Ron Paul leaves Congress as the best-known national figure in Texas politicsSubmitted by sailingaway on Tue, 01/01/2013 - 20:53
"By standard measures, Ron Paul's legislative career in Washington has been unusually unproductive. In 23 years in office, just one of the 613 bills the maverick Texan introduced in Congress was signed into law, a proposal to sell the customs house in Galveston to a local historical association.
That's a futility rate of 99.8 percent.
Just four measures he authored passed the House of Representatives. Only seven ever emerged from House committees.
“Conventional wisdom says I didn't get much done,” the 77-year-old congressman said in an interview. “I didn't get much legislation passed.”
But Ron Paul has never been a conventional politician, and his political career defies conventional analysis. The quirky libertarian from Lake Jackson might not have been a legislative titan. But the former Air Force medic who entered politics four decades ago to protect Americans' individual liberties against government encroachment has managed to become the best-known national figure in Texas politics today."