Originally posted by iamcamouflage
I hear many Paul supporters talk about getting rid of income taxes and many of the programs that the govt has. I'm not opposed to shrinking the size
of govt but the question that I have is: How do we pay for the exisiting and future social infrastructure? How do we pay for police, fire, schools,
etc? Would we have any taxes? property, sales, etc?
Currently most of these things are paid for by the State, by either State Income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, etc. The Fed currently pays for
some portion, but I think most if not all expenses can be paid for by each state, if not by taxes then by borrowing.
I agree that there is a lot of waste in govt and cutting spending is the best first step we can make to put a dent in the deficit. Do you feel like
every social program and service needs to be axed?
Sure, I think so. Let's start with the one I think is getting us into trouble all around the world, the CIA for starters. How does the
CIA really benefit us? All they are is a group of hired thugs that go around enforcing the wishes of the elite. When they go topple governments, or
fund other regimes how does that benefit the average American? Sure it may have a positive effect for the U.S. Multinational company that is having
problems with the regime abroad, for example. But how is helping them out in my or anyone else interest? The people who lobby Washington, to help
them with their problems, be they with Chavez or Castro want U.S. military enforcement of their property, they want your or my blood to help them with
their problems. The CIA has only help to make us here in the U.S. less secure, since they are the epitome of FOREIGN INTERVENTION, truly a Neocon's
There are other departments which also do nothing like the Department of Commerce, Department of Labor, Department of Education... and so on.
And that's just here domestically, we can then of course bring our troops home from Germany, Spain, UK. Why are they still there? Can't Germans
and the English defend their own country, are they that inept?
Should these be state issues?
I believe most things are State issues. What works for NY may not necessarily not work for Nebraska, much less the entire country. What
better way, for people that know what and how to run their affairs than by control being given to them to decide at the local level.
What do we do when a state fails?
This is the BIG difference between FED and State. All the fed has to do when it faces shortfalls or defecits is to print up the money
supply. The states are usually more responsible and usually balance their budgets or borrow, which is fine, but at least they have the preassure like
anybody else should; of getting their house in order.
The federal government lacks this incentive, because it has the FED to fund them.
Are you for a completely capitalist society?
Yes, I'm an ardent Capitalist. Unfortunately, this country has not seen capitalism since the 1850s. All we have in this country today is a
bastardized version of mercantilism, or corporatism to be exact. Capitalism has nothing to do with WTO, or Nafta, Copyright laws, Trust laws or
Central banking. All of these tools are used by multinational corporation to bend the rules their way, at the expense of their competitors.
Should private industry be regulated in any way?
Regulation is actually a misnomer. Regulation is used by large corporations to restrict entry. Large corporations are the ones usually
going to congress to write a new law which limits that, or restricts this; they do this to benefit themselves, at the cost of their competitors.
So anytime when you hear the word "regulate" it means limit entry. And by limiting entry you eliminate competition, and hurt the consumer by
Please watch this video it has an Economist and Ron Paul in his younger days discussing "anti-trust" regulations. (Windows Media player)
It makes you think twice, regarding regulations.
Please dont interpret my questions as attacking. I just have a lot of questions when it comes to many of the platforms that paul runs on. Thanks in
No problem, I love talking about the man. He is very informed about economics, natural rights laws, state's rights, and history. Which is why I'm
fascinated by him. If you have any other questions, let me know.