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Why I Cannot Support Ron Paul
by Bob Klauber
I seriously considered supporting Ron Paul. He has integrity and is the first candidate in my long lifetime
who is serious about, and not simply doing lip service to, keeping the US out of war.
All else being equal, I would back him. Alas, all else is not even close.
Regarding war, he is 100% isolationist. I am 90%. I demonstrated against the Iraq and Viet Nam wars,
and agree with him on those, Afghanistan, WW I, and virtually every one of the many US interventions in
Latin America. I disagree with him on WW II, Libya, and every case where a crazed dictator tries to commit
genocide. (If I had a draft age child, however, this issue alone might put me in his camp.)
2. The Fed
He wants to audit and/or eliminate it. Long overdue.
3. Food freedom
He supports freedom of choice in food (though he does not seem to favor regulations against GMOs
being forced on us).
1. His underlying philosophy of life
• A rabid follower of Ayn Rand, whose primary thesis was that selfishness is a virtue. Rand’s philosophy
permeates his political positions.
I believe the contrary – that we are here to learn selflessness and serve others (which, ironically, is
what Paul’s deity, Jesus, taught).
• Doesn’t accept the theory of evolution and apparently believes God created the world in 7 days. What
decisions would someone with such a world view make?
Is what he says about such other things as far from the truth as this?
2. The environment
• “The greatest hoax .. has been ..global warming”, says Paul. He believes internet self proclaimed
“experts” rather than 97% (in an independent poll) of professional climatologists.
Loss of life from runaway temperature rise would far eclipse that of any war. This, IMO, is the
bottom line issue of our age, and it alone prevents me from backing Paul.
• He would abolish the EPA. The EPA has problems due to corporate/political influence, but without it,
corporations would be completely free to pollute without constraint. Does this make sense?
• “We had no business helping the Jews in WW II”, Paul told staffers, many times. Was it peace the Jews
were experiencing? How can any supposed advocate of peace and saving human life take this position?
• He opposed stopping Gadhafi from slaughtering 100,000 people. We shouldn’t have to pay even
minimum cost (some air support and no American lives) for someone else fighting for life and liberty? Is
this not unbridled selfishness bearing the label of “peace”?
• His peace position is actually an isolationist position, based primarily on US interests (in the “me first”
tradition of Ayn Rand). He does not truly care for peace for mankind, but rather for what is good for him
and his country, and this is sold by his campaign as “peace”. He is no adherent of the “world is my
family” philosophy. 4. Ravaging the lower and middle classes
• Abolish capital gains tax. Why should money people don’t work for (capital gains) be taxed at a lower
(zero in this case) rate than money people work for? The wealthy have a large part of their income from
capital gains, but the lower and middle classes have virtually none. This is a shift of the tax burden from
the wealthy to the non-wealthy.
• Institute a consumption (sales) tax. The lower and middle classes spend virtually 100% of their income
just to live. The wealthiest spend less than 10%. A sales tax means the wealthy would pay a far lower
percentage of their income in taxes than everyone else.
• Abolish government student loans. I and millions of others never would have gone to college without
government loans. Aside from the personal devastation, loss of earning power, and reduced ability to
realize the American dream for so many, the country as a whole would have lower average education
level, and thus be less competitive in the global marketplace.
Government aid to education is an investment in the country and its people, not an expense.
• Cut corporate taxes. Corporate taxes are paid on profit. They do not adversely affect a company’s
operation, which involves before profit expense. Profits are paid as dividends to shareholders, in large
part, to the wealthy. Cutting corporate profits would increase income to the wealthy, reduce federal
revenues, and effectively shift the tax burden to middle and low income folks.
• Paul believes fervently in Jesus, who tirelessly advocated helping the poor. Where is Paul’s concern for
the working poor? He has plenty of programs helping the wealthy, but none for the poor. He opposes a
minimum wage. I’d like one people who want to work can live on without food stamps.
• Remove regulations (however weak) recently put in place on Wall Street. Deregulation gave us the
savings and loan debacle of the 1980s and the present recession. How can anyone favor this?
• Remove regulations on corporations. He sees no need for regulations for such things as clean air/water
and safety testing Monsanto’s GM food. Do we really want to remove what little regulation exists
protecting the environment and consumers?
6. Health care crisis
• Tax credits for insurance premiums (after repealing Obamacare). This is no help to the 45 million low
income, low tax paying folks without health care, which I thought was the problem. The government
would essentially pay for health care for high income folks who already have it, but not for low income
folks who don’t. Is this a solution or a further shifting of resources from the non-wealthy to the wealthy?
• No plans to control costs, such as imposing price constraints on an out-of-control profit driven medical
industry that can with impunity charge anything they want. With your life on the line, you have to pay
whatever is asked.
7. Paul would be 77 on taking office.
• I’m a senior citizen myself, but ….
8. The economy
• Return to the gold standard. Economists note that monetary policy would be set by gold miners in South
Africa and Uzbekistan. As one said, "If you like what OPEC means for oil prices, you'd love what the
gold standard would do to financial markets."
9. Most ultra-right member of congress over 65 years
Based on statistics in Am Jour Polit Sci, Paul had the most conservative voting record of over 3,000 house
and senate members from 1937 to 2002. Does the country really need more extremism?