Statement of Congressman Ron Paul
United States House of Representatives
May 6, 2010
Madam Speaker, I rise to speak about Hemp History Week. To celebrate the American heritage of growing industrial hemp, the Hemp Industries Association, Vote Hemp, several American manufacturers, and allied companies and organizations have declared May 17 to May 23 to be Hemp History Week. Throughout the week, people will recognize America’s legacy of industrial hemp farming and call for reinstating respect for farmers’ basic right to grow industrial hemp.
Industrial hemp was legally grown throughout our country for many years. In fact, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew industrial hemp and used it to make cloth. During World War II, the federal government encouraged American farmers to grow hemp to help the war effort.
Despite industrial hemp farming being an important part of American history, the federal government has banned cultivation of this crop. In every other industrialized country, industrial hemp, defined to contain less than 0.3 percent THC--the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana, may be legally grown. Nobody can be psychologically affected by consuming industrial hemp. Unfortunately, because of a federal policy that does not distinguish between growing industrial hemp and growing marijuana, all hemp products and materials must be imported. The result is high prices, outsourced jobs, and lost opportunities for American manufacturing.
Reintroducing industrial hemp farming in the United States would bring jobs to communities struggling in today’s economy, provide American farmers with another crop alternative, and encourage the development of hemp processing factories near American hemp farming.
Industrial hemp is used in many products. For example, industrial hemp is used in protein supplements, non-dairy milk, and frozen desserts. Hemp flour is in breads, crackers, chips, dips, and dressings. Hemp seeds may be eaten plain or added to prepared foods. Additionally, hemp oil is used in a number of cosmetic and body care products, and hemp fiber is used in cloths. Industrial hemp is also present in bio-composite materials used in buildings and automobiles.
I first introduced the Industrial Hemp Farming Act (HR 1866) five years ago to end the federal government’s ban on American farmers growing industrial hemp. In this time, the industrial hemp industry has grown much larger. Despite its American history, industrial hemp is the only crop that we can buy and sell but not farm in the United States. The federal government should change the law to allow American farmers grow this profitable crop as American farmers have through most of our nation’s history. Please cosponsor the Industrial Hemp Farming Act and join me in celebrating Hemp History Week.
Reverses opinion after move gets bipartisan support in the Senate
Updated Thurs., May 6, 2010
WASHINGTON - Following last-minute adjustments, a proposal to audit the Federal Reserve that the Obama administration once opposed was on the verge of passing the Senate as it attracted broad support from conservatives and liberals alike.
The administration withdrew its objections to the proposal Thursday, saying it was satisfied that the audit would not interfere with the Fed's authority to set monetary policy.
The one-time audit would focus on the Fed's emergency lending to financial institutions in the months leading up to and after the 2008 financial crisis. At its peak, at the end of 2008, the Fed's lending totaled $1.16 trillion.
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On a day when the DOW closed down 430 points after falling 1,000 points and gold closed up $33 to roughly $1,210, Jim Sinclair was kind enough to spend some time making sense out of what is happening in the gold and equity markets for King World News listeners.
Listen to the interview at King World News. Thanks to Eric King for bringing us the news that the MSM won't.
C4L: We've received word that Senator Vitter plans to introduce the Paul-Grayson language as a separate standalone amendment, most likely later tonight [Thursday].
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Contact the 32 Co-Sponsors of S604 and ask them to support the Vitter Amendment.
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Bernie Sanders will be on the Tom Hartmann show Friday at Noon ET and will spend the hour discussing the issues and answering listener questions.
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Sold Out (Thanks IP Secure for the song)
From Ron Paul's Facebook:
Bernie Sanders has sold out and has sided with Chris Dodd to gut Audit the Fed in the Senate. His "compromise" is what the Administration and banking interests want - they'll allow the TARP and TALF to be audited, but no transparency of monetary policy decisions,discount window operations or agreement with foreign central banks. We need to take aciton and stop this!
U.S. House General Speeches
May 06, 2010 C-SPAN
Congressman Paul discusses the crisis in Greece with Megyn Kelly, and how it relates to the United States.
"Apres moi le deluge. After me, the deluge." – Jeanne Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, falsely attributed to King Louis XV
From RPF http://www.ronpaulforums....
Trey Grayson and his Washington buddies are out to steal this election away from Rand Paul. I've just learned that a group called the American Future Fund is dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars in television attack ads against Rand across Kentucky.
The ad basically calls Rand a cuckoo - see for yourself:
The American Freedom Fund counts among its leadership Larry McCarthy (Grayson's media consultant) and Jan Van Lohuizen (Grayson's pollster). So it's not really an independent effort.
It's time to get to work. We need to raise more money for Rand to counter this attack. We need to make phone calls, put up yard signs and knock on doors.
If we don't, Trey Grayson is going to steal this election.
They are spending 10x to 20x on this ad what was spent by Grayson. It is a MASSIVE amount of dollars they are putting behind this.
WASHINGTON—In a move that will stoke a battle over the future of the Internet, the federal government plans to propose regulating broadband lines under decades-old rules designed for traditional phone networks.
The decision, by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, is likely to trigger a vigorous lobbying battle, arraying big phone and cable companies and their allies on Capitol Hill against Silicon Valley giants and consumer advocates.
Breaking a deadlock within his agency, Mr. Genachowski is expected Thursday to outline his plan for regulating broadband lines. He wants to adopt "net neutrality" rules that require Internet providers like Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc. to treat all traffic equally, and not to slow or block access to websites.
From the WSJ. By the way, don't forget to check out Bernanke's letter to Dodd. http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2010/05/06/bernanke-letter-to...
WASHINGTON—Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sought Thursday to head off legislation that would subject the central bank's monetary policy decisions to congressional audits, warning it could stoke inflation and threaten economic stability.
Greece is on the verge of a precipice - a day after unrest which saw three people killed, the country's Parliament is debating the austerity package which sparked the violence. The situation remains tense and many analysts say it's the high price Greece is having to pay for being part of the Eurozone - a cost now being picked up by the people.
Millions of people from countries across the world have begun to wake up to the very real threat of repressive and engineered Globalism, or what the financial elite and the politicians who work for them often refer to as “The New World Order”. The movement against this centralization of economic and social power has gained traction in nearly every sphere, to the point where even the mainstream media has been forced on occasion to acknowledge its existence and prevalence. Those of us who have been working more than a few years in this activist organization, what many of us call the “Patriot Movement”, or the “Liberty Movement”, have seen incredible leaps and bounds in the fight against disinformation and the spread of unadulterated truth. Our work has gone viral, and our membership has skyrocketed, however, the task of diluting ignorance in the overall populace is far from over.
Every researcher, writer, and filmmaker who tackles the New World Order issue will suffer the unfortunate experience of running into people who are almost criminally uninformed, and this will happen on a regular basis. For a long time, our frustration was magnified by our inability to specifically define what it was that made these people the way they were. Were some just mentally inadequate, and unable to effectively process the facts? Were they so indoctrinated by the MSM that there was no turning back? Was there an innate difference in intuitive faculties that made some people quick in picking out a lie, and others slow? Many theories abound, but one thing was certain; in our quest to inform the masses, there were always going to be those who were incapable of hearing or understanding what we had to say, no matter how factual, rational, and refined our arguments. We now call these wonders of intellectual rustication “Sheeple”…
Sheeple can be found in every country, every ethnic background, every religious organization, and every subculture. After years of examination and experience, it has become much easier for the Liberty Movement to identify and categorize the various forms of sheeple, and come to terms with the triggers in the human mind that cause some to willfully ignore logic and wisdom. I have written in the past about some of these triggers, including my article “Sheeple: Why They Are The Way They Are”: