Originally posted by jtap66
reply to post by N3k9Ni
There's nothing wrong with getting Social Security. You're right on that point. It becomes hypocrisy when you then turn around and claim SS
is unconstitutional and akin to slavery while you still take advantage of it.
As for trolling? I'm not trolling. I posted a story pointing out yet another example of the Paul family and their hypocrisy. I'm not the one with
blinders on when it comes to the faux-Libertarian.
But hey, keep attacking me personally. I guess you have to come back with something, right?
OK, a few things on this.
Others have already well pointed out that Paul has paid in much more than he's likely to get out in the first place. In addition, as he is still
working at this point, he is also being taxed on the SSI funds he's receiving, as well.
I'd like clarification on how this is hypocritical, exactly? Yes, Paul's record is very clear on his views of the unconstitutionality of the system
(which he is entirely correct about, in my opinion), but why on earth does that mean he shouldn't be able to recoup his losses to the
unconstitutional programs in what small part he can?
I saw another good illustration on the same point - I agree with Paul on the federal income tax's unconstitutionality as well...does this make me a
hypocrite for filing for my refund every year to try to recoup some of those losses?
Or how about this: consider you're mugged violently, with your wallet stolen (another example online, not my own). Some time later, you receive a
letter from the thief stating that he didn't actually need all the money you lost, and advising you where you can claim the remainder. Is it
hypocritical to go get what's left of your money back? Surely you don't agree with muggings and robbery, so it much be hypocritical to go pick up
the leavings, right?
Yes, you can definitely not like Ron Paul if you see fit not to, and I'll agree that a lot of Ron Paul supporters are likely his own worst enemy and
take their like for him and their behaviour as a result entirely too far entirely too often.
But if you want to accuse him of hypocrisy, you probably better keep looking for better examples as this falls far short. This is just getting back
some small bit of what he's owed, and I think is shot completely down by the facts that he never took taxpayer-funded junkets, doesn't participate
in the congressional pension program, never accepted medicare or other federal funds from his patients while still practicing (instead offering free
or discounted services), returns the unspent portion of his congressional budget to Treasury every year, and so on.
I'm not seeking to cast aspersions here, just making what I consider to be a likely true assumption: were your life as public as Paul's, I would be
willing to bet we could find much more glaring examples of hypocrisy in your own.