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Ron Paul: Government in way of Gulf clean-up

With the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon now over 60 days old, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) writes that government is getting in the way of the clean-up:

[A]s usually happens after disasters, countless people – even officials in local and state government – have come forward who know what needs to be done and are willing to help, but have been stymied by federal bureaucratic red tape as the oil continues to gush. The real problem is not so much a lack of government assistance, but government getting in the way of those who have solutions. We witnessed the same phenomenon during hurricanes Katrina and Ike. It seems government’s main role in these situations is to find excuses to stall relief, hold meetings and press conferences, waste money, punish the wrong people, and over-regulate.

Yet even after many examples of past incompetence, people still look to government to solve problems in the wake of disasters. A government that tries to be all things to all people might engender a lot of learned dependence, but ultimately it only harms the very people it is supposed to serve as they wait helplessly for salvation from Washington.

Government could help by holding the appropriate parties fully liable for damages and clean-up costs. I am hopeful that efforts to do this are genuine and BP is indeed held responsible for all damages, not shielded by liability caps or reimbursed under the table by taxpayers. Unfortunately, a large sum of taxpayer money has been slipped into the upcoming supplemental bill for Gulf cleanup costs that should fall on BP. Taxpayers should not have to bail out a major oil company that has caused this horrible damage to our shores.

Ron Paul Non-Committal On 2012 Run For President, Hints He May Back Gary Johnson

Some interesting words from the most interesting candidate of 2008:

Ron Paul says he hasn’t decided if he’ll challenge President Obama for re-election in 2012, but he does predict that Republicans will be more open than they were in 2008 to nominating a libertarian-minded candidate.

“I think there’s no doubt about it,” Paul said in an interview with The Daily Caller.

This year, libertarian-Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate — like Paul’s son Rand Paul in Kentucky and Sharron Angle in Nevada — have won Republican primaries with the help of the Tea Party support. Noting the “big libertarian influence in the Tea Party movement,” Paul says libertarian beliefs are making their way into the lexicon of traditional Republicans.

“I think even the issue of the Federal Reserve — that issue is almost mainstream,” he said. “And I think things have shifted because of the financial crisis as well as the bogging down of our foreign policy. So the American people are looking for some different answers.”

Paul, whose anti-Iraq war views won him jeers at some Republican events in 2008, says a libertarian-minded GOP candidate will be better received when Obama runs for re-election. But he cautioned that he himself has not decided to run. “It’s too early for me to talk much about that because I haven’t made a decision. I haven’t ruled it out, but I’m not on the verge of making a decision anytime soon,” Paul said.

Asked to name other potential presidential candidates he could support, Paul replied, “I guess the best one would be Johnson from New Mexico — Gary Johnson.”

Freedom Watch: Ron Paul vs. Sarah Palin

From this yesterday’s premier episode of Freedom Watch on Fox Business Channel:

Ron Paul leads Barack Obama among independent voters

A new survey on prospective match-ups against Barack Obama in 2012 by Public Policy Polling shows that Ron Paul could be competitive (emphasis mine):

Polling close to Obama are Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. The President leads Huckabee 46-44 and Romney 45-42. They both do a good job of consolidating the GOP vote and holding a solid advantage with independents.

Doing less well are Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, and Ron Paul. Obama has a 47-39 advantage over Gingrich, a 50-41 against Palin, and 46-36 edge matched against Paul.

One thing that’s very interesting about these numbers is that Ron Paul is the most popular out of the whole group with independents. They see him favorably by a 35/25 margin. The only other White House hopeful on positive ground with them is Romney at a +2 spread and they’re very negative on the rest: -5 for Huckabee, -16 for Gingrich and Palin, and -17 for Obama. All five of the possible GOP contenders lead Obama with independents, but Paul does so by the widest margin at 46-28.

That is encouraging. It means that independents are becoming more familiar with what Ron Paul has been saying over the last several years. Unfortunately, the GOP presidential primaries will come down between Tax Hike Mike, Multiple Choice Mitt and a couple others, maybe Tim Pawlenty and Mitch Daniels.

Ron Paul Gets It Wrong On The Homebuyer Tax Credit

Congressman Ron Paul is usually on the right side of issues that involve government intervention in the marketplace, but when it comes to the Homebuyer Tax Credit he gets it completely wrong:

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tex., who is usually opposed to government intervention in the economy, has introduced legislation to permanently extend the first-time homebuyer tax credit and to make the credit available to people whose homes have been destroyed by a natural disaster, such as a hurricane.

“It is hard to think of a more beneficial or compassionate expansion of the first-time homebuyer tax credit than to make the credit available to those whose homes have been destroyed or damaged by natural disasters,” Paul says.

“In addition, the changes to the casualty loss provision will help more taxpayers affected by natural disasters,” he says. “Providing tax relief to first-time homebuyers and to those affected by natural disasters should be one of Congress’ top priorities.”

The legislation also makes a number of changes to existing tax credits in order to enhance their usefulness to victims of natural disasters, according to a news release from Paul’s office.

Specifically, this bill makes casualty loss deductions available to taxpayers who don’t itemize, and makes it available to them for five years after the disaster.

If passed, the proposed legislation would also help people who have lost their jobs because of a natural disaster by making unemployment payments provided under the Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act tax-free.

For Ron Paul’s Son, History Repeats

Remember Ron Paul’s hubbub over overtly racist rhetoric in some of his newsletters? Well, it looks like his son is now in similarly hot water:

It seems that after failing to answer a yes or no question about whether the Woolworth lunch counter should have stayed segregated in the 1960s, Rand Paul has found his words. The Republican Senate nominee in Kentucky issued a long statement Thursday stressing that he would not back any repeal of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. “I have clearly stated in prior interviews that I abhor racial discrimination and would have worked to end segregation,” Paul said. Still, he tiptoed around his main source of disagreement with the bill, which he says he believes does more than the federal government should be allowed. “This much is clear: The federal government has far overreached in its power grabs,” he said in the statement.

This all reminds me substantially of the firestorm that hit Mel Gibson. Gibson got caught in a firestorm of anti-Semitism bizarrely hurled at a police office just doing his job, soon amending himself with trips on daytime news shows with defenses that he was upset about what Israel was doing in the Middle East. His father, meanwhile, had been even more crude:

Ron Paul: Freedom Is The Answer!

A great speech from last night’s opening of the Campaign For Liberty’s Iowa Conference:

Weakened Audit the Fed bill passes the Senate

As noted on Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) sold out on his amendment to Audit the Fed, opting for version that doesn’t audit monetary policy. It was passed without opposition by the Senate yesterday.

As Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) pointed out in his weekly Texas Straight Talk column, there is some good to the Sanders amendment, but it wasn’t enough:

[A]greements with foreign central banks are not touched by the new Sanders Amendment language. At a time when Greece, Portugal, Spain and other countries are experiencing dire financial crises and have their hands out to the international community, we need to know if our Federal Reserve is at all involved in bailing them out. As weary as we are of bailing out companies, the American people would not stand for bailing out entire countries. Our government is wasteful enough in its own affairs without contributing to the waste of other countries. Yet the Fed currently has the tools it needs to do just this, and to do it in secret.

Sanders sells out on “Audit the Fed” amendment

Those of us that support the Audit the Fed legislation were snubbed last week by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as he accepted a watered-down version of the measure:

Senate Democratic leaders cleared two major obstacles Thursday to winning passage of a Wall Street reform bill, beating back a Republican effort to curb the reach of a new consumer agency and striking a compromise on a watered-down bill to shine a light on Federal Reserve activities.
it took an aggressive last-minute lobbying effort by White House, Treasury and Federal Reserve officials to win a compromise on the Fed amendment. The original language called for a “comprehensive” audit of the Fed’s activities, most of which historically have been kept from public view.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the chief sponsor, struck a deal on the Senate floor to limit the scope of the one-time audit to only the Fed’s emergency lending to banks, allaying concerns that a review would have interfered with interest rate decisions.

“At a time when our entire financial system almost collapsed, we cannot let the Fed operate in secrecy any longer. The American people have a right to know,” Sanders said. “This amendment is not a radical idea.”

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) says that Sanders sold out since the compromise, which can be read here, leaves out an audit of monetary policy. Sanders admits the version passed by the House was stronger, but still feels his compromise is meaningful.

KY Senate: Two weeks left in primary battle between Paul and Grayson

The Republican primary for United States Senate in Kentucky is starting to get interesting with just two weeks to go. Both Trey Grayson and Rand Paul are announcing endorsements. Grayson’s campaign is also touting internal polling that show s an even race.

Dave Weigel has heard that Paul’s internals show him up by double-digits, and polling made public by various firms would seem to back that up, including a new survey from Public Policy Polling.

Rand Paul v. Trey Grayson

  • Paul: 46%
  • Grayson: 28%
  • Other: 4%
  • Not sure: 21%

As we all know, the only poll that matters is the one taken on election day, which is May 18th in Kentucky.

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