in debt to engage in hopeless nation building exercises overseas.

Speaking at the Center for the National interest last week, Norquist stated that “We can afford to have an adequate national defense which keeps us free and safe and keeps everybody afraid to throw a punch at us, as long as we don’t make some of the decisions that previous administrations have, which is to over extend ourselves overseas and think we can run foreign governments.”

He continued: “Bush decided to be the mayor of Baghdad rather than the president of the United States. He decided to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan rather than reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That had tremendous consequences… Richard Nixon said that America’s national defense needs are set in Moscow, meaning that we wouldn’t have to spend so much if they weren’t shooting at us. The guys who followed didn’t notice that the Soviet Union disappeared.”

When a prominent DC conservative like Grover Norquist makes such bold statements, it shows that public support for a truly conservative foreign policy is growing. The American people simply cannot stomach more wars and more debt, especially with our domestic economy in tatters.

The American people should reject the hype about so called defense “cuts” from both side of the political spectrum. When the Obama administration calls for an 18% increase in 2013 military spending, those who propose a 20% increase portray this as a reduction!

Even the supposedly draconian cuts called for in the “sequestration” budget bill would keep military spending at 2006 levels when adjusted for inflation, which is about as high in terms of GDP as during World War II. It’s also more than the top 13 foreign countries spend on defense combined. Furthermore, sequestration only cuts military spending for one year after taking effect. In future years Congress is free to reinstate higher military spending levels– so under sequestration the most drastic case would mean spending $5.2 trillion instead of $5.7 trillion over the next decade.

Is there any amount of money that would satisfy the Pentagon hawks? Even if we were to slash our military budget in half, America easily would remain the world’s dominant military power. Our problems don’t result from a lack of spending. They result from a lack of vision and a profound misunderstanding of the single biggest threat to every American man, woman, and child: the federal debt.



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  1. Please sign the petition for Ron Paul to be given voice in the RNC.

    change.org/petitions/allow-ron-paul-to-be-put-up-for-nomination-and-speak-during-the-rnc

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  2. can you show me some pictures of people starving to death in Detroit?

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  3. saying I support Mitt Romney therefore I support the debt is like saying you support Ron Paul therefore you support Osama Bin Laden because Ron Paul defended Osama Bin Laden during the debates. How ignorant can you be.

    I am disappointed that you couldnt get me the number of military donations to Ron Paul. I was looking forward to you posting your ignorance on the commenting sections.

    We need Pakistani land to get to Afghanistan. It makes perfect sense to give money to Pakistan.

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  4. Ron Paul 2012 No war for oil

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  5. Thank god. That old hyprocritical kook needs to be tossed in the old folks home.

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  6. More exmaples of Paul's pork spending. Tell me again what he accomplished?

    18 mil for a Commuter Rail Preliminary Engineering Phase (light rail).

    4 mil for the "Trails and Sidewalks Connectivity Initiative."

    11 million for a Community-Based Job Training Program.

    2 million for a "Clean Energy" pilot project.

    5 million from federal taxpayers in order to build a parking garage.

    1.2 million for a "Low-income working families Day Care Program"

    4.5 million for a new Youth Fair facility.

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  7. More exmaples of Paul's pork spending. Tell me again what he accomplished?

    18 mil for a Commuter Rail Preliminary Engineering Phase (light rail).

    4 mil for the "Trails and Sidewalks Connectivity Initiative."

    11 million for a Community-Based Job Training Program.

    2 million for a "Clean Energy" pilot project.

    5 million from federal taxpayers in order to build a parking garage.

    1.2 million for a "Low-income working families Day Care Program"

    4.5 million for a new Youth Fair facility.

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  8. Some examples of Paul's wasteful spending for you

    8 mil. from federal taxpayers for Recreational Fishing Phase Piers.

    2.5 mil. from taxpayers for new benches, trash receptacles, bike racks, decorative street lighting.

    2.5 mil. from taxpayers to modify sidewalks for an Economically Disadvantaged area.

    2.5 mil. from federal taxpayers for a "Revelation Missionary Baptist Community Outreach Center

    38 mil. in requests for literacy programs to encourage parents to read to their children.

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  9. Some examples of wasteful spending for you.
    -16 million to help students in Indonesia get masters degrees
    -25 billion a year maintaining vacant government buildings
    -30 million to help Pakistani farmers grow more mangoes
    -17 million on china environmental programs (yes even while borrowing from them)
    -2 billion a year paid to farmers to not farm their land
    -500,000 given to Alaska airlines to paint "Chinook salmon" on a plane
    -3 million on researching video games effects on people

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  10. Sadly, this RNC, there will be a video tribute to Ron Paul because he will be rapping up his final presidential campaign.

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  11. I know its simple logic the highest 35% tax rate paid for 90s spending. Today the government spends 5 times as much. We would need a tax rate of 175% to fund this government. Impossible.

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  12. If you factor in more people paying taxes today.The government would still need an 80% tax rate on the rich to keep up with spending. 80% would be an outrageous rate and the thing is the government continues to grow. Therefore taxes must rise if reform isn't made. No one wants an 80% tax rate.

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  13. Yes the rich were taxed higher during the 90's BUT the government spends 5 times more today then in the 90s. The highest tax rate is 35% that worked fine in the 90s. Today you would have to multiply that by 5 to keep up with spending that's 175%. Obviously impossible. Wasteful spending is anything we couldn't afford in the first place. This is why we need something different. With programs like financial aid everyone has the opportunity to earn $30,000 the current poverty level is abt $12,000.

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  14. Happy Birthday Ron Paul on the Aug 20th. Hope you had a good one.

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  15. "What do you do when the rich have no more money?"
    You know the rich were taxed at a higher rate during the 90s and I didn't hear the wealthy complaining.

    I agree military spending must be cut. But what else would you identify as "wasteful spending"?

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  16. Obama is spending just as much as Romney would. Under Obama the government tripled in size. You would have to increase taxes every year to keep the debt down. What do you do when the rich have no more money? It would be much easier to cut wasteful pointless spending. Then every American wins Rich, middle class, and the poor. The last major country that needed to cut military spending and didn't was the soviet union. The country failed because they didn't change there ways when they needed to.

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  17. Good thing I'm not supporting Romney then. And I support raising taxes on the rich to help pay down the debt. Still I have to ask, what did Ron Paul accomplish?

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  18. I wish Ron Paul would win..it would get people back to work and government out of our personal lives/homes...however I fear the majority of Americans have become complacent with Mitt or Obama..both of which I feel fall short in different areas from what the people really NEED.

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  19. People die everyday from hunger in Detroit

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  20. You support Mitt Romney you support debt and hard times in America. Because he will not cut spending. It's just that simple.

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