By THOMAS BEAUMONT
DES MOINES REGISTER STAFF WRITER
June 21, 2007
The decision by a tax watchdog group in Iowa to keep some presidential candidates from attending its political forum in Des Moines next week has led to a barrage of angry responses from supporters of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, one of the Republicans seeking the GOP nomination.
Paul, a Texas congressman, will not be among the six GOP candidates scheduled to speak at the June 30 event in Des Moines. The forum at Hy-Vee Hall is jointly sponsored by the Iowa Christian Alliance.
Officials of Iowans for Tax Relief said the decision not to invite Paul had to do with his scant campaign organization in the state and his low ranking in Iowa polls.
Participating in the event will be former governors Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin, along with U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas and U.S. Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Tom Tancredo of Colorado.
But Paul - like John Cox and Mark Klein, two other Republican candidates - was not invited because the invitations only went to those candidates who are "credible," said Ed Failor Jr., vice president of Iowans for Tax Relief.
I was dismayed to hear a Democrat strategist who was being interviewed on Wednesday night's O'Reilly Factor say that there was "no anti-war candidate on the Republican side."
This my friends is a blatant form of censorship. Certainly someone calling herself a Democrat strategist who is called on to speak on national TV, cannot be that ignorant of the facts.
Sadly, we have seen some questionable behavior in both the mainstream media and with certain individuals in Dr. Paul's own party who have tried to exclude Ron Paul from debates, forums, and polls.
I was probably one of many folks who called Krishna Consulting and spoke to Mr. Gopal Krishna. He was polite and took time to speak with me in a lengthy conversation. The motivation of sponsoring this forum, according to Mr. Gopal, is that their group can be in on asking questions of the candidates with the goal of exposing any weaknesses in a candidates position on the major issues.
Ron Paul made the following opening statement today for the Committee on Financial Services Paulsen Hearing:
Ron Paul on MSNBC's "Super Tuesday" yesterday. He has interviewed by Chris Jansing (earlier was reported as Chris Matthews).
by Michael Nystrom
June 20, 2007
There were a couple of interesting pieces yesterday on TheStreet.com about the possibility of a return to the gold standard. The article: Ditch the Fed, Go Back to Gold made the front page, and embedded within the article was a link to a video interview with the author, Simon Constable. Gold has obviously come a long way in the last decade in terms of public awareness. Rising inflation has generated considerable interest in the so-called â€œbarbaric metal.â€
At first blush, both the article and the interview appear to give the gold standard a fair hearing, but both ultimately reject the idea as unworkable. This rejection is based on some faulty underlying assumptions as well as some muddled thinking. In an attempt to clarify the some of these issues, I have transcribed the interview and interjected some of my own comments from my vantage point here in the peanut gallery. I wasnâ€™t invited to the interview, but that wonâ€™t stop me from participating in it on behalf of gold bugs everywhere!
The Iowa Christian Alliance and Iowans for Tax Relief are co-sponsoring a Republican candidatesâ€™ forum for June 30. The event will feature Mitt Romney, Tommy Thompson, Sam Brownback, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, and Tom Tancredo.
Ron Paul, however, is to be excluded.
Sorry to report the rally had to be canceled due to a scheduling conflict but I promise some audio and perhaps some video from that day as best I can.
Iowans for Tax Relief and Iowa Christian Alliance will host a presidential candidates forum on Saturday, June 30th in Des Moines. Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Sam Brownback, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, Tommy Thompson, and Tom Tancredo will participate.
Ron Paul, however, will not participate. Why? Because he wasnâ€™t invited. Campaign chairman Kent Snyder elaborates.
We need you to get them to change their minds. Contact the sponsors:
Iowans for Tax Relief
This is from Mad Magazine, circa 2004. It is instructive on how very simple messages get twisted during a political campaign. Something to keep in mind going forward.