Monday, November 30, 2009

Mainstream Steam

As the following article describes, Ron Paul has been introducing legislation to reign in the Federal Reserve since the 1980s. Ron Paul's ideas are becoming mainstream because the people are catching up to what Ron Paul new three decades ago about the tyranny of the Federal Reserve.

Ron Paul gains mainstream steam

Is libertarian rock star and Texas Republican Ron Paul going mainstream?

He’s got everyone from South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint to Minnesota moderate Democrat Collin Peterson to California liberal Barbara Boxer on his side in his audit-the-Fed crusade. He’s drawing liberal support in his push to rein in the cost of the war in Afghanistan. Senate candidates like Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes of New Hampshire are finding Dr. No’s populist economic anger to be useful in the campaign, echoing Paul’s criticism of the Federal Reserve.


“This brought people together [from] the whole political spectrum, from progressives and liberals and libertarians and conservatives. ... they all came together. That, to me, is what is really so important,” said Paul, who has been introducing his audit-the-Fed measure since the early ’80s.

After so many tries, this time Paul’s measure attracted 313 co-sponsors in the House, representing every possible point on the political spectrum.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Left & Right Criticize Fed and Treasury

The intent of Ron Paul's "audit the Fed" bill is back in force after a recent committee vote to add the measures to HR 3996. While HR 3996 is flawed in that it will give more power to the Fed, Ron Paul's additions will ensure a full audit.

Ron Paul wins a key battle in war to open Fed's books
November 19, 2009

Rep. Ron Paul, the Texas Republican who is perhaps the Federal Reserve’s most implacable enemy, scored a big win Thursday on Capitol Hill: The House Financial Services Committee approved adding to a financial-system reform bill Paul’s provision to begin federal reviews of the central bank’s operations, including its interest-rate decisions.

The vote on the audit provision amendment was 43-26.

Ron Paul has repeatedly said his ultimate goal is to end the Fed.

The Christian Science Monitor has an article about Paul and Grayson teaming up to move "Audit The Fed" forward. The article also singles out Tim Geithner of Treasury as a target for criticism.

America the jobless: Ron Paul wins, Timothy Geithner loses?
Frustration at how Washington has managed the 'jobless recovery' is turning some members of Capitol Hill against Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner – and in favor of a controversial measure by Rep. Ron Paul.
By Mark Sappenfield

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner speaks during a press conference at the Justice Department in Washington, November 17.

America is angry about the economy, and the biggest winners could just be Congress’s odd couple: Reps. Ron Paul (R) of Texas and Alan Grayson (D) of Florida.

Mr. Paul, the far right former presidential candidate, and Mr. Grayson, the far left rabble-rouser who said the Republicans’ healthcare plan was for ill people to “die quickly,” are Congress’s two biggest critics of the Federal Reserve.

With the ongoing bailouts of failed bankers and disastrous monetary policy, the "IMF warns the bailout situation has become so dire that further bailouts will threaten democracy".
The IMF also says only half of bank losses have been acknowledged.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

TSA Wakes Up

The TSA, also known as Thousands Standing Around, unlawfully detained, harassed, and threatened a Campaign For Liberty staffer. After filing a lawsuit against the TSA, the TSA agreed they only have authority to look for airplane safety items and agreed to limit their searches and seizures to safety items.

Airport rules changed after Ron Paul aide detained
By Stephen Dinan

An angry aide to Rep. Ron Paul, an iPhone and $4,700 in cash have forced the Transportation Security Administration to quietly issue two new rules telling its airport screeners they can only conduct searches related to airplane safety.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Health Care Reform

Allowing anyone to deduct all their medical costs (premiums, admission fees, medicine) would be a great step toward reforming health care.

Business deduct health care contributions made for their employees. Why can't people deduct health care costs like the big corporations?

Ron Paul has introduced a bill to allow people to deduct health care costs.

Paul's good health care idea won't ever survive

Ron Paul, the libertarian congressman from Texas, whom nobody ever confused with a me-too Republican, has proposed a health care reform that deserves the name "reform."

It's almost certain not to get anywhere, though. Which might be a mercy. Americans might risk broken arms reaching for it too fast.

It's this. Whatever a family has to pay for the doctor, the hospital, the pills or the shots, it could deduct on their federal tax return.

Get that? A 100 percent tax credit on health care costs. Socialized medicine turned inside out, you might say.