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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Reason For Ron Paul, Part I: Taxes and Spending

There is no secret that the North Virginia Patriots support Ron Paul for president. So now I would like to give the some reason why. I have picked four issues that Ron Paul and this blog share the same feelings on. These four issues are Taxes and Spending, War and Foreign Policy, Health Care, and Social Security. We then compared this to what the two candidates leading in the polls from both parties. For the Democrats the two leaders are Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama, for the Republicans Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney. I used their websites and any videos they endorsed to form my comparisons and opinions. This will be a four-part blog each part covers one of the four issues I am comparing. The issues were chosen based on a random pick of four major issues that most Americans might pick their candidate on. Good luck when you go to the four candidates websites above, some are harder then others to find and figure out what they are saying. I believe in the end if you believe in the Constitution, smaller government, and more personal liberties. You will find that Ron Paul is the person you want to vote for. However don’t take my word for it, please read their websites your self.

Taxes & Spending:

Ron Paul-
The first thing you will notice is Ron Paul doesn’t spend the time talking about what he did in the past, instead he focuses on what he will do when he is President. When it comes to spending and taxes “real conservatives have always supported low taxes and low spending” says Ron Paul on his website. It is no secret that spending is out of control, Ron Paul has pledged to stop the spending, decrease the size of government by cutting many of its unnecessary agencies. Ron Paul’s plan on cutting taxes goes as far as eliminating the Income Tax. The income tax is unconstitutional and was never meant to be permanent. Ron Paul pledges to eliminate this tax and give more of our money back to us-the people who worked for it. He would cut taxes on businesses, large and small, and get rid of the capitol gains tax. How do you cut so many taxes? Easy you cut back on spending, you downsize government and eliminate many programs being paid for by taxpayers. Start with the programs that would be better handled by private enterprise. To cut taxes you have get rid of government spending. Ron Paul will change our foreign policy so we are not spending our money policing the world. American taxpayer money goes to other countries to help them do things like rebuild their infrastructure, and even their military. Ron Paul will stop giving welfare to other countries. What a great way to cut spending. Another way is to eliminate offices like the IRS and Department of Education, and many others like them. I find it interesting that most people I have ever talked to would be for eliminating the IRS. However when a Candidate runs that says he will do it, everyone seems to think he is talking extreme. There is an overwhelming amount of American’s who would love to down size the government and have more money in their pocket. It’s a no brainer! I have another blog entry about Government acronyms and agencies. Read it, see for yourself how many government agencies exists and how many you would get rid of. Oh and “Let’s not forget the UN. It wants to impose a direct tax on us. I successfully fought this move in Congress last year, but if we are going to stop ongoing attempts of this world government body to tax us, we will need leadership from the White House” says Ron Paul. Ron Paul is not afraid to say exactly how he is going to accomplish lowering taxes and stop spending, he gives a clear plan for what he will do. Do the other candidates outline their plan?


Rudy Giuliani-
When you read about the issues on Giuliani website, he does the same thing at the debates- He talks about what he has done. How he cut taxes when he was the Mayor of New York city. “He cut taxes 23 times in New York and turned a $2.3 billion budget deficit into a multi-billion dollar surplus, while balancing the city’s budget” it says on his website. I think any time people get a tax cut it is a good thing however New York city remains on the list of most expensive cities to live in the United States, it usually makes number 1. I think they could use some more cuts Mayor. The one thing I did notice, Giuliani also brags about how he spent big amounts of money to fight crime, and fix the city infrastructure. To me it sounds like the talk of a spender. The question is Rudy, what are you going to do for us when you are President? To get that answer on his website you have to watch a video. There he does say he will cut taxes and reform the tax code. I ask how? He doesn’t really say how he will do it but he does say “we need to find a way”. How about eliminate the income tax, get rid of the IRS! Are you afraid to commit to something Rudy?

Mitt Romney-
Mitt is very passionate about government spending however I couldn’t find too much about his tax plan. "Government is simply too big. State government is too big. The federal government is too big. It's spending too much. There's a lot we can do with efficiency and duplication. There's even more we can do by just simply cutting back on the scale of our government”, says Romney on his website. Once again I can’t find the answer to how? Are you going to cut out government agencies and programs? Then as you read on Romney does go on the state 6 ideas for how he will do it-

1. Establish Strict Spending Limits
2. Conduct Stem-to-Stern Review
3. Reform Entitlements
4. Institute The Line-Item Veto
5. Give Presidential Flexibility
6. Restore Supermajority Requirement

He does give a little explanation of the six points above. Good job Governor better then Rudy. I still think you can do better, tell us what taxes you what cut, where exactly you would curve spending? Would you get rid of the income tax? Would you cut out agencies like the IRS or the Department of Home Land Security? I watch the debates and like Rudy you haven’t said exactly what you would do you just say what you have done. Like Rudy I understand there is some merit in past performance but let’s talk about your plan, what would you do as president?


Hillary Clinton-
Hillary does a really good job of making her positions on issues sound good. The question is what do you believe? Do you believe it is the job of the government to do things beyond protecting life, liberty, and property? Do you believe the government should give grants and money to small business, that the government should provide affordable health care, that it should help you with your college tuition? We don’t, Hillary does. She gives the warm and fuzzy feeling she is going to give a lot to people. I am not sure how she will do it with out raising taxes and increasing spending.
“As president, Hillary will:

  • Make health care affordable and accessible to every American.

  • Reduce the cost of energy and make us energy independent.

  • Expand access to affordable, high-quality child care.

  • Make college more affordable.

  • Protect families from predatory lenders and help them avoid foreclosures.

  • Increase the minimum wage.

  • Create good jobs with good wages to expand the middle class.

  • Balance the federal budget so we don't pass today's massive debts to the next generation.

  • Reward savings, protect pensions, and provide greater retirement security.”

“As a senator, Hillary introduced a plan that ties increases in the minimum wage to Congressional pay raises, so that if Congress votes a raise for itself, the minimum wage goes up as well.”
Why does the government have to regulate minimum wage, isn’t that for the free market place? Only if you believe government can do it better then the capitalist…Hillary does!
She really doesn’t give any plan on how she would control spending, cut taxes, balance the budget and implement here many programs. What is the plan Hillary?

Barack Obama-
Barack Obama and Hillary are not to far apart, I am not sure how the democrats are going to decide which one to represent them in the General Election. And between both of them I can not find there exact position on taxes and spending with the exception that they both want to introduce government programs to give to money and grants to people.

“Transitional jobs are a promising way to help chronically unemployed people break into the workplace. This approach places participants into temporary, subsidized wage-paying jobs. It also offers mentoring and social services designed to address work-blocking problems like personal and family conflicts. Once they find entry-level work, low-income workers often are unable to break into middle-class jobs. Bridge programs can help by partnering the federal government with employers and community-based organizations to identify job opportunities, develop customized training programs, and place low-income employees in better jobs. Senator Obama introduced legislation to devote $50 million for transitional and bridge employment programs for hard-to-employ groups like homeless veterans, children aging out of foster care, and people returning to communities after a time in prison.”
Can you say big brother?

The only tax I can see Obama talk about is the Child Tax Credit.
“The Child Tax Credit allows parents to receive $1,000 per child and has been an important financial resource for working families. Unfortunately, the credit is skewed so that many families who need it the most cannot get it. Because of artificially high income limits that are indexed to inflation every year, parents that work full time at minimum wage are not eligible for the credit. As a result, nearly 17 million low-income children get less than the full credit. Senator Obama worked with Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) to introduce legislation lowering the income limit so that 600,000 more families can benefit. Senator Obama also introduced legislation to temporarily expand the Child Tax Credit for low-income parents affected by Hurricane Katrina. Senator Obama succeeded in passing legislation to extend tax credits for military families by allowing service members deployed to war zones to apply their non-taxable combat pay toward the Earned Income Tax Credit.”
Wow doesn’t it just make you feel warm and fuzzy? So the only plan he has is to help people with children and those affected by Hurricane Katrina, lucky us.
He is going to create a Healthcare system that works, he will fight poverty, protect the environment, and improve our schools. All of this while balancing the budget, controlling spending, and reduces our taxes. No if I could only find out how.

It seems logical that the republicans are willing to make taxes and spending a direct issue while the democrats seem to beat around the bush (no pun intended). Governor Romney comes in second behind Ron Paul on the person who best outlines their plan for this. If all you care about is what Rudy has done, then he would get 3rd. As for Hillary and Barrack I think they make no secret to the fact that they believe in big government, that the government should provide for the people. Remember I also watch debates and videos so I can have a better idea of what the candidates are saying. I think it is clear Ron Paul has a plan. That plan is to stop spending, cut out taxes and the agency that collects the taxes.


Anonymous said...

Great Ron Paul wants to cut taxes, I think just about anyone who has run for political office has stated they "will cut/reduce/eliminate taxes". I'm still waiting for it to hapen on the grad scale it is always promised. If I thought one man could change so much I'd vote for Ron Paul, I think by focusing too much on each individual canidate may cause some skewed vision... the president can't just eliminate departments, he could certainly try, but it is far easier to create than to destroy, sepecially whereas big brother is involved. We would end up wasting more tax dollares as he argued with congress, the house, and the senate on wherem, how and when to cut... We can't forget all those nice pensions many federal employess are promised, what of them? Unlike the rest of us if/when we suffer a sudden job loss we go file for UC, but I imagine we'd flip the nice bill to ensure everyone, and I mean everyone got a nice severance. I agree we need to stop policing the world, let the UN and their resources deal with it...as for them taxing us, we should at least invoice them for our services they should be handeling (policing the world anyone?). I agree we need smaller, faster, better government, perhaps one man is the voice that is needed to be heard to make it happen, but one man alone can not change it.

Hoot said...

I agree all those who run try to say they are going to cut taxes. They are not specific and they do not give a plan for how, when, and where. The point of voting for Ron Paul isn't cause he is superman and will magically change everything. Its that it would be sending a clear message that America wants a change. You lower taxes, stop and control spending, alot of good things will hapen in this country, you just have to vote for the person who will fight for that.

Tweb said...

It is not about the Taxes that politicians say they are going to cut. It is not about the new hot phrase, "Fiscal Responsibility". it is about doing away with needless, monopolistic, big government, inflexible, inefficient, underperforming, departments of our government that cause more long term harm to the people then their absense ever would.

The systematic dismantlement of the corporate welfare state, the Dept. of education, the Dept of the IRS, and the Dept. of Defense, would free up an enormous amount of needless taxation.

Hoot said...

I agree with you on that. Seems to me all the other candidates don't agree with us, just Ron Paul. The other republicans don't have a plan for how they would cut taxes and spending, and the democrats they make it no secret they are going to spend spend spend!

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