Ron Paul: Fiscal Cliff Bill Passed in 3 Minutes – They Don’t Even Pretend to Read the Bills Anymore!

by Ron Paul

Last week the Senate and House demonstrated again why their approval ratings are so low. The 154 page “fiscal cliff” bill was made available to Senators just three minutes before the vote was taken on the legislation. No one can read 154 pages in three minutes, so it is safe to assume that the legislation was passed without being read.

Then the House brought the lengthy and complicated bill to a vote just 22 hours after the text had been available, meaning a full reading of the legislation was not likely possible. This was a clear violation of the “three day rule” adopted by the 112th Congress, which in the name of transparency ordered the House to make legislation available to the public a full three days before a Floor vote.

Perhaps this race to a vote, amid cries of the end of the world without a solution to the manufactured crisis, explains why an even greater than usual amount of special-interest carve-outs made it into the bill.

Article 1, Section 7 of the US Constitution clearly states that “All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives,” but as has been done many times, the Senate simply attached its bill to an existing House bill and claimed that this Constitutional requirement had been satisfied.

If the process was dishonest and unconstitutional, the content of the bill was even worse.

The “rescue” legislation was packed full of special tax deals for well-connected corporations with the money to hire high-profile lobbyists – usually those who have spent a good deal of time as legislators themselves.

The principle of tax cuts and breaks themselves are not the problem, however. It is incorrect to view any return of tax money to its rightful owner as money taken from the government. Wealth belongs to those who generate it not to government. However, while well-connected special interests like Hollywood and rum manufacturers were being granted targeted tax assistance, the vast majority of Americans were being hit with a significant tax increase in the form of higher payroll taxes. Rather than cut a dime from federal spending, this bill granted breaks to the corporate elites and paid for the “lost revenue” by passing the costs on to the rest of us.

The “fiscal cliff” bill also rescued other corporate interests. Included in the text was a nine-month extension of the 2008 Farm Bill. This is corporate welfare at its worst, spending billions to enrich big corporate farms with direct subsidies at the expense of small farmers — and the taxpayer.

Last week’s last minute deal was the worst of both worlds: higher taxes on nearly all Americans now and a promise to begin thinking about modest cuts in spending growth two months down the road. While there was much hand-wringing over the “draconian” cuts that would have been imposed by sequestration, in fact sequestration would not have cut spending at all. Under the sequestration plan, government spending would increase by $1.6 trillion over the next eight years. Congress calls this a cut because without sequestration spending would increase by $1.7 trillion over the same time frame. Either way it is an increase in spending, however.

I have little hope that a majority of Congress and the President will change their ways and support real spending reductions. Fortunately, increasing numbers of Americans are awakening to the dangers posed by the growth of the welfare-warfare state. Hopefully this movement will continue to grow and force the politicians to reverse course before government spending, taxing, and inflation destroys our economy entirely.

Photo by Gage Skidmore


  • isn’t it sad that he’s right about that. if our money wasn’t fiat, faith~based, we couldn’t have the depreciation of the dollar, and all other global fiat currencies

  • I’m Ron Paul and I say we all go fetch a pot a gold to fix the economy!

  • …damnit!

  • why do you say this?

  • You are the closest thing to a Zombie I ever encountered!
    Know and realize what you are contributing for, every day with your choices. Let go of the meds. Seek real help. Do you have any “real” friends?

  • GovernMental will always be Mental while Americans stays stupid. Stupid is is what stupid does and that is nothing

  • you would think that would go w/o saying but in the new communist nwo that is reality!

  • Any one of Dr. Paul’s “Straight Talk” segments provides ample proof of treason and corruption at the very core of this illegitimate gubmint. Collectively they are overwhelming. And yet the game continues unabated, indeed stronger than ever. It’s way past time to storm the Bastille here, folks.

  • jap

    democracies in the early greek city states produced the wildest excesses of goverment imaginable. In evrey case they ended up with mob rule then anarchy and finally tyranny under an obligarchy. During that period in greece there was a man named solom who urged creation of a fixed body of law not subject to majority whims. While the greeks never adopted soloms wise council the romans did. Based on what they knew of soloms laws they created the 12 tables of the romon law and in effect built a republic that limited goverment power and left the people alone. Since goverment was limited people were free to produce with the understanding that they could keep the fruits of their labor. In time rome became wealthy and the envy of the world. In the mist of plenty hovewer the romon people forgot what freedom entailed. They forgot that the essence of freedom was the proper limitation of goverment. When goverment power grows peoples freedom receeds. Once the romons dropped their gaurd power seeking politicans begin to exceed the powers granted to them in the romon constitution. Some learned that they could use goverment power to take property from some and give it to others. agriculture subsidies were introduced followed by housing and welfare programs. Inevitably taxes rose and control over the private sector were imposed. Soon a number of romes produces no longer could make ends meet and they went on the dull. Productivity declined, shortages developed, and mobs begin roaming the streets demanding bread and circuces from the goverment. Many were induced to trade freedom for security. Eventually the whole system came crashing down. It went from a republic to a democracy and ended up with an obligarchy under precession of the ceasers.:

  • People should screaming bloody murder over bills not being read!!! Nevermind not reading, but why do they create weighty lists of all kinds of shit (special interests) to begin with?!!! Thoreau wrote “life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers…Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!…let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail.”

  • Thank you!

  • Cheers Ron Paul ,, your my president .. Obama can go eat a shrap grenade

  • Like it because of Ron Paul.

  • Just the other day he said that if Obama enacts an executive order to restrict firearms ownership there could well be mass resistance across the country.

  • jam

    Reince Priebus has been an embarrassment to the Republican Party and a hindrance to the American people. Now, ron paul supporter Mark Willis answers the call of millions for a change in RNC leadership. Is this the GOP’s last chance at change before the party stops being relevant?:

    currently 2 states have nominated Mark Willis for RNC Chair. Maine and Nevada. This means 2 more RNC members from 1 more state is needed to satisfy the nomination requirements. Why This Is Important… Mark Willis For RNC Chair: mark willis for rnc chair facebook page:

  • Ron Paul is great,.. not just because he is smart and a true patriot… but because he stayed serving the government for sooooooooo long and put up with all their bullshit. That really takes a lot of strength and courage.

  • Ron Paul has really weighed into the gun debate……not!!

  • people need private sector union’s only! As well as the USA dollar to be back by Gold and Silver!

  • Troll a bloddy troll, we aren’t supposed to talk about the Troll but there it is……. TROLEEE TROLEEEE TROLEEEEE (in my Austin Powers voice)

  • YOUR MOTHER is fuckin’ jackass. She’s real piece of shit in a bag of PUKE!