Ron Paul’s Most Memorable Moments According to Washington Post

The Washington Post manages to give a very brief history of Ron Paul’s political career without a lot of the subtle commentary you normally get from a mainstream outlet.

According to them his most memorable moments are as follow:

Two GOP primary campaigns: They actually do a pretty good job on this. They note the grassroots support and the GOP rules changes designed to shut him up. I don’t like how they say he didn’t “officially” endorse Romney. It’s nice they recognize that he didn’t endorse that statist, but they seem to infer that he somehow unofficially endorsed him or something which of course isn’t true. They also claim he was “welcomed warmly” at the 2012 GOP convention without noting that the poor treatment his supporters received.

Advocating the Gold Standard: They oversimplify this. He wants to repeal Legal Tender Laws and give people the freedom to use whatever they want as currency. His belief is over time people will again start using gold and silver as opposed to the monopoly money that Ben Bernanke hands out to his bankster and political friends.

Anti-FEMA stance: What they say is true, but it’s hardly one of his most memorable moments.

Anti-Iraq War stance. This of course is very important, but they leave out the fact that he’s opposed to all offensive wars, not just the crime against Iraq.

Vote against Patriot Act: Glad they put this in here, but they don’t acknowledge his efforts to repeal it or any of the arguments he gives for why it’s unconstitutional, immoral, and dangerous.

A Big Storm Requires Big Government

That’s the predictable opinion of the New York Times in response to Hurricane Sandy. I don’t agree with that, but let’s assume for argument’s sake that we need a huge government bureaucracy to deal with natural disasters.

New York City and New Jersey were hardest hit by this storm. New Jersey receives 61 cents in Federal tax allotments for every dollar it sends to Washington.  New York receives 79 cents.  NJ residents have the third highest tax bill per capita and collectively receive the least amount of Federal money back.

So while FEMA may transfer a billion or so dollars to the NJ government to assist in rebuilding the Jersey Shore, it will still be far less money than would be available if NJ residents had paid the same amount in taxes, but most of it had gone to Trenton rather than Washington.

Even if you’re a total left wing socialist, why would you want to have a bunch of your money transferred from your “progressive” state to Kentucky ($1.51 received from DC for every Federal tax dollar paid) while they vote for supposedly small government Republicans? It seems NJ residents would be better served by having a smaller Federal government regardless of how large they want their state and local governments to be.