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.


  • robin

    An excellent article by a journalist about why we have to stop voting for the “lesser of the two evils”. It’s long, but he nails it.

    • Surfisher

      robin — great post (just spread it as shown below)!

      Do NOT vote for either the Barack or the Mitt creature (voting for the “lesser” of two evils still gets you evil)!

      Albert Einstein famously defined “insanity” as “doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.”

      Vote your conscience for a change — not your fears!

      MUST read article — too bad most won’t, since it’s longer than three sentences….

      • robin

        I saw your posting on the Doug Weed Blog and it made me smile when you said, “most people won’t read this because it’s more than 3 sentences”. A sad commentary of our educational system. People need to be entertained and don’t want to read or think. Someone in our GOP posted a Romney sign on the main highway and I was thinking of turning it upside down. All the state and local GOP are posted on our hill. Haven’t seen any Obama signs and this is the only Romney sign I’ve seen so far.

        • Surfisher

          robin — the reason for the 3 sentence statement…so they get shamed and read it!

  • Surfisher

    PRINCIPLES we must stand by!

    “A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have….” Thomas Jefferson

    “They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security” BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

    “When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.” DOROTHY THOMPSON

    “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.” FREDERICK DOUGLAS

    “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.” —Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Philadelphia 1787).

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” EDMUND BURKE

    “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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  • Citizen

    Proverb 29:9
    If a wise person goes to court with a fool,
    the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.

    The Biden – Ryan debate was the proof!
    You can not reason with a raging fool.

  • wRONg Paul sucks monkey ass!

  • Quraish AHMED

    Ron Paul is truly an extraordinary global citizen! And that does not make him any less of an American patriotic citizen. The lofty humanistic causes he has been uncompromisingly and relentlessly championing over the years, regardless of, and despite the colossal adversities and setbacks he is facing from the establishment he operates within, reflects his exemplary personal dignity, integrity and rectitude.

  • Sue

    The man with the philosophy closest matching the creators of this nation is Ron Paul. A write in vote for him this November is a message to the government of what we expect of it. A lot of write in votes for him is a strong message to the government. The bigger the write in total the stronger the message. The creation of a strong message is NOT a waste of votes. GO RON. Restore America. ’nuff said?

  • French Canadian

    Here is the full interview with Lindsey Williams.
    I forgot to mentionned that Williams also explains how Obama doublecrossed the
    Elites a few times and why they are so mad at him.

    Lindsey Williams: Master Plan to Bring Down America Revealed

  • yeah seriously


  • Surfisher

    Biden — better known as the Delaware Bidet — is no smarter than a 5th grader.

    If he won the “debate” — how smart does that make Ryan…?

    Sad state of affairs, when such numbskulls hold high offices (and the people actually vote for such human trash).

    • robin

      My younger son when he was in 4th grade said the same thing about our political leaders and when George W. Bush was president. He told me he needs to learn as much as he can in all disciplines because he thought he could do a better job as president. Neither of our children want to stay in America to live. How sad that they feel this way, but understandable considering what goes on here. All part of the dumbing down in America in our educational system. Higher education is just more of the same. The “successful” people are the ones that are the most indoctrinated into the system and are willing to play the game. Both my children have said that those that run for higher office need to prove that they have the knowledge and skills necessary. Most don’t know history, geography, have the most rudimentary skills, are not articulate without a script, etc. A state representative we are supporting said the same thing after talking to so many people in our state legislature on both sides of the spectrum. We are just getting dumb, dumb and dumber. Must be the fluoride and all those toxins that is in our food, water and air…

  • you must be bored to spam that message to every debate video on youtube. if he was dead you would not need to spam it it would be on news and youtube.

  • you must be bored to spam that message to every debate video on youtube. if he was dead you would not need to spam it it would be on news and youtube.

  • go back to school or to your neanderthal family and evolve to a human.

  • go back to school or to your neanderthal family and evolve to a human.

  • douglas

    Without freedom an independence, individuals would have no incentive to better themselves.

  • French Canadian

    Do not miss today’s interview with Pastor Lyndsey Williams.
    The interview starts at: 1:24:26

    The Alex Jones Show – Friday, October 12, 2012 (Full Show) Feat. Lindsey Williams

    Lyndsey William says that his elite friends told him that they are now ready for their NWO and that they do not fear Americans, since they are convinced now that they will not revolt and will accept anything. WOW! The dumbdown of America worked.

    I have done everything I could on this site to bring people to listen to the Alex Jones show so they could wake-up. But they are not listening. If only they would have listen to this show, they would not be so dummed down… but then again, it is a vicious circle, they don’t listen because they are too dumbed down.


    Ron Paul sucks. RonPaul NEVER (and btw, no matter how much you idiots thump the Ron Paul Bible, hell NEVER come into power) HAHA

  • Jason

    On November 6th 2012, in Iowa, I am going to write Ron Paul in on the ballot for presidency of the United States of America. I am not going to vote for Gary Johnson, because I am not voting along party lines. All I hope from people is that they get there head out of voting for party and vote for the person they think will be fit for the job.

    • Surfisher

      Jason — that was my initial desire.

      But I’m worried that all such “write-ins” will be discarded…as were the Ron Paul delegates!

      So, I’ll vote Gary Johnson — who at least is on all 50 state Ballots.

      Such votes will remove votes from the Mitt Creature…and that’s good enough for now!