RON PAUL
Why should I quote Ron Paul, who has so many quotes on the Internet already? There are two reasons.  
First, after years of refusing to vote (I voted once, as a protest, I wrote in Dick Gregory), I have finally
found a candidate I would like to vote for. I believe that America needs a President with his integrity and
viewpoint if it is to continue to thrive as a nation.

Second, most American presidential candidates offer platitudes instead of straight talk, because honest
politicians are demonized. As an honest outspoken candidate, Ron Paul has been demonized. Here's an
example:

Social Security, and Entitlements.

"To name just a few of these politically dicey positions, President Ron Paul would like to...

"1. Eviscerate Entitlements: Believes that Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are unconstitutional,
and has compared the failure of federal courts to strike them down to the courts' failure to abolish
slavery in the 19th century." (Josh Harkinson, "Ron Paul's 15 Most Extreme Positions," Mother Jones,
May 16, 2011).

I believe this to be the actual exchange that is being misrepresented:

"WALLACE: Congressman, it’s not just a liberal view. It was the decision of the Supreme Court in 1937
when they said that Social Security was constitutional under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.

"PAUL: And the Constitution and the courts said slavery was legal to, and we had to reverse that." (Fox
News Sunday, May 15, 2011).

On Social Security, Ron Paul did say:

"So in many ways, the goal would be to get us out of this program that is a failure. It doesn’t work, and is
going to bankrupt this country. The only way you can do that is save enough money, tide the people
over, let the young people get out, because they’re going to be paying all these years and they’re not
going to get anything." (Ron Paul, 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton, Florida, Jan 24, 2008).

But he also said this:

"The greatest threat to your Social Security retirement funds is Congress itself. Congress has never
required that Social Security tax dollars be kept separate from general revenues. In fact, the Social
Security “trust fund” is not a trust fund at all. The dollars taken out of your paycheck are not deposited
into an account to be paid to you later. On the contrary, they are spent immediately to pay current
benefits, and to fund completely unrelated federal programs. Your Social Security administration
“account” is nothing more than an IOU, a hopeful promise that enough younger taxpayers will be around
to pay your benefits later.

"The Social Security crisis is a spending crisis. The program could be saved tomorrow if Congress
simply would stop spending so much money, apply even 10% of the bloated federal budget to a real trust
fund, and begin saving your contributions to earn simple interest. That this simple approach seems
impossible speaks volumes about the inability of Congress to cut spending no matter what the
circumstances." (Ron Paul, "Social Security: House of Cards," November 9, 2004).

"As a matter of fact, my program’s the only one that is going to be able to take care of the elderly. I’d like
to get the young people out of it, just the younger generation, because there’s no money there, and
they’re going to have to pay 50 years and they’re not going to get anything. I’d take care of all the
elderly, all those who are dependent, but I would save the money from this wild spending overseas."
(Ron Paul, 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton, Florida, Jan 24, 2008).

"I would say take care of the people that are dependent on us. The only way you can do that is cut
spending. If we don’t, they’re all going to be out in the street. Because right now Social Security
beneficiaries are getting 2% raises, but their cost of living is going up 10%. A dollar crisis is going to
wipe them all out." (Ron Paul, Meet the Press: 2007 “Meet the Candidates” series, Dec 23, 2007).

"When it comes to Social Security and Medicare, the federal government simply won’t be able to keep
its promises in the future. That is the reality every American should get used to, despite the grand
promises of Washington reformers. Our entitlement system can’t be reformed -- it’s too late. And the
Medicare prescription drug bill is the final nail in the coffin -- costing at least $1 trillion in the first
decade alone, and much more in following decades as the American population grows older.

"Don’t believe for a second that we can grow our way out of the problem through a prosperous
economy that yields higher future tax revenues. To close the long-term entitlement gap, the US
economy would have to grow by double digits every year for the next 75 years.

"The answer to these critical financial realities is simple, but not easy: We must rethink the very role of
government in our society. Anything less, any tinkering or “reform,” won’t cut it." (Ron Paul, “Texas
Straight Talk,” Mar 5, 2007).

There are some positions which Ron Paul takes that can't be demonized. His position on energy is just
common sense.
Consider his criticisms carefully, he speaks from 24 years experience in the House of
Representatives.

"On energy, I would say that the reliance on the government to devise a policy is a fallacy. I would
advocate that the free market take care of that. The government shouldn't be directing research and
development because they are bound and determined to always misdirect money to political cronies.
The government ends up subsidizing things like the corn industry to develop ethanol and it turns out
that it's not economically feasible. So, my answer to energy is to let the market work. Let supply and
demand make the decision. Let prices make the decision. That is completely different than the
bureaucratic and cronyism approach." (Amanda Little, "An interview with Ron Paul about his presidential
platform on energy and the environment," Grist, 16 Oct. 2007).

On international relations, Ron Paul said:

"The best way to get people to act more like us if we’re doing a good job, is for us to have a sound
economy, a sound dollar, treat people decently, have a foreign policy that makes common sense, treat
people like we want to be treated, and then maybe they would want to emulate us and say, “Freedom
does work and we ought to try it.” But we can’t force it on other people." Ron Paul – Full Speech At
CPAC 2011 – The Brushfires Of Freedom Are Burning).

"“Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country and giving it to the rich people of a
poor country.” And there can’t be a better example of that than what we did with Egypt. We took money
from you, made people poor, it contributed to our debt, billions and billions of dollars, and all we get is
chaos from it and instability."" (Ibid).

"$70 billion we invested in Egypt. And guess what? The government is crumbling and the people are
upset, not only with their government by they’re upset with us for propping up that puppet dictator for
all those years. Now to add insult to injury, where do you think the money went? To a Swiss bank
account! That family, the Mubarak family had 40, 50, 60 billion dollars – nobody knows – stashed away in
other countries, of your money, that is true." (Ibid).

"Just remember, the Soviet system did not collapse because we had to fight them, they collapsed for
economic reasons. Guess where their final plunge was on their empire – Afghanistan. So it makes no
sense for us to think that we can keep troops in 135 countries, 900 bases and think we can do it forever.
So no matter how badly you want us to do that, it’s time to reassess that foreign policy. It’s time for us to
bring troops home. We’ve had troops in Japan since World War 2 and in Germany, why are we paying for
their defense?" (Ibid).

On the World Trade Organization, Ron Paul said:

"In reality, the WTO is the third leg of the globalists’ plan for a one-world, centrally-managed economic
system. The intention behind the creation of the WTO was to have a third institution to handle the trade
side of international economic cooperation, joining two institutions created by Bretton Woods, the
World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
For the United States to give up any bit of its
sovereignty to these unelected and unaccountable organizations is economic suicide
. International
organizations can never “manage” trade better than it naturally occurs in a true free market of goods
and services. At best, WTO acts as a meddling middleman, taking a cut for unnecessary services
provided. At worst, it forces the United States to change its domestic laws in ways that seriously harm
our economy and our sovereignty." (Ron Paul, "Does the WTO Serve Our Interests?" Texas Straight
Talk, May 16, 2005).

"Not only do I not want a North American Union, I want us out of the U.N., the IMF, the World Bank, the
WTO, NAFTA and CAFTA. NAFTA has nothing to do for free trade. It’s a pretense to lower tariffs, but it’s a
reason to go talk to the WTO to raise tariffs. We need free trade. That’s very, very important. But you
don’t get that by world government." (Ron Paul, 2007 GOP Values Voter Presidential Debate, Sept. 17,
2007).

On Israel Ron Paul said:

"Israel is our close friend. While President Obama’s demand that Israel make hard concessions in her
border conflicts may very well be in her long-term interest, only Israel can make that determination on
her own, without pressure from the United States or coercion by the United Nations.

"Unlike this President, I do not believe it is our place to dictate how Israel runs her affairs. There can
only be peace in the region if those sides work out their differences among one another. We should
respect Israel’s sovereignty and not try to dictate her policy from Washington." (Ibid).

"We need to come to our senses, trade with our friends in the Middle East (both Arab and Israeli), clean
up our own economic mess so we set a good example, and allow them to work out their own conflicts.”
(Ibid).

Here are the other 14 positions that the article ascribes to Ron Paul.

"2. Lay Off Half His Cabinet: Wants to abolish half of all federal agencies, including the departments of
Energy, Education, Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Labor."
(Josh Harkinson, "Ron Paul's 15 Most Extreme Positions," Mother Jones, May 16, 2011).

See Ron Paul's position on State's rights after No. 3.

"3. Enable State Extremism: Would let states set their own policies on abortion, gay marriage, prayer in
school, and most other issues." (Josh Harkinson, "Ron Paul's 15 Most Extreme Positions," Mother
Jones, May 16, 2011).

""We must not allow the term "states' rights" to be smeared and distorted into code words for
segregationist policies or racism. States' rights simply means the individual states should retain
authority over all matters not expressly delegated to the federal government in Article I of the
Constitution. Most of the worst excesses of big government can be traced to a disregard for states'
rights, which means a disregard for the Ninth and Tenth amendments. The real reason liberals hate the
concept of states' right has nothing to do with racism, but rather reflects a hostility toward anything that
would act as a limit on the power of the federal government."" (Ron Paul, "What Really Divides Us?"
December 24, 2002).

Note: Amendment 9: "The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to
deny or disparage others retained by the people." (Less authority to the Federal Government, more
rights to you.)

Amendment 10: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it
to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." (Less power for Federal
Government, more power to the States.)

"4. Protect Sexual Predators' Privacy: Voted against requiring operators of wi-fi networks who discover
the transmission of child porn and other forms online sex predation to report it to the government."
(Josh Harkinson, "Ron Paul's 15 Most Extreme Positions," Mother Jones, May 16, 2011).

Ron Paul defended his stand in these words:

"Legislation outlawing virtual pornography is, to say the least, of dubious constitutionality. The
constitution grants the federal government jurisdiction over only three crimes: treason, counterfeiting,
and piracy. It is hard to stretch the definition of treason, counterfeiting, or piracy to cover sending
obscene or pornographic materials over the Internet. Therefore, Congress should leave the issue of
whether or not to regulate or outlaw virtual pornography to states and local governments.

"In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, while I share my colleagues' revulsion at child pornography, I do not
believe that this justifies expanding the federal police state to outlaw distribution of pornographic
images not containing actual children. I am further concerned by the possibility that passage of HR 4623
will divert law enforcement resources away from the prosecution of actual child pornography. HR 4623
also represents another step toward the nationalization of all police functions, a dangerous trend that
will undermine both effective law enforcement and constitutional government. It is for these reasons
that I must oppose this well-intentioned but fundamentally flawed bill." (Ron Paul, US House of
Representatives, 26 Jun 2002).

"5. Rescind the Bin Laden Raid: Instead of authorizing the Navy Seals to take him out, President Paul
would have sought Pakistan's cooperation to arrest him." (Josh Harkinson, "Ron Paul's 15 Most Extreme
Positions," Mother Jones, May 16, 2011).

There is no evidence that Ron Paul wanted to undo the raid that killed Ben Laden, he simply would have
used another approach. Note that Ben Laden associate, "Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was captured in
Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on March 1, 2003, by the Pakistani ISI, possibly in a joint action with agents of the
American Diplomatic Security Service, and has been in U.S. custody since that time." (Wikipedia, "Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed").

""6. Simplify the Census: The questions posed by the Census Bureau's annual American Community
Survey, which collects demographics data such as age, race, and income, are "both ludicrous and
insulting," Paul says."" (Josh Harkinson, "Ron Paul's 15 Most Extreme Positions," Mother Jones, May 16,
2011).

Ron Paul said: "If the federal government really wants to increase compliance with the census, it should
abide by the Constitution and limit its inquiry to one simple question: How many people live here?"
(Patricia Murphy, "Ron Paul to Census Bureau: 'None of Your Business!'," The Capitolist, date not given).

"7. Let the Oldest Profession Be: Paul wants to legalize prostitution at the federal level." (Josh
Harkinson, "Ron Paul's 15 Most Extreme Positions," Mother Jones, May 16, 2011).

Ron Paul's position on prostitution is as stated. He says: "Well, I understand prostitution has been
around for a few years. And they tried to legislate it out of existence and I don't think it's worked very
well. I would essentially have no restrictions, certainly on the federal level." (Mary Ann Akers, "Do Tell:
Ron Paul On Babies, Prostitution, Marijuana and Chocolate Chip Cookies," The Sleuth, May 25, 2007).

"8. Legalize All Drugs: Including cocaine and heroin." (Josh Harkinson, "Ron Paul's 15 Most Extreme
Positions," Mother Jones, May 16, 2011).

Ron Paul's position on illegal drugs is as stated. He likens the War On Drugs to Prohibition, saying:

"The best way to fight violent drug cartels would be to pull the rug out from under their profits by
bringing these transactions out into the sunlight. People who, unwisely, buy drugs would hardly opt for
the back alley criminal dealer as a source, if a coffeehouse-style dispensary was an option. Moreover, a
law-abiding dispensary is likely to check IDs and refuse sale to minors, as bars and ABC stores tend to
do very diligently. Think of all the time and resources law enforcement could save if they could instead
focus on violent crimes...

"I disagree vehemently with the recreational use of drugs, but at the same time, if people are only free
to make good decisions, they are not truly free. In any case, states should decide for themselves how to
handle these issues and the federal government should respect their choices." (Ron Paul, "End the War
on Drugs!" March 30, 2009)

""9. Keep Monopolies Intact: Opposes federal antitrust legislation, calling it "much more harmful than
helpful." Thinks that monopolies can be controlled by protecting "the concept of the voluntary
contract."" (Josh Harkinson, "Ron Paul's 15 Most Extreme Positions," Mother Jones, May 16, 2011).

On the same video, Ron Paul spoke against the "pretense that we're always breaking up monopolies,
and yet we're always protecting monopolies, I think it's very disturbing ... government gives the power
to the big companies." (Professor Dominick T. Armentano and Congressman Ron Paul discuss anti-trust
and monopoly, YouTube, Recorded 13 July 1983).

"10. Lay Off Ben Bernanke: Would abolish the Federal Reserve and revert to use of currencies that are
backed by hard assets such as gold." (Josh Harkinson, "Ron Paul's 15 Most Extreme Positions," Mother
Jones, May 16, 2011).

Ron Paul is famous for his fight to audit the Federal Reserve and his desire to scrap it. (I strongly agree
with him.) On a sound currency, he said:

""The gold coin standard, although imperfectly adhered to, permitted startling economic growth
combined with falling prices in the 19th Century. In the 67 years since the abolition of the gold standard,
the Consumer Price Index has gone up 625%. In the previous 67 years, under an imperfect gold coin
standard, the CPI increased 10%. In his 1848 Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx urged: “Centralization of
credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive
monopoly.” Sixty-five years later, the United States followed his advice, and passed the Federal
Reserve Act of 1913."" (Ron Paul, "Gold, Peace, and Prosperity," 1981, p. 23)

"11. Stop Policing the Environment: Believes that climate change is no big deal and the Environmental
Protection Agency is unnecessary. Most environmental problems can be addressed by enforcing
private-property rights. Paul also thinks that interstate issues such as air pollution are best dealt with
through compacts between states." (Josh Harkinson, "Ron Paul's 15 Most Extreme Positions," Mother
Jones, May 16, 2011).

Ron Paul has this to say about the environment.

"On environment, governments don't have a good reputation for doing a good job protecting the
environment. If you look at the extreme of socialism or communism, they were very poor
environmentalists. Private property owners have a much better record of taking care of the
environment. If you look at the common ownership of the lands in the West, they're much more poorly
treated than those that are privately owned. In a free-market system, nobody is permitted to pollute
their neighbor's private property -- water, air, or land. It is very strict." (Amanda Little, "An interview with
Ron Paul about his presidential platform on energy and the environment," Grist, 16 Oct. 2007).

""12. Not Do Anything, but Still...: Would not have voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because it was a
"massive violation of private property and contract, which are the bedrocks of a free society."" (Josh
Harkinson, "Ron Paul's 15 Most Extreme Positions," Mother Jones, May 16, 2011).

Ron Paul's views are as stated. He said:

"The Civil Rights Act of 1964 not only violated the Constitution and reduced individual liberty; it also
failed to achieve its stated goals of promoting racial harmony and a color-blind society... Of course,
America has made great strides in race relations over the past forty years. However, this progress is
due to changes in public attitudes and private efforts. Relations between the races have improved
despite, not because of, the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

"In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, while I join the sponsors of H. Res. 676 in promoting racial harmony and
individual liberty, the fact is the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did not accomplish these goals. Instead, this law
unconstitutionally expanded federal power, thus reducing liberty. Furthermore, by prompting raced-
based quotas, this law undermined efforts to achieve a color-blind society and increased racial strife.
Therefore, I must oppose H. Res. 676." (Ron Paul, "The Trouble With the '64 Civil Rights Act," June 4,
2004).

""13. Let Markets Care for the Disabled: "The ADA should have never been passed," Paul says. The
treatment of the handicapped should be determined by the free market."" (Josh Harkinson, "Ron Paul's
15 Most Extreme Positions," Mother Jones, May 16, 2011).

Ron Paul said:

"The ADA should never have been passed, it's well motivated, who can vote against it, and yet, the ADA
is an intrusion into private property." ("Ron Paul On Freedom vs Security and Americans With
Disabilities Act," YouTube, Sep 14, 2009) In the video, Ron Paul goes on to explain how American's with
disabilities were treated as valued customers by the airlines before the ADA passed, and talks about
boycotts and public complaints as remedies for discrimination against the handicapped. (See my final
comments.)

"14. First, Do Harm: Wants to end birthright citizenship. Believes that emergency rooms should have the
right to turn away illegal immigrants." (Josh Harkinson, "Ron Paul's 15 Most Extreme Positions," Mother
Jones, May 16, 2011).

Ron Paul said:

"
No other wealthy, western nations grant automatic citizenship to those who simply happen to be born
within their borders to non-citizens
. These nations recognize that citizenship involves more than the
physical location of one's birth; it also involves some measure of cultural connection and allegiance. In
most cases this means the parents must be citizens of a nation in order for their newborn children to
receive automatic citizenship." (Ron Paul, "Rethinking Birthright Citizenship," October 3, 2006).

"We must end welfare state subsidies for illegal immigrants. Some illegal immigrants — certainly not all
— receive housing subsidies, food stamps, free medical care, and other forms of welfare. This alienates
taxpayers and breeds suspicion of immigrants, even though the majority of them work very hard.
Without a welfare state, we would know that everyone coming to America wanted to work hard and
support himself...

"Illegal immigrants also place a tremendous strain on social entitlement programs. Under a proposed
totalization agreement with Mexico, millions of illegal immigrants will qualify for Social Security and
other programs — programs that already threaten financial ruin for America in the coming decades.
Adding millions of foreign citizens to the Social Security, Medicare, and disability rolls will only hasten
the inevitable day of reckoning." (Ron Paul, "Immigration and the Welfare State," August 9, 2005).

"15. Diss Mother Teresa: Voted against giving her the Congressional Gold Medal. Has argued that the
medal, which costs $30,000, is too expensive." (Josh Harkinson, "Ron Paul's 15 Most Extreme
Positions," Mother Jones, May 16, 2011).

What Ron Paul actually said was:

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to H. R. 1650. At the same time, I rise in total support of, and with
complete respect for, the work of Mother Teresa, the Missionaries of Charity organization, and each of
Mother Teresa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning humanitarian efforts. I oppose the Gold Medal for Mother
Teresa Act because appropriating $30,000 of taxpayer money is neither constitutional nor, in the spirit of
Mother Teresa who dedicated her entire life to voluntary, charitable work, particularly humanitarian.
Because of my continuing and uncompromising opposition to appropriations not authorized within the
enumerated powers of the Constitution, several of my colleagues found it amusing to question me
personally as to whether, on this issue, I would maintain my resolve and commitment of the Constitution
— a Constitution which, only months ago, each Member of Congress swore to uphold. In each of these
instances, I offered to do a little more than uphold my constitutional oath.

"In fact, as a means of demonstrating my personal regard and enthusiasm for the work of Mother
Teresa, I invited each of my colleagues to match my private, personal contribution of $100 which, if
accepted by the 435 Members of the House of Representatives, would more than satisfy the $30,000
cost necessary to mint and award a gold medal to the well-deserving Mother Teresa. To me, it seemed
and particularly good opportunity to demonstrate one’s genuine convictions by spending one’s own
money rather than that of the taxpayers who remain free to contribute, at their own discretion, to the
work of Mother Teresa, and have consistently done so. For the record, not a single Representative who
solicited my support for spending taxpayers’ money, was willing to contribute their own money to
demonstrate the courage of their so-called convictions and generosity. It is, of course, very easy to be
generous with other people’s money." (Ron Paul, Congressional Record, May 20, 1997.)

Final Comments.

I actually have a number of problems with Ron Paul.

First, he's too consistent. This is both a strength and a weakness. As a strength, it allows a voter to
understand and predict him, he has been unflinchingly upholding a strict interpretation of the US
Constitution since the 1970s. As a weakness, the role of the President is different from the role of the
token Constitutional dissenter.

The Presidency is an extremely practical office. In the past, Ron Paul has valued consistency over
practicality. For example, constitutional or not, the Federal Government took the lead with the
Americans with Disabilities Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As a practical matter, laws can influence
how people, businesses and institutions think. America probably needed these "unconstitutional" laws.  

Second, he's never been poor. His understanding of poverty is academic. For example, he said:

"African poverty is rooted in government corruption, corruption that actually is fostered by western aid.
We should ask ourselves a simple question: Why is private capital so scarce in Africa? The obvious
answer is that many African nations are ruled by terrible men who pursue disastrous economic policies.
As a result, American aid simply enriches dictators, distorts economies, and props up bad governments.
We could send Africa $1 trillion, and the continent still would remain mired in poverty simply because so
many of its nations reject property rights, free markets, and the rule of law." (Ron Paul, Texas Straight
Talk, 11 July 2005). Of course, he's right, but where is the pity?

Third, he has made free trade a mantra. Yes, we should get out of the World Trade Organization, but free
trade will not solve the American problem of a shrinking tax base.

Free trade concentrates wealth in the hands of the powerful, and this has been so since before Christ
was born. Why else would God say (through the mouth of Isaiah):

"The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of His people, and the princes thereof: for ye have
eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What mean ye that ye beat My people to
pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God of hosts." (Is. 3:14,15).

The ancients of God's people are the old and wise men, who God holds responsible for the treatment of
His people. The princes of God's people are the rich and powerful. The vineyard was Judah then and is
now Christianity, a vineyard of red wine, the church gathered by the blood of Christ. (See Is. 5:5, Is. 27:
2,3). Spoil is loot, the result of theft.

In biblical days, this passage meant that the rich and powerful had stolen the fruits of God's people's
labor and made them poor and made the lot of the poor miserable. In our day, the rich and powerful
have not only taken the savings and the home equity and the pensions and the good jobs from the
middle class and left them poor, but still grind their faces with payroll taxes. Now, as then, God holds the
old and wise men responsible, they are supposed to represent His people's interests.

Fourth, Ron Paul does not believe in minimum wages.

"The minimum wage unambiguously reduces employment. The September 1998 issue of the Journal of
Economic Literature, an official publication of the American Economic Association, contains a survey of
labor economists on the employment effects of the minimum wage. When asked to estimate the impact
of raising the minimum wage, the average effect was estimated at minus 0.21%, meaning that a 10% rise
in the minimum wage will reduce overall youth employment by 2.1%. This puts to rest any notion that
economists have changed their view that in general higher minimum wages reduce employment." (Ron
Paul, "Increasing The Minimum Wage Decreases Opportunities For Our Nation’s Youth," 10 June 1999).

In Mexico, the minimum wage is about $5 per
day. In China, the minimum wage varies by location and is
between $5 and $10 per
day. This is the reason that America lost 42,000 factories and 5,500,000 factory
jobs in the decade ending in 2009. This is the reason that America's tax base is shrinking.

This shift of manufacturing out of America has not helped Mexico or China much, it has not produced a
consumer base that can afford to spend. Instead it has increased the profits of the rich people who own
the factories and the shipping companies. At the same time, this shift in manufacturing out of America
has reduced the ability of Americans to buy.

Americans need the income that good wages provide, their power to purchase drives our economy. The
rich and powerful have shown no willingness to provide this income, preferring to divert the money into
their own pockets. This has always been the case, as God testified (through the mouth of Malachi).

"And
I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against
the adulterers, and against false swearers, and
against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the
widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not Me, saith the
Lord of hosts." (Mal. 3:5).  

Over a billion people on earth do not get enough to eat. The solution to the problems of this earth will
not come from giving the rich license to exploit the workers of the world in their wages in the name of
free trade, it must come from putting more money into the pockets of the poor.

Despite my disagreements with Ron Paul, I would still vote for him. He is an honest outspoken man and
he has a conscience. His opinions are on the Internet for the world to see. For more quotes by Ron
Paul, see ronpaulquotes.com.

Amo Paul Bishop Roden