Archive for May 27th, 2009

Ron Paul, The High School Teacher

May 27th, 2009 10:41 pm  |  by  |  Published in Constitution, Education, Foreign Policy, Liberty, Money, Philosophy, Politics, Ron Paul, Video, War  |  5 Responses

Ron Paul visited Ballou High School in Southeast DC a few weeks ago to speak to students as part of CSPAN’s Student’s and Leaders series.

This is Ron Paul in his element. He’s speaking to young people and he’s a teacher at heart.

He gives a talk and then gets some questions from the students. Watch the full video below from CSPAN. It is almost an hour long.

Should Congress read the bills or pass pointless resolutions?

May 27th, 2009 12:38 pm  |  by  |  Published in congress, Constitution, DownsizeDC.org, government spending, law, Liberty, Market Regulation, Politics  |  Comments Off

D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h

Quote of the Day: “If I studied all my life, I couldn’t think up half the number of funny things passed in one session of congress.” – Will Rogers


In addition to bills that become law, the House and Senate also pass hundreds of resolutions each year. Many of them are statements of appreciation or recognition of people and events. They may seem harmless, but they waste Congress’s time, time that could be spent reading bills that actually matter.

Moreover, these resolutions are often handled with comic incompetence . . .

  • On May 19, the House recognized “Women’s Health Week,” which had ended on May 16
  • On the same day, it also honored “Police Week,” which likewise had ended the previous Saturday
  • On May 20, the House recognized “National Teacher Appreciation Week,” which had ended on May 10
  • Four months after he announced his retirement, the House congratulated football coach Tony Dungy

The House also passed a resolution urging every American to visit national cemeteries, memorials, and markers on Memorial Day. They even bothered to call for a roll call vote, as if anyone would dare oppose it.

They also passed a resolution recognizing May 25 as National Missing Children’s Day and urged us to “plan events in communities across America to raise public awareness about the issue.” They again took the time for a roll call vote.

May 25, of course, was also Memorial Day. If Congress was at all sincere with either resolution, they would have seen the unfairness to both missing children and America’s war dead by having them compete for attention on the same day.

By merging such special days together, and recognizing events well after the fact, Congress ends up trivializing what they are supposed to be honoring.

The House also held pointless time-consuming roll call votes recognizing at least four other anniversaries of various events. (My favorite celebrated the IEEE, without bothering to mention what the acronym stands for.) In any case, none of them needed Congressional recognition to establish their significance.

Meanwhile, over the past three weeks the House passed 25 bills totaling 1466 pages – bills that will actually impact our lives. Members of Congress claim they don’t have time to read these bills.

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Ron Paul on CNN: The financial system has collapsed

May 27th, 2009 8:57 am  |  by  |  Published in Bailouts, Banking, Big Government, Debt, Economics, Federal Reserve, Free Market, government spending, inflation, Liberty, Money, Ron Paul  |  7 Responses

Ron Paul appeared on CNN American Morning this morning and talked about the contradictory actions the Obama administration is taking to help curb our economic woes. A few of Paul’s quotes from the interview are below.

On Obama: “But he contradicts himself. He wants to spend more money, but he admits we have no money.”

On Washington: “They seem to live in a different world. They’re not living with reality.”

“They are begging and pleading for inflation.”

“The financial system has collapsed. The house of cards has come unglued.”

Watch and listen to more of the hard truth below.

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The Money Bomb Gets Passed From Ron Paul To Son Rand

May 27th, 2009 8:20 am  |  by  |  Published in Activism, Fund Raising, Politics, Rand Paul, Ron Paul Republicans  |  10 Responses

Rand Paul June 1st MoneyBomb

The concept of a money bomb, pooling a bunch of campaign donations in a single day, was made famous during Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign of 2007 and 2008. Many others have utilized the practice to draw in campaign funds and press mentions since then. Now, it is Ron Paul’s son, Rand Paul, who is ready for his own.

This one is to raise money for his exploratory committee for the U.S. Senate representing Kentucky. The day is next Monday, June 1st, 2009. The goal is $25k in a single day. More details are here.

We need more Ron Pauls in DC. Without cloning Ron Paul  it is unlikely you’ll find someone more similar than his son, Dr. Rand Paul.

Please help Rand Paul out by donating on June 1st!

Ron Paul discusses Obama SCOTUS nominee with Cavuto

May 27th, 2009 1:47 am  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Constitution, FOX news, Liberty, Politics, Ron Paul  |  Comments Off

Ron Paul was interviewed by Neil Cavuto yesterday on Fox Business News regarding Barack Obama’s new Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonya Sotomayor. It seemed that Cavuto wanted Paul to focus on the topic of the SCOTUS nominee and Ron went into more limited government generalities as he often does.

Still, Cavuto allowed Ron Paul to speak to the point where I barely recall Cavuto asking more than one or two questions. A few choice quotes from Paul and the clip are below.

“It’s pretty scary…”

“It makes you stop and think though because she was originally a George Bush appointee”

“This appointment, if it goes through is just adding more fuel to the fire of bigger government, more meddling, and nationalizaiton.”