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Son of Freedom
12-31-2007, 05:04 PM
http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/An_Absolute_Faith_in_Free_Markets_and_Less_Governm ent

What a great article, unbiased and they even used a good pictrue of the Dr. :D

This will be in the January 2, 2008 edition. PERFECT Timing.

Suzu
12-31-2007, 05:06 PM
http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/An_Absolute_Faith_in_Free_Markets_and_Less_Governm ent

What a great article, unbiased and they even used a good pictrue of the Dr. :D

This will be in the January 2, 2008 edition. PERFECT Timing.

Great find! Now let's all DIGG IT UP!!!

shasshas
12-31-2007, 05:09 PM
(The link is posted by the original thread starter. I posted the whole article here juist so we have a backup copy just in case something terrible happens. Please do not read or be discouraged by its size if it seems a bit big and wordy).

Ron Paul: an absolute faith in free markets and less government
The 10-term congressman from Texas has been a strict constitutionalist since he came into public life some 30 years ago.
By Gail Russell Chaddock | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

Berlin, N.H.

Ron Paul still looks surprised when his calls to follow the Constitution and restore a sound currency set off whoops of approval at a campaign stop.

The 10-term GOP congressman from Texas has been making these points for 30 years, with little to show for it beyond hundreds of House votes on the short end of 434 to 1. Critics called him a crank.

But lately, his views and values – the product of a lifetime of intense, self-directed study – are finding an audience. His message is basic: freedom and limited government. Repeal the welfare-warfare state. Get out of Iraq, now. Abolish the income tax. End the war on drugs. Put the dollar back on a more solid footing.

"Unlike some others, I wasn't really anxious to run for president," he tells supporters at Tea Bird's Café and Bistro in Berlin, N.H. "I didn't believe the country was ready for a strict constitutionalist."

When he says "strict," he means it. As a member of Congress, he refuses to vote for any bill not explicitly set out in the Constitution, earning him the nickname "Dr. No." He routinely votes against new taxes, deficit budgets, government surveillance, gun control, war funding, and the war on drugs. He would abolish the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Reserve, the US Departments of Education, Energy, and Commerce as well as other "unconstitutional domestic bureaucracies." He has called for America to withdraw from the World Trade Organization and the United Nations.

At the heart of Paul's worldview is a conviction that people are born free and should govern themselves – and that free markets make better decisions than governments do.

"Some people think I don't love governing, but it's different," he says in a Monitor interview. "I believe in self-governing and family governing. The responsibility is put more on the individual than on some huge monstrosity in Washington."

Family Roots

Paul traces his values of personal responsibility and self-reliance to his early family life. His father, Howard, the son of a German immigrant, ran a family dairy business in Green Tree, Pa., near Pittsburgh, where he pasteurized and bottled milk. The third of five sons, Paul learned responsibility and the work ethic at age 5 in the family basement. There, milk bottles were washed by hand, and he and his brothers earned a penny for every dirty bottle they spotted coming down a conveyer belt.

"We learned the incentive system," he says. The boys soon figured out that one of their uncles was a worse bottle washer than the other. "We liked to work for that one uncle, because we got more pennies," he says.

The five boys shared a small bedroom in a four-room house. From spring through fall, they slept outside in a small, screened porch. His grandmother and two uncles lived in the same family compound. His father hoped that all five sons would become Lutheran ministers; two of them did. "Confirmation was a big event in my family; birthdays weren't a big event," Paul says. His mother, Margaret, urged her sons to read and get an education.

"I would say that probably from the cradle, their ethic was work and church. That was it," says Carol Paul, the candidate's wife of 50 years. "They weren't a family that played a lot. Everything was serious."

The family lived two miles from the local high school. Although there was a bus to school, Paul preferred to run. He won the state championship in the 220-yard dash and ranked No. 2 in the 440-yard run in Pennsylvania. "He knew he was obligated to do with his God-given body the best he could," says Mrs. Paul. They met in high school at a track meet and married in his last year at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa., where he studied biology.

Paul says he briefly considered becoming a Lutheran minister, but opted instead for medicine. He graduated from Duke University Medical School in Durham, N.C., in 1961, and was just starting a residency in internal medicine when he was drafted into the US Air Force. From 1963 to 1965, he served as a flight surgeon, then moved to Texas to practice obstetrics. As an OB/GYN, he has delivered more than 4,000 babies.

Paul doesn't often talk about religion, at least not in the context of a political campaign. There's a reason the Gospels teach praying in secret, he says. Over the years, he has attended an Episcopal church, which "became more liberal than we were comfortable with," as well as an evangelical church. He currently attends Baptist services.

Austrian economics

The most decisive intellectual influence in Paul's life was his discovery, while in medical school, of a passion for economics. It started with two vast novels: Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" and Boris Pasternak's "Dr. Zhivago," a gift from his mother. Both books make a case for the threat that big government bureaucracies pose to creativity and liberty.

Later, he read his way into Austrian economics – the counterweight to Keynesian economic ideas that informed the New Deal. He read Friedrich Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom" – a book that influenced a generation of American conservatives – and especially Ludwig von Mises, a libertarian who extended the influence of the Austrian school of economics in the United States.

For the Austrian school, government intervention in free markets isn't a formula for long-term economic growth. Mises warned that over time it would cripple free markets and lead to state control. Free markets are always superior to a centrally planned economy, he wrote. Mises also advocated a non-inflationary gold standard – an idea that Paul has made his own in his 2007 book "The Case for Gold" and a forthcoming book "Pillars of Prosperity: Free Markets, Honest Money, Private Property."

In 1971, Paul and another local doctor closed their practices for a day and drove 60 miles to the University of Houston to hear Mises give one of his last lectures in the United States.

"I just thought it was fascinating. It made common sense – the sort of thing I would have concluded on my own, but the Austrian economists were a lot smarter," Paul says. He made friends with American economists such as Murray Rothbard, a student of Mises, and often visited Milton Friedman while continuing his own study of economics and world markets.

"He's been a very serious student of economics since medical school, and has read a huge amount of history – constitutional history and monetary history. His philosophical and economic views drive him and everything he does," says Llewellyn Rockwell, a former congressional chief of staff for Paul. Mr. Rockwell is president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Ala., and maintains the popular website, lewrockwell.com.

As a physician, Paul says he came to resent government intervention in his practice. In his years as an OB/GYN, he didn't accept Medicare and Medicaid payments because he felt they represented unconstitutional government overreach. Sometimes, he'd treat patients for free.

"I found that government was interfering with my judgment as a doctor, disrupting the doctor/patient relationship, and making prices go up," he says.

But what drove him into public life was President Richard Nixon's decision in 1971 to break the last link between gold and US currency and impose wage and price controls. "I decided to speak out," he says.

A nation that spends, borrows, and prints too much money inevitably pays a price, he says. Unrestrained by a link to gold, the Federal Reserve can create too much credit, fueling housing and stock bubbles. The result: The dollar continues to goes down in value, the nation becomes ever more dependent on borrowing money abroad, and young people pay the price. A return to the gold standard restrains the government and restores the value of the dollar.

"My influence, such as it is, comes only by educating others about the rightness of the free market," he wrote in a 1984 essay, "Mises and Austrian Economics: A Personal View."

In Congress, Paul often speaks of his own record of consistency in voting against big government and refusing the perks it offers. He says he will not accept a government pension and did not seek government loans to help finance college for his five children. Paul, a longtime Ronald Reagan supporter, even voted against awarding the former president a Congressional Gold Medal in 2000, saying that taxpayers shouldn't be charged the $30,000 to mint the coin.

But critics note inconsistencies in Paul's long public record. For example, while Paul crusades against big government and voted against government funds for victims of hurricane Katrina, he has requested and won billions in special projects for his congressional district, which includes Galveston, Texas.

"I put it in because I represent people who are asking for some of their money back…. And if Congress has the responsibility to spend the money, why leave the money in the executive branch and let them spend the money?" he said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Dec. 23.

At a recent town meeting in Conway, N.H., one audience member said he supported most of Paul's positions, but wondered whether government wasn't needed after all in the cases of monster storms, such as hurricane Katrina. Paul cited the case of the 1900 hurricane in Galveston, which he said rebuilt significantly without help from Washington.

Some libertarian critics also complain that his opposition to abortion rights for women violates libertarian principles of choice. In an interview, Paul says that he came to his views on abortion in part from his experience delivering babies. "From the very beginning, I had a moral and legal obligation to take care of two people, the mother and the child, and if I did anything wrong, I realized that I could be sued for it," he said. "That had an impact on me."

He recalls witnessing an illegal abortion in his first year out of medical school that made an impression, too. "Once I became more firmly entrenched with libertarian beliefs, I realized that another life was involved, I saw this as a principle of nonaggression, which libertarians adhere to. The baby has a choice, too."

For some Washington-based libertarians, Paul's success on the campaign trail is puzzling. "Because Ron Paul is personally a very traditional man, a small town guy, his libertarianism is embedded in a lot more traditionalism that you find in many libertarians," who bristle at his stance on abortion, for example, says Brian Doherty, senior editor at Reason Magazine, the leading libertarian political and cultural journal. "But many financial analysts, who are disproportionate fans of the Paul campaign, say that in their world, the stuff that might strike a normal American as kooky, such as restoring the gold standard, does not strike them as kooky, especially given how the dollar's value is plummeting. There isn't a single other candidate out there talking about their world in an interesting way – or at all," he adds.

A surge of grass-roots support

When Paul first ran for president as the Libertarian Party candidate in 1988, he won 0.54 percent of the vote. In his second presidential bid, he's on track to do better.

While Paul still polls only in single digits nationally and in early primary states, his supporters have raised more than $19 million since October, including a record $6.2 million on one day, Dec. 16. This unofficial, grass-roots campaign is out-organizing all other campaigns over the Internet and recently launched a Ron Paul blimp.

"I'm not surprised that the views are popular, but I'm surprised to the extent that people have rallied and gotten spontaneously involved and done so much in fundraising and campaign events," Paul said in a Monitor interview.

Paul says his campaign is still working out what to do with the last quarter's surge of campaign contributions. "It's a real job figuring out what to do with it," he says. "We're going to budget it out. It just means it's a lot easier planning for super-Tuesday [on Feb. 5], when we have money in the bank."

In Iowa, the campaign has used new funds to quickly ramp up a ground operation. In New Hampshire, it launched new television and radio ads.

Some experts say polls may be undercounting Paul's support, because so many of his backers haven't voted in the past and use cellphones rather than the landlines, which pollsters use. That's why Paul "is likely to do better on election day than polls say he might," said Fergus Cullen, chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party in an interview for C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" on Sunday.
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Thomas Paine
12-31-2007, 05:10 PM
This definately is a great article. Perfect timing, too!

Ron LOL
12-31-2007, 05:13 PM
The CSM is a great place (in general) for "just the news."

axiomata
12-31-2007, 05:44 PM
CSM is one of the most unbiased news agencies out there. great article

jointhefightforfreedom
12-31-2007, 05:51 PM
Dugg

jointhefightforfreedom
12-31-2007, 05:52 PM
Digg these while your at it !

http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Ron_Paul_War_and_Foreign_Policy

http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Ron_Paul_s_Position_on_Health_Care

http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Ron_Paul_Debt_and_Taxes

http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Ron_Paul_Social_Security

Crickett
12-31-2007, 06:06 PM
Fantastic article and great venue!!

walt
12-31-2007, 06:10 PM
dugg :)

homah
12-31-2007, 06:15 PM
Great article. I learned a few new things about Dr. Paul too.

BTW, to whoever pasted the entirety of the article here, doing so is considered to be in bad taste. Better to paste the beginning of the article, followed by a link to their website.

nc4rp
12-31-2007, 06:31 PM
duggit. 4 page story. they have over 1.5 million readers too.

Geronimo
12-31-2007, 07:12 PM
Great articles. I dugg em all.

psalm82x3
12-31-2007, 07:14 PM
The Monitor was set up by the Publishing Society of the Christian Science Church in reaction to the yellow journalism that prevailed at the turn of the 20th Century. God bless them for sticking to their mission. It makes me proud to be a Christian Scientist. By the way, unsold copies of the CSMonitor are usually given away for free at Christian Science Reading Rooms after the sale date is past. Anyone interested could call and ask them to hold unsold copies for distribution. I will post more info after Wednesday when reading rooms reopen after the holiday.

jaybone
12-31-2007, 07:33 PM
great piece!

Make sure to listen to the little sound byte too.

Son of Freedom
12-31-2007, 11:43 PM
The Monitor was set up by the Publishing Society of the Christian Science Church in reaction to the yellow journalism that prevailed at the turn of the 20th Century. God bless them for sticking to their mission. It makes me proud to be a Christian Scientist. By the way, unsold copies of the CSMonitor are usually given away for free at Christian Science Reading Rooms after the sale date is past. Anyone interested could call and ask them to hold unsold copies for distribution. I will post more info after Wednesday when reading rooms reopen after the holiday.

I didn't know about their mission and I would agree after reading their articles for last few months that they have stuck to that mission. I remember when I was a kid decades ago seeing the Reading Rooms in NYC. I live in PA now and I have to locate one now, I need to surround myself with sensible educated people.


great piece!

Make sure to listen to the little sound byte too.

Yes, I forgot about the soundbyte, it's as good or better than the article.

kjk437
01-01-2008, 03:08 AM
Loved this bit at the end:


Some experts say polls may be undercounting Paul's support, because so many of his backers haven't voted in the past and use cellphones rather than the landlines, which pollsters use. That's why Paul "is likely to do better on election day than polls say he might," said Fergus Cullen, chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party in an interview for C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" on Sunday.

There are "experts" out there that get it.

AggieforPaul
01-01-2008, 03:17 AM
"They met in high school at a track meet and married in his last year at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa., where he studied biology"

http://firstrung.co.uk/dbimgs/iStock_can%20of%20worms.jpg

JaylieWoW
01-01-2008, 09:21 AM
At a recent town meeting in Conway, N.H., one audience member said he supported most of Paul's positions, but wondered whether government wasn't needed after all in the cases of monster storms, such as hurricane Katrina. Paul cited the case of the 1900 hurricane in Galveston, which he said rebuilt significantly without help from Washington.

I recently heard a more modern example of this on the radio while on the way to work. Has anyone heard of the firestations that have been rebuilt in New Orleans? I think it is the Leary foundation or something like that. (I'll look it up). The point was that the "government" estimates for rebuilding these firestations was like 5 years or something like that. The Leary foundation (or whatever it is called) managed to rebuild several within 6 months WITHOUT help from government. I'll have to verify it to be sure but was wondering if anyone else had heard or knew anything else about this story.

JaylieWoW
01-01-2008, 09:45 AM
Found it!

http://www.learyfirefighters.org/

Haven't read the site yet but this was the foundation I heard about on the radio.


The Leary Firefighters Foundation was founded in 2000 by actor Denis Leary in response to a fire that broke out in an abandoned warehouse in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, his hometown, in December of 1999. Over 75 firefighters ran into what some have called "the perfect fire" and six of them never came out. One was Denis' first cousin, Jerry Lucey and another Lt. Tommy Spencer, was a childhood friend and high school classmate. In an effort to find a positive way to deal with this overwhelming loss, Denis established The Leary Firefighters Foundation in the spring of 2000. The Leary Firefighters Foundation is dedicated to providing fire departments with funding and resources for up-to-date equipment and training.

A lifelong hockey fan, Denis teamed up with Boston Bruins legends Bobby Orr and Cam Neely to organize The Celebrity Hat Trick, "Hockey's Greatest Skate for America's Bravest," a two-day event that features two teams made up of hockey legends and Hollywood celebrities. Thousands of New England residents turn out to enjoy the game and to honor the memory of the "Worcester 6". The Leary Firefighters Foundation has directed total of $2 million dollars to The Worcester Firefighters Local 1009 Equipment Fund to support the equipment and training needs of firefighters in Central Massachusetts. These funds have been used to design and build a new burn tower and training facility and to purchase a new rescue boat and an SCBA Response Unit, a mobile maintenance unit to service and repair air tanks.

The success of the Celebrity Hat Trick allowed the LFF to expand its reach to the city of Boston. Our first gift to the Boston Fire Department, a Tactical Command Unit, was presented to Boston Fire Commissioner Paul Christian on August 11, 2004 at a special ceremony outside City Hall. Built into a retro-fitted Ford Excursion SUV, this emergency management vehicle is capable of increased communications control and improved maneuverability on Boston's narrow streets. To date, $425,000 has been raised and directed towards the equipment needs of the Boston Fire Department, including the Tactical Command Unit and the acquisition of a new Fire Rescue / Diver Support Boat for the Department's protection of Boston Harbor, was deployed in the summer of 2006.

In the wake of the events of September 11, 2001, The Leary Firefighters Foundation established The Fund for New York's Bravest to raise money for the families of the 343 firefighters who perished in the line of duty. With enormous support from friends in the entertainment community, we threw a landmark New York City benefit, The BASH for New York's Bravest, to celebrate our local heroes. Through the success of The BASH and the overwhelming support shown by donors throughout the nation, The Fund for New York's Bravest raised over $1.9 million before it was closed in 2003. Every dollar collected went directly into the hands of the families without any administrative costs. The BASH for New York's Bravest is now an annual, celebrity-studded event that continues to honor New York's firefighters while raising funds to support their equipment and training needs.

In 2002, we expanded our focus to include assisting the FDNY with their critical need to enhance operations and advance first responder training. An in-depth working relationship has been formed with senior commanders and it is through their expertise that we prioritize the disbursement of funds received from donors. Using dollars raised at The 2003 BASH for New York's Bravest, we partnered with the FDNY's Fire Safety Education Fund to purchase a Mobile Command Center for the FDNY. This emergency management vehicle, which was deployed on July 19, 2004, is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video monitoring capabilities and directly answers the call for a heightened level of communications and planning at large-scale events and emergencies. It serves as a visible point of contact for communications between the FDNY, NYPD, FBI and OEM, as well as media and local officials, and as a staging area at major events such as last year's Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden. We have also donated two Flashover Simulators to the FDNY Fire Academy on Randall's Island. In January 2005 these Flashover Simulators were incorporated into the training regiment of both probationary and veteran firefighters to help them understand progression of fire, which will increase their chance of survival in the field.

Every community relies on their firefighters to keep their population safe. Their bravery and commitment to saving lives is indisputable and is demonstrated on a daily basis. Our current development campaign is focused on two major projects: building a technologically advanced High-Rise Simulator at the FDNY Fire Academy to improve training to combat the potentially catastrophic high-rise fires. The training facility including construction of a second building that will feature a state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center (a first for Central Massachusetts) and a physical training facility fire and fulfilling our pledge o the New Orleans fire department in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The Leary Firefighters Foundation remains dedicated to keeping the needs of firefighters in the forefront of the country's awareness and to upholding our pledge to provide them with funding and resources to acquire the tools necessary to maintain the highest level of public safety.