Friday, January 13, 2012

What If We Could Turn Back the Hands of Time and Make One Simple Change?

What if we could turn back the clock to the year 2000 and elect a different president for 8 years? What if we elected Ron Paul?

  1. There would be no Fed and we would have sound money.
  2. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would have been dismantled.
  3. The big three rating agencies (Moody's, Fitch, and S&P) would not be officially government recognized and rating agencies in general  would have been paid on the basis of how well they do their job, not on volume generated by being "officially recognized".
  4. There would have been no housing bubble (or one much smaller).
  5. Ron Paul certainly would not have signed the Medicare bill Bush signed or the Healthcare bill Obama signed..
  6. The US would not have wasted over a trillion dollars in Iraq.
  7. The US would not have had troops stationed in Saudi Arabia and since that was Bin Laden's biggest gripe, there may not have been a 911 attack in the first place.
  8. Davis Bacon and prevailing wage laws would have been scrapped lowering costs to cities and states to provide services. 
  9. Cities and states would not be in such bad financial position.
  10. Ron Paul would have ended collective bargaining of public unions 
  11. The public union pension crisis would not be as big.
  12. We would actually have smaller government instead of lip service from other Republicans on providing smaller government
  13. People would have lower taxes and more of their own money to spend.
  14. The insane war on drugs would be over and our prisons would not be overflowing at enormous expense to taxpayers
  15. The US would be defending its borders instead of being the world's policeman 

I can go on and on.  It's amazing how much attention has been focused on things Ron Paul did not even say, instead of things he has consistently stood for. He is the only Republican candidate (actually the only candidate from any party) that has a high level of consistency on critical issues.

I have been thinking about this for days actually, and decided to write it up in response to this must see video by Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox News.

Link If Video Does Not Play: What If "They" Are Lying to Us about Ron Paul?

President Obama and Mitt Romney are Nearly One and the Same

Interesting, Judge Napolitano makes the same suggestion that I have made several times: President Obama and Mitt Romney are Nearly One and the Same!

Except on fringe issues there is no practical difference between Obama and Mitt Romney. The health care act Obama crammed down everyone's throat was based on ideas Romney put in place as governor.

Moreover, there is little difference between George Bush and President Obama on wars, on trade, on sanctions, on tariffs, on bailouts, on banks, on drugs, on education, on jobs, and on spending.There is a difference on abortion (a fringe issue), and on public unions.

Except for an exceptionally hard stance on abortion, there is even less difference between Rick Santorum and President Obama as noted by the Cato Institute in Santorum?s Big-Government Conservatism.
There is no doubt that Santorum is deeply conservative on social issues. He is ardently anti-abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, and no one takes a stronger stand against gay rights. In fact, with his comparison of gay sex to ?man on dog? relationships, Santorum seldom even makes a pretense of tolerance. While that sort of rhetoric may play well in Iowa pulpits, it will be far less well received elsewhere in the nation.

Santorum?s voting record shows that he embraced George Bush?style ?big-government conservatism.? For example, he supported the Medicare prescription-drug benefit and No Child Left Behind.

He never met an earmark that he didn?t like. In fact, it wasn?t just earmarks for his own state that he favored, which might be forgiven as pure electoral pragmatism, but earmarks for everyone, including the notorious ?Bridge to Nowhere.? The quintessential Washington insider, he worked closely with Tom DeLay to set up the ?K Street Project,? linking lobbyists with the GOP leadership.

He voted against NAFTA and has long opposed free trade. He backed higher tariffs on everything from steel to honey. He still supports an industrial policy with the government tilting the playing field toward manufacturing industries and picking winners and losers.

In fact, Santorum might be viewed as the mirror image of Ron Paul. If Ron Paul?s campaign has been based on the concept of simply having government leave us alone, Santorum rejects that entire concept. True liberty, he writes, is not ?the freedom to be left alone,? but ?the freedom to attend to one?s duties to God, to family, and to neighbors.? And he seems fully prepared to use the power of government to support his interpretation of those duties.
Fake Conservatives

Ron Paul is the true constitutional conservative. Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum are fakes. I will not vote for Mitt Romney if nominated, nor Rick Santorum.. Nor will I vote for Newt Gingrich. What did Gingrich accomplish as Speaker of the House?

I would vote for Ron Paul or Jon Huntsman if nominated. Otherwise, if Republicans keep nominating fake conservatives and war-mongers that pay lip service to small government, I will keep writing in Ron Paul as I did in the last two presidential elections.

Some may say writing in Ron Paul will only serve to reelect President Obama. I say so what?

In spite of all the talk (and a few differences on social issues), there is no practical difference on major economic matters, foreign policy, war-mongering, or big government between the Republican candidates (except Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman), and President Obama.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock
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