Candidate Profile: Ron Paul

Congressman Ron Paul at an event hosted in his...

With campaign season revving up, its time to get to know the ones that want to be President. Going to look at their record if they have one, what positions they take if they don’t. Coupled with my thoughts on the said candidate.

I’m not going to list the party, because that’s just a banner politicians hide behind, look at person, not the party. To set the stage, here’s the link to his campaign website here. This has his positions, but I prefer to look at his record instead.

Entitlements: As far as welfare, he wants to and has voted to limit federal regulations on welfare, and says welfare isn’t constitutional. Let churches and charities handle it. And if welfare is to be done, let the states handle it. On Social Security he…

  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)

Essentially its less government, more personal responsibility on any entitlement while voting to make it easier to do so.

National Security: Voted No on the Patriot Act, and extending any of the provisions on Warrantless wiretapping.

Voted Yes for Congressional Oversight of CIA interrogations, restricting no-bid defense contracts, and pilots carrying guns. Among a long list.

Foreign Policy: Lot of people disagree with his foreign policy so how does he vote? Well he voted No on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan, on cooperating with India as  a nuclear power, on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. Also voted No on reforming the UN by restricting US funding, on $156,000,000 to the IMF for 3rd World debt reduction, on permanent normal trade relations with China, and on $15,200,000,000 for foreign operations.

Voted Yes on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released, on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval, on removing US armed forces in Afghanistan, on investigating Bush impeachment, and on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo.

Voted No on declaring Iraq part of the War on Terror and the removal of Saddam Hussein.

Civil Rights: Voted No on Constitutionally defining marriage, making the Patriot Act permanent, on banning same-sex marriages, and on prohibiting flag desecration in the Constitution.

Voted Yes on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance, on banning gay adoptions in D.C., and on ending preferential treatment for college by race.

A side note on the adoption ban, the city politics of Washington D.C are under the direct control of the Congress, the mayor is like a manager.

Second Amendment, also a Civil Right. How has Paul voted? Voted No on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers, on suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse, and decreasing gun waiting periods from 3 days to 1. That’s his record, a part of it, now what he’s said is gun-free zones don’t work, opposes gun-bans, ease purchasing procedures for guns, constitutional carry, and is NRA A-Rated, take that as you will.

Healthcare: Voted Yes on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare Part D,  the re-importation of prescription drugs, small business associations buying health insurance, and on establishing tax-exempt Health Savings Accounts.

Voted No on the Ryan Budget, regulating tobacco as a drug, on expanding SCHIP, and overriding veto on Medicare.

Also voted No on adding 2 to 4 million kids to SCHIP, on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare cop-pay, limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000, subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage and banning physician assisted suicide.

The Economy and Taxes: Voted Yes on terminating the Home Affordable Mortgage Program, and on restricting bankruptcy rules.

Voted No on every bailout, on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid foreclosures, and on defining “energy emergency” on federal gas prices.

As far as corporations are concerned he has voted Yes on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment.

Voted No on letting shareholders decide executive compensation, and on more funding for nanotech R&D and commercialization.

When it comes to Energy he has voted Yes on barring the EPA regulating greenhouse gases, and on scheduling permitting for new oil refineries.

Voted No on tax credits for renewable electricity with PayGo offsets, on tax incentives for energy production, renewable energy, on criminalizing OPEC, on removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, and on keeping the moratorium on drilling for oil offshore.

Also voted No on passing the Bush-Cheney national energy policy, raising CAFE standards, incentives for alternative fuels, on prohibiting development in ANWR and implementation of the Kyoto Protocol.

Trade? What’s his stance? Every vote I see is for government staying out of the process. Jobs? Voted No on extending unemployment, overriding presidential veto of the 2008 Farm Bill, on restricting employer interference on union organizing, on increasing minimum wage and on 10 years of farm price supports.

Taxes? Voted Yes on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains, dividends, tax relief & simplification. A permanent increase on the child tax credit, eliminating the marriage penalty, making the Bush Tax Cuts permanent, tax cuts, eliminating the Death Tax(estate tax) and small business tax cuts.

Government Transparency: Voted No on Senate pay raise, requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations, on giving Washington D.C an electoral vote and vote in Congress, on restricting independent grassroot PACs, and on campaign finance reform banning soft money contributions.

Voted Yes on whistleblower protection, voter ID for federal elections, limiting attorney fees in class-action lawsuits and the restriction of frivolous lawsuits.

Immigration: Voted Yes on building the border fence,  on preventing tipping off illegal aliens about the Minuteman Project, on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment, extending Immigrant Residency rules and more visas for skilled workers.

My Conclusion: Just about everything he does is to take power from the Federal Government and return it to the States or People. It’s about freedom and personal responsibility and  he’ll vote No if he thinks the Feds have no business in. And tries to help people to take better care of themselves.

A few disturbing votes though, like the lawsuit protection from frivolous lawsuits for gun manufacturers, though I understand his limited government perspective. And I don’t like the border fence vote.

I will vote for him in the Republican Primary, and if he makes it to the  General Election. Since Gary Johnson switched to the Libertarian Party, I will vote Paul, but if he doesn’t make it to the General I’m voting for Johnson. He’s my favorite anyway.

Do your own research, see if you can agree enough with his actions to vote for him or not to. It’s up to you ultimately.


One thought on “Candidate Profile: Ron Paul

  1. Well the frivolous protection for gun manufacturers, are to keep them from being sued if one of their guns accidentally kills someone or is used to kill someone in an illegal act (crimes/murders). Generally speaking if you follow the common sense rules of gun handling you will not die. The simple rules are, never point the barrel at anything you don’ want dead, hard to have a fatal mis-fire if you do that…. and if you’re transporting it keep it unloaded. Other than those I can think of only a single way to kill yourself, and that’s if the gun blows up and that’s gonna be a powder/cartridge issue. At the very most it could be the chamber having a defect, which would be their fault and the few times I have seen this issue the gun manufacturer has made it right without a trial, they don’t want their guns being listed as unsafe so they hush up accidents PDQ. But if you carry one with the bullet in the chamber in your pants pocket, you’re taking your life in your own hands, and if it does go off in there it’s your own fault for not keeping up maintenance on it. You should not own a gun if you don’t understand the mechanics of how it works or what wear and metal fatigue looks like…


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