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Originally posted by David9176
Name a "good" politician.
Bernie Sanders....don't ask me for more.
And by "good"...I mean one who always fights for the middle class and poor. I can't think of anyone who is better. Wish he was Senator of my state.edit on 31-5-2011 by David9176 because: (no reason given)
Add the fact that he wants to legalize all drugs, including crack and heroin...and throw in prostitution for good measure. All things that majority of people will not support.
Originally posted by abilitiy
U sir have no idea what your talking about. Ron Paul is the "Only" good politician out there!
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
I think I see where you're coming from, Ron Paul is NOT a good politician - he is not adept at the game of politics. That makes him a better congressman and hopefully a better presidential candidate. I hope he keeps his honesty and integrity intact and doesn't try to play dirty politics just to keep up with the Republican and Democratic parties.
Originally posted by gorgi
Ron Paul is completely clueless. He has no idea how to run the government properly. His idea of returning to the gold standard is a disaster. His ideas to cut most government agencies is horrible and will put more Americans at risk. His idea of a flat tax will hurt he lower classes and help the rich while bringing in very little tax revenue.
While the president can do a great deal on his own, to really restore the Constitution and cut back on the vast unconstitutional programs that have sunk roots in Washington over 60 years, he will have to work with Congress. The first step in enacting a pro-freedom legislative agenda is the submission of a budget that outlines the priorities of the administration. While it has no legal effect, the budget serves as a guideline for the congressional appropriations process. A constitutionalist president’s budget should do the following:
1. Reduce overall federal spending
2. Prioritize cuts in oversize expenditures, especially the military
3. Prioritize cuts in corporate welfare
4. Use 50 percent of the savings from cuts in overseas spending to shore up entitlement programs for those who are dependent on them and the other 50 percent to pay down the debt
5. Provide for reduction in federal bureaucracy and lay out a plan to return responsibility for education to the states
6. Begin transitioning entitlement programs from a system where all Americans are forced to participate into one where taxpayers can opt out of the programs and make their own provisions for retirement and medical care
As I mentioned in the introduction to this article, it would be wrong simply to cut these programs and throw those who are dependent on them “into the streets.” After all, the current recipients of these programs have come to rely on them, and many are in a situation where they cannot provide for themselves without government assistance.
There are additional steps a pro-freedom president should pursue in his first term to restore sound monetary policy. He should ask Congress to pass two pieces of legislation I have introduced in the 110th Congress. The first is the Audit the Fed bill, which would allow the American people to learn just how the Federal Reserve has been conducting monetary policy. The other is the Free Competition in Currency Act, which repeals legal tender laws and all taxes on gold and silver. This would introduce competition in currency and put a check on the Federal Reserve by ensuring that people have alternatives to government-produced fiat money.
Therefore, a transition away from the existing entitlement scheme is needed. This is why a constitutionalist president should propose devoting half of the savings from the cuts in wars and other foreign spending, corporate welfare, and unnecessary and unconstitutional bureaucracies to shoring up Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and providing enough money to finance government’s obligations to those who are already stuck in the system and cannot make alternative provisions. This re-routing of spending would allow payroll taxes to be slashed. The eventual goal would be to move to a completely voluntary system where people only pay payroll taxes into Social Security and Medicare if they choose to participate in those programs. Americans who do not want to participate would be free not to do so, but they would forgo any claim to Social Security or Medicare benefits after retirement.
Some people raise concerns that talk of transitions is an excuse for indefinitely putting off the end of the welfare state. I understand those concerns, which is why a transition plan must lay out a clear timetable for paying down the debt, eliminating unconstitutional bureaucracies, and setting a firm date for when young people can at last opt out of the entitlement programs.
Originally posted by gorgi
reply to post by hawkiye
You are wrong and do seem to understand what your idol actually says.
Paul says that he wants a gold standard and a flat tax. These are bad ideas. He also wants to gut medicare and social security. Killing the Fed is a nice slogan but thats another idea of his that shows how little economic training he has had.
Having the doc as a president is worse than any president we have had so far.
And slashing spending hard economics times is a sure way to make it worse. But hey, the Md knows a lot about economics.
Originally posted by CtheTruthSeeker
reply to post by gorgi
you say that having a gold standard and a flat tax are bad ideas but you don't express WHY having a gold standard or flat tax are bad ideas.
Back when we had the gold standard the dollar was backed on something solid and unchanging. If more dollars were printed the value would go down and vica-versa. It was stable
If you look at what the dollar today is backed on you will find it's backed on oil, debt, and nothing. Banksters have the ability to give out loans based on other people's promise to pay back their loans. I could loan $200 to a person and because they promised to pay it back I can then loan it out again since the first person is "good for it". They also have the ability to print and lend money out of thin air. A banker can type into his computer $XXX.XX and then use that artificially created money to give to a person.
Maybe there is something better than the gold standard, I don't know. What I DO know is that the American money system we have now, controlled by the Federal Reserve (which is privately owned), is completely outta whack and, if anything, the gold standard will bring back financial stability in the LONG RUN. The clever tricks being used now to keep things afloat can't last forever.
Oh sure ending the Fed is gonna cause a #load of difficulties in the short run since many americans will have drastically alter their typical spending lifestyles but it will be the first of many steps to living more sensiblyand responsibly
If you had read any of his books you would know he is in fact very knowledgeable about the money system and economics.
I'd recommend reading the free pdf about Austrian economics.