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3 April 2000
2000 Ron Paul 25:1
Mr. PAUL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to H.R. 3591. At the same time, I am very supportive of President Reagans publicly stated view of limiting the federal government to its proper and constitutional role. In fact, I was one of only four sitting members of the United States House of Representatives who endorsed Ronald Reagans candidacy for President in 1976. The United States enjoyed sustained economic prosperity and employment growth during Ronald Reagans presidency.
2000 Ron Paul 25:2
I must, however, oppose the Gold Medal for Ronald and Nancy Reagan because appropriating $30,000 of taxpayer money is neither constitutional nor, in the spirit of Ronald Reagans notion of the proper, limited role for the federal government.
2000 Ron Paul 25:3
Because of my continuing and uncompromising opposition to appropriations not authorized within the enumerated powers of the Constitution, I would maintain my resolve and commitment to the Constitution—a Constitution, which only last year, each Member of Congress, swore to uphold. In each of these instances, I offered to do a little more than uphold my constitutional oath.
2000 Ron Paul 25:4
In fact, as a means of demonstrating my personal regard and enthusiasm for Ronald Reagans advocacy for limited government, I invited each of these colleagues to match my private, personal contribution of $100 which, if accepted by the 435 Members of the House of Representatives, would more than satisfy the $30,000 cost necessary to mint and award a gold medal to Ronald and Nancy Reagan. To me, it seemed a particularly good opportunity to demonstrate ones genuine convictions by spending ones own money rather that of the taxpayers who remain free to contribute, at their own discretion, to commemorate the work of the Reagans. For the record, not a single Representative who solicited my support for spending taxpayers money, was willing to contribute their own money to demonstrate their generosity and allegiance to the Reagans stated convictions.
2000 Ron Paul 25:5
It is, of course, very easy to be generous with the peoples money.
2000 Ron Paul 25:1 its proper and constitutional role probably should be possessive and have no apostrophe: its proper and constitutional role