Ron Paul: We Must Fiscally Restrain Our Government

by Ron Paul

The media insists on characterizing statements about dependency on government handouts as controversial, but in truth such statements are absolutely correct.  It’s not that nearly half of Americans are dependent on government; it’s actually more than half.  If one includes not just people on food stamps and welfare, but also seniors on Medicare, Social Security and people employed by the government directly, the number is more like 165 million out of 308 million, which is 53%.

Some argue that Social Security and Medicare benefits are a right because people pay into these programs their whole lives, or that we need a government safety net in place for people who fall on hard times.  However, this all becomes a moot point when the funds people depend on become worthless due to government default or rampant inflation.

This is less an issue of dignity or dependence on government, and more about the deceitfulness of government promises.

The Fed recently announced that it plans to keep interest rates near zero and keep buying near worthless assets from banks indefinitely.  This enables Congress to spend without having to take deficits or the debt seriously and there is every indication they intend to spend with impunity until the system collapses.  There are no brakes on the runaway train.  The federal debt ceiling law does nothing to limit spending. The ceiling will have to be raised yet again perhaps before the year is out.  What is happening in Greece with austerity measures and riots in the street will happen here within a decade according to some realistic estimates if we do not find some way to fiscally restrain our government.

There is little point in a debate about being entitled to healthcare or food or shelter from fellow taxpayers if the whole system has collapsed.  And, with the way our politicians have taken over and mismanaged vast amounts of resources, collapse seems almost unavoidable.  Yet the number of Americans who have significant dependency on government is dangerously high, and I honestly fear for them.

Worse, corporate welfare is also at an all time high with no signs of diminishing.  Though it is hard to quantify, Tad Dehaven at Cato has estimated that the government spends nearly twice as much on corporate welfare than on social welfare.  Both parties are equally guilty.  More and more, the business sector is learning to rely on taxpayer largesse in one form or another.  They used to be solely concerned with providing a better product to the consumer at a better price.  Now, success on Wall Street depends entirely too much on having the best lobbyists on K Street.  If one includes the employees of “private” businesses who depend on government contracts, grants or bailouts, there are even more people dependent on government in some way.

Government does not create resources when it taxes people and prints money; it merely redistributes the wealth, while supporting a massive, wasteful bureaucracy along the way.  Government is a giant, blood-sucking parasite on our otherwise healthy economy.  For too long we have entrusted too much economic power and influence to irresponsible politicians in Washington.  It’s the chaos that ensues after they run the system into the ground that will be so painful for so many people.  But realigning our economy with the free market and away from government mandates and handouts must happen in order for it to thrive again.

The answer is not to keep asking government to do more.  The answer is to extricate our economy and ourselves from the grasp of Washington DC as much as possible now, before our dependency becomes our downfall.


  • 266 likes to 2 dislikes, highest ratio I’ve ever seen
    And well deserved!

  • GJ 2012

    Gary Johnson 2012!!! Love Ron Paul, but the fact is he isn’t running. Therefore, I stand by the second best option.

    • Surfisher

      Voting for the lesser of two evils, still gets you evil.

      Has anyone noticed the Barack creature looks more and more like a chimpanzee, and the Mitt creature like a statue in Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum…and that both are liars and cheats that hate Free Americans!

      So, are you going to vote for Plastic Man or Monkey Boy…hoping whichever one of these lesser evils will destroy our Free Nation at a slower pace…?

      Or, are you going to take a stand against these two anti-American subhumans, and vote your conscience instead!

      Gary Johnson is THE ONLY ONE TO GET YOUR VOTE — if you are a Real American!

      • GJ 2012

        I completely agree! He has my vote.

  • I live in Florida, am a hard core Ron Paul supporter, and will be directly voting for Obama to make my vote really count for Revenge against the GOP for what they did to me.

    Next year we will Impeach the UN Traitor Obama and throw him in jail for High Treason.

    The Good guys are already going around Europe arresting the criminal banksters by the hundreds, and many hundreds of them are resigning their jobs and going into hiding. Look for that to happen in the US by the end of this year.

  • The Federal Government is a Corporation made so by the Act of 1871 and subsequent revisions. The national debt belongs to that corporation alone, and the Federal Reserve Corporation is just a subsidiary.

    Everyone who works for the Federal Government For The United States of America Corporation is just a corporate employee, including the President of that corporation and their extended TV media affiliates.

    That’s what George Carlin and the movie Network were talking about.

  • he cant just waltz in and wzve his magic wand and make everything roght…he knows that…if he went trying to do the things he wants to…they would simply kill him or harm his family or both..the people need to changer their way of thinking before true change can be made..ron paul making potus would be nice but same time not…apparently you dont get it…the country isnt ran by the puppet figureheads you see ..they are just tools …the establishment is in control! potus plays ball or dies!

  • The media is more powerful than common sense ~ sad, but true.

  • The only “last chance to turn things around” is the second before you decide to submit to the will of others. You may have accepted defeat, but too many others have shed blood in the name of liberty for me to stand down and say “it’s too late.”

  • its sad you pop off and dont know what you are talking about…what have you done?? what have you done for our freedoms and liberty??? ron paul stood almost 40 years fighting these crooks…he spoke out and warned us over and over..he was ridiculed and called crazy…he was ignore and marginalized! and you call him a puss?? really ?? fuck you! he is a man with a message…if he made potus he couldnt do alot…if he did he would be asassinated! worked real well for regan and jfk didnt it!

  • in my eyes , the that this NWO cabal has already taken over too much key positions and they are not to stop , they will implement all their agenda upon us all no matter where , for me personally ron paul was the last chance to turn things around , but i did not really believed that he could do it , i was skeptical all the time and it turned out to be truth. that´s very sad it gives a wrong sign to the rest of the world , we go ahead the road of no return

  • The man never pussed out. He stood exactly for what he believed in. He deserves respect.

  • Texas doesn’t allow write-ins?

  • i would do this if i could but i am just someone who is watching these things from outside, by the way i did not knew that he is still a possible option , i thought he sold his votes to romney for the sake of his son , this was how we anticipated it ( some germans , or those who where interested enough )

  • ron paul is mentally retarded and anyone that follows him is even dumber

  • Choosing the lesser of two evils is still an act of evil. Write him in.

  • sad he’s not staying in the race

  • I think his family might have been threatened.

  • Write him in.

  • he may be right but who cares ? he is done for this time and it will be either romney or obama , more likely obama.
    the choice between two types of lethal cancer and no hope in plain sight . but money has to be made so keep on calling ron´s number at least he can tell how it should be .
    for me personally :
    a big disappointment , a very big one

  • Listening to him raises my IQ drastically.

  • Yes…God,Gold,and Guns… we r screwed…