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Health Care Debate on Larry King Live with Dr. Ron Paul

It defies all logic and common sense to put the government in charge of anything important–especially health care.

Wasting money and waging unnecessary wars are about the only two things that the government consistently does efficiently and well.

Ron Paul: Make Love (and Pay for Health Care) — Not War

A change to foreign policy and an end to our needless wars could cover the cost of health care for the elderly and poor.

But instead, Obama’s proposal is a bureaucratic, government solution to a problem created by the government in the first place and it will only make things worse. Obama is not ending the wars in the Middle East either (which are bad for the health of a lot of innocent people -AND- horribly expensive and bad for the economy as well. Unless you are a military contractor.)

Also mentioned in this video is RonPaulSingles.com. If you’re single then I guess you never know, it might be worth a try… (?)

Ron Paul: ‘Expect Huge Price Increases in the Future’

Ron Paul: Stress Tests Are Just For Show

Peter Schiff on the Fed, Lending, and the Swine Flu

Ron Paul on the Federal Reserve, Bailouts, and AIG Bonuses

The problem is the Federal Reserve and the bailouts, not the AIG bonuses (as bad as they are–they are just a symptom of the corrupted system).

Ron Paul further explained these facts on Fox Business News earlier today (3/24/2009):

Peter Schiff: Get Out of the Dollar While You Still Can

Joel Skousen On Obama’s Ill-Fated Promise

World Affairs Brief
Joel Skousen
President Obama’s promise that, “We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before,” will go down to haunt him like the Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” Banner. When inflation comes back people will initially think a recovery has arrived, but fast rising prices will soon begin to rob all existing assets and savings of their value.

…Instead, we are starting down the path of draconian fiscal irresponsibility, warned against by the Austrian economic adage: “when you bailout an economy with ever increasing doses of fiat money, each subsequent boom-bust cycle is larger and more violent than the last.”

Check out Skousen’s website “World Affairs Brief“, worth a daily visit.

CNBC Anchors Upset When They Unintentially Air Ron Paul’s Opening Statement to House Financial Services Committee

When you work at CNBC you just don’t want the unfiltered truth getting out across the airwaves (notice the reaction of the talking heads at 2:23).

Ron Paul said things like: “This is the end of an era. You can’t reinflate the bubble… it has failed” which is of course waaay too truthful to be shown uncensored:

Only a Return to Free Market Principles Can Save the Economy

The free market is not what got us into the current economic mess — but it is the only thing that could get us out of it.

To fix things of course would require a period of difficulty, and a nationwide determination to identify and root out corruption on all levels of government as well as in the corporate world. It would also take a return to Constitutional government, sacrifice (not the fake Obama kind) and a lot of personal responsibility. It seems as a whole that the nation lacks the capacity for all of that, so instead the country will probably just continue to spiral downward until everything totally falls apart.

But you have to keep trying to get support for true and effective principles even in the face of overwhelming odds.  Here is a clip from Ron Paul’s appearance on Brian and the Judge today:

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A paraphrase of the great reminder from Dr. Paul:

Government does not exist to grant its individual citizens their rights. Government should exist only to secure and protect ALL rights — which each individual inherently has.

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Another Perspective on Israel and Gaza

The U.S. media can be very one-sided and deceptive. This is especially true when it comes to war and/or the Middle East. It is not unusual for the world to hear one thing while the controlled U.S. corporate “mainstream” media propaganda machine feeds us something else.

In the overall historical perspective (recent events aside) neither group in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is totally right or wrong in their behavior. But we only get one biased side of the issue in the U.S.. This is to be expected — the U.S. arms Israel and gives them huge amounts of money in foreign aid. Of course, the U.S. also leads the way in the so-called “War on Terror” and in pre-emptive war. Below are some resources to help fill in the information gaps.

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Ron Paul on the fighting between Israel and the Palestinians:

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Eric Margolis writes an excellent summary of the issue:

Israel’s ‘Fait Accompli’ in Gaza

There are two completely different versions of what is currently happening in Gaza.

In the Israeli and North American press version, Hamas – “Islamic terrorists” backed by Iran – have in an unprovoked attack fired deadly rockets on innocent Israel with the intent of destroying the Jewish state.

North American politicians and the media say Israel “has the right to defend itself.”

True enough. No Israeli government can tolerate rockets hitting its towns, even though the casualty totals have been less than the car crash fatalities registered during a single holiday weekend on Israel’s roads.

The firing of the feeble, homemade al-Qassam rockets by Palestinians is both useless and counterproductive.

It damages their image as an oppressed people and gives right-wing Israeli extremists a perfect reason to launch more attacks on the Arabs and refuse to discuss peace.

Israel’s supporters insist it has the absolute right to drop hundreds of tons of bombs on “Hamas targets” inside the 360 sq km Gaza Strip to “take out the terrorists.”

Civilians suffer, says Israel, because the cowardly Hamas hide among them.

Actually, it is more like shooting fish in a barrel.

Omitting facts

As usual, this cartoon-like version of events omits a great deal of nuance and background.

While firing rockets at civilians is a crime so, too, is the Israeli blockade of Gaza, which is an egregious violation of international law and the Geneva Conventions.

According to the UN, most of Gaza’s 1.5 million Palestinian refugees subsist near the edge of hunger. Seventy per cent of Palestinian children in Gaza suffer from severe malnutrition and psychological trauma.

Medical facilities are critically short of doctors, personnel, equipment, and drugs. Gaza has quite literally become a human garbage dump for all the Arabs that Israel does not want.

Gaza is one of the world’s most-densely populated places, a vast outdoor prison camp filled with desperate people. In the past, they threw stones at their Israeli occupiers; now they launch homemade rockets.Call it a prison riot, writ large.

Click here to read the rest Eric Margolis’s article.

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Michel Chussudovsky details some of the real reasons behind the Israeli aggression in The Invasion of Gaza: ‘Operation Cast Lead’:

The aerial bombings and the ongoing ground invasion of Gaza by Israeli ground forces must be analysed in a historical context. Operation “Cast Lead” is a carefully planned undertaking, which is part of a broader military-intelligence agenda first formulated by the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2001:

“Sources in the defense establishment said Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare for the operation over six months ago, even as Israel was beginning to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with Hamas.”[Barak Ravid, Operation "Cast Lead": Israeli Air Force strike followed months of planning, Haaretz, December 27, 2008]

It was Israel which broke the truce on the day of the US presidential elections, November 4:

“Israel used this distraction to break the ceasefire between itself and Hamas by bombing the Gaza strip.  Israel claimed this violation of the ceasefire was to prevent Hamas from digging tunnels into Israeli territory.

The very next day, Israel launched a terrorizing siege of Gaza, cutting off food, fuel, medical supplies and other necessities in an attempt to “subdue” the Palestinians while at the same time engaging in armed incursions.

In response, Hamas and others in Gaza again resorted to firing crude, homemade, and mainly inaccurate rockets into Israel.  During the past seven years, these rockets have been responsible for the deaths of 17 Israelis.  Over the same time span, Israeli Blitzkrieg assaults have killed thousands of Palestinians, drawing worldwide protest but falling on deaf ears at the UN.” [Shamus Cooke, The Massacre in Palestine and the Threat of a Wider War, Global Research, December 2008]

Planned Humanitarian Disaster

On December 8, US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte was in Tel Aviv for discussions with his Israeli counterparts including the director of Mossad, Meir Dagan.

“Operation Cast Lead” was initiated two days day after Christmas. It was coupled with a carefully designed international Public Relations campaign under the auspices of Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

Hamas’ military targets are not the main objective. Operation “Cast Lead” is intended, quite deliberately, to trigger civilian casualities.

What we are dealing with is a “planned humanitarian disaster” in Gaza in a densly populated urban area.

The longer term objective of this plan, as formulated by Israeli policy makers, is the expulsion of Palestinians from Palestinian lands:

“Terrorize the civilian population, assuring maximal destruction of property and cultural resources… The daily life of the Palestinians must be rendered unbearable: They should be locked up in cities and towns, prevented from exercising normal economic life, cut off from workplaces, schools and hospitals, This will encourage emigration and weaken the resistance to future expulsions” Ur Shlonsky, quoted by Ghali Hassan, Gaza: The World’s Largest Prison, Global Research, 2005)

Click here to read the rest of Michel Chussudovsky’s article

Israeli Professor Neve Gordon Condemns Israeli Invasion of Gaza on Democracy Now 1/5/09

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SEE ALSO:

Israel Created Hamas, Pro-Israel Resolution a Mistake

Israel is Committing War Crimes The Wall Street Journal

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Ron Paul: Auto Rescue is Damaging to Economy

Ron Paul discussed Bush’s bailout of the auto industry on Fox Business channel 12.19.2008:

Ron Paul: The Road to Nationalization and What About the BIG Bailout???

The $15 billion auto industry bailout really is a petty distraction compared to the $8+ trillion spent so far on the bank bailout scams.

Ron Paul speaking in the House of Representatives on 12/10/2008:

Ron Paul’s 2nd Speech from 12/10/2008:

Ron Paul: Don’t Bail Out the Auto Industry

Ron Paul gets it right again:

Ron Paul Interviewed on Russia Today

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