Ron Paul: A Grand Bargain for Liberty?




by Ron Paul

As I write this, it appears that the federal government is about to shut down because the House and Senate cannot agree on whether to add language defunding or delaying Obamacare to the “Continuing Resolution”. Despite all the hand-wringing heard in DC, a short-term government shut down (which doesn’t actually shut down the government) will not cause the country to collapse.

And the American people would benefit if Obamacare was defeated or even delayed.

Obamacare saddles the American health care system with new spending and mandates which will raise the price and lower the quality of health care. Denying funds to this program may give Congress time to replace this bill with free-market reforms that put patients and physicians back in charge of health care. Defunding the bill before it becomes implemented can spare the American people from falling under the worst effects of this law.

As heartened as we should be by the fight against Obamacare, we should be equally disheartened by the fact that so few in DC are talking about making real cuts in federal spending. Even fewer are talking about reductions in the most logical place to reduce spending: the military-industrial complex. The US military budget constitutes almost 50 percent of the total worldwide military spending. Yet to listen to some in Congress, one would think that America was one canceled multi-million dollar helicopter contract away from being left totally defenseless.

What makes this military spending impossible to justify is that is does not benefit the American people. Instead, by fomenting resentment and hatred among the world population, our costly interventionist foreign policy makes our people less safe. Thus, reducing spending on militarism would not only help balance the budget, but would enhance our security.

Yet both the House and the Senate continuing resolutions not only fail to reduce military spending, they actually authorize $20 billion more in military spending than authorized by the “sequestration” created by the 2011 Budget Control Act. Most of the supposedly “draconian” sequestration cuts are not even cuts; instead, they are “reductions in the planed rate of spending.” This is where Congress increases spending but by less than originally planned—and yet they claim to cut spending.

Under sequestration, military spending increases by 18 percent instead of by 20 percent over the next ten years. Yet some so-called conservatives are so opposed to these phony cuts in military spending that they would support increased taxes and increased welfare “military” spending. This “grand bargain” would benefit the DC political class and the special interests, but it would be a disaster for the American people.

Instead of grand bargains of increased spending and taxes, those of us who support limited government and free markets should form a coalition with antiwar liberals to reduce spending on both the military industrial complex and domestic welfare programs. Instead of raising taxes on “the rich” we should also work to reduce all corporate subsidies. This “grand bargain” would truly be a win-win for the American people.

Sadly, even if a congressional coalition to cut both warfare and welfare spending was formed, it would be unlikely to carry the day as long as the Federal Reserve is willing to enable Congress’s debt addiction by monetizing the debt. But this cannot last forever. At some point the Fed’s policies will result in hyper-inflation and an economic crisis that will force Congress to reduce spending. Hopefully, the growing number of Americans who are awaking to the dangers of our current path can convince Congress to reduce overseas militarism and begin an orderly drawdown of the welfare state before this crisis occurs.

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32 Comments:

  1. Looking back, Ron Paul seems rather duplicitous and disingenuous. He signed with Grover Norquist while he was in office, supported small government & deregulation, then said “congress has given up its oversight responsibility”. How convenient ! (watch “Who owns the Federal Reserve” uploaded by ForeclosureScandals). Also watch Ron Paul in the video “In A Libertarian Society There Is NO Military Industrial Complex!”…Of course not…all the weapons would be owned by the elite and corporations

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  2. With Obama’s DISAPPROVAL rating climbing through the roof — now is the perfect storm to go after all of Barrack Hussein’s perfidies full throttle!

    Let’s get this anti-American Usurper of our White House impeached, and hopefully send to jail for a long, long time.

    This will be a good start:

    Contact Texas congressman Steve Stockman and urge him to start an immediate investigation of Barrack Hussein’s failure to provide naught but a forged Birth Certificate online!

    Texas congressman Steve Stockman:

    326 Cannon House Office Building
    Independence Avenue
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: 202-225-1555
    Fax: 202-226-0396
    Hours: M-F 9-5:30pm

    420 Green Avenue
    Orange, TX 77630
    Phone: 409-883-8075
    Fax: 409-886-9918
    Hours: M-F 8-4:00pm

    web page:

    http://stockman.house.gov/contact
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    Make this short video VIRAL!

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  3. Thank you for writing on topics that I research for hours and can’t make sense of. You are wise and clear thought-ed and put it frankly. I voted for you as well. I voted my conscience. You were the only candidate that knew what he was talking about on any topic thrown at him. And you truly have helped this country and the people regardless of election outcomes. Thank you for all your hard work and your honesty. You are driven by integrity.

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  4. Reality check:

    Does anyone with a functioning brain think that Obama’s goal from day one has been anything but the destruction of our Free Republic, by eliminating the US Constitution as the ONLY TRUE AND INDISPENSABLE framework on which our Nation MUST be based?!

    Barrack Hussein has done much damage to the Constitution already — his NAADA signature (which he lied that he’ll NEVER sign) into law allowing any US Citizen to be whisked away, without due process or representation, to some secret Military Base on MERE suspicion (not actual proof) of being a “terrorist”!

    Barrack Hussein also wanted armed drones to fly all over America (but Rand Paul’s heroic stand finally elicited a response from the White House — not Barrack Hussein directly– that such drones wont kill Americans on American soil)!

    Barrack Hussein has started more “treason trials” on whistle blowers than all other presidents combined in US history!

    Barrack Hussein has finalized the NSA Spying on All Americans at the Utah Center — that is up and running already, AND collecting all possible DATA on ALL Americans!

    Barrack Hussein and wife Michelle Obama have publicly stated that they have attended US Flag burnings, because: “We feel that the US Constitution was written in Colonial Times and no longer applies to today’s world, being an archaic document …therefore, we do not think the US Flag represents what America should be today”! Meaning they want the US Constitution abolished!

    These are just a few of the horrendous examples Obama has perpetrated against the American people — but they are very narrow, few will suffer from them today.
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    Here is THE BIG ONE — Obama’s Coup d’état of our Republic!

    “Obamacare” affects EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN, our Entire Nation — and as SUCH is nothing else, but the ultimate illegal weapon that ENDS the US Constitution, and thereby our Nation as Free People!

    The US Constitution PROHIBITS the mandate of anyone (whether private or public entities) from FORCING their goods or services on the Free American People upon the threat of penalty! (Example: If Verizon tells you: “You must subscribe to our service, or be penalized”. If Verizon tries to force that upon you, any Court of Law would find them guilty of EXTORTION, and give them jail time)!

    Thus, why would Obama’s “Obamacare” be treated differently, and not as the illegal EXTORTION that it is?!
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    What can you do to save our Nation — simple, get your reps to Save America by STARTING an IMPEACHMENT PROCESS of Obama NOW!

    Read more at http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/2013/10/federal-government-shutdown-enters-day-3/#y5UQBfGrQRJ6PMDA.99

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  5. Dr. Ron Paul. I supported you the best I could during your campaign and even wrote your name in after I knew that there was no conceivable way you could win. As far as I was concerned, you were the only real choice. I cannot express my disappointment enough that you didn’t win. I’ve slowly lost faith in this government, starting along time ago. Your the only person in a long time who has given my any hope at all for the future of this country and what the fore fathers started. God bless you.

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  6. Ron Paul was 1 of like 2 congressmen who didn’t talk to lobbyists. And him voting against oil subsidies and bank bailouts kind of refutes such a statement.

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  7. Anyone that knows better can see you made a collectivist statement, and Ron Paul is an individualist, which shows that you have no idea what you’re talking about.

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  8. Ron Paul might be a bit of an oddball, but he is wise and worth listening to. He is probably more honest than all the other mainstream people we hear about in the media. I am listen to his weekly posts and see what he has to say.
    Doctor Paul I am an animator. If you decided to run again, I would make you an animated campaign add, something that hasn’t been tried yet.

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  9. Merely stating that someone is a scam is hardly a convincing argument. If a real case is made then people can decide for themselves.

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  10. MR. Paul … I am a type 1 diabetic since 1972. I am 44 years old. My life is hell because of a disease that I have no control over. I have tried greatly to keep in good health, but I know the inevitable will catch up. It seems that the future will only lead me to a bleak outcome, because NOBODY wants me. I feel the powers that be simply want me to die. Because I cost too much. What do you suggest?

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    • Joe Ohhboy, that’s unfortunate. Truly.
      However, why should I be obligated to fund your treatment? If I were to choose to make altruistic contributions, that would be because I chose to do so. I’ll say this as tactfully as I can … no one owes you health care. Disease and death are a part of this life, whether you have healthcare or not. Healthcare is not the life-granting fountain of youth; it only delays what inevitably comes to every living thing. The good news is that there are plenty of countries you can immigrate to where your healthcare will be covered. I used to live in one, so feel free to take my place. The quality of care isn’t fantastic, but hey, you’ll receive “treatment.”
      I know, I know – life isn’t fair.

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  11. explain how ron paul is a scam? I will listen nicely to your explanation. I could just start off with a fury of paragraphs

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  12. He ran as a republican to have half a chance to be elected.

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  13. I wish everyone listened to dr Paul.

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  14. He would of never ran as a republican if he didnt sell out to big oil or the banks, hes reading something he wrote down.

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  15. Ron paul is a scam like the rest of the republicans.

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  16. Dr.Paul knows his shit.

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  17. 12 days till the “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” Oct 11th~13th. The Bikers said they are going back. They are calling for everyone to not spend those three days.

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