Benjamin Franklin famously penned, “He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.” A former obstetrician expounded upon Franklin’s sentiment regarding bad company corrupting good character, and gave it a modern edge. “When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads,” wrote Congressman Ron Paul.
Who are the presidential candidates in bed with now? Judging from donations alone, Ron Paul draws the eternal devotion of the entire US Army, the US Air Force, the US Navy, and sensible folks at Google. In stark contrast, Mitt Romney’s moneyed mistresses max out to him at Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and Citigroup. Rick Santorum appears to be the worst lover of them all. No one of any consequence has jumped into Santorum’s sex-is-for-procreation bed, offering to give him big donors—unless you count Universal Health Services. In fact, Santorum has barely surpassed Jon Huntsman’s fundraising totals, and Huntsman went broke months ago. Even Newt Gingrich is out-fundraising Santorum nearly three-to-one. That’s to be expected for Gingrich; good times seem to come in threes for the former Speaker.
Heading into “Super Tuesday,” many conservatives lament that they do not like any of the remaining Republican candidates for president. Romney is too moderate, Gingrich too much a “Washington insider,” and Santorum both an insider and a guaranteed loser against Obama thanks to his willingness to bare his soul about some of his more outlandish socially conservative views.
That leaves Ron Paul, who would seem to be the ideal conservative candidate. Paul’s Plan to Restore America actually cuts $1 trillion from the federal budget in his first year as president, including eliminating the Department of Education that Ronald Reagan promised to abolish.
Paul is the only candidate that actually disagrees with President Obama in principle on “spreading the wealth around.” Paul doesn’t just nibble a few pennies away from financially insignificant welfare programs. He actually has a funded plan to let young people opt out of Medicare and Social Security. This is really a plan to responsibly end these programs. Government-mandated programs only survive because people are forced to participate. If conservatives really do oppose socialism, they should agree with Paul on this. Where do they think Social Security got its name?
For a large group of conservatives, they are with Paul right up until he explains his foreign policy. Suddenly, not only does the courtship end, they stop taking calls and change their phone numbers. That’s unfortunate because most conservatives make this decision upon a completely distorted view of Paul’s foreign policy.
An interesting series of events unfolded Saturday at the Oklahoma County GOP Convention. To simplify the schedule, the day began with Registration from 7 am to 9:30 am. At 9 am the Convention was to Convene (or near that time) followed by the report of the Credentials Committee (who gets to be a delegate), the Rules Committee (what rules the Convention will follow), the Platform Committee (what the party will stand for) and various speeches throughout the day. Things did not go as scheduled, however. The problem began with Registration.
Eight years ago a candidate who inspired young Democrats and independents was passed over in favor of a more electable choice – John Kerry was chosen over the brash Howard Dean in an “anyone-but-Bush” race.
Today, Republicans line up in an attempt to repeat history. In this "anyone-but-Obama" race, they are overlooking a candidate who inspires inside the party and out in favor of the “electable” option.
Is a win more important for Republicans or is that vague feel of electability more important? The two are exclusive of each other according to the results of the 1976, 1980, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008 elections. Choose the moderate – the one who feels tolerable to everyone – and you reject the candidate from your own party who inspires.
Jonathan Karl ABC NEWS TV commentator on Journalism and his reluctance to offer his opinions. He will not share his opinions even though he is a TV commentator. Would it be more honest to simply tell us what his views are instead of pretending he has no views? Are his views implied in his questions? How can we examine the reasoning on which his views are based if he will not tell us what his views are? How can the viewers consider the reasoning he uses support his opinions if he does not tell us what his opinions are, much less the reasoning? These are some of the questions considered in this interview. Watch his facial expressions.
Since the passage of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938 (FD&C Act), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been on a witch-hunt against nutritional supplements and health foods.
On July 1, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a “draft” guidance to allegedly help the dietary supplement industry comply with a process by which dietary ingredient suppliers notify the FDA that a safe ingredient is being marketed which has not been included in nutritional supplements before 1994.
News media reported last week that Iran had flatly refused the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to its Parchin military test facility, based on a statement to reporters by IAEA Deputy Director General, Herman Nackaerts, that “We could not get access”.
Now, however, explicit statements on the issue by the Iranian Ambassador to the IAEA and the language of the new IAEA report indicate that Iran did not reject an IAEA visit to the base per se but was only refusing access as long as no agreement had been reached with the IAEA governing the modalities of cooperation.
Gareth Porter an American historian, investigative journalist and policy analyst on U.S. foreign and military policy.joins Daily Paul Radio with Kurt Wallace for ‘Debunking the Washington DC Voodoo of Anti-Iran Propaganda’ to discuss the build up against Iran by the US Government and the US Media’s failure to report accurately as to Iran’s willingness to comply with the IAEA. He also exposes the power brokers in Washington DC pushing for War with Iran.
It happened at night. Your ascent began with an unpleasant awakening. You could tell she was scared and in pain. Movements occurred faster than reason. Clothes on, car keys found, eyes awake, bodies moving towards the car, road leading to the emergency room. Then, all motion stopped.
A few weeks ago, my 85-year-old grandmother said she and grandpa were disgusted with the field of Republican presidential candidates, but they were considering casting their not-Obama votes for Santorum due to his religious beliefs. Shocked, I asked what their objections were to Ron Paul and she said, “Well, he dropped out! We don’t hear anything about him on the news!”
Michael Steele of MSNBC thinks taxes are voluntary. He claims people are not forced to pay taxes. His position is hopelessly contradictory. Ultimately he admits that force is used and that a forced action is quite different from an unforced action.
Where does the confusion come from? It comes from confusing two concepts that sound alike but are quite different. The first is free will, which is a characteristic that everybody has by nature. It is a characteristic of humans to be able to think or not think, to decide to do something or not do it. We are born this way. The second concept is a free action or voluntary action which means that you take the action free of coercion or threat of coercion. This second concept is important because it differentiates between two very different kinds of actions, those that you are forced to take and those you are not forced to take and thus, take freely. To the extent that you confuse these two concepts(free will and actions you take freely) your thinking will not make sense and you'll end up contradicting yourself. This I think, is what happened to Mr. Steel.
As I have mentioned previously, Mr. Steel should be commended for being willing to have his views examined. I appreciate his openness and willingness to reason. Ultimately, a willingness to reason is the best chance all of us have to rid ourselves of mistaken thinking. Part 3
Despite his big-government record as a governor, Mitt Romney has run for president as a conservative who would allow the free market to work. To bolster his credibility, he points to his success as CEO of Bain Capital. Romney led that company to become one of the largest and most successful private equity investment firms in the nation.
Many of his supporters have been able to look past the fact that he consistently raised taxes and pioneered Obamacare in Massachusetts because of this private sector success. They echo Romney’s argument that “the government should be run like a business” and believe that only a proven, successful businessman can do the job.
There are two problems here. The first is that history has already shown that successful businessmen are terrible for the free market whenever they get anywhere near government power. The second is that government cannot ever be run like a business. Its very nature makes that utterly impossible.
Regarding the first problem, one need only study the 19th century. If you don’t like the progressive movement, you can thank the 19th century Republican Party for creating the conditions that led to its birth.
Tuesday, February 28th marks the next phase in the GOP election process, with the primaries in Arizona and Michigan. It is becoming clear to many that the likelihood of an open convention is increasing. A "brokered" convention and an "open" convention are two very different things, and this has been miss-reported by the major media. Of note is that both of these states will pay a penalty of half of their Delegates due to the date of their elections. First, on to Arizona!
Arizona has 29 Delegates available after the penalty for holding their primary early. This is a closed primary. It is unclear as to the final method of compliance with RNC rules (a state holding a primary before April 1st is required to award Delegates proportionally) but as it stands, all 29 Delegates go to the popular vote winner, and are bound for the 1st ballot at the National Convention. Here is the official Arizona Republican Party Bylaws.
Michigan losses half of their Delegates due to the date of their primary. They will award 30 Delegates proportionally based on the following formula: 28 Delegates come from the 14 Congressional Districts (2 per District) and are awarded to whoever gets the most votes in that District. The remaining 2 Delegates are "State" Delegates and are awarded proportionally, with a threshold of 15% to be eligible (which means that the party is trying to skirt the proportional rule and be a winner take all state). All 30 Delegates are bound for the 1st ballot at the National Convention.