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Ron Paul: Stimulus for Who?

by Ron Paul | January 26, 2008
Texas Straight Talk

This week the House is expected to pass an $825 billion economic stimulus package. In reality, this bill is just an escalation of a government-created economic mess. As before, a sense of urgency and impending doom is being used to extract mountains of money from Congress with minimal debate. So much for change. This is déjà vu. We are again being promised that its passage will help employment, help homeowners, help the environment, etc. These promises are worthless. This time around especially, Congress should know better than to pass anything of this magnitude without first reading the fine print. There a many red flags that I have found in this bill.

At least $4 billion is allocated to expanding the police state and the war on drugs through Byrne grants, which even the Bush administration opposed, and the COPS program, both of which are corrupt and largely ineffective programs.

To help Big Brother keep a better eye on us and our children, $20 billion would go towards health information technology, which would create a national system of electronic medical records without adequate privacy protection. These records would instead be subject to the misnamed federal “medical privacy” rule, which allows government and state-favored special interests to see medical records at will. An additional $250 million is allocated for states to nationalize individual student data, expanding Federal control of education and eroding privacy.

$79 billion bails out states that haphazardly expanded their budgets during the bubble years, but refuse to retrench and cut back, as their taxpayers have had to, during recession years.

$200 million expands Americorps. $100 million goes to “faith-and-community” based organizations for social services, which will further insinuate the government into charity and community service. Private charities are much more efficient and effective because they are directly accountable to donors, while public programs tend to get rewarded for failure. With its money, the Federal Government brings its incompetence and its whims, while creating foolish dependence. This is sad to see.

Of course the bill is rife with central planning projects. $4 billion for job training, much of which will be used to direct workers into “green jobs”. $200 million to “encourage” electric cars, $2 billion to support US manufacturers of advanced batteries and battery systems, which is yet another function of government I can’t find in the Constitution. Not to mention $500 million for energy efficient manufacturing demonstration projects, $70 million for a Technology Innovation Program for “research in potentially revolutionary technologies” in which government, not supply and demand, will pick winners and losers. $746 million for afterschool snacks, $6.75 billion for the Department of Commerce, including $1 billion for a census.

This bill delivers an additional debt burden of $6,700 to every American man, woman and child.

There is a lot of stimulus and growth in this bill – that is, of government. Nothing in this bill stimulates the freedom and prosperity of the American people. Politician-directed spending is never as successful as market-driven investment. Instead of passing this bill, Congress should get out of the way by cutting taxes, cutting spending, and reining in the reckless monetary policy of the Federal Reserve.

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This "Junk" bill...

is going to pass anyway. Since when does congress listen to the people anyway? I can't believe that they haven't learned their lesson from the last fiasco.

Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Einstein.

the dp has been so busy, I

the dp has been so busy, I wanted to make sure people get a chance to see this. Interesting article. At least the chron's reaction seems to be in opposition of this insanity.
Federal Grant Programs and Government Grants For Education

Medical Privacy

is a complete misnomer in this bill. It should be labeled Limited Medical Privacy since it gives the government---federal and state---the right to our medical information without our consent. What is there to prevent the government from giving or selling this information to their good friends in the health insurance industry? Just another civil liberty down the drain.

insurance technologies

So in the industry an insurance technologies are getting a bill but civil liberty isn't as important? those technologies should care about citizens.

Don't leave out the.....

child support enforcement $1,000,000,000 rip off. CSE does not work and in fact they only produce about $156,000,000 million per year and that is from guys who pay like they are supposed to anyway and would have without the involvement of HRS. This is a subject everyone stays away from but it is important to know that this is one of the biggest scams ever slipped over the eyes of the American people. It encourages, debtors prisons, usurpation of the constitution, no due process, kangaroo courts, no trials, homelessness and suicides of "deadbroke Dads." They imprison you for contempt at the drop of the hat, prevent you from travel (passport), hound you all over the world, The stereotype of the rich banker not paying his child support is a fallacy. It is more common that the guy that they abuse is some poor smoe who don't have a pot to piss in anyway. Lastly, they encourage the breakup of the family through no fault divorce given all the benefit to the mothers (in most cases) and who wins? The lawyers. This crap all came out of the "it takes a village to raise a child" Clinton bullshit.

Is there more money for child support enforcement in this bill?

That's the last thing we need. The divorce, domestic violence, and child support industry is destroying the key opposition to complete government control of our lives -- the American family. We have lost the inalienable right to parent our own children. We have lost the right to spend money on our children as we see fit. In some cases we have lost the right to even see our children. And while the undisputed number one cause of delinquency and teen pregnancy is the fatherless home, we push fathers further away from the home as we bankrupt them.

You bet!

One BILLION DOLLARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Child Support Enforcement: $1 billion to provide federal incentive funds for states to collect support owed to families.
May Bill Bradley burn in HELL and why isn't Charlie Rangel in jail?

"Takes a

"Takes a village...shit......

I watched the two latest clips on the front page

and have to agree somewhat with the anchors of the show. Ron needs to come up with a plan just as if he were the POTUS. People are tired of hearing him (and those like him) spout what the problems WERE and want to hear what he WOULD do.

I would love nothing better than to see Ron come up with a great plan for the economy. That would shut people the hell up that have disagreed with him.

Gee, you must have watched two other clips.

Dr. Paul always talks about cutting spending, but none of the anchors can hear him say it or understand what it means, and you seem to be the same way. The only thing any of those anchors said that was true would be where the one guy says something like "I don't understand anything you guys are saying, it is all over my head". They could all have chanted that in unison. Dr. Paul always talks about ending the empire, or can you not understand what that means either?

Do you have cloth ears, too?

The journalists kept saying "Tell us what you would do." Then they acted like RP never answered.

Ron Paul said over and over again what he would do, they just couldn't, or wouldn't, hear it. Here is what he said he would do:

Stop the bailouts and let the market set the prices so the bad assets can be liquidated and purged from the market.

Stop income taxes and corporate taxes to free up capital as well as money for people to spend thereby stimulating the economy.

Bring home American soldiers and spend the money we would save on infrastructure here at home instead of bombing and rebuilding the rest of the world.

Regulate the actions of the gov't agencies and the FED whose policies created this mess.

That's because

That's because they are really asking "What would you do to make everything painless." It's not possible to answer that, it's too late for painless, this is withdrawal from drug addiction.

"The credit expansion boom is built on the sands of banknotes and deposits. It must collapse.", www.mises.org

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero, www.freedomshift.blogspot.com

Apparently....when Ron said

"I would allow the liquidation of debt" something he has been saying over and over and over again....that was not good enough for you.

Everyone wants an answer that involves no pain and suffering.

Wake up! cause that don't exist!!!!

Or would you rather him say he would wave a magic Austrian School wand on everything and make it better...if thats the case then Ron simply telling the truth is not want you want to hear

I agree slightly with feebs...

First - this was one of his best interviews period hands down. He stayed on topic and didn't get side tracked. I would have loved him to say however ...... I would allow the liquidation of debt, I would abolish the federal reserve and and the income tax. Hear me out on this, 100% of the funds received by the IRS is an INTEREST ONLY payment on the federal debt. Why are the american people paying interst to the federal reserve to finance our debt. This is pure theft!

I hear him say eleminate the income tax and abosish the federal reserve all the time, but I hardly hear him say why, I know he gets cut off when he tries most of the time, but it does seem lately like he's getting slightly more openings.....

Do you think there is room to campaign one of the shows to dedicate say a half hour for him to explain things out... Maybe Glen Beck or Lou Dobbs???

!!!Truth is treason in the EMPIRE OF LIES!!!

" Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of they day; but a series of oppresssions...pursued unalterably, through every change of ministers, too plainly proove delibrate, systematical plan of reducing us to slavery..."

Um, that's what he said

Is no one listening?

Okay - I listened for a 4th time and he didn't mention

where income and business tax goes, as per say the Grace Commission Report. We have listened to him for almost 2 years now and we know what he means so we hear it without him saying it. But for many people they are hearing for the first time lately.. If he would just say things more simply. I am not trying to argue. I just know when I first started listening to him I had many gaps and had it not been for my desire to learn I would have never picked up on all that he says (oh and my sister nagging me to death). He has to dumb it down, come on this was msnbc...lol
!!!Truth is treason in the EMPIRE OF LIES!!!

" Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of they day; but a series of oppresssions...pursued unalterably, through every change of ministers, too plainly proove delibrate, systematical plan of reducing us to slavery..."

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Unfortunately emailing this out without Ron's name on it

(as I often do as a stealth tactic) might be bad. The ever-stupifying sheeple would say... "These are great things that we all need." "Wonderful" "More free stuff from the government."

This article may have put my dad over the edge..

After being burned by two of the bailed out corporations.