POLITICO: What Paul's America would look like - Terrible Article...Submitted by iferraro on Tue, 01/03/2012 - 00:53
With sentences like:
"Paul’s policies would mean turning the clock back two centuries, to a time when the United States was a trading nation but otherwise blithely cut off from the world. It would mean an unregulated free market economy that Charles Dickens would have recognized, where big businesses would rule the roost. Most public services — including city governments — would be run by private companies, and representative democracy – the U.S. system that libertarians deride as “the tyranny of the majority” – would be cut to a bare minimum."
What? City governments would be run by private corporations? That doesn't even make sense, never mind the fact that Ron Paul would have nothing to do with city government. Bizarre. Yes, life will be like Dickensian England for the average citizen. Nice comparison...
"Instead of the Fed, which Paul blames for inflation, he would relax laws restricting ownership of gold, silver and other precious metals. The result would likely be a run on the dollar — as investors and exporting businesses sought refuge in hard currencies or gold."
He would relax laws restricting ownership of gold, silver, and other precious metals? Which "laws" would those be? Many investors already are investing in Gold/Silver over the past few years and there has been no "run on the dollar"...yet. That would be far from Paul's fault though, but a result of the loose credit and money printing policies Paul has railed against for over 30 years.
"He blames 9/11 on U.S. interference in the Middle East and would lead a wholesale military retreat from the rest of the world. Would that encourage failed states to arm terrorists?"
First of all, he implies that by not occupying a country it would lead to a failed state...false, it would encourage stability. Secondly, why would pulling out of a country you have militarily occupied encourage that nation to attack you, it would do the opposite.
"Medicare and the new health care reforms? Gone."
"Will retired people need to find jobs to pay medical bills? Will we become a nation of home-schoolers? And will this retreat from teaching make America a prosperous, fully employed nation? He must spell it out."
We know Ron Paul would retain Medicare in the short-term. Another lie. Education would still be a state responsibility, public schools would not disappear but there would likely be a increase in homeschooling since RP has suggested a $5000 per year tax credit for home schoolers.
Feel free to leave some comments to correct this shoddy article.