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I don’t usually even pay attention to politics.  However, times are changing and so am I.  Ron Paul is my candidate of choice and a candidate that is frank and inspiring.  He’s currently leading in the Iowa polls and despite his conservatism, I think he’s got some great ideas.  This next video shows how he doesn’t take shit from reporters.  He walks out on a CNN interview because the host (Gloria Berger) won’t stop asking about a resolved issue; some newsletters that carried his name in the late 1980s.

The newsletters, which taken out of context, could very well be “incendiary” but it seems to me that the alleged “racism” was primarily tongue-in-cheek, or at the worst, a crass version of the truth such as…

HIGHLIGHT THE FOLLOWING LINE IF YOU DARE (it’s pretty crass…)

Saying someone has a dirty, disgusting, smelly, oozing, putrid cunt instead of just saying they have a temporary, mild yeast infection... It’s not like they’re both not true, it’s just that one is not a very nice way of saying the other.

The following has been taken from The Atlantic‘s website:

“Given the inefficiencies of what DC laughingly calls the criminal justice system, I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.”

“We are constantly told that it is evil to be afraid of black men, it is hardly irrational.”

After the Los Angeles riots, one article in a newsletter claimed, “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks.”

One referred to Martin Luther King Jr. as “the world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours” and who “seduced underage girls and boys.”

Another referred to Barbara Jordan, a civil rights activist and congresswoman as “Barbara Morondon,” the “archetypical half-educated victimologist.”

Granted, the last 2 are pretty harsh, but nothing worse than most of us have either said or thought; if only joking, of course.  No one really believes 95% of black males are criminals.  That’s preposterous, even in jest.  But of course, read a book or two and you’ll see that MLK Jr. is not the flawless, shining saint everyone makes him out to be; none of our “heroes” are.  Everyone is either a pedophile, alcoholic, philanderer, thief (if only of intellectual property), racist, sexist, owned slaves, etc.  Hell, even Bobby Fischer was a bitter anti-Semite.

Nevertheless, that was many years ago, and he didn’t even write the newsletters.  And really, how many of us would like to be held responsible for things we actually DID say or write twenty years ago in our perhaps darker moments?  I don’t care how old you are – you grow a lot as a person in 20 years.  But that’s a moot point in this case.

Look at some of Ron Pauls stand on issues.  Yahoo has posted the following in a story entitled Paulonomics: Ron Paul’s Plan For Taxing, Spending, & Social Security:

Spending: Paul proposes cutting $1 trillion from the federal budget during his first year in office, and balancing the budget by his third year. He would do this in part by eliminating five cabinet departments: Energy; Housing and Urban Development; Commerce; Interior; and Education. (Paul has not offered specifics on what would happen to some of the functions currently performed by the departments he wants to abolish–maintaining our nuclear weapons, administering our intellectual property system, and conducting the Census, for instance.)

He would also scrap the Transportation Security Administration, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, eliminate corporate subsidies, end foreign aid, and return most other federal spending to 2006 levels.

Paul says he would cut the federal workforce by 10 percent, and accept a presidential salary of $39,336- roughly equal to what the average American makes. The president currently makes $400,000.

Paul, who opposes almost all American military intervention overseas, also says he would save money by ending foreign wars.

TaxesPaul has said in the past that he’d like to abolish personal income tax rates, but his plan doesn’t suggest that. It does propose lowering the corporate tax rate to 15 percent, from 35 percent. And it would extend the Bush tax cuts and eliminate the estate tax. Paul’s campaign has said elsewhere that he supports eliminating the capital gains tax, which, as we’ve written, would be a boon for, among others, private-equity managers on Wall Street.

Regulation: Like most of his rivals, Paul would repeal President Obama’s health care law. He would also get rid of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law intended to increase regulation of Wall Street. And he’d scrap Sarbanes-Oxley, the corporate governance law passed in the wake of the Enron scandal.

Monetary Policy: Paul has written a book called “End the Fed,” but his plan calls only for auditing the central bank–something he’s been trying to do as a legislator. He also would push “competing currency legislation”–meaning he wants individuals to be able to use alternative currencies to the dollar, including gold and silver. The idea is to reduce the federal government’s control over the monetary supply.

Social Security, Medicareand Medicaid: Paul says he wouldn’t scrap Social Security and Medicare. His plan “honors our promise to our seniors and veterans,” meaning that those currently in the programs could stay in them. But he would like to allow younger workers to opt out of the Social Security system and the payroll taxes it imposes–although the details of how he would accomplish this are unclear.

“Dr. Paul is committed to fully funding Social Security and Medicare while we work a transition to allow young workers the freedom to save for their own retirement,” Jesse Benton, the national chairman of Paul’s presidential campaign, told Yahoo News.

Benton implied that the Social Security and Medicare payments for current retirees–paid for by payroll taxes on younger workers under the current system–would be provided by radically reducing the American military footprint around the globe, along with other cuts. “It will require cuts elsewhere, but we can save hundreds of billions of dollars a year by bringing troops home, ending foreign welfare and overseas nation building and providing a stronger national defense here at home,” Benton said. “If we cut and work hard, we can take care of our seniors who rely on their Medicare and Social Security.”

In its basic outline, Paul’s plan shares several common features with those of his Republican rivals. All support extending the Bush tax cuts, and most want to lower the corporate tax rate. Newt Gingrich, Jon Hunstman, and Rick Perry would scrap the capital gains tax. And a desire to cut government spending is almost a requirement for entry into the Republican field.

If Paul’s profile in the race continues to rise, he’ll likely be required to fill in some of the plan’s details, which remain vague. Extending the Bush tax cuts and cutting the corporate tax rate by more than half would make it difficult to balance the budget in three years, even by eliminating five Cabinet departments and cutting waste. The only feasible way to do so would be large cuts to the three big drivers of government spending: Social Security, Medicare, and the military.

Of the his most impressive policy changes, I think, will be his own humble income (<40k).  Also, he believes in part time congressmen; why should these guys spend term after term in DC soaking up taxpayer’s money, lobbyists money, and giving hardly anything back or ever having to live under the policies they create?  Look at his policies on immigration.  As far as health care, his position is stated in the following, taken from his official campaign site, www.ronpaul2012.com:

He will work with Congress to:

* Repeal ObamaCare and end its unconstitutional mandate that all Americans must carry only government-approved health insurance or answer to the IRS.

* Allow purchase of health insurance across state lines.

* Provide tax credits and deductions for all medical expenses.

* Exempt those with terminal illnesses from the employee portion of payroll taxes while they are suffering from such illnesses or are incurring significant medical costs associated with their conditions.

* Give a payroll deduction to any worker who is the primary caregiver for a spouse, parent, or child with a terminal illness.

* Ensure that those harmed during medical treatment receive fair compensation while reducing the burden of costly malpractice litigation on the health care system by providing a tax credit for “negative outcomes” insurance purchased before medical treatment.

* Guarantee that what is taken from taxpayers to pay for Medicare and Medicaid is not raided for other purposes.

* Make all Americans eligible for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and remove government-imposed barriers to obtaining HSAs.

* Stop the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from interfering with Americans’ knowledge of and access to dietary supplements and alternative treatments.

* Prevent federal bureaucrats from tracking every citizen’s medical history from cradle to grave by prohibiting the use of taxpayer funds for a national database of personal health information.

Ron Paul proudly worked every day to honor the trust his patients placed in him, and he will do the same as President with the confidence of the American people, who deserve a government that “does no harm” to their health care.

Repeal Obama Care (can anyone say that without being even slightly disgusted?), not raid Medicare for other purposes?  People: This is the man for this country.  Watch him in ANY interview; ANY debate, ANY talk show, and you will be impressed.  I have provided several links for the videos, beginning with his appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno:

Next is the highlight video from the latest (& last) GOP debate:

More videos can be found on his official website’s media page.

I strongly urge you to visit RonPaul.com – an unofficial site to support Ron Paul’s efforts – and RonPaul2012.com, his official campaign website.  There’s not a whole lot to disagree with – it’s mostly common sense – and if there is, at least with him you know exactly where he stands on any given issue and his dedication to making this country great again (for those of you who think we’re going to Hell in a hand-basket or some perhaps more modern form of transportation.

Any other candidate – and especially the incumbent – would be a huge step backwards for this nation.

I mean, the only thing wrong with him is that he’s pro-life and a Christian.  I think everyone should be REQUIRED to have abortions and worship Satan.  Damn, now someone’s gonna bring this blog post up in twenty years when I’m running for prez.