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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Candidates: Ron Paul

It's time for me to get political and talk about the candidates. You knew it was coming! I plan to keep this short and simple in the interest of streamlining the information I've come across and expressing my opinion about the various candidates positions.

Things I Agree With Ron Paul About:

• He is against the PATRIOT ACT.
• He wants an immediate withdrawal from Iraq and believes the neo-con interventionist ideology to be wrong.
• He wants to create tax deductions for parents who home-school.
• He wants to keep property taxes low.
• Ron Paul supports tax deductible medical expenses; Making it easier for small businesses to provide health care for their employees.
• He believes in the right to privacy and is against having a National ID.
• He believes only the Congress can take us to war NOT the President.
• He believes Blacks are treated unfairly in the "War on Drugs" and that the "War on Drugs" has been a total disaster. He believes it should all be reformed and the decision-making power on how to handle the drug problem should be given to the states. He wants to legalize medicinal marijuana. He does not believe in policing the borders to stop drug trafficking.
• He does not believe that waiters, waitresses and other service industry workers should have to pay taxes on their tips (as someone who waited tables for years, I feel pretty strongly about this one in particular!).
• He is against the government taking over property of individuals for special interests, such as NAFTA, under eminent domain.
• He is pro-life. He believes Roe v. Wade should be overturned so the states can have the power to decide.
• He believes evolution should be taught as a theory and not as a fact. He believes scientific support for Creationism should be presented as well.
• He strongly favors the 2nd Amendment.
• He has not supported the logging industry by tax dollar subsidies.
• He has supported alternative energy with tax credit legislation.
• He has been a part of Congressional Green Scissors Coalition whose purpose is to eliminate tax subsidies on environmentally harmful government spending.
• Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit.
• Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty.
• Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts.
• Voted NO on the federal government defining marriage.
• He is against the death penalty because the system is flawed and there are too many mistakes.
• He is against subsidies for big oil.
• He wants to cut all foreign aid to Israel and Arab countries alike.

Things I Disagree With Ron Paul About:

• He wants to do away with the minimum wage.
• He seems to be against any sort of U.S. intervention in world affairs, ever. When it comes to East Timor, Bosnia, Darfur, etc. where atrocity and genocide run rampant, I believe it is a moral imperative to intervene to at least some degree.
• He is against stem-cell research.
• He is against the Kyoto Treaty.
• Voted NO on a national AMBER Alert System for missing kids.
• Voted NO on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation.
• Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment.
• Opposes "hate-crime" legislation.
• Voted NO on $156M to IMF for third-world debt reduction.
• Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions.

Things Ron Paul Believes That I'm Not Sure About:

• He is against flat tax, consumption tax and income tax and wants to start phasing out the IRS immediately if he becomes President. It sounds great, however, I would have to really research this much more deeply before making up my mind on this.
• He wants to eliminate the department of education.
• Other than the things listed above he is pretty weak on the environment.
• His stance on immigration is tricky and convoluted; some of it makes sense to me, some of it does not.
• He is against government-run health care. I truly see both sides of this debate and I am undecided.
• He wants to abolish the federal welfare system and leave it all to states.
• He believes in a conspiracy (of sorts) to form a North American Union.

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