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

  • jhon

    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.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFXuGIpsdE0

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=lust4design lust4design

    Feel’s good to say shit and feel superior like that doesn’t it?
    Don’t worry, everything will come back to you at some point.
    That’s physics!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=IAMHEWHOAM IAMHEWHOAM

    Ron Paul is a fuckin’ jakass.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=IAMHEWHOAM IAMHEWHOAM

    wRONg Paul is a fuckin’ HOMO!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=LenchoPerez Lencho Perez

    Pissing in the wind, gotta be done all the time, untill you get the job done. Let’s hope that wind loses and the piss becomes relief.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=larryperez larry perez

    Pissing in the wind, gotta be done all the time, untill you get the job done. Let’s hope that wind loses and the piss becomes relief.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=HolliValsMusic HolliValsMusic

    Wealth can only be generated by taking money from someone else, in return for something else.
    The working class should have the same healthcare as the rich people, because rich people cannot be rich without the working class.
    Socialism has to counter capitalism, otherwise we end up with private kings with private armies, bribing the government to push evil law, just like we have today.
    Or to put it short, we need the crop fields and not the banks.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=IAMHEWHOAM IAMHEWHOAM

    lust4design aka NeedlFucker The Bug Fucker, I answered my own question? I see, the reason why you’re such a dick is BECAUSE you’re. a dick!…..a tiny little infant dick!
    Dude, you’re really fuckin’ stupid.

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  • Liza

    After seeing the comments I see America has gone, it is over. To many really bad, vulgar people.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=IAMHEWHOAM IAMHEWHOAM

    And I don’t think you are aware of the fact that you have a two digit IQ. My name is spelled exactly the way I choose to spell it.
    Exodus 3:13-14 Roman Catholic translation.
    Btw, go back home, your village wants their idiot back!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=IAMHEWHOAM IAMHEWHOAM

    Weirdos, freaks and cultists. Paultards also believe flying saucers are real, and they’re sure that one day soon, they’ll prove that bigfoot is another “Jew banker” operative, come here from the Crab Nebula to take over the world and create a world government and take away OUR LIBERTY!!!!!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=pcgeek86 pcgeek86

    Ron Paul 2016!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=IAMHEWHOAM IAMHEWHOAM

    Suck a dick, you motherfucker. Go to hell, you bucket full of filth. Suck a sack, drink some piss, eat some shit. You’re a weirdo son of a whore, go and fuck the neighbor’s cat!
    Now stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=lust4design lust4design

    I think you just answered your own question!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=lust4design lust4design

    I think you just answered your own question!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=dstory69 dstory69

    BTW – I am a total Ron Paul supporter. This is my only criticism of Dr. Paul. If he would just provide a little more detail when speaking about the supposed “Rights” of the money makers. In example, a doctor (a majority of them) make an honest living and usually good money and have long term potential of creating substantial wealth… The majority of large business, investment bankers and Wall Street stockbrokers DO NOT – THEY STEAL and our government allows them to!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=dstory69 dstory69

    What about the wealth that is created by theft? What about the wealth that is derived by unscrupulous business practices such as engineered obsolescence or dump engineering (predetermined product failure of faulty or weak materials and/or known faulty geometrics or programmed termination dates)? Who decides which practiced methods of obtaining wealth are moral, ethical, LEGAL? WHO’S RESOLVE? Let me guess the market? Markets do not work when dominated by cartels and monopolies!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=DreamDeeply37 DreamDeeply37

    already did 😉 Great advice!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=IAMHEWHOAM IAMHEWHOAM

    Why are you such a fuckin’ dick?

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    • LoveMyCountry

      Remove his comment

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=JSather7 JSather7

    who’s paying you to spread your bullshit?

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