Ron Paul was on KDKA AM 1020 this evening. I took notes as I listened.
The beginning topic was monetary policy, mostly the rampant inflation caused by the Federal Reserve printing more money, thus devaluing the money already in circulation. He clarified that most people think of printing more money as literally printing more money, but the process is actually handled more by computers and the processes by which our economy handles the creation of wealth. An example of this is when the Federal Reserve issues bonds to the government for money which doesn’t exist. This essentially creates money, driving us more into debt, devaluing the dollar, and causing prices to rise.
“We are more likely to destroy the dollar than do the right thing.”
On the new, sweeping changes which give the Federal Reserve oversight of a lot of the mortgage market: “The Federal Reserve is an unconstitutional organization…and we want to give them more power?…We’re moving closer to socialism…actually fascism…” Note: I know very little about the new legislation, so I didn’t understand some of what they were discussing.
“There’s a large number of people who are…now aware, but not fully understanding.” Young people are becoming more aware of the debt the current government is creating. They may not understand it entirely, but they are concerned and they don’t like what they hear.
“This notion that conservatives should always support war is wrong…that Republicans should always support war.” He acknowledges that Republicans who do that often get labeled as the “Blame America First” crowd and made out to be like Jane Fonda.
“I’m in medicine. If we make a mistake, and keep killing people, we acknowledge it and change. I think we’re using the wrong medicine in Iraq, and we need to acknowledge it and change, by pulling out.” [heavily paraphrased]
“Our troops follow the oil wells. 8 years ago…Colombia…made out to be drug war…oil lobby pushed harder…oil wells in Colombia.”
Domestic drilling? “I think that’s a good idea.” “When Texas came into the union, there was almost no government ownership of lands.” The people owned the lands, and they drilled. “Private property solves these problems…In Alaska, everyone owns it; no one owns it.” Nothing gets done.
Host: “In order to accomplish this, you’d have to reverse everything done in the past 40-50 years.” RP: Basically. “My supporters call it the Ron Paul Revolution, but really it’s the revolution started by our forefathers.”
Universal healthcare. “Get the government out of the way; it’s destroyed the private practice of medicine.” “Rules laws and taxes on it.” “Best thing to do is to let people choose, let them take medical expenses out of taxes.” “Idea that government can deliver better healthcare than the private sector is wrong.”
“Have to have priorities….cut back what we do overseas….hundreds of millions of dollars to help AIDs in Africa, and no one actually every sees the money.” Stop all overseas spending, pull the troops home, and take care of our own.
Host: “Congressman, you’re making too much sense.”
Race issue. Racial divide. “Government hasn’t done a very good job…grandest solutions came out of private sector…sports. Government designates people as groups.” How can you have laws which help groups? Libertarians see the individual, and don’t categorize. Affirmative action.
Education. “I don’t like nationalizing anything like education.” It’s something that could be amended into the Constitution. “No authority for federal government to be involved in education.”
Environment. “Local people with property rights, with local regulations, are far more effective…at dealing with pollution…than federal regulations.” ”
Plans for convention. “I have no plans, no intentions [to run third-party]….supporters active in PA…stickin’ by supporters and the chance to really change the country. No reason in the world why Pennsylvanians shouldn’t be able to vote for a true conservative with a constitutional background.
“Changing the course of the country is far more important than winning the election.” [paraphrased]
Host: “What he’s proposing would involve changing the minds of way too many people.” People interpret his distaste for federal control to be a distaste for the topic, e.g. he wants to get rid of the department of Education, so he doesn’t think education is important. This is incorrect thinking. Ron Paul thinks it is of high importance, and that the government can’t possibly know what’s best for everyone.
Callers highlighted the Freedom March on Tax Day and that his honesty is tip-top.
If you can find a recording of it, send it to me and I’ll update the quotes.