Friday, December 14, 2007

"Ron Paul, at your cervix!"

"Doctor" Ron Paul is a frighteningly stupid man. His myopic and simplistic world view demonstrates a profound misunderstanding of economics and politics. He prides himself on his unique voting record, but it's more a sign of his incompetence than his bravery.

Here are just two examples of his wacky platform.

Tax Cuts

Dr. Paul claims to have never voted for a tax increase. That's all well and good, but his logic is based on a faulty philosophy. Here's how he explains it:
“Whether a tax cut reduces a single mother’s payroll taxes by $40 a month or allows a business owner to save thousands in capital gains taxes and hire more employees, that tax cut is a good thing. Lower taxes allow more spending, saving, and investing which helps the economy — that means all of us.”
Oh, Ronny, if only the world really worked that way. Along with cutting taxes, Dr. Paul would also cut the programs funded by those taxes. That means that while the mom saves $40/month, she has to now pay for her children's health care (CHIP), her own health care (Medicaid), more money on food (food stamps, WIC) and more for rent (Section 8 housing). So the $40 that she saves doesn't really do her much good. On the other hand, it can save upper bracket payers $10,000/month - now that's savings!

Additionally, it is unclear whether the saved money will be "reinvested" as Dr. Paul claims. History has shown that it is the tendency of corporate directors to pocket saved money rather than reinvest.

I also encourage you to read his take on tips. It's precious how he further demonstrates his total lack of understanding of how the world really works (in this case, how basic economics and the tax code are tied together.)

International Relations

If it were up to the good doctor, we'd build a 90-foot wall around our great land and paint a giant upraised middle finger on it. He is particularly afraid of the North American Union. Don't be surprised if you haven't heard of it because it doesn't exist. . .yet. Even if it were real, I'm not convinced that it's a bad thing.

Right now, the three largest economies in the world are the US, Europe and Japan. But that's changing. We simply don't have the population or resources (both labor and material) to compete with the emerging markets in Asia. Without changing something, it's only a matter of time before China completely overtakes us making us just one more failed empire that will pass into the history books. We will not be able to enjoy the same standard of living that we currently do. However, Europe has showed us the way - join or die. Europe was facing economic extinction when it saw the light and banded together into the EEC and eventually the EU. We could do the same with Canada and Latin America, but only if we abandon our 18th century protectionist ways. (We could also take the only slightly less likely alternative of making me the supreme ruler of the country.)

Dr. Paul believes a lot of other crazy things like ending natural birth citizenship, withdrawing from the WTO, lifting all limits on the Second Amendment, that only a few years of mediocre congressional service qualifies you to be president, and that anybody gives a rat's anus about what some no-name group thinks about him. But, to end on a positive note, I do strongly agree with him on one point: the United States should never again go to war without express congressional approval.

In summary, a vote for Ron Paul is a vote for an America that neither does nor should exist.

* Dr. Paul has also delivered more than 4,000 babies. In case you haven't already figured it out, that means that he has seen up close more than 4,000 open, bleeding vaginas. That's enough to make anyone crazy.

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