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.


  • 4 dislikes… Joe & Ryan?

  • 4 dislikes… Joe & Ryan?

  • French Canadian

    GERALD CELENTE talks about QE3 / QE Endless – New Banker

    • robin

      Welcome Back French Canadian…I wanted to tell you that we decided to vote for Gary Johnson only because if he gets a percentage of the vote, the libertarian party gets 95 mil in campaign funds, can participate in the debates and get media coverage in 2016. Of course, we know that it is very probable that in many places around the country the vote will be altered for either Obama or Romney, but not in our county where we have honest and transparent elections. My son has been researching for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy Contest. He is learning a lot and is a critical thinker for someone so young. Both our children want to go to Canada to live. What should I tell them? They think it will be better there than in the US. Someone I know who is a Ron Paul supporter said she will be voting for Romney because he will be better than Obama. I said do you want a slow, painful death where people will go back to sleep, or a swift one that will wake up America. She prefers the slow death. Bought into the lesser of two evils although she said she didn’t believe it it. Again, here is another voter who reacts emotionally. She knows the elections are rigged, so I said vote your conscience and don’t fall for the “lesser of the two evils”. That’s all the control we have right now. Peace………

      • French Canadian

        Hi Robin,

        I thought this site was closed for good. Today I decided to take a look in case it would be back, and it was. But I didn’t see you around… I saw one or 2 posts of Surfisher and that’s all. Glad to be able to communicate with you again.

        So your sons want to go to Canada? Not a bad idea. Sunday, I caller from Toronto called on the Alex Jones Show and ask him what would happen to Canada when the collapse will come… will it be like in the US or EU? To my great surprise, Alex said Canada and Switzerland will be the last 2 countries to fall. For Switzerland we know why. But for Canada, I was surprised. He said you are the second largest country in the world, but you only have 33 millions people living in it. You are known as a peaceful country, your military is very small and you do not have the nuclear arsenal. Everybody likes Canadians, you repution is very good around the world. Plus, the Queen still runs it and is very found of your country, so they wont bother or mess up with you for now, that’s for sure.

        Well I don’t like the Queen… but if she protects Canada, that’s a plus for now…lol.
        Here, life is not so bad, we still feel free. Quebec and Ontario are quite socialits, but the rest of the country is very conservative. Some peole say the climate is hard, but I don’t agree, I like four seasons. Most of our police forces are nice and our debts is not that bad. We are quite please so far with our Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

        I think your decision to vote for Gary Jonhson is a smart decision. You have to work with what you have.

        • Surfisher

          French Canadian —

          This site was under attack by Rmonkey’s cyber thugs (just like at all GOP conventions the delegates were in person)! But I kept posting to make sure the message was never lost — and kept in contact to make sure the site owners redid it in a more secure fashion…which we have now!

          Rmonkey is correct to be fearful of this site’s effect — because of this, and several other sites (where his GOP goons were exposed in criminally negating the duly elected Ron Paul delegates), he’ll have ZERO chance winning! No Ron Paul supporter will EVER vote for this vile creature, and now the independent vote is OUR TARGET here!

          Make sure all independent voters are aware of Gary Johnson, and do your best to have them vote for him!

      • Surfisher

        robin — exactly!

  • Paul works for himself. He trusts only himself. He has his own ideas he wants to put in place.

    There is nothing wrong with that.

  • Mr. Paul, who would you rather have as our next President, Obama that is much closer to your ideas, or Romney who is much apart from your ideas??

  • Go Ron ! You must be a President ! FUCK ILLUMINATI

  • Dont forget Santorum and Gringrige, their still bitter.

  • Ron Paul, the best president we never had

  • Diebold for president 2012!!!

  • It’s America, so far we can vote for whom we think offers the most return for our support. Voting for the libertarian is a return that you can say you would not bend on any even if it means Obama for another four years. But someone else who might want to change their vote to see Obama, above all, be sent back to Chicago with his puppetmaster, Valerie Jarrett, has a great point, too!

  • It’s America, so far we can vote for whom we think offers the most return for our support. Voting for the libertarian is a return that you can say you would not bend on any even if it means Obama for another four years. But someone else who might want to change their vote to see Obama, above all, be sent back to Chicago with his puppetmaster, Valerie Jarrett, has a great point, too!

  • I agree with the principles Paul stands for. But him not endorsing Johnson is TOTAL BS. Who is Paul working for? If liberty was his goal he would have put the “Paul movement for liberty” behind the libertarian candidate. Instead he said, he is not sure who he will endorse.

  • I am no troll! I am someone who saw Paul for what he was from the beginning. A wolf in sheeps clothing. I tried to believe and donated several times, but knew he was playing the game. He was used by the GOP to undermine the liberty movement, and he let them do it. How much money did his campaign manager get paid? How much money was paid out to family or friends in this campaign? Ya, fight for liberty my ass, more like last push for retirement and political positioning for his son.

  • I wish the average American would listen to him… but I think he’s been ignored too long & the USA is set to collapse financially soon anyways no matter what we do now. The collapse should have been avoided, but too many people & businesses thought the USA would never run out of money or go broke. Well, they were wrong! We still need to stop the spending asap or the pain with the collapse will just get worse.

  • 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 evils “wins” 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 and want to save our Nation!

  • Bush and Clinton also disliked

  • Gary Johnson 2012

  • Four dislikes, Romney & Obama and their wives?

  • Is it possible that all the Libertarians migrate to an inhabited land and create a nation led by Ron Paul?

  • 4 dislikes now. Obama, Biden, Romney, and Ryan.