Volume 2007 — The Book of Ron Paul

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 1
Before the U.S. House of Representatives  

January 5, 2007
3000 American Deaths in Iraq
Mr. Speaker, Saddam Hussein is Dead. So are Three Thousand Americans.

2007 Ron Paul 1:1
The regime in Iraq has been changed.   Yet victory will not be declared: not only does the war go on, it’s about to escalate.   Obviously the turmoil in Iraq is worse than ever, and most Americans no longer are willing to tolerate the costs, both human and economic, associated with this war.

2007 Ron Paul 1:2
We have been in Iraq for 45 months.   Many more Americans have been killed in Iraq than were killed in the first 45 months of our war in Vietnam.   I was in the U.S. Air Force in 1965, and I remember well when President Johnson announced a troop surge in Vietnam to hasten victory.   That war went on for another decade, and by the time we finally got out 60,000 Americans had died.   God knows we should have gotten out ten years earlier.   “Troop surge” meant serious escalation.

2007 Ron Paul 1:3
The election is over and Americans have spoken.   Enough is enough!   They want the war ended and our troops brought home.   But the opposite likely will occur, with bipartisan support.   Up to 50,000 more troops will be sent.   The goal no longer is to win, but simply to secure Baghdad! So much has been spent with so little to show for it.

2007 Ron Paul 1:4
Who possibly benefits from escalating chaos in Iraq?   Neoconservatives unabashedly have written about how chaos presents opportunities for promoting their goals. Certainly Osama bin Laden has benefited from the turmoil in Iraq, as have the Iranian Shiites who now are better positioned to take control of southern Iraq.

2007 Ron Paul 1:5
Yes, Saddam Hussein is dead, and only the Sunnis mourn.   The Shiites and Kurds celebrate his death, as do the Iranians and especially bin Laden — all enemies of Saddam Hussein.   We have performed a tremendous service for both bin Laden and Ahmadinejad, and it will cost us plenty.   The violent reaction to our complicity in the execution of Saddam Hussein is yet to come.

2007 Ron Paul 1:6
Three thousand American military personnel are dead, more than 22,000 are wounded, and tens of thousands will be psychologically traumatized by their tours of duty in Iraq.   Little concern is given to the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed in this war.   We’ve spent $400 billion so far, with no end in sight.

2007 Ron Paul 1:7
This is money we don’t have.   It is all borrowed from countries like China, that increasingly succeed in the global economy while we drain wealth from our citizens through heavy taxation and insidious inflation.   Our manufacturing base is now nearly extinct.

2007 Ron Paul 1:8
Where the additional U.S. troops in Iraq will come from is anybody’s guess.   But surely they won’t be redeployed from Japan, Korea, or Europe.   We at least must pretend that our bankrupt empire is intact.   But then again, the Soviet empire appeared intact in 1988.

2007 Ron Paul 1:9
Some Members of Congress, intent on equitably distributing the suffering among all Americans, want to bring back the draft.   Administration officials vehemently deny making any concrete plans for a draft.   But why should we believe this?   Look what happened when so many believed the reasons given for our preemptive invasion of Iraq.

2007 Ron Paul 1:10
Selective Service officials admit running a check of their lists of available young men.   If the draft is reinstated, we probably will include young women as well to serve the god of “equality.”  Conscription is slavery, plain and simple.   And it was made illegal under the 13th amendment, which prohibits involuntary servitude.   One may well be killed as a military draftee, which makes conscription a very dangerous kind of enslavement. 

2007 Ron Paul 1:11
Instead of testing the efficacy of the Selective Service System and sending more troops off to a war we’re losing, we ought to revive our love of liberty.   We should repeal the Selective Service Act.   A free society should never depend on compulsory conscription to defend itself.

2007 Ron Paul 1:12
We get into trouble by not following the precepts of liberty or obeying the rule of law.   Preemptive, undeclared wars fought under false pretenses are a road to disaster.   If a full declaration of war by Congress had been demanded as the Constitution requires, this war never would have been fought.   If we did not create credit out of thin air as the Constitution prohibits, we never would have convinced taxpayers to support this war directly from their pockets.   How long this financial charade can go on is difficult to judge, but when the end comes it will not go unnoticed by any American.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 2
Before the U.S. House of Representatives  

January 11, 2007
Escalation is Hardly the Answer

2007 Ron Paul 2:1
Mr. Speaker, A military victory in Iraq is unattainable, just as it was in the Vietnam war.

2007 Ron Paul 2:2
At the close of the Vietnam war in 1975, a telling conversation took place between an NVA Colonel named Tu and an American Colonel named Harry Summers.   Colonel Summers reportedly said, “You never beat us on the battlefield.”   Tu replied, “That may be so, but it is also irrelevant.”   It is likewise irrelevant to seek military victory in Iraq.

2007 Ron Paul 2:3
As conditions deteriorate in Iraq, the American people are told more blood must be spilled to achieve just such a military victory. 20,000 additional troops and another $100 billion are needed for a “surge.” Yet the people remain rightfully skeptical.

2007 Ron Paul 2:4
Though we’ve been in Iraq nearly four years, the meager goal today simply is to secure Baghdad.   This hardly shows that the mission is even partly accomplished.

2007 Ron Paul 2:5
Astonishingly, American taxpayers now will be forced to finance a multi-billion dollar jobs program in Iraq.   Suddenly the war is about jobs!   We export our manufacturing jobs to Asia, and now we plan to export our welfare jobs to Iraq — all at the expense of the poor and middle class here at home.

2007 Ron Paul 2:6
Plans are being made to become more ruthless in achieving stability in Iraq.   It appears Muqtada al Sadr will be on the receiving end of our military efforts, despite his overwhelming support among large segments of the Iraqi people.

2007 Ron Paul 2:7
It’s interesting to note that one excuse given for our failure is leveled at the Iraqis themselves.   They have not done enough, we’re told, and are difficult to train.

2007 Ron Paul 2:8
Yet no one complains that Mahdi or Kurdish militias or the Badr Brigade (the real Iraq government, not our appointed government) are not well trained.   Our problems obviously have nothing to do with training Iraqis to fight, but instead with loyalties and motivations.

2007 Ron Paul 2:9
We claim to be spreading democracy in Iraq, but al Sadr has far more democratic support with the majority Shiites than our troops enjoy.   The problem is not a lack of democratic consensus; it is the antipathy toward our presence among most Iraqis.

2007 Ron Paul 2:10
In real estate the three important considerations are location, location, location.   In Iraq the three conditions are occupation, occupation, occupation.   Nothing can improve in Iraq until we understand that our occupation is the primary source of the chaos and killing.   We are a foreign occupying force, strongly resented by the majority of Iraq’s citizens.

2007 Ron Paul 2:11
Our inability to adapt to the tactics of 4 th generation warfare compounds our military failure.   Unless we understand this, even doubling our troop strength will not solve the problems created by our occupation.

2007 Ron Paul 2:12
The talk of a troop surge and jobs program in Iraq only distracts Americans from the very real possibility of an attack on Iran.   Our growing naval presence in the region and our harsh rhetoric toward Iran are unsettling.   Securing the Horn of Africa and sending Ethiopian troops into Somalia do not bode well for world peace.  Yet these developments are almost totally ignored by Congress.

2007 Ron Paul 2:13
Rumors are flying about when, not if, Iran will be bombed by either Israel or the U.S. — possibly with nuclear weapons.   Our CIA says Iran is ten years away from producing a nuclear bomb and has no delivery system, but this does not impede our plans to keep “everything on the table” when dealing with Iran.  

2007 Ron Paul 2:14
We should remember that Iran, like Iraq, is a third-world nation without a significant military.   Nothing in history hints that she is likely to invade a neighboring country, let alone do anything to America or Israel.   I am concerned, however, that a contrived Gulf of Tonkin- type incident may occur to gain popular support for an attack on Iran.  

2007 Ron Paul 2:15
Even if such an attack is carried out by Israel over U.S. objections, we will be politically and morally culpable since we provided the weapons and dollars to make it possible.

2007 Ron Paul 2:16
Mr. Speaker, let’s hope I’m wrong about this one.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 3
Before the U.S. House of Representatives  

January 18, 2007
Everybody Supports the Troops

2007 Ron Paul 3:1
Mr. Speaker, I have never met anyone who did not support our troops.   Sometimes, however, we hear accusations that someone or some group does not support the men and women serving in our armed forces.   This is pure demagoguery, and it’s intellectually dishonest.   The accusers play on emotions to gain support for controversial policies, implying that those who disagree are unpatriotic.   But keeping our troops out of harm’s way, especially when war is unnecessary, is never unpatriotic.   There’s no better way to support the troops.

2007 Ron Paul 3:2
Since we now know that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and was not threatening anyone, we must come to terms with 3,000 American deaths and 23,000 American casualties.   It’s disconcerting that those who never believed the justifications given for our invasion, and who now want the war ended, are still accused of not supporting the troops!   This is strange indeed!

2007 Ron Paul 3:3
Instead of questioning who has the best interests of our troops at heart, we should be debating which policy is best for our country.   Defensive wars to preserve our liberties, fought only with proper congressional declarations, are legitimate.   Casualties under such circumstances still are heartbreaking, but they are understandable.   Casualties that occur in undeclared, unnecessary wars, however, are bewildering.   Why must so many Americans be killed or hurt in Iraq when our security and our liberty were not threatened?

2007 Ron Paul 3:4
Clichés about supporting the troops are designed to distract us from failed policies, policies promoted by powerful special interests that benefit from war.   Anything to steer the discussion away from the real reasons the war in Iraq will not end anytime soon.

2007 Ron Paul 3:5
Many now agree that we must change our policy and extricate ourselves from the mess in Iraq.   They cite a mandate from the American people for a new direction.   This opinion is now more popular, and thus now more widely held by politicians in Washington.   But there’s always a qualifier: We can’t simply stop funding the war, because we must support the troops.   I find this conclusion bizarre.   It means one either believes the “support the troops” propaganda put out by the original promoters of the war, or that one actually is for the war after all, despite the public protestations.

2007 Ron Paul 3:6
In reality, support for the status quo (and the president’s troop surge) in Iraq means expanding the war to include Syria and Iran.   The naval build up in the region, and the proxy war we just fought to take over Somalia, demonstrate the administration’s intentions to escalate our current war into something larger.

2007 Ron Paul 3:7
There’s just no legitimacy to the argument that voting against funding the war somehow harms our troops.   Perpetuating and escalating the war only serve those whose egos are attached to some claimed victory in Iraq, and those with a determination to engineer regime change in Iran.

2007 Ron Paul 3:8
Don’t believe for a minute that additional congressional funding is needed so our troops can defend themselves or extricate themselves from the war zone.   That’s nonsense.   The DOD has hundreds of billions of dollars in the pipeline available to move troops anywhere on earth — including home.

2007 Ron Paul 3:9
We shouldn’t forget that the administration took $600 million from the war in Afghanistan and used it in Iraq, before any direct appropriations were made for the invasion of Iraq.   Funds are always available to put our troops into harms way; they are always available for leaving a war zone.

2007 Ron Paul 3:10
Those in Congress who claim they want the war ended, yet feel compelled to keep funding it, are badly misguided.   They either are wrong in their assessment that cutting funds would hurt the troops, or they need to be more honest about supporting a policy destined to dramatically increase the size and scope of this misadventure in the Middle East.   Rest assured one can be patriotic and truly support the troops by denying funds to perpetuate and spread this ill-advised war.

2007 Ron Paul 3:11
The sooner we come to this realization, the better it will be for all of us.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 4
Before the U.S. House of Representatives  
February 6, 2007
Don’t Do It, Mr. President

2007 Ron Paul 4:1
It’s a bad idea.

2007 Ron Paul 4:2
There’s no need for it. There’s great danger in doing it.

2007 Ron Paul 4:3
America is against it, and Congress should be. The United Nations is against it.

2007 Ron Paul 4:4
The Russians, the Chinese, the Indians, and the Pakistanis are against it.

2007 Ron Paul 4:5
The whole world is against it. Our allies are against it.

2007 Ron Paul 4:6
Our enemies are against it. The Arabs are against it.

2007 Ron Paul 4:7
The Europeans are against it. The Muslims are against it.

2007 Ron Paul 4:8
We don’t need to do this. The threat is overblown.

2007 Ron Paul 4:9
The plan is an hysterical reaction to a problem that does not yet exist. Hysteria is never a good basis for foreign policy.

2007 Ron Paul 4:10
Don’t we ever learn? Have we already forgotten Iraq?

2007 Ron Paul 4:11
The plan defies common sense. If it’s carried out, the Middle East, and possibly the world, will explode.

2007 Ron Paul 4:12
Oil will soar to over $100 a barrel, and gasoline will be over $5 a gallon.

2007 Ron Paul 4:13
Despite what some think, it won’t serve the interests of Israel. Besides – it’s illegal.

2007 Ron Paul 4:14
It’s unconstitutional. And you have no moral authority to do it.

2007 Ron Paul 4:15
We don’t need it. We don’t want it.

2007 Ron Paul 4:16
So, Mr. President, don’t do it. Don’t bomb Iran!

2007 Ron Paul 4:17
The moral of the story, Mr. Speaker, is this: if you don’t have a nuke, we’ll threaten to attack you.   If you do have a nuke, we’ll leave you alone.   In fact, we’ll probably subsidize you.   What makes us think Iran does not understand this?

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 5
Before the U.S. House of Representatives  

February 14, 2007
Statement on the Iraq War Resolution

2007 Ron Paul 5:1
This grand debate is welcomed but it could be that this is nothing more than a distraction from the dangerous military confrontation approaching with Iran and supported by many in leadership on both sides of the aisle.

2007 Ron Paul 5:2
This resolution, unfortunately, does not address the disaster in Iraq. Instead, it seeks to appear opposed to the war while at the same time offering no change of the status quo in Iraq. As such, it is not actually a vote against a troop surge. A real vote against a troop surge is a vote against the coming supplemental appropriation that finances it. I hope all of my colleagues who vote against the surge today will vote against the budgetary surge when it really counts: when we vote on the supplemental.

2007 Ron Paul 5:3
The biggest red herring in this debate is the constant innuendo that those who don’t support expanding the war are somehow opposing the troops.   It’s nothing more than a canard to claim that those of us who struggled to prevent the bloodshed and now want it stopped are somehow less patriotic and less concerned about the welfare of our military personnel.

2007 Ron Paul 5:4
Osama bin Laden has expressed sadistic pleasure with our invasion of Iraq and was surprised that we served his interests above and beyond his dreams on how we responded after the 9/11 attacks.   His pleasure comes from our policy of folly getting ourselves bogged down in the middle of a religious civil war, 7,000 miles from home that is financially bleeding us to death.   Total costs now are reasonably estimated to exceed $2 trillion.   His recruitment of Islamic extremists has been greatly enhanced by our occupation of Iraq.

2007 Ron Paul 5:5
Unfortunately, we continue to concentrate on the obvious mismanagement of a war promoted by false information and ignore debating the real issue which is:   Why are we determined to follow a foreign policy of empire building and pre-emption which is unbecoming of a constitutional republic?

2007 Ron Paul 5:6
Those on the right should recall that the traditional conservative position of non-intervention was their position for most of the 20 th Century-and they benefited politically from the wars carelessly entered into by the political left.   Seven years ago the Right benefited politically by condemning the illegal intervention in Kosovo and Somalia.   At the time conservatives were outraged over the failed policy of nation building.

2007 Ron Paul 5:7
It’s important to recall that the left, in 2003, offered little opposition to the pre-emptive war in Iraq, and many are now not willing to stop it by de-funding it or work to prevent an attack on Iran.

2007 Ron Paul 5:8
The catch-all phrase, “War on Terrorism”, in all honesty, has no more meaning than if one wants to wage a war against criminal gangsterism.   It’s deliberately vague and non definable to justify and permit perpetual war anywhere, and under any circumstances.   Don’t forget: the Iraqis and Saddam Hussein had absolutely nothing to do with any terrorist attack against us including that on 9/11.

2007 Ron Paul 5:9
Special interests and the demented philosophy of conquest have driven most wars throughout history.   Rarely has the cause of liberty, as it was in our own revolution, been the driving force.   In recent decades our policies have been driven by neo-conservative empire radicalism, profiteering in the military industrial complex, misplaced do-good internationalism, mercantilistic notions regarding the need to control natural resources, and blind loyalty to various governments in the Middle East.

2007 Ron Paul 5:10
For all the misinformation given the American people to justify our invasion, such as our need for national security, enforcing UN resolutions, removing a dictator, establishing a democracy, protecting our oil, the argument has been reduced to this:   If we leave now Iraq will be left in a mess-implying the implausible that if we stay it won’t be a mess.

2007 Ron Paul 5:11
Since it could go badly when we leave, that blame must be placed on those who took us there, not on those of us who now insist that Americans no longer need be killed or maimed and that Americans no longer need to kill any more Iraqis.   We’ve had enough of both!

2007 Ron Paul 5:12
Resorting to a medical analogy, a wrong diagnosis was made at the beginning of the war and the wrong treatment was prescribed.   Refusing to reassess our mistakes and insist on just more and more of a failed remedy is destined to kill the patient-in this case the casualties will be our liberties and prosperity here at home and peace abroad.

2007 Ron Paul 5:13
There’s no logical reason to reject the restraints placed in the Constitution regarding our engaging in foreign conflicts unrelated to our national security.   The advice of the founders and our early presidents was sound then and it’s sound today.

2007 Ron Paul 5:14
We shouldn’t wait until our financial system is completely ruined and we are forced to change our ways.   We should do it as quickly as possible and stop the carnage and financial bleeding that will bring us to our knees and force us to stop that which we should have never started. We all know, in time, the war will be de-funded one way or another and the troops will come home.   So why not now?

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 6
Before the U.S. House of Representatives  

February 15, 2007
Statement for Hearing before the House Financial Services Committee, “Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy”

2007 Ron Paul 6:1
Transparency in monetary policy is a goal we should all support.   I’ve often wondered why Congress so willingly has given up its prerogative over monetary policy.   Astonishingly, Congress in essence has ceded total control over the value of our money to a secretive central bank.

2007 Ron Paul 6:2
Congress created the Federal Reserve, yet it had no constitutional authority to do so.   We forget that those powers not explicitly granted to Congress by the Constitution are inherently denied to Congress — and thus the authority to establish a central bank never was given.   Of course Jefferson and Hamilton had that debate early on, a debate seemingly settled in 1913.

2007 Ron Paul 6:3
But transparency and oversight are something else, and they’re worth considering.   Congress, although not by law, essentially has given up all its oversight responsibility over the Federal Reserve.   There are no true audits, and Congress knows nothing of the conversations, plans, and actions taken in concert with other central banks.   We get less and less information regarding the money supply each year, especially now that M3 is no longer reported.

2007 Ron Paul 6:4
The role the Fed plays in the President’s secretive Working Group on Financial Markets goes unnoticed by members of Congress.   The Federal Reserve shows no willingness to inform Congress voluntarily about how often the Working Group meets, what actions it takes that affect the financial markets, or why it takes those actions.

2007 Ron Paul 6:5
But these actions, directed by the Federal Reserve, alter the purchasing power of our money.   And that purchasing power is always reduced.   The dollar today is worth only four cents compared to the dollar in 1913, when the Federal Reserve started.   This has profound consequences for our economy and our political stability.   All paper currencies are vulnerable to collapse, and history is replete with examples of great suffering caused by such collapses, especially to a nation’s poor and middle class.   This leads to political turmoil.

2007 Ron Paul 6:6
Even before a currency collapse occurs, the damage done by a fiat system is significant.   Our monetary system insidiously transfers wealth from the poor and middle class to the privileged rich.   Wages never keep up with the profits of Wall Street and the banks, thus sowing the seeds of class discontent.   When economic trouble hits, free markets and free trade often are blamed, while the harmful effects of a fiat monetary system are ignored. We deceive ourselves that all is well with the economy, and ignore the fundamental flaws that are a source of growing discontent among those who have not shared in the abundance of recent years.

2007 Ron Paul 6:7
Few understand that our consumption and apparent wealth is dependent on a current account deficit of $800 billion per year.   This deficit shows that much of our prosperity is based on borrowing rather than a true increase in production.   Statistics show year after year that our productive manufacturing jobs continue to go overseas.  This phenomenon is not seen as a consequence of the international fiat monetary system, where the United States government benefits as the issuer of the world’s reserve currency.

2007 Ron Paul 6:8
Government officials consistently claim that inflation is in check at barely 2%, but middle class Americans know that their purchasing power — especially when it comes to housing, energy, medical care, and school tuition — is shrinking much faster than 2% each year.

2007 Ron Paul 6:9
Even if prices were held in check, in spite of our monetary inflation, concentrating on CPI distracts from the real issue.   We must address the important consequences of Fed manipulation of interest rates. When interests rates are artificially low, below market rates, insidious mal-investment and excessive indebtedness inevitably bring about the economic downturn that everyone dreads.

2007 Ron Paul 6:10
We look at GDP numbers to reassure ourselves that all is well, yet a growing number of Americans still do not enjoy the higher standard of living that monetary inflation brings to the privileged few.   Those few have access to the newly created money first, before its value is diluted.

2007 Ron Paul 6:11
For example:   Before the breakdown of the Bretton Woods system, CEO income was about 30 times the average worker’s pay.   Today, it’s closer to 500 times.   It’s hard to explain this simply by market forces and increases in productivity.   One Wall Street firm last year gave out bonuses totaling $16.5 billion.   There’s little evidence that this represents free market capitalism.

2007 Ron Paul 6:12
In 2006 dollars, the minimum wage was $9.50 before the 1971 breakdown of Bretton Woods.   Today that dollar is worth $5.15.   Congress congratulates itself for raising the minimum wage by mandate, but in reality it has lowered the minimum wage by allowing the Fed to devalue the dollar.   We must consider how the growing inequalities created by our monetary system will lead to social discord.

2007 Ron Paul 6:13
GDP purportedly is now growing at 3.5%, and everyone seems pleased.   What we fail to understand is how much government entitlement spending contributes to the increase in the GDP.   Rebuilding infrastructure destroyed by hurricanes, which simply gets us back to even, is considered part of GDP growth.   Wall Street profits and salaries, pumped up by the Fed’s increase in money, also contribute to GDP statistical growth.   Just buying military weapons that contribute nothing to the well being of our citizens, sending money down a rat hole, contributes to GDP growth!   Simple price increases caused by Fed monetary inflation contribute to nominal GDP growth.   None of these factors represent any kind of real increases in economic output.   So we should not carelessly cite misleading GDP figures which don’t truly reflect what is happening in the economy.   Bogus GDP figures explain in part why so many people are feeling squeezed despite our supposedly booming economy.

2007 Ron Paul 6:14
But since our fiat dollar system is not going away anytime soon, it would benefit Congress and the American people to bring more transparency to how and why Fed monetary policy functions.

2007 Ron Paul 6:15
For starters, the Federal Reserve should: Begin publishing the M3 statistics again.   Let us see the numbers that most accurately reveal how much new money the Fed is pumping into the world economy.

2007 Ron Paul 6:16
            Tell us exactly what the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets does and why.

2007 Ron Paul 6:17
Explain how interest rates are set.   Conservatives profess to support free markets, without wage and price controls.   Yet the most important price of all, the price of money as determined by interest rates, is set arbitrarily in secret by the Fed rather than by markets!   Why is this policy written in stone? Why is there no congressional input at least?

2007 Ron Paul 6:18
Change legal tender laws to allow constitutional legal tender (commodity money) to compete domestically with the dollar.

2007 Ron Paul 6:19
How can a policy of steadily debasing our currency be defended morally, knowing what harm it causes to those who still believe in saving money and assuming responsibility for themselves in their retirement years?   Is it any wonder we are a nation of debtors rather than savers?

2007 Ron Paul 6:20
We need more transparency in how the Federal Reserve carries out monetary policy, and we need it soon.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 7
Before the U.S. House of Representatives  

March 7, 2007
The Scandal at Walter Reed

2007 Ron Paul 7:1
The scandal at Walter Reed is not an isolated incident.   It is directly related to our foreign policy of interventionism.

2007 Ron Paul 7:2
There is a pressing need to reassess our now widely accepted role as the world’s lone superpower.   If we don’t, we are destined to reduce our nation to something far less powerful.

2007 Ron Paul 7:3
It has always been politically popular for politicians to promise they will keep us out of foreign wars, especially before World War I.   That hasn’t changed, even though many in Washington today don’t understand it.

2007 Ron Paul 7:4
Likewise it has been popular to advocate ending prolonged and painful conflicts like the wars in Korea and Vietnam, and now Iraq.

2007 Ron Paul 7:5
In 2000, it was quite popular to condemn nation building and reject the policy of policing the world, in the wake of our involvement in Kosovo and Somalia.   We were promised a more humble foreign policy.

2007 Ron Paul 7:6
Nobody wins elections by promising to take us to war.   But once elected, many politicians greatly exaggerate the threat posed by a potential enemy — and the people too often carelessly accept the dubious reasons given to justify wars.   Opposition arises only when the true costs are felt here at home.

2007 Ron Paul 7:7
A foreign policy of interventionism costs so much money that we’re forced to close military bases in the U.S., even as we’re building them overseas.   Interventionism is never good fiscal policy.

2007 Ron Paul 7:8
Interventionism symbolizes an attitude of looking outward, toward empire, while diminishing the importance of maintaining a constitutional republic.

2007 Ron Paul 7:9
We close bases here at home — some want to close Walter Reed — while building bases in Arab and Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia.   We worry about foreign borders while ignoring our own.   We build permanent outposts in Muslim holy lands, occupy territory, and prop up puppet governments.   This motivates suicide terrorism against us.

2007 Ron Paul 7:10
Our policies naturally lead to resentment, which in turn leads to prolonged wars and increased casualties.   We spend billions in Iraq, while bases like Walter Reed fall into disrepair.   This undermines our ability to care for the thousands of wounded soldiers we should have anticipated, despite the rosy predictions that we would be greeted as liberators in Iraq.

2007 Ron Paul 7:11
Now comes the outrage.

2007 Ron Paul 7:12
Now Congress holds hearings.

2007 Ron Paul 7:13
Now comes the wringing of hands.   Yes, better late than never.  

2007 Ron Paul 7:14
Clean it up, paint the walls, make Walter Reed look neat and tidy!   But this won’t solve our problems.   We must someday look critically at the shortcomings of our foreign policy, a policy that needlessly and foolishly intervenes in places where we have no business being.

2007 Ron Paul 7:15
Voters spoke very clearly in November: they want the war to end.   Yet Congress has taken no steps to defund or end a war it never should have condoned in the first place.

2007 Ron Paul 7:16
On the contrary, Congress plans to spend another $100 billion or more in an upcoming Iraq funding bill — more even than the administration has requested.   The 2007 military budget, $700 billion, apparently is not enough.   And it’s all done under the slogan of “supporting the troops,” even as our policy guarantees more Americans will die and Walter Reed will continue to receive casualties.

2007 Ron Paul 7:17
Every problem Congress and the administration create requires more money to fix.   The mantra remains the same: spend more money we don’t have, borrow from the Chinese, or just print it.

2007 Ron Paul 7:18
This policy of interventionism is folly, and it cannot continue forever.   It will end, either because we wake up or because we go broke.

2007 Ron Paul 7:19
Interventionism always leads to unanticipated consequences and blowback, like:  

2007 Ron Paul 7:30
These elements combine to create an environment that inevitably undermines personal liberty.   Virtually all American wars have led to diminished civil liberties at home.

2007 Ron Paul 7:31
Most of our mistakes can be laid at the doorstep of our failure to follow the Constitution.

2007 Ron Paul 7:32
That Constitution, if we so desire, can provide needed guidance and a roadmap to restore our liberties and change our foreign policy.   This is critical if we truly seek peace and prosperity.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 8
Before the U.S. House of Representatives  

March 20, 2007
The Upcoming Iraq War Funding Bill

2007 Ron Paul 8:1
The $124 billion supplemental appropriation is a good bill to oppose.  I am pleased that many of my colleagues will join me in voting against this measure.

2007 Ron Paul 8:2
If one is unhappy with our progress in Iraq after four years of war, voting to de-fund the war makes sense.   If one is unhappy with the manner in which we went to war, without a constitutional declaration, voting no makes equally good sense.

2007 Ron Paul 8:3
Voting no also makes the legitimate point that the Constitution does not authorize Congress to direct the management of any military operation — the president clearly enjoys this authority as Commander in Chief.

2007 Ron Paul 8:4
But Congress just as clearly is responsible for making policy , by debating and declaring war, raising and equipping armies, funding military operations, and ending conflicts that do not serve our national interests.

2007 Ron Paul 8:5
Congress failed to meet its responsibilities four years ago, unconstitutionally transferring its explicit war power to the executive branch.   Even though the administration started the subsequent pre-emptive war in Iraq, Congress bears the greatest responsibility for its lack of courage in fulfilling its duties.   Since then Congress has obediently provided the funds and troops required to pursue this illegitimate war.

2007 Ron Paul 8:6
We won’t solve the problems in Iraq until we confront our failed policy of foreign interventionism.   This latest appropriation does nothing to solve our dilemma.   Micromanaging the war while continuing to fund it won’t help our troops.

2007 Ron Paul 8:7
Here’s a new approach: Congress should admit its mistake and repeal the authority wrongfully given to the executive branch in 2002.   Repeal the congressional sanction and disavow presidential discretion in starting wars.   Then start bringing our troops home.

2007 Ron Paul 8:8
If anyone charges that this approach does not support the troops, take a poll. Find out how reservists, guardsmen, and their families — many on their second or third tour in Iraq — feel about it.

2007 Ron Paul 8:9
The constant refrain that bringing our troops home would demonstrate a lack of support for them must be one of the most amazing distortions ever foisted on the American public.   We’re so concerned about saving face, but whose face are we saving?   A sensible policy would save American lives and follow the rules laid out for Congress in the Constitution—and avoid wars that have no purpose.

2007 Ron Paul 8:10
The claim that it’s unpatriotic to oppose spending more money in Iraq must be laid to rest as fraudulent.

2007 Ron Paul 8:11
We should pass a resolution that expresses congressional opposition to any more undeclared, unconstitutional, unnecessary, pre-emptive wars.   We should be building a consensus for the future that makes it easier to end our current troubles in Iraq.

2007 Ron Paul 8:12
It’s amazing to me that this Congress is more intimidated by political propagandists and special interests than the American electorate, who sent a loud, clear message about the war in November.   The large majority of Americans now want us out of Iraq.

2007 Ron Paul 8:13
Our leaders cannot grasp the tragic consequence of our policies toward Iraq for the past 25 years.   It’s time we woke them up.

2007 Ron Paul 8:14
We are still by far the greatest military power on earth.   But since we stubbornly refuse to understand the nature of our foes, we are literally defeating ourselves.

2007 Ron Paul 8:15
In 2004, bin Laden stated that Al Qaeda’s goal was to bankrupt the United States.   His second in command, Zawahari, is quoted as saying that the 9/11 attack would cause Americans to, “come and fight the war personally on our sand where they are within rifle range.”

2007 Ron Paul 8:16
Sadly, we are playing into their hands.   This $124 billion appropriation is only part of the nearly $1 trillion in military spending for this year’s budget alone.   We should be concerned about the coming bankruptcy and the crisis facing the U.S. dollar.

2007 Ron Paul 8:17
We have totally failed to adapt to modern warfare.   We’re dealing with a small, nearly invisible enemy — an enemy without a country, a government, an army, a navy, an air force, or missiles. Yet our enemy is armed with suicidal determination, and motivated by our meddling in their regional affairs, to destroy us.

2007 Ron Paul 8:18
And as we bleed financially, our men and women in Iraq die needlessly while the injured swell Walter Reed hospital.   Our government systematically undermines the Constitution and the liberties it’s supposed to protect — for which it is claimed our soldiers are dying in faraway places.

2007 Ron Paul 8:19
Only with the complicity of Congress have we become a nation of pre-emptive war, secret military tribunals, torture, rejection of habeas corpus, warrantless searches, undue government secrecy, extraordinary renditions, and uncontrollable spying on the American people.   The greatest danger we face is ourselves: what we are doing in the name of providing security for a people made fearful by distortions of facts.   Fighting over there has nothing to do with preserving freedoms here at home.   More likely the opposite is true.

2007 Ron Paul 8:20
Surely we can do better than this supplemental authorization.   I plan to vote no.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 9
Before the U.S. House of Representatives  

April 17, 2007
We Just Marched In (So We Can Just March Out)

2007 Ron Paul 9:1
All the reasons given to justify a preemptive strike against Iraq were wrong.   Congress and the American people were misled.

2007 Ron Paul 9:2
Support for the war came from various special interests that had agitated for an invasion of Iraq since 1998.   The Iraq Liberation Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton, stated that getting rid of Saddam Hussein was official U.S. policy.   This policy was carried out in 2003.

2007 Ron Paul 9:3
Congress failed miserably in meeting its crucial obligations as the branch of government charged with deciding whether to declare war.   It wrongly and unconstitutionally transferred this power to the president, and the president did not hesitate to use it.

2007 Ron Paul 9:4
Although it is clear there was no cause for war, we just marched in.   Our leaders deceived themselves and the public with assurances that the war was righteous and would be over quickly. Their justifications were false, and they failed to grasp even basic facts about the chaotic political and religious history of the region.

2007 Ron Paul 9:5
Congress bears the greater blame for this fiasco.   It reneged on its responsibility to declare or not declare war.   It transferred this decision-making power to the executive branch, and gave open sanction to anything the president did.   In fact the founders diligently tried to prevent the executive from possessing this power, granting it to Congress alone in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution.

2007 Ron Paul 9:6
Today just about everyone acknowledges the war has gone badly, and 70% of the American people want it to end.   Our national defense is weakened, the financial costs continue to drain us, our allies have deserted us, and our enemies are multiplying – not to mention the tragic toll of death and injury suffered by American forces.

2007 Ron Paul 9:7
Iraq is a mess, and we urgently need a new direction – but our leaders offer only hand wringing and platitudes.   They have no clear-cut ideas to end the suffering and war.   Even the most ardent war hawks cannot begin to define victory in Iraq.

2007 Ron Paul 9:8
As an Air Force officer serving from 1963-1968, I heard the same agonizing pleas from the American people.   These pleas were met with the same excuses about why we could not change a deeply flawed policy and rethink the war in Vietnam.   That bloody conflict, also undeclared and unconstitutional, seems to have taught us little despite the horrific costs.

2007 Ron Paul 9:9
Once again, though everyone now accepts that the original justifications for invading Iraq were not legitimate, we are given excuses for not leaving.   We flaunt our power by building permanent military bases and an enormous billion-dollar embassy, yet claim we have no plans to stay in Iraq permanently.   Assurances that our presence in Iraq has nothing to do with oil are not believed in the Middle East.

2007 Ron Paul 9:10
The argument for staying – to prevent civil war and bring stability to the region – logically falls on deaf ears.  

2007 Ron Paul 9:11
If the justifications for war were wrong;

2007 Ron Paul 9:12
If the war is going badly;

2007 Ron Paul 9:13
If we can’t afford the costs, both human and economic;

2007 Ron Paul 9:14
If civil war and chaos have resulted from our occupation;

2007 Ron Paul 9:15
If the reasons for staying are no more credible than the reasons for going;

2007 Ron Paul 9:16
THEN….. Why the dilemma?   The American people have spoken, and continue to speak out, against this war. So why not end it?   How do we end it?   Why not exactly the way we went in?   We just marched in, and we can just march out.

2007 Ron Paul 9:17
More good things may come of it than anyone can imagine.   Consider our relationship with Vietnam, now our friendly trading partner.   Certainly we are doing better with her than when we tried to impose our will by force.   It is time to march out of Iraq and march home.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 10
Before the U.S. House of Representatives

May 2, 2007
Introducing the Health Freedom Protection Act

2007 Ron Paul 10:1
Madam Speaker, I rise to introduce the Health Freedom Protection Act. This bill restores the First Amendment rights of consumers to receive truthful information regarding the benefits of foods and dietary supplements by codifying the First Amendment standards used by federal courts to strike down the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) efforts to censor truthful health claims. The Health Freedom Protection Act also stops the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) from censoring truthful health care claims.

2007 Ron Paul 10:2
The American people have made it clear they do not want the federal government to interfere with their access to dietary supplements, yet the FDA and the FTC continue to engage in heavy-handed attempts to restrict such access. The FDA continues to frustrate consumers’ efforts to learn how they can improve their health even after Congress, responding to a record number of constituents’ comments, passed the Dietary Supplement and Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). FDA bureaucrats are so determined to frustrate consumers’ access to truthful information that they are even evading their duty to comply with four federal court decisions vindicating consumers’ First Amendment rights to discover the health benefits of foods and dietary supplements.

2007 Ron Paul 10:3
FDA bureaucrats have even refused to abide by the DSHEA section allowing the public to have access to scientific articles and publications regarding the role of nutrients in protecting against diseases by claiming that every article concerning this topic is evidence of intent to sell a drug.

2007 Ron Paul 10:4
Because of the FDA’s censorship of truthful health claims, millions of Americans may suffer with diseases and other health care problems they may have avoided by using dietary supplements. For example, the FDA prohibited consumers from learning how folic acid reduces the risk of neural tube defects for four years after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended every woman of childbearing age take folic acid supplements to reduce neural tube defects. This FDA action contributed to an estimated 10,000 cases of preventable neutral tube defects!

2007 Ron Paul 10:5
The FDA also continues to prohibit consumers from learning about the scientific evidence that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis; that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of sudden death heart attack; and that calcium may reduce the risk of bone fractures.

2007 Ron Paul 10:6
The Health Freedom Protection Act will force the FDA to at last comply with the commands of Congress, the First Amendment, and the American people by codifying the First Amendment standards adopted by the federal courts. Specifically, the Health Freedom Protection Act stops the FDA from censoring truthful claims about the curative, mitigative, or preventative effects of dietary supplements, and adopts the federal court’s suggested use of disclaimers as an alternative to censorship. The Health Freedom Protection Act also stops the FDA from prohibiting the distribution of scientific articles and publications regarding the role of nutrients in protecting against disease.

2007 Ron Paul 10:7
This legislation also addresses the FTC’s violations of the First Amendment. Under traditional First Amendment jurisprudence, the federal government bears the burden of proving an advertising statement false before censoring that statement. However, the FTC has reversed the standard in the case of dietary supplements by requiring supplement manufactures to satisfy an unobtainable standard of proof that their statement is true. The FTC’s standards are blocking innovation in the marketplace.

2007 Ron Paul 10:8
The Health Freedom Protection Act requires the government bear the burden of proving that speech could be censored. This is how it should be in a free, dynamic society. The bill also requires that the FTC warn parties that their advertising is false and give them a chance to correct their mistakes.

2007 Ron Paul 10:9
Madam Speaker, if we are serious about putting people in charge of their health care, then shouldn’t we stop federal bureaucrats from preventing Americans from learning about simple ways to improve their health. I therefore call on my colleagues to stand up for good health care and the First Amendment by cosponsoring the Health Freedom Protection Act.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 11
Before the Committee on Financial Services

2007 Ron Paul 11:1
May 9, 2007
Statement on Chinese Currency

2007 Ron Paul 11:2
The imbalances in international trade, and in particular trade between China and the United States, have prompted many to demand a realignment of the Chinese yuan and the American dollar.   Since we are running a huge trade deficit with China the call now is for a stronger yuan and a weaker dollar.   This trade imbalance problem will not be solved so easily.

2007 Ron Paul 11:3
If a stronger yuan is implemented, increased exports to China from the US may or may not result.   The weaker dollar will lead to higher US prices and crowd out the hoped-for benefits of a realignment of the two currencies.

2007 Ron Paul 11:4
One thing certain is that the immediate impact would be higher prices for consumer goods for middle class Americans.   In many ways a weaker dollar would act as an import tax just as if it were a tariff.   Both are considered protectionist in nature.

2007 Ron Paul 11:5
The fact that the Chinese keep their currency artificially weak is a benefit to American consumers and long term is inflationary for the Chinese.

2007 Ron Paul 11:6
This deep and legitimate concern for the trade imbalance between China and the US will fall short if the issue of fluctuating, world-wide fiat currencies, is not addressed.

2007 Ron Paul 11:7
The fact that the US dollar is the principal reserve currency of the world gives us a benefit that others do not enjoy.   It allows us to export paper dollars and import goods manufactured in countries with cheap labor.   It also allows us to finance the welfare/warfare state with cheap loans from China and Japan.   It’s a good deal for us but according to economic law must come to an end, and the end will be messy for the US consumer and for world trade.

2007 Ron Paul 11:8
The current system can only last as long as the trust in the dollar is maintained and foreigners are willing to accept them as if they had real value.

2007 Ron Paul 11:9
Ironically, the most serious problem we face is a sharply weakening dollar, in danger of collapse, and yet many are now asking for a policy, dealing with the Chinese, that would accelerate the dollar’s decline.   And yet we’re told that we maintain a strong dollar policy.

2007 Ron Paul 11:10
Financing deficits with monetary inflation is in itself a weak dollar policy in the long term.   Trust in our currency due to our economic and military strength artificially props up the dollar on international exchange markets.   Since these benefits come not from production or sound money policies, they only contribute to the instability and imbalances in international trade.

2007 Ron Paul 11:11
Neither tariffs nor forced devaluations can solve the problem.

2007 Ron Paul 11:12
Our current account deficit and huge foreign indebtedness is a reflection of the world monetary system of fiat money.   The longer the trade imbalances last, the more difficult the adjustment will be.   The market will eventually force these adjustments on us.

2007 Ron Paul 11:13
Eventually it will be necessary to consider commodity-based money to solve the trade imbalances that concern so many here in the Congress.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 12
Statement on Immigration Agreement
May 18, 2007

2007 Ron Paul 12:1
I remain very skeptical about the idea of so-called comprehensive immigration reform and the Senate compromise now being discussed. I will oppose any legislation that in any way, shape, or form grants amnesty to the millions of people who are in this country illegally. I have advocated that we should tighten citizenship requirements, and I still believe that. Moreover, the argument that we need to start a guest worker program is simply a shell game, we already have a generous guest worker program that the American people support. Support for such a program should not be used as a back door to amnesty for illegals.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 13
Opening Statement Committee on Financial Services
World Bank Hearing
May 22, 2007

2007 Ron Paul 13:1
Of all the elements of the Bretton Woods system, perhaps the most enduring has been the World Bank and its associated institutions.   Although highly regarded in some circles, the Bank has been a significant failure in helping the residents of poor and developing nations.

2007 Ron Paul 13:2
Like many bureaucracies, the World Bank has constantly attempted to reinvent itself and redefine its mission.   Some critics have referred to this as “mission creep.”   It is the reaction of self-interested bureaucrats who are intent on saving their jobs at all costs.   The non-institutional elements of Bretton Woods, such as the gold-backed dollar standard, have gone by the wayside, but the World Bank and the IMF soldier on.

2007 Ron Paul 13:3
What is most annoying about the World Bank are the criticisms alleging that the Bank and its actions demonstrate the negative side of free-market capitalism.   Nothing could be further from the truth.   The World Bank is not an organization devoted to capitalism, or to the free market, but to state-run corporate capitalism.   Established and managed by a multitude of national governments, the World Bank promotes managed trade, by which politically connected individuals and corporation enrich themselves at the expense of the poor and middle class.  

2007 Ron Paul 13:4
Western governments tax their citizens to fund the World Bank, lend this money to corrupt Third World dictators who abscond with the funds, and then demand repayment which is extracted through taxation from poor Third World citizens, rather than from the government officials responsible for the embezzlement.   It is in essence a global transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich. Taxpayers around the world are forced to subsidize the lavish lifestyles of Third World dictators and highly-paid World Bank bureaucrats who don’t even pay income tax.

2007 Ron Paul 13:5
The World Bank has outlived its intended purpose.   Capital markets are flush with money and well-developed enough to lend money not just to national governments but to local and regional development projects, at competitive market rates.   In the aftermath of Mr. Wolfowitz’s departure, much will be made of the question of his successor, when the questioning instead should be directed towards the phasing out of the organization.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 14
In the Name of Patriotism (Who are the Patriots?)
June 6, 2007

2007 Ron Paul 14:1
For some, patriotism is “the last refuge of a scoundrel.”   For others, it means dissent against a government’s abuse of the people’s rights.

2007 Ron Paul 14:2
I have never met a politician in Washington, or any American for that matter, who chose to be called “unpatriotic.”   Nor have I met anyone who did not believe he wholeheartedly supported our troops wherever they may be.

2007 Ron Paul 14:3
What I have heard all too frequently from various individuals is sharp accusations that because their political opponents disagree with them on the need for foreign military entanglements, they were “unpatriotic, un-American, evil doers deserving contempt.”

2007 Ron Paul 14:4
The original American patriots were those individuals brave enough to resist with force the oppressive power of King George.   I accept the definition of patriotism as that effort to resist oppressive state power.   The true patriot is motivated by a sense of responsibility, and out of self interest — for himself, his family, and the future of his country — to resist government abuse of power.   He rejects the notion that patriotism means obedience to the state.

2007 Ron Paul 14:5
Resistance need not be violent, but the civil disobedience that might be required involves confrontation with the state and invites possible imprisonment.

2007 Ron Paul 14:6
Peaceful non-violent revolutions against tyranny have been every bit as successful as those involving military confrontation.   Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. achieved great political successes by practicing non-violence, yet they themselves suffered physically at the hands of the state.

2007 Ron Paul 14:7
But whether the resistance against government tyrants is non-violent or physically violent, the effort to overthrow state oppression qualifies as true patriotism.

2007 Ron Paul 14:8
True patriotism today has gotten a bad name—at least from the government and the press. Those who now challenge the unconstitutional methods of imposing an income tax on us, or force us to use a monetary system designed to serve the rich at the expense of the poor, are routinely condemned.   These American patriots are sadly looked down upon by many.   They are never praised as champions of liberty as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. have been.

2007 Ron Paul 14:9
Liberals, who withhold their taxes as a protest against war, are vilified as well—especially by conservative statists.

2007 Ron Paul 14:10
Unquestioned loyalty to the state is especially demanded in times of war.   Lack of support for a war policy is said to be unpatriotic.   Arguments against a particular policy that endorses a war once started, are always said to be endangering the troops in the field.   This, they blatantly claim, is unpatriotic and all dissent must stop. Yet it is dissent from government policies that defines the true patriot and champion of liberty.

2007 Ron Paul 14:11
It is conveniently ignored that the only authentic way to best support the troops is to keep them out of dangerous, undeclared, no-win wars that are politically inspired.   Sending troops off to war for reasons that are not truly related to national security — and for that matter may even damage our security — is hardly a way to “patriotically” support the troops.  

2007 Ron Paul 14:12
Who are the true patriots: those who conform or those who protest against wars without purpose?   How can it be said that blind support for war, no matter how misdirected the policy, is the duty of the patriot?

2007 Ron Paul 14:13
Randolph Bourne said that “war is the health of the state.”   With war, he argued, the state thrives.   Those who believe in the powerful state see war as an opportunity.   Those who mistrust the people and the market for solving problems have no trouble promoting a “war psychology” to justify the expansive role of the state.

2007 Ron Paul 14:14
This includes the role the federal government plays in our personal lives as well as in all our economic transactions.   And certainly the neo-conservative belief that we have a moral obligation to spread American values worldwide, through force, justifies the conditions of war in order to rally support at home for the heavy hand of government.   It is through this policy, it should surprise no one, that our liberties are undermined, the economy becomes overextended, and our involvement worldwide becomes prohibitive.

2007 Ron Paul 14:15
Out of fear of being labeled unpatriotic, most citizens become compliant and accept the argument that some loss of liberty is required to fight the war in order to remain safe.   This is a bad trade-off in my estimation, especially when done in the name of patriotism.

2007 Ron Paul 14:16
Loyalty to the state and to autocratic leaders is substituted for true patriotism—that is, a willingness to challenge the state and defend the country, the people, and the culture.   The more difficult the times, the stronger the admonition becomes that the leaders be not criticized.

2007 Ron Paul 14:17
Because the crisis atmosphere of war supports the growth of the state, any problem invites an answer by declaring “war” — even on social and economic issues.   This elicits patriotism in support of various government solutions while enhancing the power of the state.   Faith in government coercion and a lack of understanding of how free societies operate, encourages big government liberals and big government conservatives to manufacture a war psychology to demand political loyalty for domestic policy just as is required in foreign affairs.   The long term cost in dollars spent and liberties lost is neglected as immediate needs are emphasized.

2007 Ron Paul 14:18
It is for this reason that we have multiple perpetual wars going on simultaneously.   Thus the war on drugs, against gun ownership, poverty, illiteracy, and terrorism, as well as our foreign military entanglements, are endless.

2007 Ron Paul 14:19
All this effort promotes the growth of statism at the expense of liberty.   A government designed for a free society should do the opposite: prevent the growth of statism and preserve liberty.   Once a war of any sort is declared, the message is sent out not to object or you will be declared unpatriotic.   Yet, we must not forget that the true patriot is the one who protests in spite of the consequences, condemnation or ostracism, or even imprisonment that may result.

2007 Ron Paul 14:20
Non-violent protesters of the tax code are frequently imprisoned—whether they are protesting the code’s unconstitutionality or the war that the tax revenues are funding.

2007 Ron Paul 14:21
Resisters to the military draft, or even to selective service registration, are threatened and imprisoned for challenging this threat to liberty.

2007 Ron Paul 14:22
Statism depends on the idea that the government owns us and citizens must obey.   Confiscating the fruits of our labor through the income tax is crucial to the health of the state.   The draft, or even the mere existence of the selective service, emphasizes that we will march off to war at the state’s pleasure.   A free society rejects all notions of involuntary servitude whether by draft or the confiscation of the fruits of our labor through the personal income tax.

2007 Ron Paul 14:23
A more sophisticated and less well known technique for enhancing the state is the manipulation and transfer of wealth through the fiat monetary system operated by the secretive Federal Reserve.   Protestors against this unconstitutional system of paper money are considered unpatriotic criminals and at times are imprisoned for their beliefs.   The fact that, according to the Constitution, only gold and silver are legal tender and paper money is outlawed, matters little.   The principle of patriotism is turned on its head.

2007 Ron Paul 14:24
Whether it’s with regard to the defense of welfare spending at home, confiscatory income tax, an immoral monetary system, or support for a war fought under false pretense without a legal declaration, the defenders of liberty and the Constitution are portrayed as unpatriotic while those who support these programs are seen as the patriots.   If there’s a “war” going on, supporting the state’s efforts to win the war is expected at all costs.   No dissent!

2007 Ron Paul 14:25
The real problem is that those who love the state too often advocate policies that lead to military action.   At home they are quite willing to produce a crisis atmosphere and claim a war is needed to solve the problem.   Under these conditions the people are more willing to bear the burden of paying for the war, and to carelessly sacrifice liberties which they are told is necessary.

2007 Ron Paul 14:26
The last six years have been quite beneficial to the “health of the state,” which comes at the expense of personal liberty.   Every enhanced unconstitutional power of the state can only be achieved at the expense of individual liberty.

2007 Ron Paul 14:27
Even though every war in which we have been engaged civil liberties have suffered, some have been restored after the war ended, but never completely.   This has resulted in a steady erosion of our liberties over the past 200 years.   Our government was originally designed to protect our liberties, but it has now instead become the usurper of those liberties.

2007 Ron Paul 14:28
We currently live in the most difficult of times for guarding against an expanding central government with a steady erosion of our freedoms.

2007 Ron Paul 14:29
We are continually being reminded that “9/11 has changed everything.”   Unfortunately, the policy that needed most to be changed—that is our policy of foreign interventionism—has only been expanded.   There is no pretense any longer that a policy of humility in foreign affairs, without being the world’s policeman and engaging in nation building, is worthy of consideration.   We now live in a post 9/11 America where our government is going to make us safe no matter what it takes.   We’re expected to grin and bear it and adjust to every loss of our liberties in the name of patriotism and security.

2007 Ron Paul 14:30
Though the majority of Americans initially welcomed this declared effort to make us safe, and were willing to sacrifice for the cause, more and more Americans are now becoming concerned about civil liberties being needlessly and dangerously sacrificed.   The problem is that the Iraq war continues to drag on and a real danger of its spreading exists.   There’s no evidence that a truce will soon be signed in Iraq , or in the war on terror or drugs.   Victory is not even definable.   If Congress is incapable of declaring an official war, it’s impossible to know when it will end.   We have been fully forewarned that the world conflict in which we’re now engaged will last a long, long time.

2007 Ron Paul 14:31
The war mentality, and the pervasive fear of an unidentified enemy, allows for a steady erosion of our liberties, and with this our respect for self reliance and confidence is lost.   Just think of the self sacrifice and the humiliation we go through at the airport screening process on a routine basis.   Though there’s no scientific evidence of any likelihood of liquids and gels being mixed on an airplane to make a bomb, billions of dollars are wasted throwing away toothpaste and hairspray and searching old women in wheelchairs.

2007 Ron Paul 14:32
Our enemies say boo, and we jump, we panic, and then we punish ourselves.   We’re worse than a child being afraid of the dark.   But in a way, the fear of indefinable terrorism is based on our inability to admit the truth about why there is a desire by a small number of angry radical Islamics to kill Americans.   It’s certainly not all because they are jealous of our wealth and freedoms.

2007 Ron Paul 14:33
We fail to realize that the extremists, willing to sacrifice their own lives to kill their enemies, do so out of a sense of weakness and desperation over real and perceived attacks on their way of life, their religion, their country and their natural resources.   Without the conventional diplomatic or military means to retaliate against these attacks, and an unwillingness of their own government to address the issue, they resort to the desperation tactic of suicide terrorism.   Their anger toward their own governments, which they believe are co-conspirators with the American government, is equal to or greater than that directed toward us.   These errors in judgment in understanding the motive of the enemy and the constant fear that is generated have brought us to this crisis where our civil liberties and privacy are being steadily eroded in the name of preserving national security.   We may be the economic and military giant of the world, but the effort to stop this war on our liberties here at home in the name of patriotism, is being lost.

2007 Ron Paul 14:34
The erosion of our personal liberties started long before 9/11, but 9/11 accelerated the process.   There are many things that motivate those who pursue this course—both well-intentioned and malevolent.   But it would not happen if the people remained vigilant, understood the importance of individual rights, and were unpersuaded that a need for security justifies the sacrifice of liberty—even if it’s just now and then.

2007 Ron Paul 14:35
The true patriot challenges the state when the state embarks on enhancing its power at the expense of the individual.   Without a better understanding and a greater determination to reign in the state, the rights of Americans that resulted from the revolutionary break from the British and the writing of the Constitution, will disappear.

2007 Ron Paul 14:36
The record since September 11, 2001, is dismal.   Respect for liberty has rapidly deteriorated.

2007 Ron Paul 14:37
Many of the new laws passed after 9/11 had in fact been proposed long before that attack. The political atmosphere after that attack simply made it more possible to pass such legislation. The fear generated by 9/11 became an opportunity for those seeking to promote the power of the state domestically, just as it served to falsely justify the long planned-for invasion of Iraq.  

2007 Ron Paul 14:38
The war mentality was generated by the Iraq war in combination with the constant drum beat of fear at home.   Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, who is now likely residing in Pakistan, our supposed ally, are ignored, as our troops fight and die in Iraq and are made easier targets for the terrorists in their backyard.  While our leaders constantly use the mess we created to further justify the erosion of our constitutional rights here at home, we forget about our own borders and support the inexorable move toward global government—hardly a good plan for America.

2007 Ron Paul 14:39
The accelerated attacks on liberty started quickly after 9/11.   Within weeks the Patriot Act was overwhelmingly passed by Congress.   Though the final version was unavailable up to a few hours before the vote—no Member had sufficient time to read or understand it—political fear of “not doing something,” even something harmful, drove Members of Congress to not question the contents and just vote for it.   A little less freedom for a little more perceived safety was considered a fair tradeoff—and the majority of Americans applauded.

2007 Ron Paul 14:40
The Patriot Act, though, severely eroded the system of checks and balances by giving the state the power to spy on law abiding citizens without judicial supervision.   The several provisions that undermine the liberties of all Americans include:   sneak and peak searches; a broadened and more vague definition of domestic terrorism; allowing the FBI access to libraries and bookstore records without search warrants or probable cause; easier FBI initiation of wiretaps and searches, as well as roving wiretaps; easier access to information on American citizens’ use of the internet; and easier access to e-mail and financial records of all American citizens.

2007 Ron Paul 14:41
The attack on privacy has not relented over the past six years.   The Military Commissions Act is a particularly egregious piece of legislation and, if not repealed, will change America for the worse as the powers unconstitutionally granted to the Executive Branch are used and abused.

2007 Ron Paul 14:42
This act grants excessive authority to use secretive military commissions outside of places where active hostilities are going on.   The Military Commissions Act permits torture, arbitrary detention of American citizens as unlawful enemy combatants at the full discretion of the president and without the right of Habeas Corpus, and warrantless searches by the NSA (National Security Agency).   It also gives to the president the power to imprison individuals based on secret testimony.

2007 Ron Paul 14:43
Since 9/11, Presidential signing statements designating portions of legislation that the President does not intend to follow, though not legal under the Constitution, have enormously multiplied.   Unconstitutional Executive Orders are numerous and mischievous and need to be curtailed.

2007 Ron Paul 14:44
Extraordinary rendition to secret prisons around the world has been widely engaged in, though obviously extra-legal.

2007 Ron Paul 14:45
A growing concern in the post 9/11 environment is the federal government’s lists of potential terrorists based on secret evidence.   Mistakes are made and sometimes it is virtually impossible to get one’s name removed, even though the accused is totally innocent of any wrongdoing.

2007 Ron Paul 14:46
A national ID card is now in the process of being implemented.   It’s called the Real ID card and it’s tied to our Social Security numbers and our state driver’s license.   If Real ID is not stopped it will become a national driver’s license/ID for all America.

2007 Ron Paul 14:47
Some of the least noticed and least discussed changes in the law were the changes made to the Insurrection Act of 1807 and to Posse Comitatus by the Defense Authorization Act of 2007.

2007 Ron Paul 14:48
These changes pose a threat to the survival of our republic by giving the president the power to declare martial law for as little reason as to restore “public order.”   The 1807 Act severely restricted the president in his use of the military within the United States borders, and the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 strengthened these restrictions with strict oversight by Congress.   The new law allows the president to circumvent the restrictions of both laws.   The Insurrection Act has now become the “Enforcement of the Laws to Restore Public Order Act”.   This is hardly a title that suggests that the authors cared about or understood the nature of a constitutional republic.

2007 Ron Paul 14:49
Now, martial law can be declared not just for “insurrection” but also for “natural disasters, public health reasons, terrorist attacks or incidents” or for the vague reason called “other conditions.”   The President can call up the National Guard without Congressional approval or the governors’ approval and even send these state guard troops into other states.   The American republic is in remnant status.   The stage is set for our country eventually devolving into a military dictatorship and few seem to care.

2007 Ron Paul 14:50
These precedent setting changes in the law are extremely dangerous and will change American jurisprudence forever if not reversed.   The beneficial results of our revolt against the king’s abuses are about to be eliminated and few Members of Congress and few Americans are aware of the seriousness of the situation.   Complacency and fear drive our legislation without any serious objection by our elected leaders.

2007 Ron Paul 14:51
Sadly, those few who do object to this self evident trend away from personal liberty and empire building overseas are portrayed as unpatriotic and uncaring.

2007 Ron Paul 14:52
Though welfare and socialism always fails, opponents of them are labeled uncaring.   Though opposition to totally unnecessary war should be the only moral position, the rhetoric is twisted to claim that patriots who oppose the war are not “supporting the troops”.   The cliché “support the troops” is incessantly used as a substitute for the unacceptable notion of “supporting the policy” no matter how flawed it may be.   Unsound policy can never help the troops.   Keeping the troops out of harm’s way and out of wars unrelated to our national security is the only real way of protecting the troops.   With this understanding, just who can claim the title of “patriot”?

2007 Ron Paul 14:53
Before the war in the Middle East spreads and becomes a world conflict, for which we’ll be held responsible, or the liberties of all Americans become so suppressed we can no longer resist, much has to be done.   Time is short but our course of action should be clear.   Resistance to illegal and unconstitutional usurpation of our rights is required.   Each of us must choose which course of action we should take—education, conventional political action, or even peaceful civil disobedience, to bring about the necessary changes.

2007 Ron Paul 14:54
But let it not be said that we did nothing.

2007 Ron Paul 14:55
Let not those who love the power of the welfare/warfare state label the dissenters of authoritarianism as unpatriotic or uncaring.   Patriotism is more closely linked to dissent than it is to conformity and a blind desire for safety and security.   Understanding the magnificent rewards of a free society makes us unbashful in its promotion, fully realizing that maximum wealth is created and the greatest chance for peace comes from a society respectful of individual liberty.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 15
Statement Introducing a Bill to Establish a Sunset for the 
Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243)
June 7, 2007

2007 Ron Paul 15:1
Mr. Speaker, today I am introducing a bill to establish a sunset for the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Force Against Iraq (PL 107-243). There are several active pieces of legislation that would rescind the authorization to use force against Iraq , but the approach of this legislation is quite different. This legislation would sunset the original authorization six months after it is in enacted, which would give Congress plenty of time to consider anew the authority for Iraq.

2007 Ron Paul 15:2
The rationale for this sunset is that according to the 2002 authorization for Iraq , the president was authorized to use military force against Iraq to achieve the following two specific objectives only:

2007 Ron Paul 15:3
“(1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq ; and
(2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq ”

2007 Ron Paul 15:4
It should be obvious to both supporters and critics of our military action in Iraq that our military has achieved both legal objectives. Our military quickly removed the regime of Saddam Hussein, against whom the United Nations resolutions were targeted. And a government has been elected in post-Saddam Iraq that has met with US approval, fulfilling the first objective of the authorization.

2007 Ron Paul 15:5
With both objectives of the original authorization completely satisfied, Congress has a Constitutional obligation to revisit this issue and provide needed oversight and policy guidance. We ignore this obligation at risk to the United States and, very importantly, to our soldiers in harm’s way in Iraq .

2007 Ron Paul 15:6
Unlike other proposals, this bill does not criticize the president’s handling of the war. It does not cut off funds for the troops. Nor does this bill set a timetable for our withdrawal. I strongly believe that this legislation will enjoy broad support among both those in favor of our action in Iraq and those who favor ending the war, and I am encouraged by the bi-partisan support I have received when seeking original co-sponsors. Congress is obligated to consider anew the authority for Iraq sooner rather than later and I hope more of my colleagues will join me as co-sponsors of this legislation.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 16
June 13, 2007
Statement on NICS Improvement Amendments Act

2007 Ron Paul 16:1
Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 2640, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Improvement Amendments Act, and I urge caution.

2007 Ron Paul 16:2
In my opinion, H.R. 2640 is a flagrantly unconstitutional expansion of restriction on the exercise of the right to bear arms protected under the Second Amendment.

2007 Ron Paul 16:3
H.R. 2640 also seriously undermines the privacy rights of all Americans — gun owners and non-gun owners alike — by creating and expanding massive federal government databases, including medical and other private records of every American.

2007 Ron Paul 16:4
H.R. 2640 illustrates how placing restrictions on the exercise of one right — in this case, the right to bear arms — inevitably leads to expanded restriction on other rights as well. In an effort to make the Brady background check on gun purchases more efficient, H.R. 2640 pressures states and mandates federal agencies to dump massive amounts of information about the private lives of all Americans into a central federal government database.

2007 Ron Paul 16:5
Among the information that must be submitted to the database are medical, psychological, and drug treatment records that have traditionally been considered protected from disclosure under the physician-patient relationship, as well as records related to misdemeanor domestic violence. While supporters of H.R. 2640 say that there are restrictions on the use of this personal information, such restrictions did not stop the well-publicized IRS and FBI files privacy abuses by both Democratic and Republican administrations. Neither have such restrictions prevented children from being barred from flights because their names appeared on the massive terrorist watch list. We should not trick ourselves into believing that we can pick and choose which part of the Bill of Rights we support.

2007 Ron Paul 16:6
I urge my colleagues to join me in opposing this bill. Mr. Speaker, in addition, the NICS Improvement Amendments Act illustrates how laws creating new infringements on liberty often also impose large financial burdens on taxpayers. In just its first three years of operation, the bill authorizes new yearly spending of $375 million plus additional spending “as may be necessary.” This new spending is not offset by any decrease in other government spending.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 17
Opening Statement
Committee on Financial Services
 Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade and Technology
Remittance Hearing

2007 Ron Paul 17:1
June 17, 2007

2007 Ron Paul 17:2
It is clear to most people that remittances provide a significant economic boost to many South American and Latin American countries.   Remittance flows to some countries dwarf foreign direct investment and foreign aid and have a beneficial effect on economic development, enabling low-income families to better their situations.   The effect of remittances on development showcases the beneficial effects of market-based interaction to improve peoples’ lives.

2007 Ron Paul 17:3
Some legislative proposals would require wire transfer services and other money services businesses to comply with elements of the REAL ID Act.   While often well-intentioned, such measures, aside from infringing constitutional liberties, would have the effect of creating a thriving black market financial system which would make it even more difficult for law enforcement to track truly criminal financial transfers.

2007 Ron Paul 17:4
Heavy-handed government intrusion into the operation and regulation of money services businesses would also have the effect of raising the costs of doing business.   Money service businesses have done a good job of identifying and serving their customers’ needs.   Healthy competition has led to a reduction in fees over the years so that money services businesses are accessible to more and more consumers.   As some of our witnesses will attest, even the threat of regulation can have a chilling effect on the operation of money services businesses.   The money services market has done an admirable job of self-regulation so far.   The worst thing Congress could do is intervene in an overly forceful manner and undo all the good things that have been done so far.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 18
Statement on H Con Res 21
June 20, 2007

2007 Ron Paul 18:1
 Madam Speaker: I rise in strong opposition to this resolution. This resolution is an exercise in propaganda that serves one purpose: to move us closer to initiating a war against Iran. Citing various controversial statements by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, this legislation demands that the United Nations Security Council charge Ahmadinejad with violating the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

2007 Ron Paul 18:2
Having already initiated a disastrous war against Iraq citing UN resolutions as justification, this resolution is like déja-vu . Have we forgotten 2003 already? Do we really want to go to war again for UN resolutions? That is where this resolution, and the many others we have passed over the last several years on Iran, is leading us. I hope my colleagues understand that a vote for this bill is a vote to move us closer to war with Iran.

2007 Ron Paul 18:3
Clearly, language threatening to wipe a nation or a group of people off the map is to be condemned by all civilized people. And I do condemn any such language. But why does threatening Iran with a pre-emptive nuclear strike, as many here have done, not also deserve the same kind of condemnation? Does anyone believe that dropping nuclear weapons on Iran will not wipe a people off the map? When it is said that nothing, including a nuclear strike, is off the table on Iran, are those who say it not also threatening genocide? And we wonder why the rest of the world accuses us of behaving hypocritically, of telling the rest of the world “do as we say, not as we do.”

2007 Ron Paul 18:4
I strongly urge my colleagues to consider a different approach to Iran, and to foreign policy in general. General William Odom, President Reagan’s director of the National Security Agency, outlined a much more sensible approach in a recent article titled “Exit From Iraq Should Be Through Iran.” General Odom wrote: “Increasingly bogged down in the sands of Iraq, the US thrashes about looking for an honorable exit. Restoring cooperation between Washington and Tehran is the single most important step that could be taken to rescue the US from its predicament in Iraq.” General Odom makes good sense. We need to engage the rest of the world, including Iran and Syria, through diplomacy, trade, and travel rather than pass threatening legislation like this that paves the way to war. We have seen the limitations of force as a tool of US foreign policy. It is time to try a more traditional and conservative approach. I urge a “no” vote on this resolution.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 19
Opening Statement Committee on Financial Services Paulson Hearing
June 20, 2007  

2007 Ron Paul 19:1
A strong case can be made that our economy is not nearly as robust as our government statistics claim.

2007 Ron Paul 19:2
Unemployment numbers, inflation rates, tax revenues, and GDP growth all indicate there is little to worry about.

2007 Ron Paul 19:3
Yet underemployment and a lower standard of living for many Americans hit with significant price inflation leave them fearful of their economic future.  

2007 Ron Paul 19:4
The shake up in the sub prime mortgage market which is now spreading, as the housing bubble deflates, has a long way to go.   The same problem exists in the high-yield corporate debt market and will surely add to the economic uncertainty we now face.   It’s deceptive to merely blame “abusive lending practices” for these problems.

2007 Ron Paul 19:5
The recent sharp rise in interest rates may well be signaling the end to the painless easy money decade that has allowed us to finance our extravagant welfare/warfare spending with minimal productive effort and no savings.   Monetary inflation and foreign borrowing have allowed us to live far beyond our means – a type of monetary arrangement that always comes to a painful end.

2007 Ron Paul 19:6
As our problems worsen, the blame game will certainly accelerate.   Claiming it is all due to China’s manipulation of its currency and demanding protectionist measures will unfortunately continue to gain considerable attention. Unfortunately, there is little or no concern for how our own policies - monetary, tax, and regulatory- have contributed to the problems we face.  

2007 Ron Paul 19:7
Too often officials ignore and even distort important economic information that could be beneficial in making market decisions.

2007 Ron Paul 19:8
Accurate money supply growth rates are vital in anticipating future price levels, the degree of malinvestment, and chances for financial bubbles to form.   Since March of 2006 M3 reports have been discontinued.   Private sources now report that M3 is increasing at a significantly high 13% rate.

2007 Ron Paul 19:9
It is said that the CPI is now increasing at the rate of 2.5%, yet if we use the original method of calculation we find that the CPI is growing at a rate of over 10%.

2007 Ron Paul 19:10
Since money growth statistics are key to calculating currency depreciation it is interesting to note, in this era of global financial markets, in a world engulfed with only fiat currencies, what total world wide money supply is doing.  

2007 Ron Paul 19:11
Since 1997 the world money supply has doubled.   And money growth IS inflation which is the enemy of the poor and the middle class but a friend to the banks and Wall Street.

2007 Ron Paul 19:12
Monetary depreciation is clearly a sinister tax placed on the unsuspecting poor.   Too many well meaning individuals falsely believe that deficit financed assistance programs can help the poor, while instead the results are opposite.

2007 Ron Paul 19:13
Welfare and warfare – guns and butter philosophy always leads to harmful inflation.   We had severe problems in the 60’s and 70’s and we are doing the same thing once again.   We have only started to pay for the extravagance of financing the current war and rapidly expanding the entitlement system by foreign borrowing and creating money and credit out of thin air.   There are reasons to believe that the conditions we have created will be much worse than they were in 1979 when interest rates of 21% were required to settle the markets and reverse the stagflation process.

2007 Ron Paul 19:14
Congress, and especially the Financial Services Committee, must insist on total transparency and accuracy of all government financial statistics.   Any market interference by government agencies must be done in full public view.  

2007 Ron Paul 19:15
All meetings and decision and actions by the Presidents Working Group on Financial Markets must be fully open to public scrutiny.   If our government is artificially propping up the dollar by directly manipulating gold prices, or colluding with other central banks, it is information that belongs in the public domain.   The same is true about any interference in the stock, bond, or commodity markets.  

2007 Ron Paul 19:16
A free market economy requires that government keeps its hands off and allows the consumers to exert their rightful control over the economy.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 20
Honorable Ron Paul of Texas
Statement on HR 2956, the Responsible Redeployment From Iraq Act
12 July 2007

2007 Ron Paul 20:1
Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to HR 2956 which, while a well-intended attempt to reduce our nation’s seemingly unlimited military commitment in Iraq, is in so many respects deeply flawed.  

2007 Ron Paul 20:2
I have been one of the strongest opponents of military action against Iraq. I voted against the initial authorization in 2002 and I have voted against every supplemental appropriations bill to fund the war. I even voted against the initial “ Iraq regime change” legislation back in 1998. I believe our troops should be brought back to the United States without delay. Unfortunately, one of the reasons I oppose this legislation is that it masquerades as a troop withdrawal measure but in reality may well end up increasing US commitments in the Middle East .

2007 Ron Paul 20:3
Mr. Speaker, this is precisely the debate we should have had four years ago, before Congress voted to abrogate its Constitutional obligation to declare war and transfer that authority to the president. Some in this body were rather glib in declaring the constitution antiquated while voting to cede the ability to initiate hostilities to the President.  Now we see the result of ignoring the Constitution, and we are bringing even more mayhem to the process with this legislation.

2007 Ron Paul 20:4
To those who believe this act would some how end the war, I simply point to the title for Section 3 of the bill, which states, “REQUIREMENT TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ARMED FORCES IN IRAQ AND TRANSITION TO A LIMITED PRESENCE OF THE ARMED FORCES IN IRAQ.”  However the number of troops are limited, this legislation nevertheless will permit an ongoing American military presence in Iraq with our soldiers continuing to be engaged in hostilities.

2007 Ron Paul 20:5
I also wish to draw attention to Section 4(b)(1), which mandates the President to submit a “Strategy for Iraq ” by the beginning of next year.  This “strategy” is to include:

2007 Ron Paul 20:6
“A discussion of United States national security interests in Iraq and the broader Middle East region and the diplomatic, political, economic, and military components of a comprehensive strategy to maintain and advance such interests as the Armed Forces are redeployed from Iraq pursuant to section 3 of this Act.”

2007 Ron Paul 20:7
In other words, far from extricating ourselves from the debacle in Iraq , this bill would set in motion a policy that could lead to a wider regional commitment, both financially and militarily.  Such a policy would be disastrous for both our overextended national security forces and beleaguered taxpayers.  This could, in fact, amount to an authorization for a region-wide “surge.”

2007 Ron Paul 20:8
Congress’ job is to change the policy on Iraq , not to tell the military leaders how many troops they should have. I have attempted to do this with HR 2605, a bill to sunset after a six month period the authorization for military activity in Iraq . During this period a new plan for Iraq could be discussed and agreed. Plan first, authorization next, execution afterward. That is what we should be doing in Iraq .

2007 Ron Paul 20:9
In summary, Mr. Speaker, this legislation brings us no closer to ending the war in Iraq . It brings us no closer to bringing our troops home. It says nothing about withdrawal, only about redeployment. It says nothing about reducing US presence in the Middle East, and may actually lead to an expanded US presence in the region. We have no guarantee the new strategy demanded by this legislation would not actually expand our military activities to Iran and Syria and beyond. I urge my colleagues to reject this legislation and put forth an effective strategy to end the war in Iraq and to bring our troops home.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 21
Honorable Ron Paul of Texas
Statement before the Financial Services Committee
Humphrey Hawkins Prequel Hearing
July 17, 2007

2007 Ron Paul 21:1
During the 30 th year of the Humphrey-Hawkins hearings, it would be helpful for Congress to reassess the usefulness of the Humphrey-Hawkins mandate.   The dual mandate calls for full employment and stable prices.   Humphrey-Hawkins assumes that the Federal Reserve has unique insights into the United States economy that no one else possesses, that the Federal Reserve knows what prices should be and how much unemployment there should be.   Full employment which is brought about through rising inflation will eventually lead to a stagnant economy which will lead to more unemployment.   30+ years after the stagflation era, I would hope that Phillips curves are one of those barbarous relics of the past that have been sent to their graves, along with wage and price controls   and bans on the private ownership of gold.

2007 Ron Paul 21:2
But what I wish to highlight the most is the most pernicious part of the Humphrey-Hawkins mandate is the mandate for price stability.   This objective overlooks the natural tendency of prices to fall over time.   As new production technologies are brought on line, factories gear up, economies of scale are reached, and the prices of goods will decrease.  

2007 Ron Paul 21:3
Goods which originally are affordable only by the very rich, over the course of time and because of the fall in prices will become available to the poor and the middle class, raising the standard of living of all Americans.   100 years ago a rich person might have driven a car and a poor person would have walked barefoot.   Today a rich person might drive a Lexus, while a poor person drives a Kia, but they both have cars, and shoes.  

2007 Ron Paul 21:4
Price stability attempts to disadvantage consumers by keeping prices stable, rather than allowing them to take their natural course of decline.   This policy comes from two misguided notions: that lower prices lead to lower profits, and that lower prices lead to deflation.   In its effort to ensure price stability, the Federal Reserve   resorts to inflation targeting, using the federal funds rate and open market operations to increase the money supply at an ostensible low rate, introducing a subtle but pernicious inflation into the monetary system.   Inflation benefits the government and the well-off, the first users of the new money, but harms those who receive the new money last, those who are predominantly poor and middle class.

2007 Ron Paul 21:5
But prices do not just apply to goods, they also apply to the price of labor, or wages.   Wage raises are often indexed to government CPI figures, which are notoriously prone to manipulation.   While official government figures show a CPI under 3%, according to the methods used when CPI was first calculated the current rate of inflation is over 10%.   What this means is that while wages will remain stable in real terms, the price of goods and services will increase at a faster rate, leading to a decrease in the real standard of living.   The Fed’s loose money policy then leads to the lure of easy credit, which will hook more and more families, who will find themselves falling deeper and deeper into debt to finance their lifestyles.   Until the Congress realizes that the economy cannot be managed by a group of economists, no matter how large or how brilliant the group may be, the result will be the same.   Inflation will continue to rise, and the American people will continue to grow poorer.   We would be far better off if the Congress were to reassert its Constitutional authority over the monetary system, establish a sound currency, and eliminate its meddling in the free market.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 22
Statement of Congressman Paul on HR 180 Darfur Accountability and Divestment Act
July 30, 2007

2007 Ron Paul 22:1
          Madam Speaker, HR 180 is premised on the assumption that divestment, sanctions, and other punitive measures are effective in influencing repressive regimes, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth.   Proponents of such methods fail to remember that where goods cannot cross borders, troops will.   Sanctions against Cuba, Iraq, and numerous other countries failed to topple their governments.   Rather than weakening dictators, these sanctions strengthened their hold on power and led to more suffering on the part of the Cuban and Iraqi people.   To the extent that divestment effected change in South Africa, it was brought about by private individuals working through the market to influence others.  

2007 Ron Paul 22:2
          No one denies that the humanitarian situation in Darfur is dire, but the United States government has no business entangling itself in this situation, nor in forcing divestment on unwilling parties.   Any further divestment action should be undertaken through voluntary means and not by government fiat.  

2007 Ron Paul 22:3
HR 180 is an interventionist piece of legislation which will extend the power of the federal government over American businesses, force this country into yet another foreign policy debacle, and do nothing to alleviate the suffering of the residents of Darfur.   By allowing state and local governments to label pension and retirement funds as state assets, the federal government is giving the go-ahead for state and local governments to play politics with the savings upon which millions of Americans depend for security in their old age.   The safe harbor provision opens another dangerous loophole, allowing fund managers to escape responsibility for any potential financial mismanagement, and it sets a dangerous precedent.   Would the Congress offer the same safe harbor provision to fund managers who wish to divest from firms offering fatty foods, growing tobacco, or doing business in Europe?

2007 Ron Paul 22:4
  This bill would fail in its aim of influencing the government of the Sudan, and would likely result in the exact opposite of its intended effects.   The regime in Khartoum would see no loss of oil revenues, and the civil conflict will eventually flare up again.   The unintended consequences of this bill on American workers, investors, and companies need to be considered as well.   Forcing American workers to divest from companies which may only be tangentially related to supporting the Sudanese government could have serious economic repercussions which need to be taken into account.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 23
Statement on Public Safety Tax Cut Act
August 1, 2007

2007 Ron Paul 23:1
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to introduce the Public Safety Tax Cut Act. This legislation will achieve two important public policy goals. First, it will effectively overturn a ruling of the Internal Revenue Service which has declared as taxable income the waiving of fees by local governments who provide service for public safety volunteers.

2007 Ron Paul 23:2
Many local governments use volunteer firefighters and auxiliary police either in place of, or as a supplement to, their public safety professionals. Often as an incentive to would-be volunteers, the local entities might waive all or a portion of the fees typically charged for city services such as the provision of drinking water, sewerage charges, or debris pick up. Local entities make these decisions for the purpose of encouraging folks to volunteer, and seldom do these benefits come anywhere near the level of a true compensation for the many hours of training and service required of the volunteers. This, of course, not even to mention the fact that these volunteers could very possibly be called into a situation where they may have to put their lives on the line.

2007 Ron Paul 23:3
Rather than encouraging this type of volunteerism, which is so crucial, particularly to America’s rural communities, the IRS has decided that the provision of the benefits described above amount to taxable income. Not only does this adversely affect the financial position of the volunteer by foisting new taxes about him or her, it has in fact led local entities to stop providing these benefits, thus taking away a key tool they have used to recruit volunteers. That is why the IRS ruling in this instance has a substantial deleterious impact on the spirit of American volunteerism. How far could this go? For example, would consistent application mean that a local Salvation Army volunteer be taxed for the value of a complimentary ticket to that organization’s annual county dinner? This is obviously bad policy.

2007 Ron Paul 23:4
This legislation would rectify this situation by specifically exempting these types of benefits from federal taxation.

2007 Ron Paul 23:5
Next, this legislation would also provide paid professional police and fire officers with a $1,000 per year tax credit. These professional public safety officers put their lives on the line each and every day, and I think we all agree that there is no way to properly compensate them for the fabulous services they provide. In America we have a tradition of local law enforcement and public safety provision. So, while it is not the role of our federal government to increase the salaries of these, it certainly is within our authority to increase their take-home pay by reducing the amount of money that we take from their pockets via federal taxation, and that is something this bill specifically does as well.

2007 Ron Paul 23:6
President George Bush has called on Americans to volunteer their time and energy to enhancing public safety. Shouldn’t Congress do its part by reducing taxes that discourage public safety volunteerism? Shouldn’t Congress also show its appreciation to police officers and fire fighters by reducing their taxes? I believe the answer to both of these questions is a resounding “Yes” and therefore I am proud to introduce the Public Safety Tax Cut Act. I request that my fellow Members join in support of this key legislation.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 24
Statement on Police Security Protection Act
August 1, 2007

2007 Ron Paul 24:1
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to help America’s law enforcement officers by introducing the Police Security Protection Act. This legislation provides police officers a tax credit for the purchase of armored vests.

2007 Ron Paul 24:2
Professional law enforcement officers put their lives on the line each and every day. Reducing the tax liability of law enforcement officers so they can afford armored vests is one of the best ways Congress can help and encourage these brave men and women. After all, an armored vest could literally make the difference between life or death for a police officer, I hope my colleagues will join me in helping our nation’s law enforcement officers by cosponsoring the Police Security Protection Act.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 25
Statement on Introduction of the Congressional Responsibility and Accountability Act
August 1, 2007

2007 Ron Paul 25:1
Madame Speaker, I rise to introduce the Congressional Responsibility and Accountability Act. This bill requires Congress to specifically authorize via legislation any proposed federal regulation that will impose costs on any individual of at least $5,000, impose costs on a business or other private organization of at least $25,000, impose aggregate costs on the American people of at least $250,000, or cause any American to lose his or her job.

2007 Ron Paul 25:2
According to some legal experts, at least three-quarters of all federal laws consist of regulations promulgated by federal agencies without the consent, or even the review of, Congress. Allowing unelected, and thus unaccountable, executive agencies to make law undermines democracy. Law-making by executive agencies also violates the intent of the drafters of the Constitution to separate legislative and executive powers. The drafters of the Constitution correctly viewed separation of powers as a cornerstone of republican government and a key to protecting individual liberty from excessive and arbitrary government power.

2007 Ron Paul 25:3
Congress’s delegation of law-making authority to unelected bureaucrats has created a system that seems to owe more to the writings of Franz Kafka than to the writings of James Madison. The volume of regulations promulgated by federal agencies and the constant introduction of new rules makes it impossible for most Americans to know with any certainty the federal laws, regulations, and rules they are required to obey. Thus, almost all Americans live with the danger that they may be hauled before a federal agency for an infraction they have no reasonable way of knowing is against the law.

2007 Ron Paul 25:4
While it is easy for members of Congress to complain about out of control federal bureaucrats, it was Congress that gave these agencies the ability to create laws. Since Congress created the problem of lawmaking by regulatory agencies, it is up to Congress to fix the problem and make certain that all federal laws are passed by the people’s elected representatives. Therefore, Madame Speaker, I urge my colleagues to cosponsor the Congressional Responsibility and Accountability Act.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 26
Statement of Ron Paul on introducing the Comprehensive Health Care Act
August 2, 2007

2007 Ron Paul 26:1
Madame Speaker, America faces a crisis in health care. Health care costs continue to rise, leaving many Americans unable to afford health insurance, while those with health care coverage, and their physicians, struggle under the control of managed-care “gatekeepers.” Obviously, fundamental health care reform should be one of Congress’ top priorities.

2007 Ron Paul 26:2
Unfortunately, most health care “reform” proposals either make marginal changes or exacerbate the problem. This is because they fail to address the root of the problem with health care, which is that government polices encourage excessive reliance on third-party payers. The excessive reliance on third-party payers removes all incentive from individual patients to concern themselves with health care costs. Laws and policies promoting Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) resulted from a desperate attempt to control spiraling costs. However, instead of promoting an efficient health care system, HMOs further took control over health care away from the individual patient and physician.

2007 Ron Paul 26:3
Furthermore, the predominance of third-party payers means there is effectively no market for individual health insurance polices, thus those whose employers cannot offer them health benefits must either pay exorbitant fees for health insurance or do without health insurance. Since most health care providers cater to those with health insurance, it is very difficult for the uninsured to find health care that meets their needs at an affordable price. The result is many of the uninsured turn to government-funded health care systems, or use their local emergency room as their primary care physician. The result of this is declining health for the uninsured and increased burden on taxpayer-financed health care system.

2007 Ron Paul 26:4
Returning control over health care to the individual is the key to true health care reform.

2007 Ron Paul 26:5
The Comprehensive Health Care Reform Act puts control of health care back into the hands of the individual through tax credits, tax deductions, Health Care Savings Accounts (HSA), and Flexible Savings Accounts. By giving individuals tax incentives to purchase their own health care, the Comprehensive Health Care Act will help more Americans obtain quality health insurance and health care. Specifically, the Comprehensive Health Care Act:

2007 Ron Paul 26:6
A. Provides all Americans with a tax credit for 100% of health care expenses. The tax credit is fully refundable against both income and payroll taxes.

2007 Ron Paul 26:7
B. Allows individuals to roll over unused amounts in cafeteria plans and Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA).

2007 Ron Paul 26:8
C. Makes every American eligible for an Health Savings Account (HSA), removes the requirement that individuals must obtain a high-deductible insurance policy to open an HSA; allows individuals to use their HSA to make premiums payments for high-deductible policy; and allows senior citizens to use their HSA to purchase Medigap policies.

2007 Ron Paul 26:9
D. Repeals the 7.5% threshold for the deduction of medical expenses, thus making all medical expenses tax deductible.

2007 Ron Paul 26:10
By providing a wide range of options, this bill allows individual Americans to choose the method of financing health care that best suits their individual needs. Increasing frustration with the current health care system is leading more and more Americans to embrace this approach to health care reform. For example, a poll by the respected Zogby firm showed that over 80% of Americans support providing all Americans with access to a Health Savings Account. I hope all my colleagues will join this effort to put individuals back in control of health care by cosponsoring the Comprehensive Health Care Reform Act.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 27
Statement of Ron Paul on Introduction of the Freedom from Unnecessary Litigation Act
August 2, 2007

2007 Ron Paul 27:1
Madame Speaker, I am pleased to introduce the Freedom from Unnecessary Litigation Act. As its title suggests, this bill provides an effective means of ensuring that those harmed during medical treatment receive fair compensation while reducing the burden of costly malpractice litigation on the health care system. This bill achieves its goal by providing a tax credit for negative outcomes insurance purchased before medical treatment. The insurance will provide compensation for any negative outcomes of the medical treatment. Patients can receive this insurance without having to go through lengthy litigation and without having to give away a large portion of their award to a trial lawyer.

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Relying on negative outcomes insurance instead of litigation will also reduce the costs imposed on physicians, other health care providers, and hospitals by malpractice litigation. The Freedom from Unnecessary Litigation Act also promotes effective solutions to the malpractice crisis by making malpractice awards obtained through binding, voluntary arbitration tax-free.

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The malpractice crisis has contributed to the closing of a maternity ward in Philadelphia and a trauma center in Nevada. Meanwhile, earlier this year, surgeons in West Virginia walked off the job to protest increasing liability rates. These are a few of the examples of how access to quality health care is jeopardized by the epidemic of large (and medically questionable) malpractice awards, and the resulting increase in insurance rates.

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As is typical of Washington, most of the proposed solutions to the malpractice problem involve unconstitutional usurpations of areas best left to the states. These solutions also ignore the root cause of the litigation crisis: the shift away from treating the doctor-patient relationship as a contractual one to viewing it as one governed by regulations imposed by insurance company functionaries, politicians, government bureaucrats, and trial lawyers. There is no reason why questions of the assessment of liability and compensation cannot be determined by a private contractual agreement between physicians and patients. The Freedom from Unnecessary Litigation Act is designed to take a step toward resolving these problems through private contracts.

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Using insurance, private contracts, and binding arbitration to resolve medical disputes benefits patients, who receive full compensation in a timelier manner than under the current system. It also benefits physicians and hospitals, which are relieved of the costs associated with litigation. Since it will not cost as much to provide full compensation to an injured patient, these bills should result in a reduction of malpractice premiums. The Freedom from Unnecessary Litigation Act benefits everybody except those trial lawyers who profit from the current system. I hope all my colleagues will help end the malpractice crises while ensuring those harmed by medical injuries receive just compensation by cosponsoring my Freedom from Unnecessary Litigation Act.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 28
Statement on the Treat Physicians Fairly Act
August 2, 2007

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Madame Speaker, I rise today to introduce the Treat Physicians Fairly Act, legislation providing tax credits to physicians to compensate for the costs of providing uncompensated care. This legislation helps compensate medical professionals for the costs imposed on them by federal laws forcing doctors to provide uncompensated medical care. The legislation also provides a tax deduction for hospitals who incur costs related to providing uncompensated care.

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Under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) physicians who work in emergency rooms, as well as the hospitals, are required to provide care without seeking compensation to anyone who comes into an emergency room. Thus, EMTLA forces medical professionals and hospitals to bear the entire cost of caring for the indigent. According to the June 2/9, 2003 edition of AM News , emergency physicians lose an average of $138,000 per year because of EMTLA. EMTALA also forces physicians and hospitals to follow costly rules and regulations, and can be fined $50,000 for failure to be in technical compliance with EMTALA!

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Forcing physicians to offer their services without providing any form of compensation is a blatant violation of the takings clause of the Fifth Amendment. After all, the professional skills with which one’s earns a living are a form of property. Therefore, legislation, such as EMTALA, which forces individuals to use their professional skills without compensation is a taking of private property. Regardless of whether the federal government has the constitutional authority to establish programs providing free-or-reduced health care for the indignant, the clear language of the takings clause prevents Congress from placing the entire burden of these programs on the medical profession.

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Ironically, the perceived need to force doctors to provide medical care is itself the result of prior government interventions into the health care market. When I began practicing, it was common for doctors to provide uncompensated care as a matter of charity. However, government laws and regulations inflating the cost of medical services and imposing unreasonable liability standards on medical professionals even when they where acting in a volunteer capacity made offering free care cost prohibitive. At the same time, the increase health care costs associated with the government-facilitated over-reliance in third party payments priced more and more people out of the health care market. Thus, the government responded to problems created by their interventions by imposing EMTALA mandate on physicians, in effect making the health care profession scapegoats for the unintended consequences of failed government health care polices.

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EMTALA itself is having unintended consequences that could result in less care availability for low-income Americans at emergency rooms. This is because EMTALA provides a disincentive for physicians form offering any emergency care. Many physicians have told me in my district that they are considering curtail their practices, in part because of the costs associated with the EMTALA mandates. Many other physicians are even counseling younger people against entering the medical profession because of the way the federal government treats medical professionals! The tax credit of the Treat Physicians Fairly Act will help mitigate some of these unintended consequences.

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The Treat Physicians Fairly Act does not remove any of EMTALA’s mandates; it simply provides that physicians can receive a tax credit for the costs of providing uncompensated care. This is a small step toward resorting fairness to the physicians. Furthermore, by providing some compensation in the form of tax credits, the Treat Physicians Fairly Act helps remove the dincentives to remaining active in the medical profession built into the current EMTALA law. I hope my colleagues will take the first step toward removing the unconstitutional burden of providing uncompensated care by cosponsoring the Treat Physicians Fairly Act.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 29
Statement of Ron Paul on Introducing the Quality Health Care Coalition Act
August 2, 2007

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Madame Speaker, I am pleased to introduce the Quality Health Care Coalition Act, which takes a first step towards restoring a true free market in health care by restoring the rights of freedom of contract and association to health care professionals. Over the past few years, we have had much debate in Congress about the difficulties medical professionals and patients are having with Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs).

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HMOs are devices used by insurance industries to ration health care. While it is politically popular for members of Congress to bash the HMOs and the insurance industry, the growth of the HMOs are rooted in past government interventions in the health care market though the tax code, the Employment Retirement Security Act (ERSIA), and the federal anti-trust laws. These interventions took control of the health care dollar away from individual patients and providers, thus making it inevitable that something like the HMOs would emerge as a means to control costs.

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Many of my well-meaning colleagues would deal with the problems created by the HMOs by expanding the federal government’s control over the health care market. These interventions will inevitably drive up the cost of health care and further erode the ability of patents and providers to determine the best health treatments free of government and third-party interference. In contrast, the Quality Health Care Coalition Act addresses the problems associated with HMOs by restoring medical professionals’ freedom to form voluntary organizations for the purpose of negotiating contracts with an HMO or an insurance company.

2007 Ron Paul 29:4
As an OB-GYN who spent over 30 years practicing medicine, I am well aware of how young physicians coming out of medical school feel compelled to sign contracts with HMOs that may contain clauses that compromise their professional integrity. For example, many physicians are contractually forbidden from discussing all available treatment options with their patients because the HMO gatekeeper has deemed certain treatment options too expensive. In my own practice, I tried hard not to sign contracts with any health insurance company that infringed on my ability to practice medicine in the best interests of my patients and I always counseled my professional colleagues to do the same. Unfortunately, because of the dominance of the HMO in today’s health care market, many health care professionals cannot sustain a medical practice unless they agree to conform their practice to the dictates of some HMO.

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One way health care professionals could counter the power of the HMOs would be to form a voluntary association for the purpose of negotiating with an HMO or an insurance company. However, health care professionals who attempt to form such a group run the risk of persecution under federal anti-trust laws. This not only reduces the ability of health care professionals to negotiate with HMOs on a level playing field, but also constitutes an unconstitutional violation of medical professionals’ freedom of contract and association.

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Under the United States Constitution, the federal government has no authority to interfere with the private contracts of American citizens. Furthermore, the prohibitions on contracting contained in the Sherman antitrust laws are based on a flawed economic theory which holds that federal regulators can improve upon market outcomes by restricting the rights of certain market participants deemed too powerful by the government. In fact, anti-trust laws harm consumers by preventing the operation of the free-market, causing prices to rise, quality to suffer, and, as is certainly the case with the relationship between the HMOs and medical professionals, favoring certain industries over others.

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By restoring the freedom of medical professionals to voluntarily come together to negotiate as a group with HMOs and insurance companies, this bill removes a government-imposed barrier to a true free market in health care. Of course, this bill does not infringe on the rights of health care professionals by forcing them to join a bargaining

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organization against their will. While Congress should protect the rights of

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all Americans to join organizations for the purpose of bargaining collectively, Congress also has a moral responsibility to ensure that no worker is forced by law to join or financially support such an organization.

2007 Ron Paul 29:10
Madame Speaker, it is my hope that Congress will not only remove the restraints on medical professionals’ freedom of contract, but will also empower patients to control their health care by passing my Comprehensive Health Care Reform Act. The Comprehensive Health Care Reform Act puts individuals back in charge of their own health care by providing Americans with large tax credits and tax deductions for their health care expenses, including a deduction for premiums for a high-deductible insurance policy purchased in combination with a Health Savings Account. Putting individuals back in charge of their own health care decisions will enable patients to work with providers to ensure they receive the best possible health care at the lowest possible price. If providers and patients have the ability to form the contractual arrangements that they find most beneficial to them, the HMO monster will wither on the vine without the imposition of new federal regulations on the insurance industry.

2007 Ron Paul 29:11
In conclusion, I urge my colleagues to support the Quality Health Care Coalition Act and restore the freedom of contract and association to America’s health care professionals. I also urge my colleagues to join me in working to promote a true free market in health care by putting patients back in charge of the health care dollar by supporting my Comprehensive Health Care Reform Act.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 30
Statement on HR 3159, the Ensuring Military Readiness through Stability and Predictability Deployment Policy Act
2 August 2007

2007 Ron Paul 30:1
Madame Speaker: I rise in support of this legislation to provide some Congressional oversight over the deployment and maintenance of our troops stationed overseas. As the Constitution states in Article I Section 8., Congress has the power “to make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces,” and therefore Congress has an obligation to speak on such matters. I have been and remain extremely concerned about the deployment extensions and stop-loss programs that have kept our troops deployed and engaged for increasingly extended periods of time. My constituents who are affected by this policy have contacted me with their concerns as well.

2007 Ron Paul 30:2
The legislation at least seeks to provide some guidance and relief to our troops who have been stretched to the limit by the increasing duration of deployment overseas and the decreasing duration of time back home between deployments. Several military experts, including General Barry McCaffrey, have commented on this problem and the challenges it poses to the health and safety of our troops.

2007 Ron Paul 30:3
Although I am voting for this bill, I am increasingly concerned about Congress’s approach to the issue of our continued involvement in Iraq . Rather than a substantive move to end the US military presence in Iraq , this bill and others that have passed recently seem to be merely symbolic moves to further politicize the war in Iraq . Clearly the American public is overwhelmingly in favor of a withdrawal from Iraq , but Congress is not listening. At best, the House seems willing to consider only such half-measures as so-called re-deployment. We need a real solution that puts the safety of our troops above politics. We need to simply bring them home. As I said recently on the Floor of the House, we just marched in so we can just march out.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 31
Congressman Paul’s Statement in Opposition to H.Res. 552
September 4, 2007

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Madame Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.Res. 552, “Calling on the Government of the People’s Republic of China to remove barriers to United States financial services firms doing business in China.”

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Attempting to force the hand of the Chinese government by requiring them to open their markets to US financial services firms is akin to playing with fire.   Politicians today fail to realize just how deeply our profligate fiscal and monetary policies of the past three decades have left us in debt to China.   The Chinese government holds over one trillion dollars in reserves, leaving the future of the dollar highly vulnerable to the continued Chinese demand.

2007 Ron Paul 31:3
While I am in favor of unencumbered free trade, free trade cannot be enforced through threats or by resorting to international protectionist organizations such as the WTO.   Even if the Chinese are recalcitrant in opening up their markets, it is not the role of the United States government to lecture the Chinese government on what it should or should not do in its own economy.

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H.Res. 552 is a blatant encroachment on the sovereignty of the Chinese government.   Were the Chinese government to pressure us into allowing greater access to the US market for Chinese financial services firms, or to pressure us into allowing the sale of firms in strategic sectors of the market, we would justifiably resist this pressure.  

2007 Ron Paul 31:5
Diplomatic efforts cannot work through blustering language and vague retaliatory threats.   It requires an awareness both of the many benefits of trade with China and the fact that our current trade imbalances are largely the responsibility of our trade policies.   We must understand that China is not a 98-pound weakling who can be bossed around.   If we treat other countries with respect and as equal partners, we might be pleased to find that our requests receive a more attentive ear.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 32
Statement before the Financial Services Committee
September 20, 2007

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Mr. Chairman, the situation facing us now in the mortgage industry has its roots in the Federal Reserve’s inflationary monetary policy.   Without addressing the roots of the current crisis, any measures undertaken to improve the situation will be doomed to fail.

2007 Ron Paul 32:2
As with asset bubbles and investment manias in past history, the fuel for the current housing bubble had its origins in monetary manipulation.   The housing boom was caused by the Federal Reserve’s policy resulting in artificially low interest rates.   Consumers, misled by low interest rates, were looking to consume, while homebuilders saw the low interest rates as a signal to build, and build they did.  

2007 Ron Paul 32:3
One of the primary means the Federal Reserve uses to stimulate the economy is manipulation of the federal funds rate and the discount rates, which are used as benchmark rates throughout the economy.   The interest rate is the price of time, as the value of a dollar today and the value of a dollar one year from now are not the same.   Just like any price in the market, interest rates have an important informational signaling purpose.   Government price fixing of the interest rate has the same deleterious effects as price controls in other areas.

2007 Ron Paul 32:4
Reduction in the interest rate has two major effects: it encourages consumption over saving; and it makes long-term, capital-intensive projects cheaper to undertake.   Under Chairman Greenspan’s tenure, the federal funds rate was so low that the real interest rate (that is the nominal interest rate minus inflation) was negative.   With a negative real interest rate, someone who saves money will literally lose the value of that money.  

2007 Ron Paul 32:5
The Federal Reserve continued and still continues to increase the money supply.   After ceasing the publication of M3 last February, private economists have calculated that M3 has risen at an annual rate of almost 12%, which is faster than we have seen since the 1970’s.  

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Millions of Americans now find themselves stuck in a financial quandary that is not their fault.   The result of manipulation of the interest rate, money supply, and mortgage markets are the recently popped housing bubble.     Further regulation of the banking sector, of mortgage brokers, mortgage lenders, or credit rating agencies will fail to improve the current situation, and will do nothing to prevent future real estate bubbles.   Any proposed solutions which fail to take into account the economic intervention that laid the ground for the bubble are merely window dressing, and will not ease the suffering of millions of American homeowners.   I urge my colleagues to strike at the root of the problem and address the Federal Reserve’s inflationary monetary policy.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 33
Statement on the Tax Free Tips Act
September 26, 2007

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Madame Speaker, I rise to help millions of working Americans by introducing the Tax Free Tips Act. As the title suggests, this legislation makes tips exempt from federal income and payroll taxes. Tips often compose a substantial portion of the earnings of waiters, waitresses, and other service-sector employees. However, unlike regular wages, a service-sector employee usually has no guarantee of, or legal right to, a tip. Instead, the amount of a tip usually depends on how well an employee satisfies a client. Since the amount of taxes one pays increases along with the size of tip, taxing tips punishes workers for doing a superior job!

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Many service-sector employers are young people trying to make money to pay for their education, or single parents struggling to provide for their children. Oftentimes, these workers work two jobs in hopes of making a better life for themselves and their families. The Tax Free Tips Act gives these hard-working Americans an immediate pay raise. People may use this pay raise to devote more resources to their children’s, or their own, education, or to save for a home, retirement, or to start their own businesses.

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Helping Americans improve themselves by reducing their taxes will make our country stronger. I, therefore, hope all my colleges will join me in cosponsoring the Tax Free Tips Act.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 34
Statement on Burma, H Con Res 200
October 2, 2007

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Madame Speaker, I rise in opposition to this legislation not because I do not sympathize with the plight of the oppressed people of Burma , particularly as demonstrated by the continued confinement of Aung San Suu Kyi. Any time a government represses its citizenry it is reprehensible. My objection to this legislation is twofold. First, the legislation calls on the United Nations Security Council to “take appropriate action” with regard to Burma and its internal conditions. This sounds like an open door for an outside military intervention under the auspices of the United Nations, which is something I do not support.

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More importantly, perhaps, I am concerned that while going around the world criticizing admittedly abhorrent governmental actions abroad we are ignoring the very dangerous erosions of our own civil liberties and way of life at home. Certainly it is objectionable that the Burmese government holds its own citizens in jails without trial. But what about the secret prisons that our own CIA operates around the globe that hold thousands of individuals indefinitely and without trial? Certainly it is objectionable that the government of Burma can declare Aung San Suu Kyi a political prisoner to be held in confinement. But what about the power that Congress has given the president to declare anyone around the world, including American citizens, “enemy combatants” subject to indefinite detention without trial? What about the “military commissions act” that may well subject Americans to military trial with secret evidence permitted and habeas corpus suspended?

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So while I am by no means unsympathetic to the current situation in Burma , as an elected Member of the United States House of Representatives I strongly believe that we would do better to promote freedom around the world by paying better attention to our rapidly eroding freedom here at home. I urge my colleagues to consider their priorities more closely and to consider the much more effective approach of leading by example.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 35
Statement Introducing the American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007
October 15, 2007

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Dr PAUL: Mr. Speaker, today I am introducing a comprehensive piece of legislation to restore the American Constitution and to restore the liberties that have been sadly eroded over the past several years.

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This legislation seeks to restore the checks and balances enshrined in the Constitution by our Founding Fathers to prevent abuse of Americans by their government. This proposed legislation would repeal the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and re-establish the traditional practice that military commissions may be used to try war crimes in places of active hostility where a rapid trial is necessary to preserve evidence or prevent chaos.

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The legislation clarifies that no information shall be admitted as evidence if it is obtained from the defendant through the use of torture or coercion. It codifies the FISA process as the means by which foreign intelligence may be obtained and it gives members of the Senate and the House of Representatives standing in court to challenge presidential signing statements that declares the president’s intent to disregard certain aspects of a law passed in the US Congress. It prohibits kidnapping and extraordinary rendition of prisoners to foreign countries on the president’s unilateral determination that the suspect is an enemy combatant. It defends the first amendment by clarifying that journalists are not to be prevented from publishing information received from the legislative or executive branch unless such publication would cause immediate, direct, and irreparable harm to the United States .

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Finally, the legislation would prohibit the use of secret evidence to designate an individual or organization with a United States presence to be a foreign terrorist or foreign terrorist organization.

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I invite my colleagues to join my efforts to restore the US Constitution by enacting the American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 36
Statement Before the House Financial Services Committee
Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy
October 17, 2007

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Mr. Chairman, as you know, I have consistently favored a policy of non-intervention with regard both to foreign affairs and to economic policy.   While there may well be problems with the Russian economy in terms of failed privatization, government expropriation of assets, etc., there is no reason that these issues should concern the United States government.  

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Foreign nations could easily criticize the United States for its weak dollar policy which favors our exporting industries while harming the exporting industries of our trading partners; for our eminent domain policies which make a mockery of property rights; and for Sarbanes-Oxley, which unfairly burdens companies operating in this country and causes companies to move to foreign capital markets.   We would understandably resent this intrusion into our affairs.

2007 Ron Paul 36:3
While I empathize with the investors who have lost money through the Yukos incident, the fact remains that markets are fraught with risk.   Our loose monetary policy and stimulation of credit have led to expectations of permanent positive economic growth.   The technology bubble and the housing bubble have caused many to believe that markets can only go up.   When bubbles burst, when stocks decline, something must have gone awry, and the government is called upon to right the wrong.  

2007 Ron Paul 36:4
While many innocent investors are lured into the stock market as a result of our flawed expansionary government policies leading to visions of ever-increasing wealth, and may not be entirely at fault for their losses, the principle of caveat emptor seems to have been forgotten.   In the case of a burst asset bubble or a stock’s decline in price, some investors will lose out.   It might be painful, it may have come about through injustice and government meddling, but government wrongdoing cannot be undone by more government wrongdoing.

2007 Ron Paul 36:5
Neither a bailout, as in the case of the housing bubble, nor attempted government pressure on a foreign government, as in the case of Yukos, are appropriate reactions to the losses of investors.   I wish the investors affected in the Yukos incident well, but urge my colleagues to resist the temptation to intervene in Russia’s internal affairs.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 37
Introducing HR 4077 to Allow the Interstate Shipment of Unpasteurized Milk 
November 6, 2007

2007 Ron Paul 37:1
Madame Speaker, I rise to introduce legislation that allows the transportation and sale in interstate commerce of unpasteurized milk and milk products, as long as the milk both originates from and is shipped to states that allow the sale of unpasteurized milk and milk products. This legislation removes an unconstitutional restraint on farmers who wish to sell unpasteurized milk and milk products, and people who wish to consume unpasteurized milk and milk products.

2007 Ron Paul 37:2
My office has heard from numerous people who would like to purchase unpasteurized milk. Many of these people have done their own research and come to the conclusion that unpasteurized milk is healthier than pasteurized milk. These Americans have the right to consume these products without having the federal government second-guess their judgment about what products best promote health. If there are legitimate concerns about the safety of unpasteurized milk, those concerns should be addressed at the state and local level.

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I urge my colleagues to join me in promoting consumers’ rights, the original intent of the Constitution, and federalism by cosponsoring my legislation to allow the interstate sale of unpasteurized milk and milk products.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 38
Statement Before the Joint Economic Committee 
November 8, 2007

2007 Ron Paul 38:1
Mr. Chairman, our economy finds itself in a precarious state.   Oil prices are rising, gold is nearing all-time highs, and the dollar is nearing all-time lows.   The root of this crisis, as with past financial and economic crises, results from federal government intervention into the economy, not to anything endemic to the market, nor to the the actions of market participants.  

2007 Ron Paul 38:2
The collapse of the housing market has served as a catalyst for the economy’s latest bust.   For years the federal government has made it one of its prime aims to encourage homeownership among people who otherwise would not be able to afford homes.   Various federal mortgage programs through the FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac have distorted the normal workings of the housing market.  

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The implicit government backing of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac provides investors an incentive to provide funds to Fannie and Freddie that otherwise would have been put to use in other sectors of the economy.   It was this flood of investor capital that helped to fuel the housing bubble.  

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Legislation such as the Zero Downpayment Act and the misnamed American Dream Downpayment Act made it possible for people who could not afford down payments on houses to receive assistance from the federal government, or even to pay no down payment at all, courtesy of the taxpayers.   The requirement of a down payment has always helped to ascertain the ability of a buyer to pay off a mortgage.   It requires the buyer to show hard work and thrift, the ability to delay present consumption in order to make a larger acquisition in the future.  

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When this requirement is minimized or eliminated, you introduce a new class of homebuyers, people who are unable to budget and save for the purchase of a home, or who should wait for a few years until they have saved enough to purchase a home.   Federal policies have encouraged investors, lenders, and brokers to cater to these people, so it is no surprise that market actors came up with ever more sophisticated means of bringing these people into the real estate market.  

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Finally, the Federal Reserve’s loose monetary policy and lowering of interest rates were a major spur to the housing boom.   Low interest rates influence marginal buyers, those who are sitting on the fence, and encourage them to take on a mortgage that they otherwise would not.   Even when interest rates are raised, no one expects them to stay high for long, as there is always pressure from politicians and investors to keep rates low, as no one wants the cheap credit to end.  

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Thinking that interest rates will cycle from low to higher, back to low, lenders begin to offer adjustable rate mortgages, 2/28’s, 3/27’s, and other sophisticated mortgages that may trap many unsavvy buyers.   Buyers go short, lenders go long, and many people have been burned as a result.   

2007 Ron Paul 38:8
It is time that the federal government get out of the housing business.   Through our interventionist legislation we have caused the boom and bust, and any attempts at reform that fail to address the causes of our current problem will only sow the seeds for the next bubble.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 39
Statement to Introduce the Make No Cents Until It Makes Sense Act
November 9, 2007

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Mr. Chairman, I am introducing this bill in response to HR 3956, which would unconstitutionally delegate the authority to determine the metal content of coins to the Secretary of the Treasury. While I am concerned at the high cost of minting pennies, I am not entirely convinced that the Mint needs to mint as many pennies as it does. Over the past 30 years, over 300 billion pennies have been minted, more than twice as many coins as all other denominations combined. This is over 1,000 pennies for each man, woman, and child in this country.

2007 Ron Paul 39:2
I find it hard to believe that with this many pennies having been minted, we still have a shortage of pennies. My bill would prohibit the minting of pennies until the Treasury and Federal Reserve certify that there is no surplus of pennies. If there is a surplus of pennies, it makes no sense for the Mint to continue to coin them if each penny costs more than one cent to produce. If there really were a shortage, the onus would be on the Treasury and Fed to conduct their survey in a timely fashion in order to facilitate further penny production.

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In the event of a shortage I would urge my colleagues to consider Mr. Roskam’s HR 4036, which addresses the cost issue by changing the composition of pennies while maintaining the Congressional control and oversight mandated by the Constitution.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 40
Remarks on Violent Radicalization & Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, HR 1955
5 December 2007
Rep. Ron Paul, M.D.

2007 Ron Paul 40:1
Madame Speaker, I regret that I was unavoidably out of town on October 23, 2007, when a vote was taken on HR 1955, the Violent Radicalization & Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act.  Had I been able to vote, I would have voted against this misguided and dangerous piece of legislation. This legislation focuses the weight of the US government inward toward its own citizens under the guise of protecting us against “violent radicalization.”

2007 Ron Paul 40:2
I would like to note that this legislation was brought to the floor for a vote under suspension of regular order. These so-called “suspension” bills are meant to be non-controversial, thereby negating the need for the more complete and open debate allowed under regular order. It is difficult for me to believe that none of my colleagues in Congress view HR 1955, with its troubling civil liberties implications, as “non-controversial.”

2007 Ron Paul 40:3
There are many causes for concern in HR 1955. The legislation specifically singles out the Internet for “facilitating violent radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the homegrown terrorism process” in the United States. Such language may well be the first step toward US government regulation of what we are allowed to access on the Internet. Are we, for our own good, to be subjected to the kind of governmental control of the Internet that we see in unfree societies?  This bill certainly sets us on that course.

2007 Ron Paul 40:4
This seems to be an unwise and dangerous solution in search of a real problem.  Previous acts of ideologically-motivated violence, though rare, have been resolved successfully using law enforcement techniques, existing laws against violence, and our court system. Even if there were a surge of “violent radicalization” — a claim for which there is no evidence — there is no reason to believe that our criminal justice system is so flawed and weak as to be incapable of trying and punishing those who perpetrate violent acts.

2007 Ron Paul 40:5
This legislation will set up a new government bureaucracy to monitor and further study the as-yet undemonstrated pressing problem of homegrown terrorism and radicalization. It will no doubt prove to be another bureaucracy that artificially inflates problems so as to guarantee its future existence and funding. But it may do so at great further expense to our civil liberties. What disturbs me most about this legislation is that it leaves the door wide open for the broadest definition of what constitutes “radicalization.”  Could otherwise non-violent anti-tax, antiwar, or anti-abortion groups fall under the watchful eye of this new government commission?  Assurances otherwise in this legislation are unconvincing.

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In addition, this legislation will create a Department of Homeland Security-established university-based body to further study radicalization and to “contribute to the establishment of training, written materials, information, analytical assistance and professional resources to aid in combating violent radicalization and homegrown terrorism.” I wonder whether this is really a legitimate role for institutes of higher learning in a free society.

2007 Ron Paul 40:7
Legislation such as this demands heavy-handed governmental action against American citizens where no crime has been committed.  It is yet another attack on our Constitutionally-protected civil liberties.  It is my sincere hope that we will reject such approaches to security, which will fail at their stated goal at a great cost to our way of life.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 41
Statement on Property Tax Deduction for All Act
5 December 2007  

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Rep. Ron Paul, M.D.

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Madame Speaker, I rise to introduce the Property Tax Deduction for All Act, legislation making the property tax deduction an “above-the-line” deduction. This simple change makes the property tax deduction available to homeowners who do not file an itemized tax return.

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The Property Tax Deduction for All Act will help millions of Americans who struggle with high property taxes, but, because they do not itemize, are unable to take advantage of the federal deduction for property taxes. Extending the property tax deduction to all homeowners will especially benefit senior citizens, whose homes often are the major part of their wealth, and young families struggling to cope with the costs of owning a new home. I respectfully urge my colleagues to help ensure all homeowners can take advantage of the tax deduction for property taxes by cosponsoring this legislation.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 42
Statement Introducing the Free Competition in Currency Act
13 December 2007
Rep. Ron Paul, M.D.

2007 Ron Paul 42:1
Madame Speaker, I rise to introduce the Free Competition in Currency Act.   This act would eliminate two sections of US Code that, although ostensibly intended to punish counterfeiters, have instead been used by the government to shut down private mints.   As anti-counterfeiting measures, these sections are superfluous, as 18 USC 485, 490, and 491 already grant sufficient authority to punish counterfeiters.  

2007 Ron Paul 42:2
The two sections this bill repeals, 18 USC 486 and 489, are so broadly written as to effectively restrict any form of private coinage from competing with the products of the United States Mint.   Allowing such statutes to remain in force as a catch-all provision merely encourages prosecutorial abuse.   One particular egregious recent example is that of the Liberty Dollar, in which federal agents seized millions of dollars worth of private currency held by a private mint on behalf of thousands of people across the country.

2007 Ron Paul 42:3
Due to nearly a century of inflationary monetary policy on the part of the Federal Reserve, the US dollar stands at historically low levels.   Investors around the world are shunning the dollar, and millions of Americans see their salaries, savings accounts, and pensions eroded away by rising inflation.   We stand on the precipice of an unprecedented monetary collapse, and as a result many people have begun to look for alternatives to the dollar.

2007 Ron Paul 42:4
As a proponent of competition in currencies, I believe that the American people should be free to choose the type of currency they prefer to use.   The ability of consumers to adopt alternative currencies can help to keep the government and the Federal Reserve honest, as the threat that further inflation will cause more and more people to opt out of using the dollar may restrain the government from debasing the currency.   As   monopolists, however, the Federal Reserve and the Mint fear competition, and would rather force competitors out using the federal court system and the threat of asset forfeiture than compete in the market.

2007 Ron Paul 42:5
A free society should shun this type of strong-arm action, and the Free Competition in Currency Act would take the necessary first steps to freeing the market for competing currencies.   I urge my colleagues to support this bill.

2007 Ron Paul Chapter 43
Statement of Ron Paul on Introducing the Cancer and Terminal Illness Patient Health Care Act
18 December 2007
Rep. Ron Paul, M.D.

2007 Ron Paul 43:1
Madame Speaker, I rise to help working Americans stricken with cancer or other terminal illnesses, and their families, by introducing the Cancer and Terminal Illness Patient Health Care Act. This act exempts people with terminal illnesses from the employee portion of payroll taxes while they are suffering from such illnesses or are incurring significant medical costs associated with their conditions. The Cancer and Terminal Illness Patient Health Care Act also provides a payroll deduction to any worker who is the primary caregiver for a spouse, parent, or child with a terminal illness.

2007 Ron Paul 43:2
When stricken with cancer or another terminal disease, many Americans struggle to pay for the treatment necessary to save, or extend, their lives. Even employees with health insurance incur costs such as for transportation to and from care centers, prescription drugs not covered by their insurance, or for child care while they are receiving treatment. Yet, the federal government continues to force these employees to pay for retirement benefits they may never live to see!

2007 Ron Paul 43:3
Many Americans struggle to pay the costs of treating children, a spouse, or a parent with a terminal illness. My bill also provides much needed tax relief for those who are providing care to a loved one with a terminal disease.

2007 Ron Paul 43:4
As a physician who has specialized in women’s health issues for decades, I know how critical it is that cancer patients and others suffering from terminal illnesses have the resources they need to combat these illnesses. The Cancer and Terminal Illness Patient Health Care Act provides a realistic way to help people suffering from cancer or other terminal illnesses receive quality health care.

2007 Ron Paul 43:5
It is hard to think of a more compassionate tax policy this Congress could enact than to stop taking the resources away from working Americans that could help them treat cancer, AIDS, or other terrible health problems. I hope all my colleagues will help people suffering from terminal illnesses, and their caregivers, by cosponsoring the Cancer and Terminal Illness Patent Health Care Act.