Ron Paul vs. the Statists: The Debt Ceiling Dog and Pony Show.

By now most people are familiar with the theatrics going on in Washington surrounding the proposal to raise the debt ceiling.  The Democrats led by President Obama are insisting it is necessary to raise the ceiling to avoid default.  The Republicans are posing as opposition by holding meetings and speaking in platitudes about the need to reign in spending.  No doubt a deal has already been agreed upon and the daily news updates only serve as an attempt to placate the disgruntled masses.  The people know there is something fundamentally wrong with borrowing more money to avoid not being able to pay back the money you already owe.

The reality is the political circus of Republicans vs. Democrats is all for show.  They are both big government statist parties now.  The real battle is between the big government statists and the constitutionally minded, small government types.  The main proponent of the latter is of course the principled Ron Paul.  The Ron Paul presidential campaign committee has banner ads titled help Ron Paul fight to prevent a debt ceiling betrayal.  People are beginning to awaken. 

The debt ceiling fiasco is an example of why the political elites don't really care which of the two big government parties are in power, or for that matter which bozo is behind the podium.  They are happy as long as it is one of the big government statists who will be willing to take their marching orders if elected.  It's always the same it seems, a hodge podge of men and women, from various states, all under their thumb.  Once the primary season begins to take shape, a billion dollars of funding and an army of main stream media talking heads get to work.  The idea is to control the acceptable topics of debate.  Small government, pro liberty candidates are belittled and hidden.  In  this way, the elites manage to stack the deck where either the Democrat or Republican nominee is acceptable, and the voters think they are actually having a say.

Once elected, the president does not call the shots.  Does anyone really think Obama cares about Libya?  No, he is doing what he is told by his keepers.  Those are the people who put him into office.  He answers to them, not the American people.  The same can be said of congress as a whole.  They voted for the bank bailout bill despite a vocal uproar against it from the populace.
It is important to keep the real political battle in mind when you hear news stories about how the Republicans and Democrats are battling it out to defend their beliefs.  Because they are both in favor of more and more government, and thus less and less individual freedom, there is no doubt the ceiling will be raised.  It will be raised because the real alternative which is to shrink the size and scope of government will not be considered.

There is another way.  The alternative to government interventions into the economy is called the free market. The free market means peace and freedom.  Everything the government declares is necessary, from fishing licenses, to legal tender laws, to health care legislation is backed up by the threat of force.  If you take any infraction to its logical conclusion, the end result involves a badge and a gun.  If you resist, it means possible death. 

Recently there was a news story of an elderly woman who was fined because she threw a newspaper in the garbage as opposed to recycling it.  Suppose she ignored the citation and went along as if nothing had happened.  She may receive more and more citations in the mail, perhaps with late fees and new fines.  Eventually a judge will require a court appearance.  If she ignores this she will have an outstanding warrant for her arrest.  Perhaps she lives alone and has a revolver her protection.  Not accustomed to visitors, she keeps it on her person when an unexpected visitor arise. The police knock on her door.  The woman is scared that a strange man is shouting for her to open the door.  It doesn't take much imagination to see how this could result in the old lady dead on the floor with a parade of government employees from the judges, to the police officer, to the busy body who proposed the law, all shaking their heads.

No we don't need more government suffocating people with its laws, rules and regulations.  We need to shrink government drastically and shrink it now.  The alternative is more money printing, more unemployment, a stagnant economy, rising inflation , and a dollar crisis as the paper backed currencies go the way of the dodo bird.  See Big time trouble dead ahead thanks to the Federal Reserve.

20 comments:

  1. I agree, only person who has exact understanding of Big Picture, Macro to Micro is Ron Paul. I personally learned harmful effects of currency devaluation from him. Actually rest all are of Our Generation and hence perhaps people only understand their language. To Understand Ron Paul and his language we need to have much basic thinking. In this developed world kids are taught that toys come form Santa!! In Library it's difficult to find books on reality all you get is novels and books that teach people to believe there is "someone" always to take care. Of course Smart politicians try to be that "Someone" More situation get worse they need him more. Let's hope that we get as small impact as possible to make us learn reality..

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  2. There's one thing that generally keeps me from endorsing full blown market anarchism - education. This needs to be a social burden since dealing with society is the primary lesson for K-12. I'd almost decided anarchism included the acceptable cost of private education until reading up on Henry George and the single tax concept. Now I think for the first time in my entire political (Libertarian) life I've moved one notch toward keeping some semblance of a state.

    If Ron Paul clinches the GOP nomination, however, it may be the first time I vote for a Republicrat.

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  3. Poor misguided victims of oblivious objectivism. Paul's economics would lead to economic depression. Fortunately he will never be able to unleash his ignorance on the masses.

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  4. @ anon 11:00 pm, a cynic would just direct you to the Murray rothbard quote in the upper right and move along, but for the sake of others I'll point out a few things.

    We will have a financial meltdown. The causes of the meltdown are all things that Ron Paul has championed the fight against: fiat money, the Fed, unconstitutional bailouts. For many years he was a lone voice warning us.

    Whether the result of this is a long severe depression or a short period of adjustment (also severe), where we return to sound money and a small constitutionally sized government is entirely up to us.

    Ron Paul has the solutions. The status quo is the problem.

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  5. The second poster above shows why we can't get anything done. They say: "yes get rid of these programs....except MY pet program, which is education"

    Sorry, but government involvement in education has resulted in highers costs and a worse product. The Department of Education needs to be eliminated and parents need to plan on paying for their child's education just like they pay for food and clothes.

    I didn't have kids for a reason - there's no ethical and logical reason to force me to pay for your brat. Sorry. Your kid might be the center of YOUR universe, but he isn't the center of THE universe. Or mine.

    Take responsibility and educate your child. End of story.

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  6. there are extremely few out there prepared for the hard times ahead. the stories our grandparents told us will be nothing in comparison. The saddest part of all are the number of people out there like myself who pay attention, are "awake", but still do not have the $$$ necessary to prepare. I only hope I can survive to help people rebuild once the inevitbale financial collaps comes. The SH_T is going to hit the fan- and very, very soon.

    What's happneing in Greece is a precursor and a warning to all of us. The "elite" and "banksters" have had this plan for a long time now, and being this close to it's fruition, i do not see them giving up or slowing down until they have control over EVERYTHING.

    The police state will only increase it's hold on your life, your family's life, and your CHILDREN'S life. If you EVER want peace and a free market again, now is the time to act!

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  7. @Matt Beauchamp I like the way you're thinking. I'm not having kids anytime soon, I just don't see it working out for me financially, and will not plan on having kids until I'm sure I can pay for their needs. This sort of social consciousness is pretty much dead as far as I can see : /

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  8. Ron Paul is the only politician that makes any sense whatsoever, of course that makes him unelectable. The previously posted critique of Paul was a typically ignorant personal attack that avoided mentioning policies altogether as that would would have required some objective thinking, a vice may ill-educated have succeeded in avoiding. Probably another ignoramus stakeholder wanting his gov'ment handouts.

    Suspect even Paul knows he is unelectable but at least he keeps trying. The US is in decline and the elite know it, they are using this manufactured hiatus simply to organize their fiancees. Suggest the rest of us follow suit as best we can for when the day of reckoning arrives.

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  9. @ anonymous 7:48. No ones vote matters. Your vote will only matter in case of breaking a tie, and they will pull out the hanging chads and recounts long before then. Therefore if you bother to vote at all at least vote for the person you'd like to see win.

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  10. In actuality, it is the American People who will ultimately determine who is "unelectable". Unless the voting machines are rigged, of course.

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  11. In the free market there are winners and losers. The losers die quicker. The human species is more than capable of keeping everyone alive and living more than adequately. A free market of unequal wealth steals life from those on the losing side of a competitive gamble. Free markets are slave markets.

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  12. @ arglye

    You have it backwards. It is actually the free market that is the slave to the whims of the consumer. Business owners that misjudge the consumer tastes will lose their own money. There is no losing side on a free exchange of goods. If I sell you my tie in exchange for your hat, we both deem our situation as improved.

    Socialism kills...the economy cannot efficiently judge how to allocate resources. Starvation ensues all too often. You have to bury your jealousy and see the wealth that capitalism has given all the human race.

    The poor have cell phones for goodness sake.

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  13. Free Market has a good point. In a free market people simply trade something of value for something that they feel has equal value. It is in their right to surrender their own property for something else.

    Furthermore, I would point out that historically socialism and communism have always resulted in more destruction than good. A committee of people is simply not smart enough to determine how the economy of an entire country will work. Unless of course they force things to work a certain way but then we lose all liberty.

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  14. What we actually have more of today is fascism...private de jure ownership, but de facto govt. ownership via regulations imposed by the government to control whatever market it chooses.

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  15. ok so there is one major problem with your rant as i would call it there is nothing to back it up.. we need facts and figures to support the body of your paper.... endless rants never help anyone

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  16. While you are waiting for facts and figures, the debt limit agreement is made as predicted and of course the media spins it as some kind of miracle also as predicted.

    If you want a chart to ponder look at the graph of the US debt on
    http://www.freemarketfan.com/2011/06/big-time-trouble-dead-ahead-thanks-to.html

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  17. How is the environment protected in a free market scenario without some degree of regulation of industry? Will coal companies do the right thing if it hurts there bottom line profits? I see the merits of a free market and small government but I am having a hard time seeing a good outcome with corporations and shareholders in the mix.

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  18. They will be liable in a court of law for damages and if they cannot pay they will go bankrupt. The incentive to avoid losses is a powerful one.

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  19. who has the resources to take on big business in court? Looks good on paper as do most free market theories but a major structural overhaul is necessary. In the interim, some degree of regulation may be necessary. Where to draw the line though?

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  20. Class action lawsuit could be worth a billion.

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