After finishing second to Michelle Bachmann in the recent Iowa straw poll, and having climbed into third in most polls of republican candidates (behind Rick Perry and Mitt Romney), Paul has become a force to be reckoned with. His poll numbers are improving.
So, why the sudden surge in popularity? Is it due to Paul’s debating skills or slick packaging by his handlers?
Or, could it be due to the electorate’s realization that our country faces some of the most severe economic, monetary, and security problems in its history, and Paul’s proposals for addressing them make more sense than that of any other candidate?
Unlike many of his competitors, Paul is very specific about how he would resolve our country’s many woes. According to his Ron Paul for President website, the ten-term congressman would do the following as president:
On the Economy
- Veto any unbalanced budget submitted by Congress.
- Refuse to raise the debt ceiling so politicians can no longer spend recklessly.
- Fully audit (and then end) the Federal Reserve System, which continues to create money out of thin air to finance future debt.
- End the corporate stranglehold on the White House.
- Reduce gas prices by allowing offshore drilling, abolish highway motor fuel taxes, increase the mileage reimbursement rates, and offer tax credits for the use and production of natural gas vehicles.
- Eliminate income, capital gains, and death taxes.
- Repeal ObamaCare and end its unconstitutional mandate that all Americans must carry only government-approved health insurance.
- Allow purchase of health insurance across state lines.
- Provide tax credits and deductions for all medical expenses.
- Exempt those with terminal illnesses from the employee portion of payroll taxes.
- Give a payroll deduction to any worker who is the primary caregiver for a spouse, parent, or child with a terminal illness.
- Guarantee that Medicare and Medicaid funds are not raided for other purposes.
- Make all Americans eligible for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and remove government-imposed barriers to obtaining HSAs.
On National Defense
- Secure our national borders.
- Avoid expensive land wars by using constitutional means to capture or kill terrorist leaders who attack the U.S. and plot further attacks.
- End the nation-building that is increasing our debt and sacrificing the lives of our troops.
- Follow the Constitution by asking Congress to declare war before one is waged.
- Only send our military into conflict with a clear mission and the tools they need to accomplish it.
- Ensure our veterans receive the care, benefits, and honors they have earned when they return.
- Revitalize the military for the 21st century by eliminating waste in the military budget.
- Stop giving rich dictators taxpayer money through foreign aid.
Are Ron Paul’s positions extreme? Some think so.
But, in an age of $1.5 trillion annual budget deficits (with 41 cents of every dollar spent
being borrowed), and a national debt in excess of $14 trillion (with $4 trillion having been added in the last 30 months alone), maybe not that extreme.