Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ron Paul=Pick Pocket

I have read complaints in which presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul hasn't been getting his fair share of attention from the mainstream press.

That may be so and it is ashame as I want the popular media take a close look at him.

Seems him and his son Rand both share similar politics. Promise the most conservative, libertarian line, then pick taxpayer pockets for their political benefit.

It is no secret that most representatives go to Washington D.C. and come home much wealthier than when they left. It is all legal, but I am not going there with the Paul clan.

One thing that drives me nuts, crazy-ass angry is a thing known as "earmarks."

That is where spending bills for one thing gets hundreds of millions of dollars attached by our representatives to benefit their constituency and cronies who then support them for reelection.

In effect, stealing money from the rest of the nation for their reelection efforts.

Restraining federal spending by enforcing the Constitution’s strict limits on the federal government’s power would help result in a 0% income tax rate for Americans.
The answer to spending and debt is to return to a constitutionally limited government that protects liberty – not one that keeps robbing Peter to pay Paul.


Sounds good to me.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) was one of only four House Republicans to break rank from the party and request earmarks despite a Republican Conference earmark moratorium. Paul sent 41 earmark requests totaling $157,093,544 for the 2011 Fiscal Year. His largest single request was $19,500,000 for a naval training ship at the Texas Maritime Academy in Galveston, followed by a $18,126,000 to provide maintenance on the Matagorda Ship Channel.

For Fiscal Year 2010, Paul requested 54 total earmarks, adding up to $398,460,640 in pork that the former presidential candidate sought to bring home to his district. These requests were made prior to the House Republican Conference’s voluntary ban on filing earmarks.

Paul’s largest request in 2010 was $51.5 million in federal money to be spent on “Reconstruction of Bluewater Highway Hurricane Evacuation Route Between Brazoria and Galveston Counties in Texas.” He requested another $50 million to be directed to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and $46 million for deepening the Texas City channel. The majority of Paul’s requests were for projects related to various ports and channels, though other sectors of his district also received attention, such as $20 million for a hospital in Chambers County. Even smaller projects received attention from the libertarian representative, such as $2.5 million requested “to redevelop historic downtown area and to purchase trash cans, bike racks and decorative street lighting” in Baytown.