Conservatives and Libertarians United Against Ron Paul

Watching what Ron Paul does. Not what he says.

Archive for October, 2007

Club for Growth Releases Seventh Presidential White Paper on Ron Paul

Posted by chip91 on October 29, 2007

Today, the fiscal conservative PAC Club for Growth released it’s seventh presidential white paper on Congressman Ron Paul. Here are some highlights from the report.

General

“Ron Paul’s record contains some very laudable components,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “On taxes, regulation, and political speech, his record is superb. His spending record is impressive, though Paul has recently embraced pork-barrel projects in direct contradiction to his vociferous opposition to unconstitutional appropriations by the federal government.”

Unfortunately, his stubborn idealism often takes Ron Paul further away from achieving the limited-government, pro-growth philosophy he advocates. This is certainly the case with school choice, free trade, tort reform, and entitlement reform, in which he votes against vital free trade agreements, competitive school choice initiatives, and tort reform proposals.

Taxes

The Club for Growth is committed to lower taxes-especially lower tax rates- across the board. Lower taxes on work, savings, and investments lead to greater levels of these activities, thus encouraging greater economic growth.

Ron Paul’s record on taxes is excellent, epitomized by his rallying cry for phasing out the IRS. Over his career, he has backed up his speeches and articles with many pro-growth votes.

Spending

The Club for Growth is committed to reducing government spending. Less spending enhances economic growth by enabling lower taxes and diminishing the economically inefficient political allocation of resources.

Ron Paul’s history contains some curious indiscretions, including a vote for $232 million for federally mandated election reform (only 1 of 21 Republicans to vote for it) and a vote against the line-item veto-even after it was modified to pass constitutional muster. Paul’s record on pork was outstanding in 2006, voting for all 19 of Jeff Flake’s anti-pork amendments in 2006, but his record took a stark turn for the worse in 2007, in which Paul received an embarrassing 29% on the Club for Growth’s RePORK Card, voting for only 12 of the 50 anti-pork amendments. Some of the outrageous pork projects Paul voted to keep include $231,000 for the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association’s Urban Center; $129,000 for the “perfect Christmas tree project;” $300,000 for the On Location Entertainment Industry Craft Technician Training Project in California; $150,000 for the South Carolina Aquarium; and $500,000 for the National Mule and Packers Museum in California. This year, Ron Paul requested more than sixty earmarks “worth tens of millions of dollars for causes as diverse as rebuilding a Texas theater, funding a local trolley, and helping his state’s shrimp industry.”

Free Trade

Free trade is a vital policy for maximizing economic growth. In recent decades, America’s commitment to expanding trade has resulted in lower costs for consumers, job growth, and higher levels of productivity and innovation.

Ron Paul has opposed many free trade agreements during his time in Congress:

  • Voted against Fast Track Authority
  • Voted against a free trade agreement between the U.S. and Chile
  • Voted against free trade with Singapore
  • Voted against free trade with Australia
  • Voted against CAFTA
  • Voted against the U.S.-Bahrain trade agreement
  • Voted against the Oman trade agreement
  • Voted against normal trade relations with Vietnam

While Paul’s rhetoric is soundly pro-free trade, his voting record mirrors those of Congress’s worst protectionists.

Entitlement Reform

America’s major middle-class entitlement programs are already insolvent. The Club for Growth supports entitlement reforms that enable personal ownership of retirement and healthcare programs, benefit from market returns, and diminish dependency on government.

Rep. Paul’s limited-government philosophy found a particularly useful victim in the country’s entitlement programs.
But the recurring theme of Paul’s career is his frequent willingness to let unattainable ideals obstruct attainable progress towards those ideals. Just as in trade, this tendency leaves Paul opposing pro-growth reforms of Social Security. He opposes allowing workers to divert some Social Security payroll taxes into private retirement accounts, arguing instead for cutting payroll taxes and leaving it up to workers to do what they will with the savings. While the ideal is admirable, it is not a sufficient reason to oppose the pro-growth, expansion of freedom that personally-owned retirement accounts represent.

The Congressman was also 1 of only 4 Republicans to join the Democrats in voting against the extension of welfare reform in 2002.

Regulation

Excessive government regulation stymies individual and business innovation necessary for strong economic expansion. The Club for Growth supports less and more sensible government regulation as a critical step toward increasing freedom and growth in the marketplace.

Nicknamed “Dr. No,” Rep. Paul has spent his career voting against a slew of big-government, regulatory bills. This impressive record contains a couple of odd votes, such as his vote for an amendment delaying oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico. More curious is Paul’s support for legislation requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate Medicare drug prices with drug companies, which is likely to lead to de facto price controls. These votes aside, Paul’s record on regulation demonstrates a consistent aversion to government intervention in the private sector and an appreciation for the role limited government plays in furthering economic growth.

School Choice

The Club for Growth supports broad school choice, including charter schools, voucher programs, and tax credits that create a competitive education market including public, private, religious, and non-religious schools. More competition in education can only lead to higher quality and lower costs.

Ron Paul’s opposition to school choice stems from his opposition to the government’s role in education, arguing that federal voucher programs are “little more than another tax-funded welfare program establishing an entitlement to a private school education.” He consistently voted against voucher programs, including a 1998 school voucher program for D.C. public school students, and a 2003 bill for a DC voucher program.

While Paul’s sentiment is understandable, it doesn’t change the fact that his votes are a direct impediment to achieving high-quality school choice. By voting against school choice programs, Paul is aligning himself with Democrats and the National Education Association in opposing progress towards achieving a truly competitive, market-based education system.

Political Free Speech

Maximizing prosperity requires sound government policies. When the government strays from these policies, citizens must be free to exercise their constitutional rights to petition and criticize those policies and the politicians responsible for them.Ron Paul has a stellar record of protecting political free speech. There is no question about Rep. Paul’s steadfast respect for the First Amendment.

Tort Reform

The American economy suffers from excessive litigation which increases the cost of doing business and slows economic growth. The Club for Growth supports major reforms to our tort system to restore a more just and less costly balance in tort litigation.

Representative Paul opposes federal tort reform for the same reason he opposes most federal solutions-he believes the federal approach “damages the Constitution by denying states the right to decide their own local medical standards and legal rules.”

While Paul’s idealism is laudable, he has not offered a viable alternative for dealing with a problem that is hurting American consumers and businesses, while diminishing our international competitiveness.

Summation

When it comes to limited government, there are few champions as steadfast and principled as Representative Ron Paul. In the House of Representatives, he plays a very useful role constantly challenging the status quo and reminding his colleagues, despite their frequent indifference, that our Constitution was meant to limit the power of government. On taxes, regulation, and political free speech his record is outstanding. While his recent pork votes are troubling, the vast majority of his anti-spending votes reflect a longstanding desire to cut government down to size.

But Ron Paul is a purist, too often at the cost of real accomplishments on free trade, school choice, entitlement reform, and tort reform.

Posted in Economic issues | 4 Comments »

Latest Poll

Posted by chip91 on October 29, 2007

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

An Open Letter to Rep. Ron Paul

Posted by chip91 on October 28, 2007

By Michael Medved

Townhall.com

Dear Congressman Paul:

Your Presidential campaign has drawn the enthusiastic support of an imposing collection of Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, Holocaust Deniers, 9/11 “Truthers” and other paranoid and discredited conspiracists.

Do you welcome- or repudiate – the support of such factions?

More specifically, your columns have been featured for several years in the American Free Press –a publication of the nation’s leading Holocaust Denier and anti-Semitic agitator, Willis Carto. His book club even recommends works that glorify the Nazi SS, and glowingly describe the “comforts and amenities” provided for inmates of Auschwitz.

Have your columns appeared in the American Free Press with your knowledge and approval?

As a Presidential candidate, will you now disassociate yourself, clearly and publicly, from the poisonous propaganda promoted in such publications?

As a guest on my syndicated radio show, you answered my questions directly and fearlessly.

Will you now answer these pressing questions, and eliminate all associations between your campaign and some of the most loathsome fringe groups in American society?

Along with my listeners (and many of your own supporters), I eagerly await your response.

Respectfully, Michael Medved

Posted in Backlash from Conservatives | 7 Comments »

Ron Paul’s first New Hampshire TV ad

Posted by chip91 on October 28, 2007

For a candidate who’s raised so much money, this is one of the worst campaign ads I have ever seen. And I’m not just saying that because I dislike Paul. In the beginning, why can’t Ron Paul smile? In fact, I’ve never once seen Ron Paul smile. Also, how many times have we heard the average Joe in a campaign commercial say, ““Well, I don’t always agree with (candidates name), but……. And all the people who were talking seemed so unnatural, like they were reading off of Q-cards. Sorry Paulie’s, I give this 1 in 5 stars.

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Ron Paul at a whopping 1% in latest Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll

Posted by chip91 on October 26, 2007

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll 10-25-07 (pdf link)

GOP Nomination (trends since Oct. 10 poll)

  • Rudy Giuliani 31% (+2)
  • Fred Thompson 17% (+1)
  • John McCain 12% (even)
  • Mitt Romney 7% (-4)
  • Mike Huckabee 5% (even)
  • Duncan Hunter 3% (+2)
  • Tom Tancredo 2% (even)
  • Ron Paul 1% (-1)

Second Choice for Republican Nominee

  • Rudy Giuliani 22%
  • John McCain 20%
  • Fred Thompson 14%
  • Mitt Romney 11%
  • Mike Huckabee 4%
  • Ron Paul 3%
  • Duncan Hunter 3%
  • Tom Tancredo 2%

If the United States were suddenly in an extremely serious crisis, which
presidential candidate would you want to be president at that moment?
(Republicans Only)

  • Rudy Giuliani 39%
  • John McCain 12%
  • Fred Thompson 11%
  • Mitt Romney 3%
  • Mike Huckabee 2%
  • Ron Paul 1%

Among Independents (Only included Republican candidates)

  • John McCain 17%
  • Rudy Giuliani 12%
  • Fred Thompson 3%
  • Mike Huckabee 2%
  • Ron Paul 1%
  • Mitt Romney 0%

Polling was conducted by telephone October 23-24, 2007, in the evenings. The total sample is 900 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of ±3 percentage points. Results are of registered voters, unless otherwise noted. LV = likely voters Republicans n=303, ±6 percentage points

Posted in Electability | 4 Comments »

Ron Paul Takes Donation From White Supremacist and Former K.K.K. Member

Posted by chip91 on October 26, 2007

I wonder if Ron Paul’s people will defend this one?

via the Lone Star Times

A LoneStarTimes.com investigation has conclusively established that a leading figure in the American neo-Nazi / White-Supremacist movement has provided financial support to Ron Paul’s 2008 Presidential campaign.

The individual in question is Don Black, the founder, owner and operator of Stormfront, a “white power” website that both professional journalists and watch-dog groups have identified as the premier English-language racist/hate-site on the Internet.

Click here to read more about Don Black.

Posted in Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

Republican For A Reason

Posted by chip91 on October 24, 2007

I know that this does not have to do with Ron Paul. But I wanted to post it anyway. Republicans have won five out of the last seven presidential elections by running on a strong national defense. Ron Paul should be running for President as a Libertarian, since he’s not a real Republican. It’s a good thing that Ron Paul wont be following these three men.

Posted in War on Terror | 3 Comments »

Some Facts about Ron Paul

Posted by chip91 on October 22, 2007

Another great blog, www.ronpaulexposed.com, has some interesting facts about Ron Paul. Check it out.

Posted in Blogroll, Economic issues, Family Values, Mental State | 5 Comments »

Ron Paul’s lack of attendance

Posted by chip91 on October 21, 2007

Arizona Senator John McCain has been heavily criticized for his lack of attendance in the 110th Congress. However, in the current congress Ron Paul has missed 20% of congressional votes. Overall, missing 193 votes. While the average congressman has only missed 4% of votes. I understand that Ron Paul has to spend time campaigning. But isn’t it more important that the people of Texas’s 14th congressional district are represented by a person who does not miss almost 1 in 4 votes then Paul’s long-shot presidential campaign?

The following are the votes Ron Paul missed just over the last four month’s.

10/9/07 Vote 950: H R 400: War Profiteering Prevention Act

10/9/07 Vote 949: H RES 32: Denouncing the Practices of Female Genital Mutilation, Domestic Violence, “Honor Killings”, and Other Gender-Based Persecutions and Expressing the Sense of the House of Representatives That Participation, Protection, Recognition, and Independence of Women is Crucial to Achieving a Just, Moral and Honorable Society

10/3/07 Vote 938: H R 976: Children’S Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act

10/3/07 Vote 937: H R 928: Improving Government Accountability Act

10/3/07 Vote 936: H R 928: Improving Government Accountability Act

10/3/07 Vote 935: H R 928

10/3/07 Vote 934: H RES 702: Providing for Consideration of H.R. 2740, to Require Accountability for Contractors and Contract Personnel Under Federal Contracts, and for Other Purposes

10/3/07 Vote 933: H RES 702: Providing for Consideration of H.R. 2740, to Require Accountability for Contractors and Contract Personnel Under Federal Contracts, and for Other Purposes

10/3/07 Vote 932: H RES 701: Providing for Consideration of H.R. 928, to Amend the Inspector General Act of 1978 to Enhance the Independence of the Inspectors General, to Create a Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, and for Other Purposes

9/27/07 Vote 923: H R 3567: Small Business Investment Expansion

9/27/07 Vote 922: H R 3567: Small Business Investment Expansion

9/20/07 Vote 889: H R 2881

9/17/07 Vote 869: H R 3527: To Extend for Two Months the Authorities of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

9/17/07 Vote 868: H R 1657: To Establish a Science and Technology Scholarship Program to Award Scholarships to Recruit and Prepart Students for Careers in the National Weather Service and in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Research, Atmospheric Research, and Satellite Programs.

9/17/07 Vote 867: H R 3246: Regional Economic and Infrastructure Development Act of 2007.

9/7/07 Vote 864: H R 2669: College Cost Reduction Act of 2007

9/7/07 Vote 863: H R 1908: Patent Reform Act of 2007

9/7/07 Vote 862: H R 1908

9/7/07 Vote 861: H RES 637: Providing for Consideration of Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2669, College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

9/7/07 Vote 860: H RES 636: Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1908, Patent Reform Act of 2007.

9/5/07 Vote 853: H RES 544: Expressing the Sympathy and Pledging the Support of the House of Representatives and the People of the U.S. for the Victims of the Devestating Thunderstorms That Caused Severe Flooding in 20 Counties in Eastern Kansas Beginning on June 26, 2007

9/5/07 Vote 852: H RES 508: Recognizing the Strong Security Alliance Between the Government of Japan and the United States and Expressing Appreciation to Japan for Its Role in Enhancing Stability in the Asia-Pacific Region and Its Efforts in the Global War Against Terrorism

9/5/07 Vote 851: H RES 629: Extending the Condolences and Sympathy of the House of Representatives to the Government and the People of Greece for the Grave Loss of Life and Vast Destruction Caused by the Devasting Fires Raging Through Greece Since 2007

9/5/07 Vote 850: H RES 552: Calling on the Government of the People’S Republic of China to Remove Barriers to United States Financial Services Firms Doing Business in China

8/5/07 Vote 846: H R 3222: Making Appropriations for the Department of Defense for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2008, and for Other Purposes.

8/5/07 Vote 845: H R 3222

8/5/07 Vote 844: H R 3222

8/5/07 Vote 843: H R 3222

8/5/07 Vote 842: H R 3222

8/5/07 Vote 841: H R 3222

8/5/07 Vote 840: H R 3222

8/5/07 Vote 839: H R 3222

8/5/07 Vote 838: H R 3222

8/4/07 Vote 837: On Approving the Journal

8/4/07 Vote 836: S 1927: Protect America Act

8/4/07 Vote 835: H R 2776: Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007

8/4/07 Vote 834: H R 2776: Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007

8/4/07 Vote 833: H RES 623

8/4/07 Vote 832: H R 3221: New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act

8/4/07 Vote 831: H R 3221: New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act

8/4/07 Vote 830: H R 3221

8/4/07 Vote 829: H R 3221

8/4/07 Vote 828: H R 3221

8/4/07 Vote 827: H R 3221

8/4/07 Vote 826: H RES 615: Providing for Consideration of H.R. 3221, Energy Policy Act and H.R. 2776, to Provide Tax Incentives for the Production of Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation

8/4/07 Vote 825: H RES 615: Providing for Consideration of H.R. 3221, Energy Policy Act and H.R. 2776, to Provide Tax Incentives for the Production of Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation

8/4/07 Vote 824: On Motion to Adjourn

8/3/07 Vote 823: On Motion to Adjourn

8/3/07 Vote 822: H RES 612: Resolution Raising a Question of the Privileges of the House

8/3/07 Vote 821: H R 3356: Improving Foreign Intelligence Surveillance to Defend the Nation and the Constitution Act of 2007

8/3/07 Vote 820: On Approving the Journal

8/3/07 Vote 819: H R 3311: To Authorize Additional Funds for Emergency Repairs and Reconstruction of the Interstate I-35 Bridge Located in Minneapolis, Mn, That Collapsed on Aug. 1, 2007, to Waive the $100,000,000 Limitation on Emergency Relief Funds for Those Emergency Repairs and Reconstruction

8/3/07 Vote 818: H RES 600: Providing for Consideration of Motions to Suspend the Rules

8/3/07 Vote 817: On Motion to Adjourn

8/2/07 Vote 791: H RES 602: Providing for the Consideration of the Conference Report on H.R. 2272, 21st Century Competitiveness Act

8/1/07 Vote 790: H R 1495: Water Resources Development Act

7/31/07 Vote 778: H R 3161: Making Appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Programs for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2008, and for Other Purposes.

7/31/07 Vote 776: H R 3161

7/31/07 Vote 775: Call in Committee

7/26/07 Vote 736: H R 3093

7/26/07 Vote 735: H R 3093

7/26/07 Vote 734: H R 3093

7/19/07 Vote 686: H R 3043: Making Appropriations for the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies for Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2008, and for Other Purposes

7/19/07 Vote 685: H R 3043: Making Appropriations for the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies for Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2008, and for Other Purposes

7/19/07 Vote 684: H R 3043

7/19/07 Vote 683: H R 3043

7/19/07 Vote 682: H R 3043

7/19/07 Vote 681: H R 3043

7/19/07 Vote 680: H R 3043

7/19/07 Vote 679: H R 3043

7/19/07 Vote 678: H R 3043

7/19/07 Vote 677: H R 3043

7/19/07 Vote 676: H R 3043

7/19/07 Vote 675: H R 3043

7/19/07 Vote 674: H R 3043

7/19/07 Vote 673: H R 3043

7/12/07 Vote 629: H R 1851: Section 8 Voucher Reform Act

7/12/07 Vote 628: H R 1851: Section 8 Voucher Reform Act

7/12/07 Vote 627: H R 1851

7/12/07 Vote 626: H R 1851

7/12/07 Vote 625: H R 1851

7/12/07 Vote 624: H R 2956: Responsible Redeployment From Iraq Act

7/12/07 Vote 623: H R 2956: Responsible Redeployment From Iraq Act

6/25/07 Vote 550: H R 2546: Charles George Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

6/25/07 Vote 549: H RES 189: Expressing the Sense of the House of Representatives That a “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” Should Be Established.

6/22/07 Vote 548: H R 2771: Legislative Branch Appropriations for Fy 2008

6/22/07 Vote 547: H R 2771: Legislative Branch Appropriations for Fy 2008

6/22/07 Vote 546: H R 2771

6/22/07 Vote 545: H R 2771

6/22/07 Vote 544: H RES 502: Providing for the Consideration of H.R. 2771, Legislative Branch Appropriations for Fy 2008

6/22/07 Vote 543: H RES 502: Providing for the Consideration of H.R. 2771, Legislative Branch Appropriations for Fy 2008

6/21/07 Vote 534: H R 2764

6/21/07 Vote 533: H R 2764

6/20/07 Vote 523: H R 2641

6/20/07 Vote 522: H R 2641

6/20/07 Vote 521: H R 2641

6/15/07 Vote 498: H R 2642: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations for Fy 2008

6/15/07 Vote 497: H R 2642

6/15/07 Vote 496: H R 2642

6/15/07 Vote 495: H R 2642

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

The Occupations Of Ron Paul Donors

Posted by chip91 on October 21, 2007

MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson – a Libertarian leaning conservative who is an opponent of the war in Iraq and voted for Ron Paul in 1988 – discourses what Congressman Paul’s internet supporters do for a living.

Posted in Backlash from Conservatives | 1 Comment »