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A Word From Ron Paul

From Forbes.com:

Trailwatch reached out to each of the remaining presidential campaigns and offered them an unedited forum in which they could address voters. As he was when we requested information for our Candidate Screener, Ron Paul was the first candidate to respond to our offer. We asked each campaign to submit 500 to 1,000 words on the issues they believe are the most important ones facing the nation at this moment in time. Here is what Ron Paul had to say.

–Paul M. Murdock

By Ron Paul 03.04.08
America became the greatest, most prosperous nation in history through low taxes, constitutionally limited government, personal freedom and a belief in sound money. I decided to run for president because I am deeply concerned that the conservative movement has drifted away from these principles that we once so fiercely defended. Deficits have exploded, entitlements are out of control and our personal liberties are threatened like never before.

The current state of our economy drives home the hard truth that living beyond our means has caught up to us. Oil is over $100 a barrel, the housing market is in sharp decline and the dollar is in a free fall.

The national debt now stands in excess of $9 trillion, more than $30,000 per person. The total future debt obligations of the United States, including entitlements, are estimated at around $59 trillion, which equates to over $500,000 per household. Social Security and Medicare will likely consume the entire federal budget by 2040, threatening the average American with an impossible tax burden.

As I said this past November to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, “We’re indeed between a rock and a hard place, and we don’t talk about how we got here; we talk about how we are going to patch it up.” The “solutions” proposed so far–stimulus packages, bailouts and interest rate cuts–just amount to printing more money, which will lead to greater currency devaluation, contribute to the rising costs of living, and further squeeze the middle class and our senior citizens.

This is the first time in over 100 years that monetary policy is being discussed in earnest during a presidential campaign. Money is the lifeblood of any economy, and control over a nation’s currency means control over its economic well-being. Fed bankers quite literally determine the value of our money by controlling the supply of dollars and establishing interest rates. Their actions can make you richer or poorer overnight, in terms of the value of your savings and the buying power of your paycheck. For over 30 years, I have been urging all Americans to educate themselves about monetary policy in order to better understand how a small group of unelected individuals at the Fed and the Treasury Department wield tremendous power over our lives.

In order to immediately strengthen the economy and lay the groundwork for continued prosperity, I have proposed a four-part plan that involves lower taxes, less spending, a sound monetary policy and regulatory reform.

We can take several immediate steps to reform our archaic tax system and give Americans back the fruits of their labor. I will work to make the Bush tax cuts permanent, including a repeal of the estate tax, and I will fight to end taxes on Social Security benefits and income derived from tips. I also believe that if we are to truly address the housing crisis, we will end taxes on forgiven mortgage debt, which is considered “income.”

The most permanent tax reform we can undertake, though, is to end the income tax and abolish the IRS. We could remove the entire personal income tax-funded portion of the budget and the federal government would still receive roughly the same revenues that it did during the Clinton years. And we could do this without even touching Social Security and Medicare.

The key to tax reform lies in spending reform. It’s time to cut back on our trillion-dollar overseas budget and use that money to secure the programs Washington has forced so many citizens to depend on. By doing this, we can let younger generations opt out of these programs and save for their own retirements and health care needs. As president, I will also veto any unbalanced budget and demand that Congress address wasteful spending.

Lower taxes and less government spending will put more money in your pocket. A sound monetary policy will increase the value of that money and drive down the costs of living.

Immediate monetary reform can be achieved by requiring transparency at the Fed. All Federal Reserve meetings should be televised just like the proceedings of Congress, and they should once again make all information on the money supply available. I also favor legalizing competing currencies. History is replete with examples of the inevitable failure of paper money systems, from our own founding days, to inter-war Germany, to the monetary crisis of 1970s Latin America.

However, I believe that for our economy to be secure in the long term, Congress must reassert its authority and end the unconstitutional Federal Reserve.

Finally, we must be willing to undertake regulatory reform. It would serve us well to revisit the myriad federal regulations that have stymied the innovative spirit of the American people.

One of the most damaging regulations imposed on the American people is the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. A survey by Financial Executives International put the average cost of compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley at $4.4 million, while the American Economics Association estimates the Act could cost American companies as much as $35 billion. A study by the prestigious Wharton Business School found that the number of American companies delisting from public stock exchanges nearly tripled the year after Sarbanes-Oxley became law. One of the best things Congress could do for the American economy is to repeal this damaging legislation.

According to David Walker, former head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, “We are mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren at record rates, and that is not only an issue of fiscal irresponsibility, it’s an issue of immorality.”

Unless we embrace fundamental reforms, we will be caught in a financial storm that will humble this great country as no foreign enemy ever could. However, we can find safe harbor in our ideals. Reclaiming our historic legacy of principled commitment to liberty will, once again, unleash the innovative spirit that propelled our nation to heights of prosperity never before achieved in human history.

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Ron Paul Discusses Trans-Texas Corridor on CNN’s Lou Dobbs 2.19.2008

Wait a minute — is this the same CNN network that criticized Ron Paul and accused him of spreading a conspiracy theory when he mentioned the NAFTA Superhighway and Trans-Texas Corridor during the presidential debates??? (The correct answer is, of course, YES!)

Ron Paul Fox News Phone Blitz

Sidenote to the Fannities: Thanks for linking to us! You should turn off your faux news and stop trying to start more wars with those scary middle eastern countries who HAVE NEVER ATTACKED US — you’d have time to leave your Hannity forum more often and learn about what’s really going on in the world.

(Updated on Jan 6th, 2008)

First of all kudos to the NH GOP for pulling their sponsorship of the Fox forum! There was a lot of confusion out there about this story, some of it no doubt the result of intentional misinformation. In the last few days there were many rumors and conflicting reports. Anti-Ron Paul WorldNetDaily even claimed the forum was canceled. The bottom line is Ron Paul was excluded unfairly from the Fox News forum. Because of this and all of the other nonsense Fox pulls, I say no matter what’s going on let’s pester them indefinitely. For now email, write and call them and let them know you want fair coverage and equal inclusion for Ron Paul on everything all the time.

The background info on this story is this:

By now most of you probably know that Fox News is scared of Ron Paul and they are snubbing him by not letting him into their latest forum in New Hampshire on Jan. 6th. Of course the main focus and energies of the Ron Paul Revolution should be on getting Ron elected and on positives like the message of liberty and peace. If you are in a location and position to impact Iowa, New Hampshire, or any other primaries, etc. do that instead and forget about Fox! But Faux News is playing dirty and it won’t hurt for some of the rest of us to let them know we aren’t happy about it. The pressure is already working so lets keep it going!

Note: there have been efforts by some to organize specific call in times as part of the phone blitz. I don’t have time to sift through everyones strategies and opinions on the matter and put up links so just do what you think is best, but the main idea is to hit them hard during east coast business hours. Give Fox and their sponsors a call anytime — especially this week — and let them know how you feel in a bold, direct, intelligent and polite way. The more calls the better, if you get a busy signal try another number.

Let’s Protest Fox

Contact Fox News:
(Disclaimer: I have not verified the accuracy of every number on these lists)

Fox’s main number 888-369-4762.

* Kathy Ardleigh, Sen. Politics Producer
o Phone: 212-301-3186

* Thom Bird, Fox News Sen. Producer
o Phone: 212-301-3250

* Todd Ciganek, National News Editor
o Phone: 212-301-3352 [This number connects to a fax machine]

* Ian Rae, Exec. VP News
o Phone: 212-301-8552

* John Moody, Sen VP News
o Phone: 212-301-8560

* Brian Lewis, Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications
o Phone: 212-301-3331

* Irena Briganti, Vice President of Media Relations
o Phone: 212-301-3608

* Brian Knoblock, International Editor
o Phone: 212-301-5486

* Kim Schiller Hume, Wash DC Bureau Chief
o Phone: 202-824-6389

* Ken LaCorte, Los Angeles Bureau Chief
o Phone: 310-571-2000

* Justin Schmidt, Chicago Bureau Chief
o Phone: 312-494-0428

* Brit Hume, Managing Editor
o Phone: 202-824-6470

* David Asman, Fox News Host
o Phone: 212-301-3944

* Shepard Smith, Fox Report Host
o Phone: 212-301-3711

* Bill O’Reilly, O’Reilly Factor Host
o Phone: 212-301-3320

* Jane Skinner, News Anchor
o Phone: 212-301-5023

* John Moody, Sen VP News
o Phone: 212-301-8560

* David Asman, Fox News Host
o Phone: 212-301-3944

* Shepard Smith, Fox Report Host
o Phone: 212-301-3711

Fox News NY – 212-301-3xxx (direct lines to a real person or news desk)

Fox News DC – 202-824-64xx (direct lines to a real person or news desk)

212-301-3300 Breaking News Desk
212-301-3301 Control Room (Live Broadcasts)

Contact Fox News Sponsors:

• Crest Whitestrips & Dawn (both Proctor & Gamble) 513-983-1100
• Delphi (Driving Products) 1.888.809.9800
• Mercedes Benz 1-800-367-6372
• Comcast 1-800-COMCAST
• Subaru 1-800-782-2783
• GMC Suv’s 1-800-551-4123
• Best Buy 1-888-237-8289
• Travelocity 1 888.872.8356
• Capzasin 1 (423) 822-5020
• New Phase
• Orbitz 1-888-656-4546
• Ditech.com 1-800-DITECH-3
• eloan.com (415) 786-3317
• Toyota 1 800-331-4331
• Centrum (Wyeth) 1-800-322-3129
• Nextel (aka Sprint)1-800-639-6111
• Vehix.com 1.866.698.3449
• Gold Bond (Chattum) 423-821-4571
• Aspercreme ” ”
• webmd.com via email or webmd.com via other (212) 624-3700
• American Express 1-877-877-0987, 1-800-525-3355
• Holiday Inn Express 1 800-315-2621
• M Professional unk
• priceline.com 1-800-774-2354
• L. L. Bean 1-800-441-7513
• Jet Dry (Dishwasher Products) 1-800-820-8939
Chemistry (Matchmaking Web Site)
Bankrate.com (Mortgages)
Cars Direct.com

Skinthefox.com also has a list of Fox News sponsors.

ChrisBrunner.com has a nice list of contact info as well.

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The Only “True Grassroots” Campaign

Drew Ivers, the Iowa Chairman of the Ron Paul Campaign, speaks about the strength of the Ron Paul Revolution calling it the only “true grassroots” campaign he’s ever witnessed during his many years of political campaigning. This speech was given after the recent CNN/YouTube GOP debates. He concludes by saying “we have 30 days. . . work your hearts out. . .”

Ivers notes that both Romney and Huckabee have likely “peaked too early” in the Iowa polls, which is setting up Paul perfectly to make a strong finish. Learn more about Ron Paul’s Iowa campaign here.

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Too Many Ron Paul Supporters in SF, Straw Poll Canceled

The San Francisco Republican Alliance Meeting and Straw Poll is cut short after “too many Ron Paul supporters showed up.” Watch as chaos unfolds while meeting head Gail Neira explains the meeting is being canceled. Many unhappy Ron Paul supporters then peacefully voice their displeasure about being kicked out of the meeting after having to sit through an hour long pro-Fred Thompson speech.

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Ron Paul vs. Mike Huckabee

As the media continues to shill for former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, touting him as the “real conservative” candidate among Republicans, it’s important to examine his positions on the issues. What better way to put his views in perspective than to compare them with the genuinely conservative champion of the Constitution, Ron Paul—the only true Republican hope for defeating Hillary.

IRS, Taxes, Spending

Ron Paul has fought continually for and championed the move to eliminate the IRS and the income tax. When Paul was asked about the possibility of a “flat tax” he reaffirmed his desire to “make it real flat, like zero.” Paul has repeatedly identified departments fit for substantial federal budget cuts. During his ten terms in Congress, Paul never voted to increase taxes and was consequently named “The Taxpayers’ Best Friend Ever” by the National Taxpayers Union.

Huckabee supports eliminating the federal income tax and replacing it with the “Fair Tax”, a 30 percent national sales tax. During his 8 years as governor of Arkansas, state spending increased by 65%. The Arkansas Times said Huckabee’s record on “taxing, borrowing, spending and expanding the activities of government makes him the biggest taxer and spender in Arkansas history.” Huckabee joined 2 Republican governors and 6 democratic governors in receiving an “F” from The Cato Institute’s 2006 national fiscal policy review.

Illegal Immigration

In 2005 Huckabee followed his pattern of indiscriminately handing out taxpayer’s money by supporting a bill by Arkansas State Representative Joyce Elliott making illegal aliens eligible for scholarships and in-state college tuition. He also opposed a bill that would deny benefits to illegal aliens. Huckabee came under fire during his Arkansas governorship when he signed a contract with Mexico for one dollar to lease state property to Mexico— he arranged for taxpayer money to fund a Mexican consulate in Little Rock after having visited Vincente Fox in Mexico cementing the deal to establish the Mexican consulate and to exponentially increase the number of illegals entering the state. Note: the U.S. Constitution declares that “No State shall enter into an agreement with a foreign government.” This was totally illegal!

Ron Paul’s website states his position on immigration: “Physically secure our borders and coastlines, enforce visa rules, no amnesty, no welfare for illegal aliens, end birthright citizenship (which is currently an incentive to illegally immigrate). Pass true immigration reform . . . current reform proposals would allow up to 60 million more immigrants into our country, according to the Heritage Foundation. This is insanity. Legal immigrants from all countries should face the same rules and waiting periods.” Paul’s voting record on immigration shows he has repeatedly voted against amnesty for illegals, voted in favor of securing the borders and in favor of enforcing current immigration laws.

Iraq War

Huckabee would continue the unpopular US military occupation of Iraq, arguing that the troops must remain in harm’s way to preserve our honor. Huckabee’s website makes it clear that he is completely against a troop withdrawl from Iraq. During the CNBC debate in Michigan, Huckabee showed an alarming disregard for the Constitutional separation of powers, arguing that he could launch a preemptive attack on Iran, with or without Congressional approval.

Ron Paul stands with the majority of American voters who feel that US forces should begin the withdrawl now and be brought home safely from Iraq. Don’t forget that Ron Paul receives more campaign donations from active military personnel than any other presidential candidate.

Paul has said, “Both Jefferson and Washington warned us about entangling ourselves in the affairs of other nations. Today, we have troops in 130 countries. We are spread so thin that we have too few troops defending America. And now, there are new calls for a draft of our young men and women.”

“We can continue to fund and fight no-win police actions around the globe, or we can refocus on securing America and bring the troops home. No war should ever be fought without a declaration of war voted upon by the Congress, as required by the Constitution.” (i.e. the War in Iraq) —Ron Paul

**Update** Further Analysis of Mike Huckabee

The American Thinker has done some interesting writing on Huckabee, his political history as governor of Arkansas, and the policies he would implement if elected. These articles ad further support to the conclusion that Huckabee is not the candidate best suited to be our next president.

James Lewis writes in Huckabee’s Amazing Coincidences:

Huckabee is not a conservative. He is a populist, like Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Hewey Long. He started off as a very successful radio preacher. Huckabee has years of practice doing off-the-cuff repartee with radio listeners. He is a master of the exploding sound-bite. But Huck is no Rush Limbaugh, and he’s certainly no Reagan. He could be the Rush from the Dark Side, using those awesome talents to undermine conservatism, rather than build it up.


In The Church of Huck: Growing Government in the Name of Religion Selwyn Duke (himself a professed Christian) lays out evidence that Huckabee “would impose statism in the name of religion through government”:

It’s not that Huck would impose religion through government. No, his actions would truly offend you. He would impose statism in the name of religion through government.While Huck will say what you want to hear to win office, he will not hear what you want to say once there. He will make tone-deaf Bush seem like a maestro… Huck invokes faith to justify ambitions ranging from the insidious to the idiotic. For the former, look no further than immigration, where Huck espoused the Christian principle, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” while advocating an apparent open-door policy. This, despite the fact that if any good Christian were to find himself in a country illegally, he would expect its citizens to demand he return home.