Posts Tagged ‘Ron Paul’

Isn’t funny how people can figure out what kind of person you are, how you grew up, etc just from one political comment? It’s uncanny how accurate they are!

For example: during the 2008 presidential campaign I made a comment on a blog on Myspace that I didn’t support Obama because I don’t agree with his stance on several issues (for the record I supported Ron Paul. When he didn’t get the nomination, I voted McCain *ugh*). Well this one reader of the blog took it upon herself to call me out. And rightfully so. I never would have seen the light if not for her.

Turns out it wasn’t because I believed in a different political/economic ideology because of all the research I had done up to that point. No, it was because I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth, I’m rich, have had everything handed to me on a silver platter, and I don’t care about the little people or those that are suffering.

How very accurate! At that point, I dropped to my knees & prayed for the Lord to forgive me for my sins!

Ok, if you’re not getting the sarcasm by now, seek help. Also, read on to learn about my childhood.

I was born in 1979. If I remember the story correctly, I was 2 or 3 weeks premature (got my picture taken with Miss Tennessee, though, so it was worth it). I spent a couple weeks in an incubator because my lungs were underdeveloped & I would forget to breathe.

My dad, albeit jokingly (I hope), has credited my hospital stay as part of the reason my parents filed bankruptcy (also, the economy sucked back then, too). I vaguely remember living in a trailer in the middle of town, briefly. When I was 4, we (me, Mom, Dad, & my brother) moved in with my grandparents, who lived in a very, very small house. 

There was a living room, kitchen, (I think) 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom…for 6 people (was used for several more when Dad was raised there. Big family). I didn’t care how big it was or the condition it was in (the uneven floor made roller skating, in one room, easy). 

I didn’t realize it at the time, but Mom & Dad took out loans for a Christmas or two, just so me & my brother would enjoy it (I miss my little yellow 4-wheeler). We never wanted for anything. We had clothes, a roof, loving parents, food…but we were far from well-off.

I made friends at school & little league. I fought with my brother. Got in trouble. Blah blah blah.

Am I leaving some stuff out? Yeah. But you won’t get my life story here.

My point is: don’t think you know someone from one comment they make about anything. I have friends who make racist jokes. Are they racist? No. Insensitive, maybe, but not racist. I have friends/family who are Democrats. Are they facist, socialist, commie pigs? Of course not. Though we disagree politically (which makes for great conversations), we know we are both good people. We’ve just had different life experiences that led to different conclusions.

So obviously I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Things aren’t handed to me on a silver platter. I’m most definitely not rich (I’ve been unemployed for 11 months now). I do care about the poor, which I am, and those that are suffering. I just believe a truly free market is the way to promote income mobility & alleviate suffering. Will there be assholes who take advantage of the disadvantaged in a free economy? Of course. But the market, IMO, would deal with them. 

Yes, Ayn Rand is the source of my main belief that “Man—every man—is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others. He must exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. The pursuit of his own rational self-interest and of his own happiness is the highest moral purpose of his life.” (from The Ayn Rand Institute). This belief fuels my other beliefs.

In conclusion: I am not a Godless heathen who cares only about himself. I am a God-fearing man who believes rational selfishness and adherance to the truth benefits everyone, not just the one. For future personal attacks on me, please refer to this post before being an anonymous hit-and-run commenter.Haters


It’s amazing the twists a research project can take. While looking at Obama’s campaign website trying to figure out where he stands on marijuana legalization, I saw where he said McCain’s economic plan would add $3.4T to the national debt. So I decided to find out how much money his administration has spent so far (not what’s been promised, just what’s been spent). While searching for that, I came across an article at News Daily where he’s talking about restoring fiscal discipline. But how’s he gonna do that? Well, that would include support for legislation that would require raising taxes or cutting other expenditures to pay for new programs.

Now, I’m all for cutting unnecessary programs and expenditures. Not so much liking the raising taxes thing, though. And what happened to not raising taxes on people making less than $250,000? Barely three months into his term and he’s talking about breaking that promise (which is a moot point since he approved raising taxes on smokers to pay for the extension of S-CHIP). Now who would’ve seen this coming? I wonder…Oh yeah, I think I did, along with a few Congressmen and that crazy psycho Glenn Beck. I did agree with something else he said, “But we cannot settle for a future of rising deficits and debts that our children cannot pay.”  Testify, brother! But why couldn’t he and Congress have made that decision before mortgaging the next generations’ future? Speaking of which, did you see where the House cut out $150B from Obama’s budget? Sounds like a lot at first glance, but when you consider Obama’s budget was $3.55T and they’ve trimmed it down to $3.4T, don’t sound like that much anymore, do it?

Why can’t we find just one politician who says what they mean and lives by what they say? Wait, there is one and he could’ve been president but he was labeled as a kook (Ross Perot-style) and his supporters labeled as “Paultards”. Yep, I’m talking about that Republican from Texas…Dr. Ron Paul. He’s schooled Ben Bernanke on finances. He’s warned about the housing bubble for several years. He’s studied all aspects of the economy since he’s been in office (and prior to that). He’s the man to listen to when it comes to how we need to pull ourselves out of this recession without ending up like Zimbabwe or the Weimar Republic (circa 1923). He has the balls to introduce a bill that would allow the Federal Reserve to be audited, something that has never been done. And that bill, H.R. 1207 has 92 co-sponsors as of right now. Hmm, maybe he’s not so crazy. Please, watch this video and contact your congressmen demanding their support for this bill.

See what I mean about research taking unexpected twists? I started out talking about marijuana and ended up on the Federal Reserve. Of course, you can probably understand the Fed better if you’re high. So maybe I didn’t take a wide turn…

Update 4/30- The companion bill to H.R. 1207 in the Senate is S604, The Federal Reserve Sunshine Act, sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders. At this time, S604 has no co-sponsors. Contact your senators and demand thier support. H.R. 1207 now has 109 co-sponsors.