Ron Paul Fact SheetSubmitted by uconntraxtar on Tue, 01/15/2008 - 02:20
I created this sheet to help people zero in on facts when they are canvassing on the phone. This is for people like me who need information written in front of them to accurately spout the right facts. The idea is to zero in on issues that are most important to the person and list off the facts that PROVE that Ron Paul is their candidate.
Please review and send any feedback--any other issues that may come up and should be addressed? Any other facts I can add? I had trouble finding facts supporting the economy issue--we all know RP is the only who understands the economy, but how do we PROVE it?
I would love if someone was able to do this for the other candidates (or do the opposite). Take each issue and show hard evidence that the other's are NOT the best candidates. ("Oh you like Huckabee because of his stance on taxes? Did you know that....)
Full text of what I came up with (can be downloaded, uploaded, shared, whatever):
Ron Paul Fact Sheet
Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul, 10 term Congressman from Texas. He served in the Air Force as a flight surgeon during the 1960’s. He is a medical doctor and as a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology, Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4,000 babies. He has been married to his wife Carol for 50 years. They reside in Lake Jackson, Texas, and are the proud parents of five children and have 17 grandchildren.
• In 10 terms in Congress, Ron Paul has never voted to raise taxes or voted for an unbalanced budget. He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
• Introduced the “Tax Free Tips Act of 2007” to exempt tips from federal income and payroll taxes.
• “The people know much better how to spend their money than the government”
• Voted against initial authorization to go to war in Iraq. Would only use our troops to defend our country, and rejects the Bush doctrine of “pre-emptive” war.
• Introduced legislation to grant marques and reprisal for the capturing of bin Laden.
• Would use our troops to protect our borders rather than base them in over 130 countries around the world.
• More active and retired armed forces have contributed to Ron Paul than any other candidate
• “The only proper way to go to war, the only legal way to go to war, the only constitutional way to go to war is to declare the war, by the congress, not by the president. The people should be behind it.”
• Never voted to spend one penny out of the Social Security trust fund.
• Introduced the “Social Security Beneficiary Tax Reduction Act” and the “Senior Citizens’ Tax Elimination Act” which would have eliminated all taxes on Social Security benefits.
• Introduced the “Social Security Preservation Act” (H.R. 219) to ensure that money paid into the system is only used for Social Security.
• Would allow young people to opt out of the program without reducing benefits owed to those already in.
• “Since Social Security benefits are financed with tax dollars, taxing these benefits is yet another example of double taxation.”
• Voted for the “Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006” giving states express authority to investigate, identify, apprehend, arrest, detain, or transfer undocumented immigrants to Federal custody.
• Voted for the “Secure Fence Act of 2006”
• Voted against giving amnesty to illegal aliens already in the country
• Stop illegal immigration at the source: “No welfare for illegal aliens. Americans have welcomed immigrants who seek opportunity, work hard, and play by the rules. But taxpayers should not pay for illegal immigrants who use hospitals, clinics, schools, roads, and social services.”
• “The talk must stop. We must secure our borders now. A nation without secure borders is no nation at all. It makes no sense to fight terrorists abroad when our own front door is left unlocked.”
• Voted against the Real ID Act in March of 2005 which would require a national ID with new tracking technologies, and means we’re heading into an Orwellian world of no privacy.
• Voted against the Patriot Act which:
o Expanded the federal government’s ability to use wiretaps without judicial oversight;
o Allowed nationwide search warrants non-specific to any given location, nor subject to any local judicial oversight;
o Made it far easier for the government to monitor private internet usage;
o Authorized “sneak and peek” warrants enabling federal authorities to search a person’s home, office, or personal property without that person’s knowledge; and
o Required libraries and bookstores to turn over records of books read by their patrons.
• “The Constitution was written to restrain the government, never to restrain the people.”
• Believes government as an institution is particularly ill suited to combat bigotry. Bigotry at its essence is a problem of the heart, and we cannot change people's hearts by passing more laws and regulations.
• “The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims.”
• Supports voluntary free trade and with all nations
• Opposed to world government organizations that transfer power from our government to unelected foreign elites (ICC, NAFTA, GATT, WTO, and CAFTA)
• Successfully fought legislation that would have allowed the UN to impose a direct tax on American citizens
• “I believe in being friends and I like as much free travel as possible and I like free trade, but I don’t like more government managements because it essentially protects big industry... ”
• Will lower taxes and reduce government spending across the board, which will put more money in the hands of everyday people.
• Works to legalize competing currencies (backed by hard assets) in order to restore value to the dollar.
• “Lower taxes allow more spending, saving, and investing which helps the economy — that means all of us.”
• “When the federal government finds that it cannot afford its out-of-control spending, and is unwilling to directly tax the public, it resorts simply to creating the money out of thin air… Day by day, every dollar you have is being devalued. You pay an inflation tax without even realizing it because you are forced by a falling dollar to pay more for goods and services.”
o Making all medical expenses tax deductible.
o Eliminating federal regulations that discourage small businesses from providing coverage.
o Giving doctors the freedom to collectively negotiate with insurance companies and drive down the cost of medical care.
o Making every American eligible for a Health Savings Account (HSA), and removing the requirement that individuals must obtain a high-deductible insurance policy before opening an HSA.
o Reform licensure requirements so that pharmacists and nurses can perform some basic functions to increase access to care and lower costs.
• “The federal government will not suddenly become efficient managers if universal health care is instituted. Government health care only means long waiting periods, lack of choice, poor quality, and frustration. Many Canadians, fed up with socialized medicine, come to the U.S. in order to obtain care. Socialized medicine will not magically work here.”
• Introduced the “Health Freedom Protection Act,” HR 2117, to ensure Americans can receive truthful health information about supplements and natural remedies.
• Oppose legislation that increases the FDA‘s legal powers. FDA has consistently failed to protect the public from dangerous drugs, genetically modified foods, dangerous pesticides and other chemicals in the food supply. Meanwhile they waste public funds attacking safe, healthy foods and dietary supplements
• Supported the “Access to Medical Treatment Act,” H.R. 2717, which expands the ability of Americans to use alternative medicine and new treatments.
• Opposed the “Homeland Security Bill,” H.R. 5005, which, in section 304, authorizes the forced vaccination of American citizens against small pox. The government should never have the power to require immunizations or vaccinations.
• “Americans are justifiably concerned over the government’s escalating intervention into their freedom to choose what they eat and how they take care of their health.”
• Introduced the “Family Education Freedom Act.” This bill would allow parents a tax credit of up to $5,000 (adjustable after 2007 for inflation) per student per year for the cost of attendance at an elementary and/or secondary school.
• Sponsored H.R. 1059, which would allow full-time elementary and secondary teachers a $3,000 yearly tax credit, thus easing their financial burden and encouraging good teachers to stay in an underpaid profession.
• “The federal government does not own our children. Yet we act as if it does by letting it decide when, how, and what our children will learn. We have turned their futures over to lobbyists and bureaucrats.”
• Consistently voted against using tax dollars to subsidize logging in National Forests
• Co-sponsor of legislation designed to encourage the development of alternative and sustainable energy. H.R. 550 extends the investment tax credit to solar energy property and qualified fuel cell property, and H.R. 1772 provides tax credits for the installation of wind energy property.
• Taxpayers for Common Sense named Paul a "Treasury Guardian" for his work against environmentally-harmful government spending and corporate welfare.
• A member of the Congressional Green Scissors Coalition, a bipartisan caucus devoted to ending taxpayer subsidies of projects that harm the environment for the benefit of special interests.
• “Individuals, businesses, localities, and states must be free to negotiate environmental standards. Those who depend on the land for their health and livelihood have the greatest incentive to be responsible stewards.”
o H.R. 1096 includes provisions repealing the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and the Federal Firearms License Reform Act of 1993, two invasive and unconstitutional bills.
o H.R. 1897 would end the ban on carrying a firearm in the National Park System, restoring Americans’ ability to protect themselves in potentially hazardous situations.
o H.R. 3305 would allow pilots and specially assigned law enforcement personnel to carry firearms in order to protect airline passengers, possibly preventing future 9/11-style attacks.
o H.R. 1146 would end our membership in the United Nations, protecting us from their attempts to tax our guns or disarm us entirely.
o Legislation to repeal the so-called “assault weapons” ban before its 2004 sunset, and will oppose any attempts to reinstate it.
• Opposed H.R. 2640, which would allow government-appointed psychiatrists to ban U.S. veterans experiencing even mild forms of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome from ever owning a gun.
• “You have the right to protect your life, liberty, and property. As President, I will continue to guard the liberties stated in the Second Amendment.”
• Broke the record for single day political donations—TWICE. Most recently, raised over $6 million on December 16, 2007 with an average donation size of around $100 from over 60,000 people
• Won more straw polls than any other candidate. Came in 1st or 2nd in 80% of the straw polls nation wide.
• Received more donations from active and retired military personnel than any other candidate.
• Most Googled presidential candidate
• “Freedom doesn’t divide, freedom unites”
This sheet is meant to be a reference for talking points while canvassing or phone calling. Once you zero in on their most important issue, you can state facts to back up Ron Paul’s positions. This is not meant for wide distribution to the public.
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